Many travelers like to be in control of their own transportation as they tour St. Maarten during their trip to the Caribbean, and these folks will find that renting a vehicle is the best option for them. In this nation, it is easy, there are no outrageous requirements, and the prices are reasonable as well.
One of the best things about renting a car in St. Maarten is that it allows you to easily drive around both St. Maarten and her French sister St. Martin. Lax border control and similar laws means that you won't even have to give it a second thought. Simply dive until you've reached the site on the French side of the island that you want to see.
Rental agencies must usually deliver cars directly to your hotel, so you may need to take a taxi from the airport. There are many agencies at your disposal on both parts of the island, and you can find rental car stations near the airport. It is common for rental car agencies to deliver your vehicle to you at your hotel, but you can also pick it up directly from the airport where there are numerous agencies on site.
Each agency has its own requirements and restrictions, like how old you have t be to rent with them. Contact the agency directly if you have any questions. Meanwhile, the St. Maarten government honors all international diver's licenses, so if your home country believes you are suited to drive, you may do so on this island.
The chart below lists the rental agencies located in the immediate vicinity of Sint Maarten.
|(721) 545-5546||Airport Road - Simpson Bay|
|(721) 545-2885||114 Airport Road - Simpson Bay|
|(721) 545-3923||Maho Shopping Plaza - Maho Reef|
|Arthur's Car Rental||(721) 542-6260||Frontstreet - Philipsburg|
|(721) 545-2316||120 Airport Road - Simpson Bay|
|Avis Reina Juliana Airport||(721) 545-2847||Princess Juliana International Airport - 1.0 mi. (1.7 km) West-Northwest of 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) 544-3637||31 Billy Folly Road - Pelican Key|
|(721) 077-1046||Princess Juliana International Airport - 1.0 mi. (1.7 km) West-Northwest of Simpson Bay|
|(721) 544-4138||1 Waterfront Road - Cole Bay|
|(721) 545-3185||8 Grenada Road - Philipsburg|
|(721) 545-4543||Airport Road - Simpson Bay|
|Hertz Flamingo Beach Club||(721) 545-4541||Diamond Resorts Flamingo Beach Resort - Pelican Key|
|Hertz La Terrasse||(721) 545-4541||La Terrasse - Cole Bay|
|Hertz Philipsburg Pier||(721) 545-4541||J Yrausquin Boulevard - Point Blanche|
|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|
|Hertz Sonesta Maho Reef||(721) 545-4541||Sonesta Maho Beach Resort & Casino - Maho Reef|
|Hertz Sonesta Philipsburg||(721) 454-4541||Sonesta Great Bay Beach Hotel - Philipsburg|
|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|
|(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|
|Rodael Rental||(721) 542-5155||2 Coralita Rd. - Philipsburg|
|Safari Car Rentals||(721) 545-3185||Airport Road - Simpson Bay|
|(721) 545-3335||Princess Juliana International Airport - 1.0 mi. (1.7 km) West-Northwest of Simpson Bay|
|Thrifty SXM||(721) 545-2393||Princess Juliana International Airport - 1.0 mi. (1.7 km) West-Northwest of Simpson Bay|
|Value Car Rental||(721) 545-5634||122A Airport Rd. Village - Simpson Bay|
You can expect to pay anywhere from $30 to $50(USD) for your rental, plus taxes and fees, included in which is the drop off service and unlimited mileage. Notice that you will be in charge of paying for gasoline, and if you want extras like a child seat or insurance, you will have to pay more as well. These can cost between $9 and $14(USD) a day each.
Requirements and restrictions can vary. If you are concerned about minimum and maximum age restrictions, insurance requirements and the like, consider contacting each firm directly, before making a final decision. Generally, however, Sint Maarten will honor international driver's licenses for those who wish to rent cars. Seat belts are required in both countries. Children under 12 are required to ride in the back seat, and children under 4 should be in a car or booster seats. Some rental car agencies even offer safety seats for rent. Roads on both parts of the island are in good condition for the Caribbean, but drivers should beware of poorly lit streets, herds of animals, and concealed or missing street signs. Drivers should always drive defensively while in another country.
Like in the United States, driving is done on the right side of the road, and many driving laws are similar. For example, seat belts are required to bed worn at all times, children under the age of 12 much be in the back of the vehicle, and children under the age of four must be buckled into the appropriate safety seat. Some rental car agencies will rent these out to you, but make sure to ask in advance because you may need to bring one along with you.
The roads in St. Maarten are in excellent condition, though drivers may encounter some things they've never been up against before like herds of animals in the middle of the road, and missing street signs.
Take a look at the chart just below which displays an array of refueling options in and around Sint Maarten.
|(721) 542-2269||26-A Bush Road - Saunders|
|(721) 543-7731||Bush Road - 1.1 mi. (1.7 km) Northwest of Philipsburg|
|(721) 542-4444||Bush Road - Saunders|
|(721) 544-5211||Union ROad - Cole Bay|
|(721) 544-3665||Welfare Road 18 - Cole Bay|
|(721) 590 87-7730||Simpson Bay|
|(721) 542-3645||92 Arch Road off Suckergarden - Philipsburg|
|(721) 545-5019||Airport Road - Simpson Bay|
|(721) 548-4400||96 L.B. Scott Road - St. Peters|
|(721) 544-3665||Welfare Road 69 - Simpson Bay|
|(721) 544-2074||Union Road - Cole Bay|
|(721) 590 87-8370||Saunders|
|(721) 544-3665||18 Welfare Road - 1.0 mi. (1.7 km) Southeast of Simpson Bay|
|(721) 544-2030||92 Welfare Road - 1.1 mi. (1.8 km) Southeast of Simpson Bay|
|(721) 543-2264||7 Suckergarden Road - Philipsburg|
Take charge of your destiny when you rent a car in St. Maarten. There are plenty of sites to see and activities to participate in, that waiting around for a bus or a cab will only cut into your precious vacation and prevent you from making even more memories.
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