Exotic new vehicles are replacing the classic Mokes of St. Barthélemy.
To fully explore the island, renting a vehicle is recommended as are advance reservations, especially in the winter months. A valid driver's license is required. The most popular vehicles in St. Barth are the Suzuki Samurais and other 4WD vehicles, which make sense considering the challenging topography. Small Japanese sedans and minivans are also available. The island is crisscrossed with about 25 miles of steep, narrow and winding roads, so careful driving is advised. The speed limit is 45 km/h (28 mph).
Most major car rental companies as well as a number of local companies operate from the airport in St. Barth. A few hotels have their own fleet of rental cars.
Gas is extra, and as in all islands, its quite expensive. There are two gas stations on the island. The one near the airport is open Monday through Saturday from 7:30 to noon and from 14:00 to 17:00. A 24-hour automatic gas pump recently opened at the airport station and accepts most major credit cards. The station in Lorient is open from 7:30 to 17:00 except for Thursday afternoons and Sundays.
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Flat taxi rates are in effect for trips up to five minutes long. The fare increases for each additional three minute increment. Fares are higher Sundays, holidays and evenings. Ask the driver. There are two taxi stations on the island, one at the airport, and one in Gustavia on Rue de la République. There are no public bus service in St. Barth.
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On 2 Wheels
Motorbikes and scooters are popular with the locals but are recommended only for the most experienced riders. They can be hazardous with all of the other visitors driving around in cars who are unfamiliar with the terrain. French law requires that you wear a helmet and a motorbike or driver's license is required.
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