Thanks to several different public transportation options, you may not necessarily require a rental car, but most people still feel this is the best way to get around the island. Fortunately, it is easy and affordable to choose this option so if you are one who feels comfortable driving in a foreign country, this could be the best choice for you.
Depending on how you arrive on the island, most people will have their first encounter with local rental agencies either at the airport or near the cruise port. There are technically no rental agencies on airport property, but they are so near to the facility that you can walk, and most places offer shuttle services. If you're hoping to rent a car later in the week, you'll find that some agencies offer a drop-off and Phipick-up service so they will either bring the car to you at your accommodations, or send someone to pick you up and bring you in to sign your paperwork before driving off.
To rent a car in Philipsburg, you'll need to be over the age of 25 and have an international driver's license. Some locations also require that you put a deposit of up to $500(USD) on your credit card, so this is something to be prepared for.
The chart below lists the vehicle rental agencies located in this general area.
|(721) 542-2614||117 Suckergarden Road - Philipsburg|
|Arthur's Car Rental||(721) 542-6260||Frontstreet - Philipsburg|
|(721) 545-3465||64 Frontstreet - Philipsburg|
|(721) 542-5733||Backstreet - Philipsburg|
|(721) 543-7181||Suckergarden Road - Philipsburg|
|(721) 545-3185||8 Grenada Road - Philipsburg|
|(721) 542-3420||8 Welgelegen Road - Philipsburg|
|(721) 543-1188||57 Suckergarden Road - Philipsburg|
|Hertz Sonesta Philipsburg||(721) 454-4541||Sonesta Great Bay Beach Hotel - Philipsburg|
|(721) 543-2058||Anguilla Drive - Philipsburg|
|(721) 542-1050||Suckergarden Road - Philipsburg|
|(721) 545-4239||20 Juancho Yrausquin Boulevard - Philipsburg|
|(721) 542-0412||17 Suckergarden Road - Philipsburg|
|Rodael Rental||(721) 542-5155||2 Coralita Rd. - Philipsburg|
Throughout the islands you'll find prices at all rental agencies to be pretty much the same. Rentals start at around $30(USD) for the most basic models, and prices go up from there as you add size, features, and insurance. You may be able to find discounts in the off-season, but since prices are low to begin with you can feel confident you're always getting a good deal.
The roads in Philipsburg are narrow, and this is one of the towns on the island known to be congested with traffic most often. Still, the streets are pretty well kept up and driving conditions are good. Keep in mind that you'll drive on the right side, speed bumps and roundabouts are extremely common, and seat belts are mandatory.
There are at least three gas stations in Philipsburg, and most major cities around the rest of the island have at least one. Do be aware, however, that it is rare to find a station that accepts credit cards so make sure to have cash on hand.
There is a decent availability of gas stations near the area. Check out the table below to see where some are located.
|(721) 543-7731||Bush Road - 1.1 mi. (1.7 km) Northwest of Philipsburg|
|(721) 542-4444||Bush Road - Saunders|
|(721) 542-3645||92 Arch Road off Suckergarden - Philipsburg|
|(721) 590 87-8370||Saunders|
|(721) 543-2264||7 Suckergarden Road - Philipsburg|
There are few reasons to discourage someone from renting a car in Philipsburg, so if you're hoping to make this your main mode of transportation, you can begin looking for the perfect agency for you and know you shouldn't encounter any trouble as you do so.
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