The most common form of transportation for visitors on the island are Taxis and Rental Cars. For me, I do Taxis, Rental Cars and Public Buses. Let me tell you why:
Taxis: The Taxis are ready and waiting at the airports or cruise terminals on arrival. You can do tours, shopping, casino hopping etc. This can be a bit pricy, but on days when you need to kick back and relax, it eases the hassle of maneuvering through the traffic that can build up during random times of the day. Taxis are also a good option if you need to go clubbing or decide to have more than one CARIB BEER.
Public Buses: The license plates should say BUS followed by a number and there should be a sign plastered on the dash board stating the next destination of the bus. For e.g BUS 123 and the sign says MAHO. I recommend taking the public busses if you are on a low budget or just want to be adventurous. The maximum fee per person per destination cots USD 2.00. Please not that you may have to take 2 or even 3 buses to get to your destination, all depending on where you’re headed. The name Public Bus, really means PUBLIC bus so be prepared to share seats with total strangers. The fun thing about taking the bus is that all the people are so friendly and you can get many tips and recommendations from the locals. You may even get a free detailed tour from the bus driver.
Car Rental: One of the most reliable and relevant form of transport while on the island. Depending on the time of year, you can get great deals on small cars. Leisure Car Rental now has a small car at $99 per week. Renting a car on the island is the best way to sample a selection of beaches, shops, restaurants, and sites. Most Car Rental Companies require a deposit from $250-$1500 (cash or credit card). Cars are usually delivered right at the airport, hotel or cruise port. You do not even need an international driver’s license to rent a car as all foreign license are accepted on both sides of SXM. A major pro in having your own car is that you can come and go as you please. Be sure to return the car in the same condition you collected it, with the gas being on the same level. I advise getting the $0 Deductible CDW and Liability for peace of mind.
How do YOU get around in St. Maarten / St. Martin? Let me know in the comments.