The Mini Moke Experience in Barbados

Imagine, enjoying the sights, the sounds, the summer breeze touching your face, soft relaxing sounds of the Caribbean beats coming through your speakers – total sense of freedom – that’s called the Mini Moke Rental Experience.
rental cabriolet car parked on a hill next to the sea in Barbados
Mini-Moking is a truly Bajan auto-culture. When visiting our beautiful island, you really shouldn’t miss the chance to try your hand as a Mini Moker at least once. Based originally on the Austin Mini, Mokes were initially designed for military use. However, the Moke soon turned into something of a cult motoring experience in tropical island locations like Barbados. Mini Moke driving experience in Barbados is still as popular today as ever, furthermore, our family operated rental hire company has a Mini Moke all fuelled up, polished and ready waiting for you.

Mini Moke Song by The Merrymen of Barbados

Check out this wonderful song by the legendary Merrymen of Barbados. You’ll enjoy listening to it.

Alternatives to Renting a Moke

Mini Mokes have a removable soft-top and no doors, making them uniquely suitable for catching the Bajan sights, sounds, and fragrances as you breeze along the island roads. However, although driving in one of these vehicles is unique, at times, you may want to select similar vehicles to rent, but still enjoy the sun and the air in one of our Suzuki Jimny leasing options. However, we still encourage you to try “The Mini Moke Experience”

Another more conventional Moke hire alternative is an economy hatchback car. These types of vehicles are equipped with air conditioning while our economy hatchbacks are a great choice if you’re vacationing as a larger family group, since they’re more spacious than Mokes and may be more suitable if you are holidaying with group of friends or family members.

Top Five Tips for Mini Moker First Timers

To get the most fun and enjoyment from hiring a Moke in Barbados, follow these insights to stay safe and get more fun out of a gallon.

Speed Limits: Barbados is a small island, and although driving fast may sound like a fun experience, it is never safe. Always be on the lookout for changing speed limit as they are:

  • 20 miles per hour (in and around the city of Barbados)
  • 37 miles per hour (country roads)
  • 45 miles per hour on (highway)

These low speeds are what makes Barbados ideal for sightseeing in Mokes. By observing the speed limits, you’ll stay safe and enjoy all the sight seeing you planned for the day.

Travel light: Mini Moke storage space is limited, therefore, leave large backpacks at your hotel room and pack only the necessities for the day.

Be ready for open air showers inMini Moke: you and I both know that weather can be unpredictable, you may get caught under the rain while you are experience the Mini Moke hire experience. Don’t be alarmed, you can either pull up under a shelter, or, you can choose to be wild and remember “how you got caught up in the rain while having “The Mini Moke Experience”.

Documentation: Don’t forget to bring your driver’s license with you if you want to take advantage of Moke rentals here in Barbados.

Bring you: yes, bring yourself because unique Barbados holiday is waiting for you
Reserve Your Mini Moke Experience

You may have heard of the expression “horses for courses” and I suppose here we are talking about “horsepower for courses” when it comes to car hire in Barbados. The reason for your visit to this beautiful island could be anything from business to a holiday, a mixture of both, or even your honeymoon.

One thing is for certain and that is you will be needing transport while you are here to give you the freedom you deserve to sample everything that is on offer to you. So, the choice of car rental in Barbados likely depends very much on your reason for being here and also the numbers of you there are.

rental car Suzuki Jimny parked on a road in Barbados

Here are some handy pointers to help you choose the top 5 vehicles to rent in Barbados:

    • Hiring a Mini Moke: – This is a fun car and perfect if you arrive during the summer and love the feel of wind on your face. Take the top down and enjoy the fresh air, the wonderful scenery and let all your cares and worries get blown away. The moke is small and practical. It is always a popular favorite with honeymooners and doesn’t guzzle petrol! This is a no-frills car – but then what’s the point of having a radio you can’t hear, and there’s no air con because it doesn’t have doors and instead comes with its own fresh air, a whole island full of it!

