Rental Cars in Sint Maarten

Car rentals in St. Maarten allow you to take the wheel and be in charge of getting around

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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.

Renting a Car

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.

Review this table that shows the array of area rental agencies.

Vehicle Rental Companies
Name Phone Location
Alamo Car Rental (721) 545-5546 Airport Road - Simpson Bay
Antillean Car Rental (721) 542-2614 117 Suckergarden Road - Philipsburg
Arthur's Car Rental (721) 542-6260 Frontstreet - Philipsburg
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
Europcar (721) 544-4138 1 Waterfront Road - Cole Bay
Hertz Airport Road (721) 545-4543 Airport Road - Simpson Bay
Hertz La Terrasse (721) 545-4541 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
National Car Rental (721) 545-2488 17 Airport Road - Simpson Bay
National Lucky Car Rental (721) 544-4268 Waterfront Road - Cole 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
Robelto Car Rental (721) 542-0412 17 Suckergarden Road - Philipsburg
Rodael Rental (721) 542-5155 2 Coralita Rd. - Philipsburg
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

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.

Driving Around Sint Maarten

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.

Gasoline stations in and around Sint Maarten happen to be quite available. Be sure to check the table directly below to gain a better feel for the situation. the table

Gas Stations
Name Phone Location
Abdul Texaco (721) 542-2269 26-A Bush Road - Saunders
Bush Road Gas Station (721) 543-7731 Bush Road - 1.1 mi. (1.7 km) Northwest of Philipsburg
Caribbean Auto Star Mart (721) 542-4444 Bush Road - Saunders
Caribbean Auto Star Shoppe (721) 544-5211 Union ROad - Cole Bay
Gas Station -- Cole Bay
Gas Station -- Philipsburg
Quality Stations (721) 544-3665 Welfare Road 18 - Cole Bay
Shell (721) 590 87-7730 Simpson Bay
Shell Madame Estate (721) 542-3645 92 Arch Road off Suckergarden - Philipsburg
Shell Select (721) 545-5019 Airport Road - Simpson Bay
St. Peters Shell Gas Station (721) 548-4400 96 L.B. Scott Road - St. Peters
Starmart (721) 544-3665 Welfare Road 69 - Simpson Bay
Tackling Gas Station -- Cole Bay
Tackling Shell Service Station (721) 544-2074 Union Road - Cole Bay
Texaco (721) 590 87-8370 Saunders
Texaco Starmart (721) 544-3665 18 Welfare Road - 1.0 mi. (1.7 km) Southeast of Simpson Bay
Vioru Service Station (721) 544-2030 92 Welfare Road - 1.1 mi. (1.8 km) Southeast of Simpson Bay
Yuppie Service Station (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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