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Old January 18th, 2015, 04:58 PM
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Default Philipsburg, St Maarten - what to do?

Best way to get around the island from the ship? Taxi, or ...?
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Any ideas on what you want to do?? Yes, taxi's are easy to get you around..
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We always rent a car.

As you get off the pier, off to the right are a bunch of car rental kiosks. Cost is about $45 for the day, which is much cheaper than a taxi or an excursion. Plus, we get to do what we want, when we want, and where we want.

Have done it about 1/2 dozen times and it's so much nicer than anything else. In fact, once we rented a Jeep for about $75 and took off over the mountains. It was awesome!

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Just watch your time. Traffic can get backed up around Simpson's Bay
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We always go in a clockwise route around the island, so we head over to Marigot, go to the wonderful flea market, and work our way over to Orient Beach. Afterwards, we continue clockwise as it's shorter from Orient Beach back to the pier that way and we bypass all the traffic.

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I think an island tour is the best we to see both sides of the island and having a a knowledgeable tour guide show you their island.....you can stop to shop, and we once jumped off on the French side,and dines alfresco,and crabbed back to the ship. Enjoyable day.
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Agreed! Car rental the best way to go. Head over to the French side, work your way north to Maho Bay and watch the airplanes land over your head! Then back to the dock. Be aware of the time though... traffic can get backed up as you head to Phillipsburg.

Another GREAT activity that we do everywhere we go is Geocaching. Excellent way to find places off the beaten path and meet local people. It's free, and a worldwide hobby. (Although, in support of Geocaching, I pay for an annual membership - a small price to pay for such wonderful activities). There are some terrific caches on the island.
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