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Getting Around in St Maarten
 
 
 

By Road

As in the USA, traffic in St Maarten drives on the right. Most roads are good. There are good taxi services on the island running from the airport, main hotels and towns. Taxis do not have meters but fares are fixed. There is a 50% surcharge after midnight. There is a taxi station at Wathey Square. Taxi drivers do not expect a tip.

There are plenty of car rental companies in the city and at the airport. Chauffeur-driven cars are also available. A national driving licence is acceptable. In order to protect the livelihood of taxi drivers, cars may not be picked up at the airport; they are delivered to guests' hotels instead.

It is also possible to rent motorbikes; the company is located in Cole Bay.

Buses run regularly between Philipsburg and Marigot. Minibuses serve the more popular destinations.

By Water

There is now a free water shuttle service between Simpson Bay and Port de Plaisance. As Simpson Bay is encountering especially bad traffic jams caused by (much needed) road work, the water shuttle is a great solution for crossing the Lagoon. The boat leaves frequently from Turtle Tours Boat Rentals, located at the Liberty Inn (and part of the building is the well marked Taste Factory). The location is next to the popular Boathouse Restaurant.

The service is sponsored by the Princess Casino at Port de Plaisance and other businesses on the resort's premises (Country Club Gym, Spa and Tennis, La Dolce Vita Ristorante Italiano, Esco Pazzo Pizzeria). You need to have a voucher stamp-validated at the casino, so that the round-trip is for free. If you don't wish to have a voucher validated, the shuttle can also be used by paying a nominal fee.

The water shuttle is already used by residents for commuting to work and is highly recommended to all island visitors: a great chance to see a bit of Simpson Bay Lagoon from the water, passing along some of the elegant marinas and at the same time not standing in traffic.

 

 
 

 



 


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