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St. Martin Butterfly Farm Tragedy

It is with regret that I report to you the tragic event at St. Maarten, St. Martin’s famous “Butterfly Farm” involving the death of Mrs. Sophie Gowanus of Bronx , N.Y.

Visiting La Ferme des Papillons on Tuesday, Mrs. Gowanus wore the bright clothing suggested to attract butterflies and was also encouraged by her family to put orange juice on her hands to do the same. What ensued was the most vicious attack by these small and otherwise delicate creatures ever recorded. Once incited by the bright colors and orange juice combination, the butterflies attacked and the 87 year old matron was surrounded and virtually eaten alive before the horrified eyes of her family and other visitors.

Suspicions were raised when Mrs. Gowanus’ nephew, Irwin Lefko, was seen pouring additional orange juice over his aunt during the attack but Mr. Lefko firmly denied this and expressed his great sorrow over her passing despite the $600,000 inheritance. “We all loved Auntie and had hoped to have her around for at least another 10 years” a sobbing Lefko said to interviewers as he phoned the insurance company just moments after the attack.

“I’ve never seen anything like it” said Butterfly Farm owner, Willie Slayter, as he helped shovel the remains of Mrs. Gowanus into plastic bags “They’re ordinarily the gentlest of creatures. Who knew?” But on further inquiry, Mr. Slayter did admit to almost losing an arm to an enraged butterfly in 1997.

When consulted about this, the island's noted lepidopterist, Dr. Lex Blackman, said “They can fly and you can’t so you really don’t want to piss them off”.

In spite of this singular tragedy, it is expected that The Butterfly Farm will still be one of St. Maarten, St. Martin’s most popular attractions, orange juice or not.

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San Maarten, St. Marteen, St. Marteens One Island, One Name Different Spelling

San Maarten

There are many misspellings and mispronunciations when it concerns the name of the island St. Maarten, St. Martin. By the way, those are the correct and definitive spellings for the Dutch and French sides of the island respectively. Other ways we’ve seen it spelled are San Maarten, St. Marteen and St. Maarteens among them. In all cases everybody seems to have the double A correct and the rest messed up a bit. Both the Dutch and French pronunciations are identical however.

Popular Wrong Spellings:

San Maarten

St. Marteen

St. Marteens

St. Maarteens

St. Maarteen

Glasses & Island Fire Hotsauce at Jimbos Restaurant in Simpson Bay St. Maarten

Two things about going to the very popular Jimbo’s café restaurant in the Simpson Bay Yacht Club on Dutch St. Maarten. The first is PLEASE DON’T STEAL THE GLASSES. Now we know you’re having a great time there and are probably downing your share of Margaritas and figuring “What the heck” but it’s become a problem as the glassware Jimbo uses is particularly beautiful and everybody wants them.

So here’s the good news. You can buy them. All you want. Get yourself a service for 8 if you choose as Jimbo has now set up a brand name merchandise section of his restaurant where you can not only get all the beautiful glasses you want but also T-Shirts, Cowboy Hats, etc. Believe it or not, as popular as everything is, it’s the Cowboy Hats that Jim can’t keep in stock. As soon as they come in they get sold out.

The second thing is Jimbo’s Famous “Island Fire” Habanera Hot Salsa. This is a tremendously popular number, particularly among St. Maarteners (the best recommendation possible) and not for the squeamish. This one was out of stock for the longest time due to unavailability of the right peppers but it’s back in and the “fire mouths” are loving it. Just so you know, this stuff is “home made”. How can I be sure of this? It’s my home that it’s made in. Yup. I’m the “mouth igniter” for the island of St. Maarten, St. Martin.

Now you can buy a lot of different hot sauces on the island but there’s no contest. This one is the “real thing”. So when you’re down here and eating at Jimbo’s (as everybody does) be sure to try some but don’t be swabbing it all over your tortilla before you taste test a tiny amount. The ambulance is not always available.

The Loterie Farm in St. Martin

The highest elevation on the dual island of St. Maarten, St. Martin is Pic Paradis (Paradise Peak) on the French Side and just adjacent is the island’s famous nature preserve, The Loterie Farm and its “Flyzone” experience. This is a series of high tensile steel cables that, once attached to them, allow you to “zip” along them at speeds in excess of 40 kph through the treetops.

