Car Rentals in Simpson Bay

Get behind the wheel and explore Simpson Bay when you choose to rent a car

Photo credit: © Tommy Miles

Renting a car during your time in Simpson Bay is a recommended form of transportation.  While it is not a necessity, it certainly makes getting around easier, and great driving conditions means you don't have to worry too much about driving in a foreign country.

Renting a Car

There are a few independent rental agencies in Philipsburg, but most people find it easier to pick up their rental car when they first arrive on the island either at the airport or near the ferry or cruise ports.  Most agencies also offer a delivery service for those who don't want to rent for their entire stay.  In order to rent here, you need to be over the age of 25 and have an international driver's license.  

Check the following table for the rental agencies in this area.

Vehicle Rental Companies
Name Phone Location
Alamo Car Rental (721) 545-5546 Airport Road - Simpson Bay
Avis Airport Road (721) 545-2316 120 Airport Road - Simpson Bay
Best Deal Car Rental (721) 545-3061 Airport Road - Simpson Bay
Budget Rent-A-Car Airport Road (721) 545-4030 94 Airport Road - Simpson Bay
Empress Car Rental (721) 545-2062 #72 Airport Road - Simpson Bay
Hertz Airport Road (721) 545-4543 Airport Road - Simpson Bay
Hertz La Terrasse (721) 545-4541 Cole Bay
Hertz Port de Plaisance (721) 454-4541 Princess Port de Plaisance - Cole Bay
Hertz Royal Palm (721) 545-4541 Royal Palm Beach Resort - Simpson Bay
Kenny's Car Rental (721) 545-3201 2 Fan Coral Road - Beacon Hill
Leisure Car Rental St. Maarten (721) 581-8577 Princess Juliana International Airport - 1.0 mi. (1.7 km) West-Northwest of Simpson Bay
National Car Rental (721) 545-2488 17 Airport Road - Simpson Bay
Paradise Car Rental -- Simpson Bay
Payless Rentals (721) 545-3061 Princess Juliana International Airport - 1.0 mi. (1.7 km) West-Northwest of Simpson Bay
Safari Car Rentals (721) 545-3185 Airport Road - Simpson Bay
Summerset Car Rental (721) 545-4138 Airport Road - Simpson Bay
Thrifty SXM (721) 545-2393 Princess Juliana International Airport - 1.0 mi. (1.7 km) West-Northwest of Simpson Bay
Tropicana Car Rental (721) 544-3470 35 Oynx Road - Pelican Key
Value Car Rental (721) 545-5634 122A Airport Rd. Village - Simpson Bay

The Cost of Renting a Car

The great thing about renting a car in Simpson Bay is that the price is typically pretty low.  Rates start at just $30(USD) a day, though of course they go up the more features you add the higher the price will go.  You can also add insurance for around $10(USD) a day.  Be aware that most agencies ask you to put a deposit of about $500(USD) on your credit card to be refunded when you return the car.

Driving in Simpson Bay

Road conditions are pretty good in Simpson Bay, though the roads are narrow and locals tend to park on the side of the road.  Traffic moves to the right and there are plenty of roundabout and speed bumps through town.  Seat belts are mandatory and child safety seats are required as well.

There are also a few gas stations in town, and most major towns have a few so you shouldn't have trouble finding fuel when you start to run out.  Keep cash on hand, though, because very few locations accept debit or credit cards. 

Since you might come across difficulties finding places to refuel, take a look at the table right below to get an idea where some are located.

Gas Stations
Name Phone Location
Shell (721) 590 87-7730 Simpson Bay
Shell Select (721) 545-5019 Airport Road - Simpson Bay
Starmart (721) 544-3665 Welfare Road 69 - Simpson Bay
Texaco Starmart (721) 544-3665 18 Welfare Road - 1.0 mi. (1.7 km) Southeast of Simpson Bay

There are three things tourists tend to look at when the consider renting a car for vacation: how easy it is to find a good rental car, how much it costs, and what the driving conditions are like.  In Simpson Bay, these three questions have answers that almost always give tourists confidence in choosing to make rental cars a top choice for them. 


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