In the Caribbean, ferries are as normal as a public bus system in large cities in the United States. They offer inexpensive transportation while allowing you to avoid other, often busier, ways of getting around. Philipsburg has the benefit of hosting multiple services that allow you to travel both locally and internationally.
From Philipsburg, there are several different ferry services for tourists to take advantage of, each with a distinct destination in mind. One is a local option that offers something akin to a taxi ride between two towns in Sint Maarten, another travels to , a third goes to Saba, and the other offers daily trips St. Barthelemy.in
Check the following chart for ferry details.
|0.6 mi. (1.0 km) South of Philipsburg|
For a mere $7 per person or $14(USD) for unlimited trips during the day, you can hop on a ferry that travels between the ferry terminal in Philipsburg and the . The water taxi leaves every five to ten minutes.
The Link Cat Ferry is nicknamed the Anguilla Taxi, and is a private ferry service between Philipsburg and Blowing Point, Anguilla, as opposed to the public ferry that travels from Marigot on the French side of the island. Here, you have the option of booking the entire boat for yourself and those you are traveling with for $400(USD) or more, or you can call Link and find out when they will be making their “public” crossings during your visit. The price for this service is between $50 and $65(USD) a person.
You can also travel between Philipsburg and Fort Bay, Saba several times a week with Saba C Transport. Their vessel is an aluminum mono-hull called the Dawn II which is air conditioned and can carry up to 50 passengers at one time. Although the schedule is subject to change, the ferry typically leaves from Saba at 7:00 a.m. on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays, then makes the return trip that day at 4:30 p.m. The crossing takes 90 minutes and rates are $68 for an adult and $35(USD) for children for a same day round trip ticket. Prices are higher if you'd like to purchase an open-ended return.
The ferry that travels between Philipsburg and St. Barths is called Great Bay Express, and there are several crossings a day. It takes about 45 minutes and during that time, travelers are welcome to drink free soda and water as they watch TV or hang out on the upper deck taking in the sights. For this service, you pay $85 one way or $124 round trip for an adult and $52 one way or $59(USD) round trip for a child. There are also special rates for those making a day trip, costing adults just $80 and children $46(USD). The ferry leaves from St. Maarten daily at 7:15 a.m., 9:30 a.m., and 5:30 p.m., except on Sunday when the first trip of the day is canceled. The return trip from St. Barths is at 8:15 a.m., 10:30 a.m., and 6:30 p.m.
|Location Served||Dock A||Dock B||Company||Frequency|
|Blowing Point||Philipsburg Ferry Dock||Blowing Point Ferry Terminal||Link Cat Ferry Service||several times per day|
|Gustavia||Philipsburg Ferry Dock||Gustavia Ferry Port||Great Bay Express||at least daily|
|Philipsburg||Philpsburg Cruise Port Ferry Dock||Philipsburg Ferry Dock||many times per day|
|Saba||Philipsburg Ferry Dock||Fort Bay Ferry Terminal||Saba C Transport||3 to 4 days per week|
Whether you have plans to do some day tripping to the nearby islands of Anguilla and St. Barths, or you just want to avoid traffic on land, head down to the ferry terminal and let a boat provide you with a fun and unique way to travel.
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