|Quoting Airfoilsguy (Reply 7):|
When I was there I rented a "Jeep". It wasn't really a Jeep but the locals called it a jeep and it looked just like a real Jeep. You can circle the entire island in like 40 minutes. It cost me about $50 American but it was well worth it. You can also get a Taxi. You can get both these at the pier. You don't even have to look for them. As soon as you touch dry land you will have like 100 locals trying to get you to take a "tour" in their taxi. I counted the number of time people asked me if I wanted a Taxi. I reached 15 before I even reached the main road. There is also an old jet on the side of the road you can have lunch in. I would recommend renting a "jeep" I saw the whole island in 11 hours and drove myself. Also don't forget to visit the nude beach.
I did a posting on my first trip to SXM
back in August. I suppose I could go find it and link you, but I'm too darn lazy.
I just did this with my family in the middle of August, on the 18th to be exact, and I arrived on the Carnival Valor. Since we were a family of four, we rented a real "jeep" (made by Chrysler) as opposed to a mini jeep (made by Suzuki, usually). We paid a little more and we got A/C and other amenities. We got off the port, walked outside the gate, and turned to the right to the car rental companies. They SWARMED us because this is low season for cruises, so there isn't much business. We rented the jeep for $50, paid insurance and the whole bit, but they were offering us cars for much cheaper. You figure a taxi is no less than $30 so a car for $35 is a bargain for 11 hours. We rented ours for six and it was a DEAL. From the port, we went CLOCKWISE around the island, stopping first at Maho. My girls had a blast at Maho. It's a public beach and it's gorgeous, only it's limited in size. I caught about 10 planes that landed, starting with an AA
757, and everything else was an island hopper, mainly. From there we went to Belle Rouge beach, up the coast, past Philipsburg and into the French side (Marigot). After that, we kept driving and went to Orient, the popular beach in SXM
, although we were disappointed.
By the way, the "nude beach" doesn't really exist. European women and men are more comfortable with their body and will take their bathing suits off freely, as opposed to being in designated nude areas like in the US. There is, however, a clothing optional resort at Orient, although we just drove past the entrance.
The trip takes you about 45-60 mins to complete. Traffic is fairly heavy in the two main cities, but after Orient Beach (following the clockwise pattern) there is little traffic on your return to the port.
Very easy to get around, very fun place. I want to go back to stay there for a few nights.
|Quoting Vivavegas (Reply 9):|
We proceeded back towards Phillipsburg, it took about 20 minutes and we were back in town and dropped off with my family for some shopping and MUCH cheaper $1.00 beers! ** He stated if you try to get back to the pier any time after 3pm it can take upwards of 2 HOURS to get back through the traffic in Simpson Bay and Phillipsburg. BE WARNED!
Again, this is if you come from Philipsburg in the counterclockwise direction.
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