Getting Around the Island

Getting Around the Island


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Driving in St. Martin / St. Maarten

On St. Martin, the rules of the road correspond to French regulations, and traffic flows on the right side of the road.

A French or international driver’s license is required to drive anywhere on the island. A main road circles the island and smaller roads provide access to the neighborhoods and beaches. Overall, driving is stress-free despite the occasional traffic jam in high tourist season due to a limited number of roads.

Like anywhere in the Caribbean, it can be a little complicated to understand the lay of the land in the beginning, although there’s only one main road: Route Nationale 7, which some say is the continuation of this same RN7 on mainland France. Very few signs indicate directions or neighbors, and those that do mark the way are not always clear. Don’t be surprised if your hotel is located “right after the tree near the mailbox on the left,” or “on the right side, after the palm tree”. Don’t hesitate to ask for directions.
Get your free road map from the St. Martin Tourist Office in Marigot, or from various shops and other locations around the island. By the end of your trip, you’ll know St. Martin like the back of your hand.. 

 

Baie Orientale

Grand Case

Marigot

Philipsburg

Baie Orientale

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10

8

Grand Case

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13

Marigot

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Philipsburg

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St. Martin island has two drawbridges, one located in Sandy Ground on the French side, and another in Simpson Bay on the Dutch side. These allow for boat access to the Simpson Bay Lagoon. The lagoon is divided in two by a third bridge, called the Causeway. The bridges are regularly opened to allow for the passage of boats, stopping the flow of traffic for a few minutes.

Operating Hours

Sandy Ground Bridge (French side, leaving Marigot towards Nettle Bay)

  • Hours: Monday – Saturday: 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
  • Closed Sundays and Holidays
  • Information: +590 590 77 31 26 / VHF channel 16

Pont de Simpson Bay (partie hollandaise) 

Simpson Bay bridge (Dutch side)

  • Operational 7 days a week
  • Exiting Traffic: 8:30 a.m./ 10:30 a.m. / 4 p.m.
  • Entering Traffic: 9:30 a.m./ 11:30 a.m. / 3 p.m. / 5 p.m.
  • Information: +1 721 545 5230 / VHF channel 12

Causeway Bridge 

  • Operational 7 days a week:
  • 8:15 a.m. / 9:45 a.m. / 10:15 a.m. / 11:45 a.m. / 3:15 p.m. / 3:45 p.m. / 5:15 p.m.

Taxi Service

Several taxi services operate between Marigot, Philipsburg, various neighborhoods, and airports.  

Useful Taxi Numbers

  • Marigot: +590 590 87 56 54
  • Philipsburg: +1 721 542 2359
  • Princess Juliana International Airport: +1 721 546 7713
  • Grand Case Airport: +590 590 87 53 03

Note: Instead of using meters, taxis have set rates. The majority of them accept both US dollars and euros, particularly those working on the Dutch side. Many taxis operate from Grand Case local airport, from the ferry terminal on the Marigot waterfront (French side), and from Princess Juliana International airport (Dutch side).

Buses

Minibuses also provide transportation to most points on the island. These do not operate on a fixed schedule, so in order to catch one, wait at one of the bus stops located all around the island, and signal the driver by raising your hand when you see one approaching. They generally accept both US dollars and euros..

Car Rentals

Renting a car is the best way to make the most of your trip to St. Martin island.

