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    Take a Water Taxi

    by cjg1 Updated Apr 15, 2014

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    The easiest way to get to Philipsburg from the Cruise Port was to take a water taxi. There are plenty of taxis available and the cost is low at $7 per person for unlimited trips for the day. Once you purchase your fare they put a colored bracelet on your wrist to identify you have paid the fare. The water taxis are in good condition with plenty of seating. The crew is very friendly and play some good music along with ride.

    The water taxi is an excellent way to see the boats and view the town from the water. It is a fun way to reach Philipsburg.

    **Make sure to throw some money in the tip jar after your trip. These guys make very litle and are extremely friendly despite that.**

    Liz and I on the water taxi
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  • Leisure Car Rental

    by Bob222 Written Oct 31, 2013

    My wife, and I recently rented a Car from Leisure Car Rental in St. Maarten, and I must say, we were very happy with their Car, and Excellent Service! We have been to St. Martin several times before, and this was by far the best Car Rental experience we ever had. We picked up, and returned the car at the Airport. We did hit a bump on the road one night, and got a flat tire (the roads in sxm ar not the best). We called Leisure, and someone came out within minutes to help us change the tire. Even though this was a new car, and the tire was badly damaged, there was no extra charges, since we purchased the Zero Deductible Insurance Coverage. Overall, we are very happy, and will recommend this company to our family and friends.

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    Cruise Ships

    by grandmaR Updated Jul 31, 2013

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    Since St. Maartin is an island, you can only get there by boat or by plane. It is a port that is one of the busiest in the Caribbean. Over 1.3 million people visited the island by cruise ship each year.

    Since 2005 they've used an extended pier built by a 3-year project. Four cruise ships can visit at once.
    As of July 2010, they finished construction of a second nearby pier catering to next-generation mega-cruise ships.
    Dredging continues next to the piers, to assure enough depth for those ships. This generates huge piles of sand on shore, being used to build Philipsburg's infrastructure.

    In "high season", you may see 6 or so ships, offloading perhaps 18,000 or more passengers. In low season, one occasional ship is more common.

    The main cruise docks for Philipsburg are approximately a one mile walk to the east end of Front Street leading into the main shopping area.

    I've been there five times on cruise ships
    2005 on the NCL Crown - a repositioning cruise
    2007 on Grandeur of the Seas - also a repositioning cruise
    2010 on Celebrity Mercury
    2011 on Enchantment of the Seas
    2013 on Disney Fantasy

    There have always been several other ships there except in 2013 when we went in June - that is the low season and Fantasy was the only ship there.

    View from the NCL Crown 2005 2007 - Grandeur next to the larger Adventure OTSs 2010 on Celebrity Mercury 2011 from Enchantment of the Seas Disney Fantasy in 2013
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    Pier Transportation

    by grandmaR Written Jul 26, 2013

    Several times when I have been to St. Martin by cruise ship, I have seen golf carts which will take you from the ship to the Visitor's center for $1.00. On our first visit, I was too tired to walk back along the pier and Bob got ahead of me. I didn't have any cash, so some kind gentleman paid the dollar for me.

    multi passenger golf cart single golf cart golf cart used by dock workers Dock area in 2007 dock area in 2011
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    Water Taxi

    by grandmaR Written Jul 26, 2013

    We took the water taxi over to town (from the ship pier). It was $5.00 each at that time.

    The water taxi service is actually small continuously running boats in a round-robin route to Philipsburg...in either order, to a dock near the east end of Front Street and another opposite the courthouse on Front Street center, before returning to the cruise ship area. Both stops offer ready access to a large beach and Front Street shopping. Several boats run while multiple cruise ships are there.

    You can buy single-trip wristbands at modest cost, or wrist-bands for unlimited travel all day for slightly more.

    Town from the water taxi Dock for water taxi Water taxi driver inside of water taxi one of the water taxi stops
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    Rent a Car

    by grandmaR Written Jul 26, 2013

    They have rental cars right at the pier. But I thought I would be clever and it would be cheaper to rent from someone not there at the pier. So I rented from Alamo who promised a discount.

    We took a water taxi ($5@) over to the town and tried to find out some information there, but everything was closed (except the stores of course). So I finally tried to call and had to pay to have my phone activated for the day. When I got in touch with them, they picked us up. It was raining a little bit off and on, but very hot in the sun.

    When we went to turn the car in, we went to the Texaco station I had seen, but it was still being built and wasn't open. Eventually we found a Shell station, and got 7 litres of gas for 17 guilders, which was $10.00. They drove us back to the port which took a half an hour because of traffic (which was basically horrible all over the island) and closed roads - every time you'd come to a place to turn, the road would be one way coming toward you, or else closed.

    The guards at the gate wouldn't let the driver in, so he had to drop us off at the gate

    Locations:

    Airport Road
    Simpson Bay Airport #17
    Phone: 599 543-2000
    Fax: 599 543-2005
    Hours of Operation:
    Sun-Fri: 08:00 am 06:00

    Princess Juliana Intl Airport
    Phone: 599 543-2000
    Fax: 599 543-2005
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    Sun-Fri: 08:00 am 06:00,Sat: 06:00 am 10:00 pm

    Little Bay Road Fort Williams #22
    Phone: 599 543-2000
    Fax: 599 543-2005
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    Sun-Sat: 08:00 am 05:00 pm

    Weleglegen Road # 23
    Cay Hill
    Phone: 599 543-2000
    Fax: 599 543-2005
    Hours of Operation:
    Sun-Sat: 09:00 am 05:00 pm

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    Taxis

    by Dabs Written Jan 14, 2013

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    Like in many Caribbean cruise ports, taxis are highly regulated and operate on a system that encourages the sharing of taxis. The cost is per person and it goes down if you have more people going to the same place or at least in the same general direction. We 1st wanted to go to Marigot, it was $18 for the 1st two people and with the addition of several more people it dropped to $7 per person.

