Getting Around Antigua
The best way to get around Antigua is by car or taxi. Having a car can save you money, especially on longer visits, but the island can be difficult to navigate due to bumpy dirt roads and hilly areas that flood easily. A handful of rental agencies, including Alamo, Avis and Hertz, have locations in the arrival hall of Antigua's V.C. Bird International Airport (ANU), located on the northern part of the island just outside of the town of Osbourn. Travel to neighboring islands by air on LIAT charter planes or by sea aboard a cruise or a ferry, such as the Barbuda Express.
This is one of the best ways to explore the island, since the drivers are happy to double as tour guides (with the hope of a slightly larger tip). Although, this arrangement can be convenient, it can also be expensive. Get a price quote before committing to one driver. Taxis can usually be found near popular attractions and the cruise port in St. John. Barry Taxi and Tour and Roger Taxi Tours are two well-reviewed companies.
Although there are bus services on the island, they are largely unreliable. Buses often turn out to be 15-passenger minivans with colorful paint jobs, and the bumpy roads make for a rough ride.
Rental cars are another popular mode of transportation, but you'll have to get an Antiguan driving permit. They can be issued by most car rental agencies and require a valid driver's license from home, as well as an additional $20 fee. Don't forget that Antiguans drive on the left. Popular car rental agencies include Drive-A-Matic Car Rentals and Pete's Taxi and Car Rentals. To avoid costly fee, past visitors recommended arranging your car rental in advance and picking it up upon arrival at the airport instead of renting from your hotel after you arrive.
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