We are sailing on the Glory in November and really would like to see both side of the island....possible Marigot. What is the best way for 6 people to do this without taking a ships tour. We would like to take our time and not be hurried by a tour schedule.
I enjoyed Godfrey's Tour. He has open air vans. They meet you at the ship then take you shopping, pick you up at a designated time, take you on a tour of the island and then if you want to go to the beach for awhile, they will come back and get you and take you to the ship.
We didn't want to do a tour, either, so took a cab to the French side. Lovely drive. Like Kuki advised, rent a car - that's what we decided we'd do if we ever return.
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With that many people it is best to rent a car. There are places right there at the pier that will rent you a vehicle. My wife and I rented a motorbike once and even though it was fine for us I don't recommend them for others anywhere. Take the car and enjoy the island as there is much to see. There is a road that basically goes all the way around the island.
They drive like maniacs on St. Thomas and St. Martin. Not to mention they drive on the wrong side of the road (if you are from the states). They drive on the left. Each time I visit an island I can not get over how horrible they drive. Last visit to St. Martin our tour bus driver started backing out with a car coming right towards where I was sitting in the bus, neither vehicle slowed down until I yelled "theirs a car!" The bus driver stopped and the car sped by narrowly missing the bus. He apologized for scaring me out of my skin. This seems to be the normal on many of the islands not the exception.
Safe? Do you mean will you be mugged? I don't know. In most islands there are extremely poor areas and wealthy areas.