The Flyzone experience begins either with a rigorous hike or safari shuttle through the forest under a canopy of the very trees that you will soon be soaring over the very tops of. The hike, along a brand new trail created specifically for nature lovers, ascends to the recently built observation deck and starting point of the Flyzone.

Now comes the reward. Hooked in and held on by high tech, state of the art, mountaineering equipment and guided by Loterie Farm’s highly trained staff, you will be able to glide, criss-crossing high above the deep and forested canyons below along “zip lines”. A unique thrill-ride.

Once finished, you will have many choices, among which are dining at the Loterie Farm’s award winning Hidden Forest Café or Mojitos and tapas at the Tree Lounge.

Pelican Resort St. Maarten - A Short History

Due to recent ownership/financial manipulations, world-famous Pelican Resort will now be known as Simpson Bay Resort. Kind of a pity given all the history. The resort is located above Simpson bay on Billy Folly Hill but directly on the water.


The resort was originally owned by Erik Benninck-Bolt who was soon joined by Dr. Martin Vlietman who rapidly became its primary owner and mover due to his financial background (his doctorate) and input of investment.


In the early eighties the first of Pelican’s many buildings was constructed, the Allamanda Building and its pool, also its smallest, and timeshare sales began. There was little competition on the island, only the Sea Palace in the Dutch Side capital of Philipsburg which was actually the island’s first timeshare. Sea Palace was close to being sold out and offered no real competition to Pelican who proceeded to construct their Croton, Calladium and Dieffenbacchia (a building of 2 bedroom units) all three having their own swimming pools and overlooking Simpson Bay. The Casino was added around this time.


The next building to be constructed was the Flamboyant which is now located directly on the beach. I say ‘now’ because there was no beach when the Flamboyant was built. The beach was dredged and put in later.


The next and most ambitious building to date was the Marina and Marina deck with its water sports and restaurants on the water begun in 1985. Studios, One Bedroom, Two Bedroom and Three Bedroom timeshares. Pelican at this time was the Number One Timeshare Resort in the World. Not a bad accomplishment considering the worldwide competition.

Next were the huge Bougainvillea and Beaumontia buildings on the hill with the accompanying Olympic size pool between them.


In the late eighties construction was then started on the Flamingo project which has since broken off to become an independently owned resort. At this time, construction was also begun on The Royal Palm Beach Resort on the main road and on the beach in Simpson Bay. The Royal Palm was purchased along with the Flamingo.

The Atrium, at the bottom of the hill, had been an abandoned construction until Dr. Vlietman decided to purchase and complete it.


Now that’s a lot of buildings for one resort. Allamanda, Croton, Calladium, Dieffenbacchia, Flamboyant, Marina, Bougainvillea, Beaumontia, Flamingo, Royal Palm and Atrium. As said, Flamingo and Royal Palm Resorts were purchased from Pelican in the early nineties by Sunterra Resorts and the Atrium was also sold in 1996.


In 1996, the resort was taken over by its Owner’s Association (TAPRC) who, in turn, turned over the management contract to Royal Resorts out of Mexico against much sage advice. Construction was then begun on Pelican Marina Residences. Royal Resorts was much smarter than TAPRC and over the years gained absolute control over the property, eventually purchasing it with monies owed them by TAPRC and renaming it Simpson Bay Resort.

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St. Martin Beaches - The Beaches on French St. Martin

ST. MARTIN BEACHES

The first thing you have to know about the beaches on French St. Martin is that they are all, what is referred to as, “clothing optional”. Now that doesn’t mean “nudity mandatory”. With the exception of a single section of beach called Club Orient, most of the beachgoers will be fully suited or just topless.

The signature beach of the French Side is Orient Bay, a two mile long white sand, sandy entry; beach lined with great restaurants and water sports activities. You cannot come to the island without spending a day at Orient. Each section of Orient assumes the name of the beach bar/restaurant it fronts such as Bikini Beach, La Playa, Bay Watch, Waikiki, Coco, Kakao and Kon Tiki. Sort of like “meet you at Bikini”.

