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Rent a car? or better to stick to the tour guides?

Post by Richardus » Sun Jan 23, 2011 8:26 pm

We will only be staying one week and are wondering if it's even worth renting a car for our planned schedule which will mostly involved hired tours when leaving the resort. I can see how a car would give you the freedom to roam and explore the island, but if your entire week is planned out with tours, would it be necessary? We are on the fence with this one so any feedback would be helpful. Thanks!

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Post by David Watkins » Mon Jan 24, 2011 9:33 am

Richardus,personally i would rent a car and do my own tours.You will be your own master,able to stop where,when and for how long you want and it will probably turn out to be cheaper!
I would recommend KCNN car hire,who will meet you at the airport.
http://www.tobagocarhire.com
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Post by RosyV » Mon Jan 24, 2011 11:50 am

Hi Richardus, I would certainly agree with David. On our first trip to Tobago, last year, we hired a car and enjoyed exploring the island. It was also great fun sticking on some Soca CD's and really getting into the Tobagonian spirt as we drove about. However, depending on where your staying I wouldn't necessary recommend you hire a car for your whole stay as you are going to be spending a good deal of time relaxing round the pool, lazing on the beach, swimming and generally "liming". We are returning in 22 days (the clock is ticking and we're crossing off the calender) and are hiring a hard topped Jeep again, for a week only (covering the middle of our two weeks). That way we spend the first four days "slowing down" followed by some freedom to explore etc and then a few more days at the end of our holiday to do nothing else but chill before returning to "normal" city life. We hired our car from Sheppey who is a really lovely man with excellent vehicles and customer service. We're already booked with him for this year. Have a lovely holiday! :D

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Post by Hugh S » Mon Jan 24, 2011 2:18 pm

Rosy, I like the way you think; how you timed your rental. =D>

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Post by RosyV » Mon Jan 24, 2011 5:35 pm

Thank you Hugh. I see you are a San Franciscan, you lucky person. We visited a few years ago and thought it was a wonderful and exciting city. Expect you too must enjoy laid back Tobago though (we're from the great metropolis called London!) :D

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Post by Hugh S » Mon Jan 24, 2011 6:53 pm

Yes Rosy, SF is a wonderful place!

When I visit Tobago I am usually there for 6 weeks or more so I rent for part of that time only. A car would just sit in the driveway otherwise.

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Post by Richardus » Mon Jan 24, 2011 9:58 pm

Thanks for the responses. Hmm I will have to give this some thought. As we are only staying 7 nights and planning three guided tours, I'm not sure a car would suit us on this trip, whilst not touring we will be "liming" so a car may not be needed. I have been reading that for the tours they pick you up at the hotel anyways. but I will give it more thought for sure.

I"m also not used to driving on the "wrong side of the road" and could end up making a right turn and doing a "head-on" with a maxi bus!

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Post by Hugh S » Mon Jan 24, 2011 10:16 pm

It should not be a problem getting a car at the last minute if you decide to wait. I second David's recommendation of KCNN: great people!

And yes, driving on the other side can be a challenge! :shock:

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Re: Rent a car? or better to stick to the tour guides?

Post by Jackie » Wed Jan 26, 2011 4:05 pm

Hi ,
you guys that have been here before have you experienced any of the crime on Tobago that people have started to talk about? We are going to Tobago in 12 days and can't wait.
I also read that it was a bad idea to go to English mans bay alone, any ideas about that?
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Post by Peter Kuhn » Wed Jan 26, 2011 5:11 pm

Hi Jackie,
never heard about problems at Englishman´s Bay.
But at Bucco- and Back Bay some people getting robbed in the last years.
I would never bring too much money to any beach :idea:
On daytime I think at Englishman´s you´ll be never totaly alone......
....enjoy your stay 8)

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Post by Mr Jensen » Wed Jan 26, 2011 6:17 pm

Hi

I have been to the island twice and never expirienced any crime..... I have heard about it but never seen it. Use Comon sense and you will love the island and come back year after year....

Ps. Traveling to paradise (tobago) tomorow for 14 days

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Post by Jackie » Wed Jan 26, 2011 8:07 pm

Thanks a lot. Pleased you haven't experienced any thing nasty. As you say common sense :D 12 days to go and counting =D>

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Post by RosyV » Wed Jan 26, 2011 8:58 pm

Hi Jackie,
Like Thomas we too are returning to paradise very soon (21 days to go in our case). We had a wonderful time last year (our first visit) and during our stay neither saw or experienced any crime. It's a lovely place with warm friendly people. You will love it. :D

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Post by Richardus » Thu Jan 27, 2011 12:38 am

Did my thread just get hijacked? Thats a crime too [-X j/k

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Post by Jackie » Thu Jan 27, 2011 2:03 pm

Thanks I am sure we will 8)

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Post by Jackie » Fri Jan 28, 2011 4:45 pm

Can anyone help here? All the car hire companies I am trying seem to have an excess of between TT$8000.00. and TT$10000.00. anyone know of one that doesn't have an excess ?
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Re: Rent a car? or better to stick to the tour guides?

Post by Steve Wooler » Fri Jan 28, 2011 5:08 pm

Hello Jackie

If you do not want the responsibility of paying any excess in the unfortunate event of an accident or damage, you must take out Collision Damage Waiver (CDW). It's a sort of insurance. All the reputable rental services will offer it as an optional extra, with cost varying between US$10-US$30 per day, depending upon the size and type of vehicle. Some agencies offer different levels of CDW.
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Post by Jackie » Fri Jan 28, 2011 5:40 pm

Hi Steve,
they are still saying that there is an excess though. Shemans says there is an excess if we should hit another car ( they haven't replied to my question of how much yet) and kcnn says there is an excess of TT$10000.00. and bacolet beach club says TT$8000.00. :(
Any more ideas please. Not that we are intending to damage anything but we would like to be covered just incase.
Thanks Jackie

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Post by Steve Wooler » Fri Jan 28, 2011 5:41 pm

Hi Jackie

I would recommend trying Sheppy or the Yes Tourism car rental brokerage service.
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Re: Rent a car? or better to stick to the tour guides?

Post by Jackie » Sat Jan 29, 2011 4:02 pm

Just discovering how expensive it is in comparison to other places to rent a car with full cdw on Tobago :shock:

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