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    taxi

    by shohman Written May 17, 2011

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    We only used taxi's to get to and from the airport. They can be costly for general traveling (about $18 per trip) They are certainly efficient and both our drivers were super friendly and talkative. They taxi's are actually mini vans and coming from the airport you may have to share the ride. Fares are set by the government, so you won't get ripped off unless you take a gypsy taxi.

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    take the bus

    by shohman Written May 17, 2011

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    Some guides suggest you rent a car here. I wouldn't suggest it. Parking here is insane and you can be towed even if there is not a no parking sign. Plus traffic can get aggravating.
    Buses (actually mini vans) were our choice of travel for most of the week we spent here. Between $1.50-3.00 per ride you can get anywhere on the Island. Plus, it's quite pleasant to have each new passenger greet you with "bonjour" Or "hello"
    You flag down a bus the way you would a taxi. Destination is listed in the window. If you aren't sure where to get off, just tell the driver and they will let you know. If you see your stop, just speak up with "stop please" and the driver will pull over. Buses usually run until 8-9 at night, after which you will have to pay a taxi.
    Helpful hint. If you are paying with $10 or 20 bills, make sure to pay when you get on the bus so the driver can get you change. Otherwise, you can pay as you get off.

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    Segway

    by cjg1 Updated Jan 13, 2010

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    Segways seem to be the way many tour companies like to take tourist around the island. It's easier than loading people on a bus and you can take the segway on sidewalks, streets and small alleys unlike a car or bus. I was so surprised to see them in such high use on the islands; I had only seen them used heavily at Disney World.

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    Exploring on Foot

    by cjg1 Updated Jan 12, 2010

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    Exploring any place on foot is usually the best way to see everything. Walking around allows the opportunity to see hidden areas and small alleys full of interesting and fun things. Liz and I enjoyed exploring St. Maarten on foot and finding off the beaten path shopps and vendors with their interesting goods.

    Liz walking around St. Maarten
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    Take a Taxi

    by cjg1 Updated Nov 9, 2009

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    Taxis rates on the island are set by the government which is nice so you don't get screwed or taken for a "ride". Taxis are easy to come by and can be seen all over Philipsburg. The rates aren't bad but I prefer the water taxis.

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    Cruising on the Emerald Princess

    by cjg1 Updated Nov 9, 2009

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    Liz and I hopped aboard the Emerald Princess for a Caribbean Cruise out of Fort Lauderdale (Port Everglades). The Cruise Ports includes stops at: Princes Cays, St. Maarten/St. Martin, Grand Turk and St. Thomas. I was a nice seven day cruise with beautiful weather and a great ship.

    Princess likes to give the big ship feeling without it being overwhelming which is hard to do when the ship can accomodate 3,070 passengers. Princess managed to give us a relaxing cruise where we didn't feel rushed. The ship was very nice with 4 pools, several restaurants, a spa, varius lounges and clubs, shopping and more. The Piazza area was their version of a centrum through the middle of the ship with retail , dining rooms, clubs and bars surrounding the area. The staff aboard were very nice and attentive. I enjoyed that this line attracts an "older crowd", less children and less of the party puking variety twenty somethings that other cruise lines tend to cater to.

    We chose this cruise in particular due to their port choices and were happy at the smooth embarkation and disembarkation process. Checking onto the ship was also a breeze with our rooms being ready immediately and our luggage arriving quickly.

    The shows and entertainment were great fun and we enjoyed the Movies Under the Stars. The food in the dining room is not as good as Royal Caribbean but there were several nights that "Wowed" me. We did like that there were plenty of quick food options such as burgers, hit dogs, pizzas, sandwiches and pastries that were not from the buffet. The drink selection and prices were very good and we enjoyed the variety of themed lounges as well as pool bars.

    This was a great cruise and we were very happy to sail Princess. We look forward to our next cruise with them which we have already booked.

    The Emerald Princess behind me in Port Liz in front of the Emerald Princess
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    Cruise ships

    by linnyloo Written Jun 28, 2009

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    The island has tourism as its main source of income and much of that is from the thousands of tourists who call at the island when their cruise ships dock for the day. Many ships include the island on their itinary.

    We travelled to the island on 'Freedom of the Seas'

    The dock at Phillipsberg Returning to the docks after a tour of the island.
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    Rent a Car

    by Xspecht Written Dec 17, 2008

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    Make sure you shop rental car prices before you get to the island and make a reservation, as prices are highly variable and negotiable between agencies. Make sure you get a smaller car unless you have lots of luggage as most of the roads aren't very wide and it is much easier to park a smaller car on the street. Try to steer clear of Philipsburg during the morning and afternoon rush hours as traffic can get very heavy toward Front Street.

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