convertible car for rent on a tour on the island of Barbados

  • The Economy Hatchback: – It is unlikely you are going to be spending your whole time in Barbados in the car, so practical and multi-purpose is the order of the day with a small hatchback, such as a Toyota Yaris or a Toyota Vitz. Big enough for four (it has five doors), as long as the two in the back aren’t basketball players! Economical where petrol is concerned and there are usually a few feature comforts included, such as a radio/CD player, power steering, power windows and that all important air conditioning for those of you who don’t like really hot weather.
  • The Compact Sedan: – a move up into something more suitable for four adults, here we are talking about a car such as a four-door Toyota Corolla. This is a great choice if all four of you enjoy exploring and sightseeing in comfort and once again comes with plenty of extras, including power steering, radio/CD player and refreshing cool air conditioning. A sensible and practical vehicle that is also economical to run.
  • The Small Jeep: – back to fun cars with a bit of extra fun thrown in, as well as three doors this time! A soft top allows you to make the most of the wonderful weather in Barbados, but in case of the odd shower, it is as easy as pie to put the roof back up. Then, of course if it is blistering hot and you want to go out and explore, you can keep the roof up and enjoy a cool blast from the air conditioning. Small jeeps like the Suzuki Jimny are great for couple’s days out and if you are looking to rent a vehicle in Barbados, you will go a long way to find a more versatile car to lease.
  • The Mini Van Car or People carrier: – If you are looking for something bigger to accommodate four of you in bags of space, or six or seven of you in comfort, then you are going to want to consider renting a vehicle such as a Toyota Noah van, though you shouldn’t be expecting any floods! With comfort and space come those much-needed extras to make your trips around the island or to the beach even more enjoyable. These should include a radio/CD player, electric windows, power steering, power mirrors and, of course, air conditioning.

Most hire vehicles in Barbados come with automatic transmission as standard, which is ideal for those who are used to having the steering wheel on the other side of the car and can never find the gear-stick when you need it!

If you are a fan of the family run business and like exceptional personal service, as well as the affordable car rental rates in Barbados, then make sure you give Drive Barbados a call and they will make ensure your hire car is ready and waiting for you the moment you set foot on the island.

Affordable Vehicles To Hire

Renting a car in Barbados can get quite expensive for new holidaymakers to the island, but, you can also find very affordable ways to hire a vehicle while you are holidaying in Barbados. Here’s what to consider before you sign any leasing documents.

(Note: prices are quoted in US dollars).

CDW Terms and Excess Amounts

CDW is also known as Collision Damage Waiver is an amount of money which the driver must pay should there be an accident. The CDW allows drivers to have some measure of insurance that the rental company will not charge over a certain amount in the event of an accident. The deductible amount for this insurance can be between $1,000 and $1,750. This is not the same as automobile insurance, rather, it allows the driver to use the car rental company’s auto insurance as if it were their own transportation. Excess amounts are the funds required to be paid before the CDW is enacted due to car damage.

Additional Extras to the Vehicle Rental

Extras for a rental vehicle in Barbados may include items such as:

  • GPS satellite navigation – $25 – $35 per week,
  • Child car seat or stroller – $30 – $40 per week for
  • Additional drivers – $20 – $25 per week per driver
  • Pickup at airport – $5 or as much as $30
  • Gasoline charges – average of $25 – $35
  • Local Barbados driving permit (mandatory) – a cost $5 for two months or $50 for an entire year

rental cabriolet car parked on a hill next to the sea in Barbados

Cost of Rental Car in Barbados

Similar to other countries, the car rental rates may vary depending on the peak holiday season. A car hired in the winter season (which includes rental costs, CDW coverage, and taxes) can be as low of as:

For an economy hatchback cars (Suzuki Swift, Toyota Yaris or similar) – between $400 – $500 per week

For a compact sedan car – (Toyota Yaris sedan or similar) – between $500 – $600 per week

A car is hired in the summer time (drivers may be able to negotiate a better deal)

  • A discount of between 10 and 20 percent off the usual winter seasonal rate per week.

Daily car rentals can be very expensive

  • as much as $70 – $100 per day for an economy car instead of $400 to $500 per week in the peak winter periods

Monthly car rental packages

  • discount of 5 to 20% off may be applied

Taxi Fees versus Car Rental Cost on Per Day Basis

For example transportation from the Airport to the north of the island may vary depending on the number of passengers and the amount of luggage to be carried per passenger

  • Taxi – Cost US $45 – $60 for one way trip only
  • Hire car – Cost $70 – $100 per day for 24 hours (depends on type of car rented)

Rates are almost same for a one way trip as to hiring a car for the entire day (24 hours)

Type of Vehicle

Economy hatchback and mini moke rentals are very popular in Barbados. Larger vehicles including soft top Jeeps are also fairly common, as well as mid-sized and compact sized vehicles.

As a general rule of thumb, the smaller the vehicle the lower the rental price.

Major Brand Rental Companies vs Drive Barbados Car Rental Company

Major brand name companies are usually located at Grantley Adams airport, and they are by far the most expensive and seem to be the highest priced (on average 30% higher than local companies). This is usually the case because they have to cover the costs of branding, employees and office leasing atGAIA airport.

Our family operated business in Barbados offers you one of the most affordable vehicle rental options on the island.
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