For vacationers who are not doing extensive touring of the island and simply want to take a leisurely day trip to another major tourist destination, buses are a cheap way of getting around St. Martin. They also provide the advantage of immersing a traveler even more into island life.
Bus travel in St. Martin is often a colorful and exciting experience. Here, the privately owned jitneys will carry up to 12 or 14 passengers on major routes throughout the island while playing energizing zouk music.
Many native islanders use jitneys as a cheap means of transportation, and these small buses usually run from about 7 a.m. in the morning to midnight along serving the major destinations on the island, from Marigot Bay to Grand Case, and even across the border to Dutch St. Maarten making stops in Philipsburg and Simpson Bay. Buses should have their destination posted on the vehicle, and passengers who are not in primary pick up spots in major destinations can simply flag a bus down.
Buses can be sometimes be crowded, as passengers loads are small. Service to more remote areas is not always available or reliable, but fares will only run from $1.50(USD) to $3(USD), making this option very affordable.
Tourists who would like to avoid being in charge of driving themselves from place to place during their St. Martin vacation will find that hopping aboard a bus can be a fun – and affordable –way to get around.
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