Le Gallion is a family oriented beach on a nature preserve known for snorkeling, surfing and other water sports. Its shallow waters make it ideal for children. The beach can also be explored on horseback from Bayside Riding Stables nearby.

Pinel Island is just 5 minutes offshore, reached by large dinghys which leave every few minutes. It’s a picturesque, calm water, beach with restaurants and a great place to get the best prices on some costume jewelry and handmade designer belts.

Baie Longue is the beach at the famous La Samanna. Beautiful white sand in the “high rent” district but no real shelter from the sun. Bring your own umbrella. Nearby is Baie Aux Prunes, better known as Plum Bay and also in the area of some beautiful estates. No services but not a lot of people either. Bring your own stuff. Another very similar beach in the same area is Baie Rouge.

You’ll have to drive over the mountain to get the the beach at Anse Marcel. Lots of beautiful scenic overlooks on the drive and once you get there, lots of privacy although a major resort, “La Habitation” is on the property. The resort itself has restaurants, shopping, etc.

Friar’s Bay is just outside of the French Side capital of Marigot. It’s a very popular beach with restaurants. Kali’s Restaurant on Friars Bay is the home of the famous Full Moon Parties.

If you are adventurous and don’t mind a bit of a hike, it’s a 15 minute walk to Happy Bay which might well be THE most beautiful beach on the island. The ONLY way to get there is the hike from Friar’s Bay and there are no services.

Grand Case Beach runs along the waterfront of the town of Grand Case which is one of the island’s Gourmet Capitals. Just steps up from the beach are the Lolo’s, the famous chicken and rib (among other treats) restaurants. The very popular Calmos Café is directly on the beach and is a favorite of many.

The Best Restaurant in St. Maarten / St. Martin

Many people debate the best restaurants in St. Maarten, St. Martin and it's always a difficult subject. Why? Because there are so many great restaurants that even those living here have not dined at them all so who’s to say? Therefore, the far easier subject would be which is the worst restaurant as this is a singularity. The worst restaurant in St. Maarten, St. Martin? Without question it’s "Matthew’s Happy Landing" and should you by some unfortunate accident or mis-direction actually land here, you’ll be trying to take off again as soon as possible.

The restaurant was opened in May of 2008 by Matthew Miggins whose culinary philosophy was twofold. 1) Shovel the stuff out and 2) Make as much cash as possible before they shut the joint down. This dual philosophy has earned Miggins every "reverse accolade" possible and not nearly the amount of "cash" he had anticipated.

The restaurants décor can best be described as looking just like someone's house and in fact it is. Well sort of. Miggins found an abandoned dwelling, gave the front of it a coating of whitewash, bought some bridge chairs and a hot plate and opened to the public.

An evening at Happy Landing always begins with music and song performed by Miggins himself. As many customers tended to leave at this point, Matthew decided to lock the doors once everyone was inside. “Let them try it now” he smiles.

The cuisine (a very generous term when describing the food) is said by Miggins to be Authentic Dutch Historical (which is true when checking the dates of purchase of many of the ingredients). This “cuisine” is, however, totally unknown to the Dutch themselves as are such arcane dishes as “Shmurgie”, “Vloop”, and the house specialty “Phluggers”. When asked about this, Miggins always chuckles and winks. Any inspection of Happy Landings pantry will leave one undecided as to whether Miggins is storing ingredients or making penicillin.

The restaurant was the center of a legal controversy 30 days after opening when Miggins defended in court the validity of “road kill” as a legitimate supply source. He lost the case and can now be seen on occasion, grumbling as he browses the meat department of a local market.

As all dishes at Happy Landing are prepared on hot plate by Miggins himself (who also functions as host, bartender, waiter, busboy and general annoyance) the service is necessarily slow. If you order at 7:00, it would be best to bring a book or, if inclined, take a nap. In addition, Miggins’ policy is “pay in advance”. An unusual policy to be sure but one that became necessary as more and more patrons were refusing to “pay after”.

