Public buses, taxis, and rental cars in St Martin encompass the transportation options on the island, supplemented by tour busses that will provide you with fun tours around the island.
You can find a large variety of tour operators that offer different kinds of tours around the island. Prices vary according to the sights you wish to see and the activities.
Another option for both St Martin and St Maarten transportation, buses are always a good way to see some of the most popular locations. There are bus stops located throughout the larger cities with a few minibuses that will take you on various routes. The bus fare is very reasonable and most buses are available from 7 a.m. until midnight.
Providing a similar level of independence to rental cars in St Martin are, of course, taxis. The good thing about this mode of St Maarten transportation is that there are no meters. Instead, all have to carry government issued rate sheets for all destinations throughout the island. You can find the taxi stations at Wathey Square and at the Princess Juliana Airport.
The most popular mode of transportation is St Martin
car rentals. You can find a wide range of St Maarten rental
cars throughout the entire area of the island, especially beside tourist attractions and
the docks. In order to be able to get rentals
cars in St Martin you will need a valid driver's
license, a major credit card, or you can use a cash deposit,
which is usually over 350 US dollars. However, if you
truly want the freedom to explore the island at your own
pace and go exactly where you want to go, rental cars
in St Martin are the way to go.
The drawback for St Martin car rentals is that you cannot schedule to pick one up at the airport upon your arrival. Since jobs are important in the local economy, this practice is in place to ensure that taxi drivers can still earn a living. To avoid this, call St Maarten rental cars in advance in order to rent a car, so you can pick it up at the airport. On the Dutch side, you can find St Maarten rental cars at the Princess Juliana International Airport.
The majority of rentals cars in St
Martin all have automatic transmissions and air conditioning.
However, you may want to ask prior to booking about the
rental car's features. During the high season, which
is from December to April, you may not find any St Maarten
car rentals companies with vehicles available. In
order to ensure you have a vehicle you should book your
St Martin car rental in advance of your trip. If you are
going during the tourist season, you should make arrangements
at least one month in advance.
You do not have to worry about searching for a 4WD vehicle, as you will not need one while visiting St Maarten. Another St Maarten transportation option is renting scooters or motorbikes. Helmets must be worn at all times if you are visiting the French side and is normally included with the rental at no extra cost. You should also ride with caution, as many tourists may not know the terrain so it is advised to be careful while on the road.