One of the easiest ways to get around St. Maarten is by taxi. They are readily available, reliable, and inexpensive when compared to the price of a rental car. When you hire a taxi, your driver is in charge of getting you from point A to point B, and you can simply sit back and enjoy the ride.
Like most places around the world, you can hail a cab as one passes you by on the street, or call ahead and have them pick you up at a particular place during a particular time. Taxis are constantly milling around the Princess Juliana International Airport as well as in Wathey Square in Philipsburg, but if you can't find one, call the Taxi Association Dispatch at 147. If you're still at your hotel, the concierge desk will typically call a cab for you without issue. Note that if you hail a cab on your own, you will want to check the license plate for the letters “TAXI.” This ensures that this is a legally run and licensed taxi cab.
Traveling by taxi doesn't mean you're stuck touring only the Dutch side of the island. Drivers have no problem transporting guests to French St. Martin and dropping them off, but you should know that drivers on each side go by different prices, so make sure you are aware of how much you are paying before you settle in.
Check out the following chart for a list of taxi companies that serve Sint Maarten.
|(721) 546-7759||Princess Juliana International Airport - 1.0 mi. (1.7 km) West-Northwest of Simpson Bay|
|Big Time Taxi Service||(721) 556-7240||Philipsburg|
|(721) 542-3070||13 Felix Marlin Road - Nazareth|
|St. Maarten Tours||(721) 543-7815||68-B ATH Illidge Road - Dutch Cul de Sac|
Most fares are based on two passenger rides, and each additional passenger will incur a $4(USD) charge. Other up charges include luggage ($1 per piece), and late hours (an additional 25 percent between the hours of 10:00 p.m. and midnight, and 50 percent between midnight and 6:00 a.m.). Still, on both sides of the island your base rate is fixed, so there should be no surprises when you are asked to pay.
If you're looking for a tour of the island, many taxi drivers are well-equipped to do so. Just let them know what your interests are and for a fee, they will drive you around and discuss the important facts about the island and the sites that you see. Don't forget to tip your driver about 15 percent, whether he is giving you a tour or not.
Traveling by taxi takes all of the pressure off of you. You can get to where you want to go when you want to go there without being in charge of driving in a foreign country. This makes getting around St. Maarten a breeze.
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