The variety of culture, food and beautiful white sand beaches make St. Maarten and St. Martin popular destinations in the Caribbean. Whether you choose to arrive by plane, cruise ship, or even by helicopter, vacationers have several different choices with regards to how to arrive on this beautiful island.
Popular among Europeans and Americans alike, St. Martin sees numerous travelers year round. However, even though it has its own international airport, , most tourist will actually fly into the Dutch side, Sint Maarten, with . From there, they will take a rental car or taxi over to the French side. Still, L'Esperance Airport is still an option. Click here to learn about your options when flying into St. Martin, and compare the two airports for yourself.
Sailing to St. Martin is not very popular. Of those who do come, most will head over to the Dutch side. However, St. Martin is still an option for those willing to make the journey – with an assortment of marinas and anchorages, sailors can stop on the island and enjoy the shopping, dining, and entertainment the island is known for. Find out more of the ins and outs of sailing to St. Martin when you click here.
Cruise ships do not dock at St. Martin. However, the Dutch half of the island, Sint Maarten, does see frequent cruise visits. While docked in Sint Maarten, cruise ship passengers who have enough time may want to visit the French side of the island, which is close to Sint Maarten and is accessible by bus or rental car.
Renting a car in St. Martin will be a breeze. Additionally, it is recommended since there is so much to see in St. Martin, as well as its Dutch neighbor, Sint Maarten. Long time friendly relations between the two halves makes for open borders and you are free to cross over as much as you like.
You can find out more about rental cars, the various agencies, and some example rental rates when you read our St. Martin Rental Car Guide.
Still, some people will prefer taxis, especially if they are uncomfortable driving in a foreign country. Additionally, if your vacation centers around all inclusive resorts, a rental car will not be neccesary. Instead, a taxi cab will be enough. Find them at the airport, hotels, tourist attractions, and other popular areas. Find out more information about local companies when you click here.
Since the island is urbanized, you can expect to see buses traveling down the streets. However, they are not your average American bus. More like large vans, these buses, called jitneys, carry around fourteen passengers along generally predetermined routes. These kinds of buses are very common in the Caribbean, so do not be afraid to try it.
Ferries are a very popular mode of transportation in St. Martin. These maritime options take passengers to Anguilla, Saba, and St. Barthelemy daily, and can turn your vacation to a full blown adventure. Just be sure you adhere to a schedule or risk missing a return boat.
As you can see, St. Martin is deeply tied to its Dutch neighbor when it comes to transportation. Keep this in mind so that you can make the most of your limited time on the island.
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