In Oyster Pond, sailing may be the most preferred mode of transportation, but to get around and see the sites of St. Maarten and St. Martin most fully, renting a car may make more sense. Fortunately, there are plenty of rental agencies throughout the island, and you have the option of renting for just a day or two if you won't need a car on hand the whole time you visit.
If you're going to rent a car for the entirety of your stay in Oyster Pond, you'll find the best course of action will be to rent when you arrive at the airport. Although there are technically no rental car agencies located on property they are located within walking distance of arrivals and most places have a shuttle for those unable to walk. If you'd prefer to take a taxi to your hotel and rent a car for just a day or two later on, you'll be pleased to know that most local agencies offer vehicle deliver to accommodations in Oyster Pond. In order to rent here, you'll have to be over the age of 25 and in possession of an international driver's license.
View the following chart for some of the rental centers in this area.
|(059) 087-3822||Cul de Sac - French Cul de Sac|
|(721) 545-3185||8 Grenada Road - Philipsburg|
|(059) 029-2732||Mont Vernon - Mont Vemon|
|(059) 087-3724||Quartier D'Orleans - French Cul de Sac|
|Triple A Car Rental||(059) 087-3717||Quartier d'Orleans - French Cul de Sac|
The cost to rent a car in Oyster Pond is very low to start. Standard vehicles with no extras are $30(USD) a day, though, the more features you add and the bigger the vehicle gets, the more you'll pay. You can also choose additional insurance coverage for $10(USD) a day.
Oyster Pond's roads are narrow, but they are pretty well-maintained, so this is a destination that most foreigners feel confident driving in. Traffic moves on the right side of the road like in the United States, but it is common for locals to park right along the street and you'll have to navigate around them. Things to be aware of when you drive here: seat belts are required and roundabouts and speed bumps are common.
There is at least one gas station right in Oyster Pond, but the island has more than you might expect for its small size, so you shouldn't have to worry about running out of gas in an unknown area. Do be aware that you likely will have to pay cash for your fuel.
Since you could come across problems finding gas stations, check out the listing below for an idea where some of them are located.
|(059) 087-7037||Quartier d'Orleans - 2.0 mi. (3.3 km) South West of Orient Bay|
|--||2.8 mi. (4.4 km) North of Oyster Pond|
Oyster Pond is one of those locations where you don't necessarily have to rent a car, but having one on hand is great when you want to get out and do some exploring. Fortunately, costs are low, renting is easy, and conditions are good, so people from around the world can feel confident making this their main mode of transport.
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