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Old October 28th, 2008, 09:58 PM posted to rec.travel.cruises
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Does anyone know of a car rental company close to the cruise ship pier in
St. Maarten

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Old October 28th, 2008, 11:50 PM posted to rec.travel.cruises
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"G&V" wrote in :

Does anyone know of a car rental company close to the cruise ship pier
in St. Maarten



Avis Hertz Budget, IIRC all are there.

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Old October 29th, 2008, 03:20 AM posted to rec.travel.cruises
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[Default] Thus spake Joseph Coulter :

"G&V" wrote in :

Does anyone know of a car rental company close to the cruise ship pier
in St. Maarten



Avis Hertz Budget, IIRC all are there.


Either Avis or Hertz is "a bit" away, but will pick you up.
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Old October 29th, 2008, 04:14 AM posted to rec.travel.cruises
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Joseph Coulter wrote:

"G&V" wrote in :

Does anyone know of a car rental company close to the cruise ship pier
in St. Maarten

Avis Hertz Budget, IIRC all are there.


There's a whole line of kiosks right at the pier.

However, traffic is absolutely awful. We rented a car and because of
construction we couldn't figure out how to get to where we wanted to go.
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Old October 29th, 2008, 08:28 AM posted to rec.travel.cruises
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On 29 oct, 05:14, Rosalie B. wrote:
Joseph Coulter wrote:
"G&V" wrote :


Does anyone know of a car rental company close to the cruise ship pier
in St. Maarten


Avis Hertz Budget, IIRC all are there.


There's a whole line of kiosks right at the pier.

However, traffic is absolutely awful. *We rented a car and because of
construction we couldn't figure out how to get to where we wanted to go.


Hi,
When we were in St Maarten last January 1st (HAL Noordam) I had tried
to book a few weeks in advance a car at the pier and everything was
sold out. Only option left was Thrifty at the Divi resort (10 mins
drive to other side of Philipsburg). The guy from that rental location
came to pick us up at the pier and took us to Divi where we got the
car. Same on the way back.
Driving in St Maarten was a real pleasure, maybe the fact that it was
January 1st was favorable for us. We drove to the French side
(Marigot) - 45 mins maximum, did some shopping there, had lunch at
waterfront café, then on to Orient Bay for two hours of beach
pleasure. Would do the same again if going back there.
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Old October 30th, 2008, 05:12 AM posted to rec.travel.cruises
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While your original question was indeed answered, as a side note, we thought
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Old October 30th, 2008, 05:34 AM posted to rec.travel.cruises
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Dillon Pyron wrote:

[Default] Thus spake Joseph Coulter :

"G&V" wrote in :

Does anyone know of a car rental company close to the cruise ship pier
in St. Maarten


Avis Hertz Budget, IIRC all are there.


Either Avis or Hertz is "a bit" away, but will pick you up.


Huh? Hertz is right outside the main gate of the pier, right
where the busses pick you up (as someone else said, the others
are there as well). I've rented from them twice. The first time
I had not made any advance plans so I got off the ship as soon
as they started letting people off (we docked early so it was
like 8am) and went over and rented a car. I probably should have
checked each of them for prices but I just decided to go with
Hertz since I always use them. When we were there earlier this
year, I just reserved with Hertz online in advance. Depending on
how many ships will be in port the day you're there, you may be
able to take your chances getting a car without reserving in
advance, to try and get a better price.

Their lot is a couple of blocks away, but they drive you over.

St. Maarten is very easy to drive since the main road just loops
the island. I mistakenly got onto an interior road last time but
still did not get lost, I ended up back on the loop road and
just turned right to head into Marigot.

In Marigot, there is a really wonderful cafe by the name of
Sarafina. They have amazing French pastries. If you are unlucky
enough to be there on a Sunday (when most of the French side is
closed), they are one of the few places that is open. The crafts
market there was pretty good too, much better than the previous
time we were there.

Bill
 




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