Jamaica Driving Advice and Car Hire Info

Driving In Jamaica
Most roads are paved but suffer from lack of repair so be prepared for some pot holes especially after heavy rain Driving styles are erratic and range from aggressive high speed tailgaters to old folks in dilapidated pick up trucks stopping suddenly to pick up a friend. Expect livestock and pedestrians in the road and avoid driving on badly lit roads at night. Jamaican Cities have a number of areas to avoid so if unsure of directions try and get the rental company to drive you to/from the outskirts of Kingston and Montego Bay rather than risk getting lost. Areas of Kingston to be avoided are West Kingston, Grant’s Pen, August Town, Harbour View and Spanish Town .

Jamaica Car Rental –
Sixt, Hertz, Europcar, Avis, ,Budget, Dollar, Thrifty, have brancheshere. Also usually features on Car rental broker sites such as Argus Car Hire and Web discount sites such as  Expedia . Jamaica drives on the left side of the road so vehicles should have the steering wheel on the right. However if vehicles have been imported from USA the steering wheel may be on the left, which makes overtaking difficult. The Hertz website states that all their vehicles are left hand drive so you may want to check this out before renting.

Some local companies are –

They have branches in Trelawny , Negril , Ocho Rios ,Runaway Bay and Port Antonio and don’t seem to charge for one way rentals.

Jamaica Self Drive Rules-
Cars can’t be taken off Jamaica.

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