Thursday, November 25, 2010

Cruise Port Guide: St Martin St Maarten

I was just looking at some new posts on the Cruise Critic forum and one that caught my eye had to do with St Martin St Maarten. I have to admit this is not my favorite island. Yes, the shopping can be great but, in general, I find the island boring and traffic congested. And this from a beach/water lover.

Anyway, the question had to do with taking a taxi from Philipsburg to Marigot. The solution suggested by several members of the forum was to simply take a local bus. Walk from Front St, the street by the water, to Back St, one block over. Wait at a bus stop or wave down a bus with a sign for Marigot in its window. Fare was just recently $2 pp. To return back, wave down a bus with Philipsburg in the window.

And if you don't want to go too far for a beach on St. Martin, I have read that the beach right in Philipsburg is nice, without dealing with the traffic hassles often found on the island. Not as pristine as some of the outlying beaches but for a few hours of sun and water it was more than adequate.

P.S. My TA subscribes to this blog....and she just sent me an email with the following information:

We were just there in July (2010). You CAN walk from the ship, regardless of which dock you are parked at, and it’s a beautiful beach with shopping all around.

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