Some recent reviews of Matthews Happy Landing in the St. Maarten, St. Martin media are as follows: Harold Raxlen “unbelievable”, James Morris “is this legal?”, Francois DuPuis “Merde” and Ronald Cutulli “you’ve got to be kidding”. Phone for reservations: 526-2286. If no one answers, you’re ahead of the game.

St. Maarten Parasailing Adventure

Parasailing offers you a safe, peaceful, yet exhilarating way to fly. With nothing but the sound of the wind in your ears (unless you’re a screamer of course), you can soar hundreds of feet above the waves, strapped to an oversized parachute and pulled along by a powerful speedboat.

Each 15-minute, heart-pounding, adrenaline-pumping experience comes in three levels of intensity. Low, Medium or High. Actually there are a fourth and fifth levels, the fourth being “cut the rope” and the fifth being “Hurricane”. The fifth is a good way to start in St. Maarten, St. Martin and be in Venezuela within ten minutes. “Anybody see Dave?”

In case you didn’t know, Parasailing was invented by the Greeks back in 234 B.C. Of course they had no parachutes so it was one of their more dangerous sports with more than a few fatalities. I mean strapping a rope around ones ankle and being dragged by horse or oxen over a cliff cannot be much fun.

Whichever level of excitement you want, get strapped in and you’ll be seeing the Island from a completely different perspective so be sure to take your camera. Probably the best venue for Parasailing is at Bikini Beach on Orient Bay although it’s offered at other beaches and through Aquamania Adventures in Simpson Bay. (544-2640).

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The Market Woman Statue in Marigot

There is a statue in the Marigot Marketplace on French St. Martin. The statue is called "The Market Woman" and has become not only the island’s most recognizable work of art but a symbol of St. Maarten, St. Martin itself. The statue was created by Marty Lynn .

In 1976, Marty and his artist wife Gloria moved to St. Martin from New York City with their family. Setting up their studio in Grand Case, the Lynn's became central to the island's artistic movement through their own works and through their help and support to other artists. Two months ago, Marty Lynn passed away.

Their son, the artist Robbie Lynn, has resided on our neighboring island of Saba for many years and being our good friend, joined myself, Jimbo, Marilee and Steve for dinner at Mai’s in Marigot last night.

Today, Sunday, a memorial tribute to Marty was held at his statue in the marketplace from which I just returned. Attended by friends, Marty's fellow artists and prominent members of government of all races, it was a touching tribute to the man and his work. Particularly touching as it gathered so many native St. Martin people to honor a man that wasn’t born here but had entered the hearts of so many that were. That’s St. Maarten, St. Martin for you. I felt privileged to be there among such company.

When you're here, there’s no doubt you’ll be visiting the marketplace during your vacation so be sure to stop, view and perhaps take photos next to “The Market Woman” so you can be a part of the island’s history also.

Marty Lynn. 1925-2005.

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Glick Management Cruise Ship Apologizes to Passengers

Considering the dominance of the Cruise Industry enjoyed by such companies as Carnival, Royal Caribbean and Festival who all have multi-million dollar advertising and promotional budgets, we thought we’d try to give a “leg up” to one of the lesser companies that are now struggling to gain a bit of recognition in the field. The cruise company is "Glick Lines" and its ship the S.S. “Bernice Hockstein”.

Before doing so, however, we have been asked by Glick Management to extend their sincere apologies to all the passengers on the “Hocksteins” maiden voyage. Particularly about the mutiny. This was in no way expected or condoned by the company and they will be doing everything in their power to prevent such occurrences in the future.

They also state that this was in no way the fault of ship’s captain “Blackjack” Lo Bianco and if some of the paying passengers were mistakenly flogged after order had been restored it was simply due to the confusion that ensued.

There is also no truth to the reports that a passenger, Mr. Matthew Miggins, was hung from the yardarm. This would be impossible as the ship has no yardarm. It was done from the railing and, in defense of Captain Lo Bianco, all following the Rules at Sea. If Mr. Miggins had not insisted on “talking back”, none of this would have happened so whose fault was it?

Yes. Food and drink did run out on the second day but even this would not have happened had not some passengers asked for second “helpings”. Even Captain Lo Bianco’s comments to passengers of “What is this? Some kind of damn restaurant?” did little to dissuade them.

