Antigua might be relatively small, but the temptation to visit all those 365 beaches, without crawling around at the pace of one per day means that a hire car will certainly be useful.
We assume you haven’t got all year, so once you have dealt with the nuisance of having to pay for a local driving licence, you will be able to start exploring.
As with anywhere, a hire car will bring flexibility. Antigua has so many stunning beaches that it is better to have one than not. The extortionate cost of Antigua car hire would be a reason for us to advise against renting one, but a holiday (or vacation) in Antigua is an expensive outlay, whether you are flying in from Europe or North America.
So given all these costs, should you hire a car in Antigua? With the price of hotels and flights to Antigua already high, a rental car is one cost which can be cut, but we think it is still better to have one to explore the island, especially if you are visiting on a special once-in-a-lifetime trip.