For $50 per day, you can have your own wheels and not be gouged by taxi drivers who will charge up to $65 each way for a ride beyond Willemstad. The beauty of the Island, in my opinion, is outside of Willemstad and without your own transportation, you will miss out on the country's real beauty.
BUSES: There are buses everywhere. They look more like modified mini-van. In 1996, it costs only 1$US for the ride between Mullet Bay and Philipsburg.
CAR RENTAL: You have to rent a car, at least for one day and go around the island. Most of agencies offer unlimited mileage and pickup and delivery service might be available. Avis, Budget-rent-a-car, Hertz, etc.
FERRY: We didn’t take it. But we heard there were hourly departure from Marigot to Anguilla that costs 22$US for the roundtrip (in 1996).
TAXIS: Taxis are unmetered but the rates are determined by the Governement, for two people. The driver will expect a 10% to 15% tip.
plane or boat (from America). The map on the picture shows how the flight from Amsterdam to Curacao goes. The flight takes about 9,5 hours and the time difference between this island and The Netherlands is six hours.
rent a scooter or a car
While in St Martin it is definately worth it to rent a car. In just minutes you can travel from the Dutch side to the French side. The roads are better than alot of roads in the Caribbean, and it's very easy to get around.
The only way is by plane (or a boat from one of the island nearby). Several airlines fly there, including Air France and KLM.
Either rent a car or take the small busses that drive around the islands. There will be 'private' cabs during the late hours but they will cost a lot compared to the bus. Renting a car involves some haggling for the price, since they are making huge profits. Driving a bike can be dangerous since most roads are not suited for bikes and most drivers not accustomed to them.
By ship or by plane. There is a good port and an airport that is well developed.
You can take a water taxi from the port to the town of Phillipsburg. It costs $3 or $5 per person (my memory is failing me at the moment for the exact amount), and they give you an arm band which is good for unlimited trips throughtout the day. I took this picture on one of our trips across the bay leaving from Phillipsburg - it gives you some idea of the clarity/color of the water here.
There are also taxis and bus tours of the island.
Obviously by airplane!
From Europe I think you can only still fly with KLM directly. Other arilines will all fly to Miami from where you can take a transferflight with Antillian Airlines. This is the difference with for instance Aruba, where you will find other airlines as well, such as American Airlines.
Taxi's could be used as an alternative. However, I would always try and rent a car to travel from beach, to hotel, to restaurant, to nightlife. Most likley cheaper but definitely more flexible.
TWA, American, Continental, KLM, Air France, and Corsair all fly to St. Maarten (SXM). You can get there with many cruise lines also.
To get to Saba you can either go by boat tours or small plane from St. Maarten, Saba's airport can only handle small prop. planes and its runway begins at one cliff and ends at another (I'd take the boat).
Once in St. Maarten RENT A CAR. There is so much to explore on the island.
In Saba, if coming by boat, there are usually a few taxis that greet you at the dock and are ready to take you on a full day tour.
The best way....and the ONLY way to travel to the Netherlands Antilles is with plane.
Rent a old car, should not be too difficult 'cause there are only old cars in Curaçao.
Be aware of other travellers, signs and traffic lights are ignored.
I had drivinglessons on a motorcycle, it's a funny way to see the island. And.... learning how to drive a motorcycle.
By air or by ship. Takes only 45 Minutes by plain from Caracas or from Miami 2 1/2 h.
All flights arrive at Flamingo International Airport, only a five-minute drive from Kralendijk
Best way to explore the island is by car or by bicycle. US, Canadian, and European driver licenses are valid for use on the island. Be careful of the goats, donkeys and pedestrians that roam the island's roads. All traffic keeps to the right, and international highway signs are used. Speed limit is 40 km per hour (25 mph) in town and 60 km
to 80 km per hour (38-50 mph) in the countryside.
Be sure & rent a car so you can stop off at many of the public beaches. Some of them had the best snorkeling & diving. We felt completely safe. Some magazines indicated there was a small fee, but we were never charged a fee. You might need 'skins' for snorkeling because it gets a little chilly. We went in July 2000.
I try to find different ways to get to the islands-I try to avoid San Juan becasue of all of the cruise ships-they tend to tie up the airfare. Sometimes we go to other places to get a direct flight when we can't get one in Chicago. When it doubt-go to san Juan and then hook up with the islands with the smaller planes. American or Liat from San Juan
The Continental flight from San Juan is a rather small plane- It is also used by TWA
Rent a car-hard to get lost and easy to find your way around.
Small car costs about $200 for a week. The cabs were hard to find when you get awat from the cities. THis picture is right at the border on the Atlantic side of the island.
Plane. From the UK you stop over at either Paris or Amsterdam.
Car or Bus. Buses as mentioned before can take you from Marigot to Philipsburg. Grand Case to Marigot. To go to Orient Bay or Oyster Pond take the one going to Qt.Orleans.
Picture: Oyster Pond.
This is our first sight of Curacao - the airport, which has provided service from Europe for a long time through KLM. American Airlines has more recently (1999) started direct flights to Curacao from Miami - the first USA to Curacao direct flights!
The Insulinde, a ship that often lays in the St Anna Bay organizes boattours. The 'skipper' takes you to other islands or makes a complete tour. Ask the captain of the ship for more information.
248 Boulevard de Grand Case, , 97150, Caribbean
Good for: Business
Westpunt z/n, Marazul Dive Resort Kavel M., Caribbean
Good for: Business
Kaya Gobernador N Debrot 71, , Bonaire, Caribbean
Good for: Solo