transport on Barbuda
Hiring a car can be difficult; repairing vehicles without access to spare parts and bad roads make for an expensive business for Barbudans so things go wrong that can't be fixed. Check the brakes, windows, a/c and fwd work properly before you go out but don't expect international standards. You must buy a local licence (EC$50) which can be bought in Barbuda from the Ginnery office Monday to Friday. Your own licence does not cover you to drive here but if the office is closed you may drive, but you must get one at the earliest opportunity. On Barbuda we sometimes have delays with the import of petrol/gas/diesel so check with the service station regarding their supply to make sure you can fill up during your stay if necessary.
Taxis are a very good way to find out about the island because you get a friendly guide as well. The taxi hire charges are set by the Barbuda Council and drivers are happy to show you the price list. If you arrive at the airport or the wharf there will usually be a taxi there to take you where you need to go, just look for a tx number plate or ask someone. Our taxi and tours page lists some of the people in Barbuda who you can contact directly - either in advance or while you are here. Some of the hotels in Antigua do day tours to Barbuda and the Barbuda Ferry also offers this service. Not everyone on Barbuda has instant access to last minute e-mail, so please phone where possible.
Bikes, kayaks and horses are another option and bike hire is included here.
Five jeeps are available to rent from C and J. They are all five seater Toyota Rav 4's with four wheel drive and are petrol/gas vehicles. Call Ann-Marie or Neil Joseph on (268) 725-4970 or (268) 734-2509 Prices vary, from a short day price to fit in with the flight times at $46 US/$120ec; to a 24 hour overnight hire of $61 US/$165 ec. There is also a weekly rate and insurance is included in all prices.