Thanks to the large number of tourists who visit St. Martin for just a few hours from other nearby islands, taxis are a popular form of transportation in Orient Bay. Fortunately, the drivers are amiable and the cabs are readily available, so you never have to worry about if you should rent a car just to avoid the hassle.
Orient Bay is a very popular tourist destination on the French side of the island, attracting those visiting the island for a day via ferry, those who are staying on the island long-term and just want to spend a day on the beaches they've heard so much about, and those who choose to stay in town throughout their entire visit. For this reason, it is never hard to find a taxi in Orient Bay – though telling them apart from private vehicles can be tricky because there aren't very many of them that have any discernible markings. Instead, you'll be able to pick them out of the crowd because of the letters “TXI” on the license plate.
If you're just visiting Orient Bay for some time on the beach, you'll find that taxi drivers are always ready and waiting to take guests back to their accommodations, the cruise terminal, or wherever else they need to go. In the rare event that you cannot find a taxi, simply contact one of the local companies via phone and they will send someone to pick you up.
See the chart that follows for contact phone numbers for local taxis.
|(059) 087-3105||Quartier d'Orleans - French Cul de Sac|
|(059) 087-3166||Quartier d'Orleans - 2.1 mi. (3.4 km) South West of Orient Bay|
|(059) 087-8451||Grand Case - Grand-Case|
The rates are fixed at Orient Bay, which means you can get into the cab and your driver should be able to tell you right away how much it will cost to get anywhere on the island – even if you want to travel to the Dutch St. Maarten. Do be aware, however, that these rates are based on a two passenger occupancy, which means extra passengers pay $4(USD) to ride per person. Luggage will also cost about $1(USD) per piece, and you'll pay 25 percent more between 10:00 p.m. and midnight, then 50 percent more between midnight and 6:00 a.m. On top of all of this, you'll want to make sure to tip your driver at least 15 percent.
Want to know what you'll pay to use a cab? Check out this array of examples.
|Typical Cost (USD)||Location A||Location B|
|$ 18.00 - $ 20.25||Oyster Pond||Orient Bay|
|$ 15.00 - $ 17.25||Grand-Case||Orient Bay|
|$ 20.00 - $ 23.00||Philipsburg||Orient Bay|
|$ 20.00 - $ 23.00||Downtown Marigot||Orient Bay|
|$ 6.00 - $ 9.00||John Craane Cruise Terminal||Orient Beach|
|$ 30.00 - $ 34.50||Princess Juliana International Airport||Orient Bay|
In Orient Bay, it is easy to allow a local driver to take your transportation into his or her hands. For many reasons, making taxis your main mode of transport just makes the best sense, and there is no need to worry about driving on unfamiliar roads with such a recommendable service available.
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