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Choose the Right Hired Car for your Barbados Vacation

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Happy New Year! So, it is now 2017 and you’ve resolved to either come back to your beloved winter island retreat destination or you’re treating yourself to the trip of a lifetime. A tropical getaway is always appreciated at this time of year, especially for our friends in the colder climes. Remember that Barbados is mere hours away from the US or UK, so all in the same day you could shovel your way out of the driveway to relax on the white sandy beaches by afternoon.

One of the things which can make driving in a foreign country, especially if it is on the other side of the road, is choosing the right rental car for your trip. Not only should you consider the number of people in your party and your space requirements on the day of highest demand, but suitability of your vehicle to the road size and conditions is also crucial. In Barbados, we drive on the left side of the road, so for many of our visitors that is the opposite side to your norm. However, don’t let that faze you – as we say in Bajan vernacular.

 Stoute’s Car Rental offers a careful considered and wide range of vehicles suited to the most common driving needs and requirements of our guests. Remembering that our roads are generally smaller than American roads and many UK dual carriageways, it means that the cars available to you, especially those from the USA, will be smaller than you’re used to driving in your home country. This is a good thing! It goes back to suitability for conditions. At Stoute’s we have cars from the size of the Mini Moke/Kia Picanto to the 7 seater Suzuki APV van.

For the single traveller or the couple with 2 kids the Kia Picanto sized vehicles and the Suzuki Jimny mini-SUV are the right ticket. These smaller hired cars offer space for 4, but are best suited to children up to younger teens in the back and adults in the front. They’re not big on the luggage space, but they’re very capable day trippers and perfect for negotiating the small country lanes and when parking, especially in Bridgetown.   

The standard size car which you will find on the road in Barbados is going to be the Toyota’s Yaris and Corolla and Kia Cerato sized vehicles. This size vehicle has the right mix between personal space and external dimensions to suit our driving conditions on island. Their engine size is well suited to the driving demands and you’ll blend seamlessly into the normal road traffic in your hired car.

No matter what your travel situation, Stoute’s Car Rental is likely to have the option that you need for personal transportation while on your island vacation. With available options like GPS and child seats, you and the whole family can be comfortable in your rental car, as you explore the boundless beauty of Barbados.

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