The collision with the Japanese fishing trawler "Osaka Maru" was unfortunate as was the subsequent loss of life. Glick executives do admit, however, that Captain Lo Bianco should have offered assistance rather than screaming “Remember Pearl Harbor ” as the trawler and its crew went down.

The announcement of "Abandon Ship" on the loud speakers at 3 AM was meant as a joke. Something to lighten up the tension of the voyage. It was not expected that passengers would panic and all be throwing themselves headlong into the ocean in their underwear. It was only due to quick action by the crew that most of them were rescued.

The outbreak of Cholera was nobody’s fault. Who knew about the cook from Pakistan?

As none of the scheduled island destinations were ever reached, Glick management is now offering a 3% fare discount for the “Hockstein’s” second voyage to those passengers who survived its first. In spite of the bad press and the criminal charges and lawsuits now in progress, Glick promises that the next voyage (to whatever port will accept them) will be a memorable one and wishes to extend its signature greeting “Welcome Aboard” to all the Cruise Lovers out there.

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St. Martin Butterfly Farm Tragedy

It is with regret that I report to you the tragic event at St. Maarten, St. Martin’s famous “Butterfly Farm” involving the death of Mrs. Sophie Gowanus of Bronx , N.Y.

Visiting La Ferme des Papillons on Tuesday, Mrs. Gowanus wore the bright clothing suggested to attract butterflies and was also encouraged by her family to put orange juice on her hands to do the same. What ensued was the most vicious attack by these small and otherwise delicate creatures ever recorded. Once incited by the bright colors and orange juice combination, the butterflies attacked and the 87 year old matron was surrounded and virtually eaten alive before the horrified eyes of her family and other visitors.

Suspicions were raised when Mrs. Gowanus’ nephew, Irwin Lefko, was seen pouring additional orange juice over his aunt during the attack but Mr. Lefko firmly denied this and expressed his great sorrow over her passing despite the $600,000 inheritance. “We all loved Auntie and had hoped to have her around for at least another 10 years” a sobbing Lefko said to interviewers as he phoned the insurance company just moments after the attack.

“I’ve never seen anything like it” said Butterfly Farm owner, Willie Slayter, as he helped shovel the remains of Mrs. Gowanus into plastic bags “They’re ordinarily the gentlest of creatures. Who knew?” But on further inquiry, Mr. Slayter did admit to almost losing an arm to an enraged butterfly in 1997.

When consulted about this, the islands noted lepidopterist, Dr. Lex Blackman, said “They can fly and you can’t so you really don’t want to piss them off”.

In spite of this singular tragedy, it is expected that The Butterfly Farm will still be one of St. Maarten, St. Martin’s most popular attractions, orange juice or not.

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Climb A Volcano

Climb a Volcano. Does that sound like fun? Well if the Volcano is extinct and it isn’t spewing fire and ash while you’re climbing, it can be.
We have three of them nearby, only one of which has shown activity during the last few years. That’s the one in Montserrat. In fact, fine dust from that volcano was making its way here to St. Maarten/ St. Martin and could be seen primarily as a fine film forming on cars. In Montserrat, however, it was quite the event and is still being actively monitored by vulcanologists on that island. But we do have peaceful ones, those being Mt. Scenery on Saba and The Quill on St. Eustasia (Statia to us).

As Saba is only 32 miles from St. Maarten/ St. Martin, Mt. Scenery can be clearly seen on most days rising up out of the ocean to the South and dominating that view. Farther away, The Quill can be seen on most clear days as well. Mt. Scenery is the most frequently visited as Saba enjoys a goodly amount of Eco-Tourism, attracting many divers to it’s world renowned waters and hikers to its rainforests. High Speed Ferries such as The Edge and regular small aircraft service to Saba make it a very convenient place to visit if you’re staying here. Saba is only 5 sq. miles and has only two addresses, both relating to Mt. Scenery. The Top and The Bottom. You can climb Mt. Scenery during your visit.