Simpson Bay

  • Payless Car Rental (Princess Juliana International Airport): +1 721 545 3327 / +1 721 520 8826
  • Sixt Rent A Car (Princess Juliana International Airport): +1 721 545 4822 / +1 721 5454823
  • Hertz Car Rental (Princess Juliana International Airport): +590 590 77 77 77

Sandy Ground 

  • A & K Car Rental: +590 590 51 16 79
  • Xtreme Car Rental: +590 590 29 86 51

Nettle Bay

  • Alizés Car Rental : +590 87 20 59 - +590 690 31 60 79
  • CCB Rent A Car : +590 690 77 68 45
  • Discount Car Rental : +590 71 95 51
  • Limousine & Cars – L&C : +590 690 72 30 02
  • Nettlé Bay Auto : +590 690 22 82 88
  • St Martin Location : +590 690 54 07 86

Bellevue

  • SXM-Loc : +590 690 40 26 88

St James

  • Sunset Car Rental : +590 690 87 20 15

Marigot

  • Lucky’s Car Rental (ferry terminal): +590 690 63 05 97
  • Emotions Car Rental (ferry terminal): +590 590 77 31 55 / +590 690 88 08 08
  • Empress Rent-A-Car: +590 690 74 19 43
  • G’s Car Rental (ferry terminal): +590 590 87 77 93 / +590 690 62 09 72
  • Zircon Car Rental (ferry terminal): +590 590 87 26 57
  • Best Price Services: +590 590 27 16 30 / +590 690 37 63 34
  • Chucky’s Car Rental: +590 590 87 15 84
  • Dollar Rent A Car – Thrifty Car Rental: +590 690 22 03 67
  • Economy Car Rental: +590 590 87 50 83
  • Truc A Louer: +590 590 87 84 78
  • Next Level Car Rental (Hameau-du-Pont): +1 721 522 8748

Concordia

  • Izzy Car : +590 690 34 22 22
  • Tropical / Tropicana Car Rental : +590 590 87 94 18
  • 971 Rent A Car : +590 590 87 73 13

Galisbay

  • Banana Location : +590 690 71 91 05
  • 100 % Car Rental : +590 690 54 04 84
  • Paradise Car Rental : +590 690 22 04 06

Colombier

  • SXM Affordable Car Rental And VIP Services : +590 690 39 69 09

La Savane 

  • Savane Location : +590 590 29 09 46
  • Wally Car Rental : +590 690 35 71 96

Grand Case

  • Avis (Grand Case Airport): +590 590 87 50 60 / +590 690 63 49 47
  • Budget (Grand Case Airport): +590 590 87 50 60 / +590 690 63 49 47
  • Econocars SARL: +590 590 29 38 32
  • First Class Cars (Grand Case Airport): +590 590 52 02 78 / +590 590 29 51 75 /+590690 71 99 41 / +590 690 65 85 09
  • Golfe Car Rental (Grand Case Airport): +590 590 51 94 81 / +590 690 35 04 75
  • Nono Car Rental (Grand Case Airport): +590 690 88 22 81 / +590 690 48 99 59 / +590 690 88 22 80
  • SXM VIP Car Rental (Grand Case Airport): +590 690 87 15 09
  • Emotions Car Rental (Business zone): +590 590 77 31 55 / +590 690 88 08 08
  • GCL Car Rental: +590 690 32 06 36
  • SL Location: +590 690 54 71 76

Hope Estate 

  • Loc’Me : +590 690 26 59 49
  • Quickly : +590 590 29 41 53

Mont Vernon

  • Autodiscount : +590 690 59 94 62

Cul-de-Sac

  • Escale : +590 690 64 8075

Anse Marcel

  • SL Location : +590 690 54 71 76

Orient Bay

  • Automax (Orient Bay road) : +590 690 35 40 75
  • Coconut Car ! (Orient Bay road) : +590 690 57 67 17
  • Serenity Car Rental : +590 690  22 32 60

Quartier d’Orléans

  • C.E.M.S : +590 690 29 82 27 - +590 690 22 24 60
  • Deal-Car-Rental : +590 87 02 09
  • SL Location : +590 690 54 71 76
  • Unity Car Rental : +590 590 87 34 97

Oyster Pond 

  • Heios : +590 690 74 31 30
  • Paradise Tourism VIP Car Services (Grand Case) : +590 590 29 00 91 - +590 690 77 89 36
  • Kar’Ouf (Howell Center & Hope Estate) : +590 690 35 15 72
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