Sint Maarten is an especially popular hub for ferry services thanks to the duty free shopping that draws tourists visiting neighboring islands. Guests visiting this Dutch nation can take advantage of these ferries, too, and visit such locales and Anguilla, Saba, and St. Barts.
Ferry services between St. Maarten and the aforementioned islands are frequent, with trips on an almost daily basis. Additionally, the abundance of ferry services keeps prices competitive. Note, that if you do decide to utilize a ferry, you will need your passport and another form of identification to board – you will be traveling to another country, after all.
Thanks to the Princess Juliana International Airport being a major hub for international flights, a common trend is for tourists to fly into Philipsburg, then head down to the ferry docks and take a ferry to their final destination. While this does take a bit more time, it saves quite a bit of money, and offers an adventurous feel to your trip.
The great thing about this dual-nation island is that if there isn't a ferry leaving for your required destination at a specific time, you can check the schedule for ferry services on the other side of the island. The following is a chart of which ferry services are available in St. Maarten and her sister St. Martin.
Check the following chart for ferry details.
|0.6 mi. (1.0 km) South of Philipsburg|
|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|
|Blowing Point||Simpson Bay Ferry Port||Blowing Point Ferry Terminal||Anguilla Ferry and Charter Service||many times per day|
|Oyster Pond||Gustavia Ferry Port||Oyster Pond Ferry Dock||Compagnie Maritime Voyager||several times per day|
|Philipsburg||Fort Bay Ferry Terminal||Philipsburg Ferry Dock||Saba C Transport||3 to 4 days per week|
|Philipsburg||Gustavia Ferry Port||Philipsburg Ferry Dock||Great Bay Express||at least daily|
|Philipsburg||Philipsburg Ferry Dock||Philpsburg Cruise Port Ferry Dock||many times per day|
|Simpson Bay||Fort Bay Ferry Terminal||Simpson Bay Ferry Port||Aquamania Ferries||3 to 4 days per week|
|Simpson Bay||Gustavia Ferry Port||Simpson Bay Ferry Port||Aquamania Ferries||3 to 4 days per week|
Ferries in St. Maarten are affordable and reliable ways to get around. Consider planning a day trip aboard one and really make the most of your vacation to the Caribbean.
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