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Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · September 30, 2014
Is it possible to explore the island by bus, and still make our cruise?  (9 Answers)

I wanted to spend some time in Philipsburg, than catch a bus to Marigot, walk the town a little bit, than visit Fort Louis, than catch another bus to Grand Case, spend some time there, than catch another bus to Orient Beach, than catch a bus back to Philipsburg, to make our ship. Is this possible, or is it a bad idea? I read that the buses literally stop every 20 feet, so it might be a bit time consuming. Should we just visit Philipsburg and Marigot, and skip the rest. Or is it possible to see all four places in one day traveling by bus? We will have about 7.5 hours. We had about the same amount of time in Copenhagen, and were barely able to see one place.
If we had more time there, we would have no problem traveling by bus, but we don't want to miss our ship, and be stuck on the island. My main concern is taking a bus, than not being able to find one back to Philipsburg. It happened to us in Aruba, and we had to get a ride from a local. Especially since there is no schedule, and there aren't really any designated stops.
Any suggestions?
Don't suggest taking a cab, 'cuz they are expensive, and I don't want to take a tour. Renting a car is also not an option. Only bus.



Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · September 23, 2014
Looking for Absinthe  (3 Answers)

I'm going to be on the Island in October on a Sunday and I would like to buy a bottle of good quality absinthe and not get ripped off with how much they charge. Can anyone recommend any shops? Thank you in advance.


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · July 07, 2014
Traveling from Seattle, WA to St. Maarten  (1 Answer)

I live in the Seattle, WA area. Where is the best place to fly out of US & how long is the flight?


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · December 02, 2013
perfumes and colognes

Has anyone purchased Creed colognes in St. Maartin? If so, can you please tell me where?


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · May 19, 2013
SGF airport in grandcase st martin  (1 Answer)

hi do you know if you can fly from san juan to grand case airport in st martin...its a small airport on the otherside of the island....we see air caribe flights come in all the time when we are there...we are tired of big airports..
traveling from boston to st martin...thanks


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · May 11, 2012
Car Rental

We will be docking on August 30 on the Freedom of the Seas and are considering renting a car to see the island, there are 6 adults in our party. What car rental companies are based at the cruise port and what places are "must see"?


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · July 15, 2011
How to go from Philipsburg (Sint Maarten) to Maho beach to see jumpo 747 land Indstillinger  (6 Answers)

hi,

is there a bus from Philipsburg (cruise terminal) to Maho beach? We want to spend 2h at the beach to see the big planes land near by the beach and then get back to the cruise terminal again.

Can you help with a bus schedule and some tips?

I read the taxi can be expensice (30$ for 7.5mil).

Thanks
David


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · April 25, 2011
St. Martin and St. Barts  (7 Answers)

visiting st. martin july 2011. is it possible to take a boat over to st. barts to spend the day at the beautiful beaches there? and if so please provide reliable source of where the boat can be booked!


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · November 27, 2010
how far from club orient:  (1 Answer)

We bought a time share and could stay at the following condos, how far from club orient ? Can we take a bus or taxi?
Cupecoy, St. Maarten
Simpson Bay, St. Maarten
Phillipsburg, St. Maarten
Oyster Bay, St. Maarten


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · June 21, 2008
Saint Martin/St Maarten to Dominica  (2 Answers)

Guys! Does anyone if there's any (preferrably inexpensive) way to get to Dominica from Saint Martin/St Maarten? How far are they from each other?
Many thanks!!


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · May 12, 2008
St. Martin Day November 11

We'll be in St. Martin on November 11 which is your holiday.
What does that mean for things to see and do? What's open and what's closed?

Thanks
Karen


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · April 16, 2008
is st. martin safe? am travelling alone for a few days and don't know where to go in the carribean  (1 Answer)

Hi, i just found out i have400 credit for a flight which i have to board by april 29th. and i don't know where to go! i'm flying out of nyc. so the carribean is a natural option. i am open to other places as well, but primarily my concern is safety. i am a single female travelling on my own for 3 nights. advice on st. martin, st. lucia, st kitts, etc? the last two are quite hefty in terms of travel times however.

Thanks!
d.


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · January 30, 2008
What clothing do I bring? Esecially for diinners?

I'll be traveling to the french side of St Martin in a couple of weeks. Mostly I'll be laying around on a beach, wandering through shops, but I fully intend to take advantage of all the wonderful restaurants, especially in Grand Case. Can I wear sandals, tanks and shorts to these restaurants, or would I feel more comfortable with a different type of clothing?


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · June 24, 2006
Anniversary Trip - first timers  (7 Answers)

We are considering St. Martin for our anniversary in January. We are not beachy people, more city people - but we want to have a week of relaxation. We are more interested in food, culture, history, spa treatments and seeing an occasional movie. Would prefer to be able to walk to several restaurants - the room doesn't have to be big, but if it had a balcony or terrace for reading that would be awesome. So, where should we stay? Philipsburg or Marigot? We'd like to stay under200 per day. We are big Francophiles - especially love to go to Paris - but we would be open to staying on the Dutch side.
Merci,
Mary


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · May 18, 2006
When is a good time to visit?  (2 Answers)

I am planning a tropical-style trip in the month of November for myself and my husband. I don't really care where we go, but St. Maarten caught my eye. We have never been anywhere in the Carribean before and I am nervous about the hurricane season and bad weather. Our budget is to keep the flight (from Indiana) and hotel under2500 total for 7 nights or so, which we have found is possible. Is November a safe month to travel to St. Maarten as far as weather is concerned?? If not, do you have any other suggestions for a destination? Thanks!


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · May 08, 2006
Zipline rides

Hello! Has anyone heard about ziplining on St. Martin? I'm thinkin' it might be fun...

Any info greatly appreciated!
Thanks,
Chris


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · January 28, 2006
Inexpensive hotels

Has anyone stayed at Hevea hotel? I am seeing mixed reviews on the web. The rates for one week are500 US or 270 Euro. Are there any other inexpensive places to stay on the French or Dutch side. Thanks.


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · June 02, 2005
Looking to buy luxury condo  (1 Answer)

I am looking to purchase a luxury condo in the Dutch side of St. Martin. I am a non-resident. Does anyone have experience with owning/purchasing/selling real estate there? I would appreciate any feedback. Thanks lots.


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · May 01, 2005
Marigot  (5 Answers)

I am going to need a hotel in Marigot to stay at before I ferry over to Anguilla. I will also need to stay somewhere on this French/Dutch island one night on my return from Saba before I fly back to the States. has anyone heard of the Royale Louisiana Hotel? Thanks any help you can provide would be appreciated.
Enofile


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · February 11, 2005
What Happened to Golden Tulip Beach Resort - Saint Martin ?

Ten years ago my wife and I had the greatest honeymoon we could have imagined on Saint Martin. The hotel was called Golden Tulip Beach Resort, located on the shore near Cul-de-Sac, looking out on Ilet Pinel. I cannot find any current references to this hotel. (There are some out-dated links on the web that provide no current information.) The Golden Tulip chain of hotels has no information about it. I wonder if the hotel was sold to another company, and what the new name might be. I also wonder if the hotel was damaged beyond repair by a hurricane at some time. Any help you could provide would be most helpful. Thank-you. Muskoka-Johnny


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · February 05, 2004
shellfish  (2 Answers)

are there restricted areas for recreational seashells harvesting around the island ?





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