Guadeloupe Driving Advice and Car Hire Info
Driving in Guadeloupe
On Grand-Terre and Basse-Terre, most of the roads are maintained and in fairly good condition. The island has an expressway, and main roads are paved and marked. Minor roads will be less well signposted and will not be in such good condition.
In Basse-Terre, roads can become mountainous and have sharp turns that make driving more dangerous. You should avoid driving at night on Basse-Terre as these roads will be badly lit .
Driving style in Guadeloupe tends to be quite fast and aggressive so drive defensively and expect the unexpected. One quirk of driving abroad in Guadeloupe is that if you stop to ask for directions from a pedestrian they may assume that you will also give them a lift so you may inadvertently pick up hitch hikers!
Guadeloupe Car Rental –
Sixt, Hertz, Alamo,Europcar, National, Avis, Budget, have outlets here.Also usually features on Car rental broker sites such as Argus Car Hire and Web discount sites such as ebookers.com. or Expedia
These are some local options –
Guadeloupe Self Driving Rules-
Most of the big companies restrict cars to use on Grande Terre and Basse Terre. Some may allow cars to be taken to Marie Galante but you should advise them of your intention as different insurance terms may apply.