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Old December 18th, 2005, 03:24 PM
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Which is best? Taxi or car rental. If we go taxi, what can we expect to pay in fares. If we go car rental, what is the going rate?

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HI major
we are in the same situation, and actually travelling on the same cruise. Last time we went to St. Maarten, we hired a taxi, and had no problems at all. The guy was reasonable, and told us historical facts as we passed buildings etc. He even waited for us for a few hours, while we sat on the beach, and got the guy at a local bar to serve us
Friends of ours took a taxi bus to another beach, and they had no trouble at all either.
Lots of shopping, restaurants and beaches within walking distance, and if you don't mind which beach you go to, there is even a nice one, right at the pier.
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we have been to st maarten many times and with a taxi, it all depends on what you actually would like to see. We frequently rent a car right in the port with Coastal, and pay about fifty buck for the whole day. From my point of view it works out cheaper than a taxi and the car rental company gives you a map and directions on where to go and where to go (at least Coastal does). If you prefer to be driven and and not worry about the responsibility of someone elses property, then a taxi wouuld be the way to go. We actually started with a taxi on our first visit. Its a beautiful island and only one major road. Enjoy
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This is from another thread I replied to on the subject.....it is a few years old but it gives you an idea.....


As far as taxis go, try here:
St. Martin Taxis | stmartin-guide.info

Just one possible scenario, you think you have plenty of time to get back to the ship (even if you get lost), but are not aware of the traffic backups due to the drawbrige opening times, you miss your ship.

The taxi driver would be aware of these things and be able to advise you accordingly. Between Cupecoy and Phillipsburg, there will be a drawbridge opening at 5:30 p.m. that backs up traffic.
Rush hour traffic to Philipsburg maybe starts pretty heavy anytime after 4p.m.
Rates are slightly different depending on which side of the island the taxi is based, though both Dutch and French cabs service the entire island. St. Maarten taxis have minimum fares for two passengers, and each additional passenger pays US$4 extra. One piece of luggage per person is allowed free; each additional piece is US$1 extra. Fares are 25% higher between 10pm and midnight, and 50% higher between midnight and 6am. Typical fares around the island are as follows: Queen Juliana Airport to Grand-Case: US$25 for up to two passengers and all their luggage; Marigot to Grand Case, US$15; Queen Juliana airport to anywhere in Marigot, US$15 to US$20; Queen Juliana Airport to the Maho Beach Hotel, US$6; and from Queen Juliana Airport to Philipsburg, about US$15. The airport tothe Princess casino in Cole Bay is US$12.

St. Martin taxi fares are also for two passengers, but you should plan to add about US$1 for each suitcase or valise and US$2 for each additional person. These fares are in effect from 6am to 10pm; after that, they go up by 25% until midnight, rising by 50% after midnight. On the French side, the fare from Marigot to Grand-Case is US$15, from Queen Juliana Airport to Marigot and from Queen Juliana Airport to La Samanna, US$15.

The fares on the island are not metered. Always ask what the fare will be before departing for your destination. That way, there will be no surprises!
Driving around the island is not difficult and really no distance between places is very far. The daily car rental may be equivalent to the cost of using a cab so it is really a matter of convenience. A cab will also give you a bit of a guided tour if you are not familar with the island.

If you rent a car..DO NOT LEAVE ANYTHING IN IT OR THE TRUNK.

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