The volcano has been extinct for 5,000 years so there’s little chance that it’s going to go ballistic while you’re exploring it. While you’re climbing, I’ll wait in the car. Ok? Now The Quill in Statia I did climb but it was under duress. I was half of the Craig and Lenny radio show (the Lenny half) and back in ’94 I was invited as part of a group of 7 island personalities to take the first flight on a new air service to the island. Part of this trip was to be the Quill climb and I wasn’t too thrilled about it. I liked the lunch part though.

Craig and myself drew straws and I lost so there I was. But I did make it up there, even climbing hand over hand through the top of the forest to peer down into its forest-covered cone (caldera). I got a t-shirt announcing “I Conquered The Quill” and the hike back was far easier being downhill and all. Oh. Let me give you a little known fact about Statia. Did you know that after the Revolutionary War, Statia was the first foreign government to recognize the sovereign United States?

That really pissed off the British so they subsequently raided and razed the island but to this day all Statians hold great pride in this note to their heritage and Americans are their “hands down” favorite people. They also have a fortress from that period in absolutely perfect condition with American Flags flying. I know that has nothing to do with volcanoes but it’s not like you’re paying me or anything.

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Life in St. Maarten vs New York

I’ve been living in St. Maarten for 20 years and frequently people ask me lots of questions about what I miss by not living in the States. I’m from New York, born and raised between Brooklyn, Long Islandand the City. What do I miss? Not a heck of a lot but there are some things. Of course I miss the frequent interaction with friends and family at home but many of them tend to visit me here and I do fly up to visit them also. Only a few hours you know. Not exactly like I’m in China. Do I miss the Museums and Broadway Shows? A little but it isn’t like I was seeing shows on a daily basis up there either. Shopping? We got that here even better than New York. Restaurants? We have the best of all kinds. Nightlife? We excel at it and have things you cannot get up North.


Don’t forget we have Casinos and don’t have to travel to get to them and going to the beaches up there is not only a hassle but, frankly, there’s absolutely no comparison. I’m spoiled to death. I miss my 17 year old daughter every day but she’s down here 10 weeks a year having the time of her life.


But there have to be some other things so I’ll tell you and the first may sound funny coming from the Gourmet Capital of the Caribbean. Certain foods. Nathan’s of Coney Island Hot Dogs, White Castle Hamburgers (we have McDonalds and Burger King but you can have those), New York Delicatessens, Clams on the Half Shell (Cherrystone), Appetizing Counters at Supermarkets and Zabars, Food Courts at Malls and Blue Crabs. I miss the Sunday New York Times and knowing for sure that I can watch both the Giants and Jets games at home (Giants-Dallas tomorrow and I hope it’s on without my having to go somewhere to watch it).

St. Maarten, St. Martin has wonderful air (far better than up North) with our Trade Winds bringing us the smell of the Ocean mixed with Hibiscus and Bougainvillea but I miss the nostalgic smells of Spring and Autumn. I miss snow at Christmas time but I surely don’t miss 4 months of freezing cold, snow and ice. And that’s about it. Not nearly enough to make me want to change places. But if you’re coming down here, you can do me a favor. Go to Zabars and pick me up a couple of pounds of Belly Lox and about 10 Matjes Herrings and maybe some White Fish.

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St. Maarten St. Martin Restaurants - The Gourmet Capital of the Caribbean

St. Maarten Restaurants 
The Gourmet Capital of the Caribbean, There is only one destination in the Caribbean that has that title and that destination is the dual island of St. Maarten, St. Martin. Is the title deserved? Lots of destinations have fine dining. Yes, but not to the extent that St. Maarten, St. Martin does. Don’t forget that it is a dual island, Half Dutch and Half French and is a virtual "melting-pot" with significant population from many countries.

The key is probably the island’s Half French aspect. There is no country in the world to which fine-dining is more associated than France so there you have it. Now mix that with so many other multi-cultural cuisines and you have, not only purely French cuisine on the French Side, but chefs that have studied in France that create French cuisine with a Caribbean flavor. Add to this the many restaurants that are purely representational of other cultures such as Italian, American, Mexican, South American, Chinese, Japanese, Thai, Indian (you bet with a huge Indian population), British, Creole, Indonesian and, of course, Dutch and you have 300 restaurants on a 37 sq. mi. island. That should keep vacationers and locals’ alike fine-dining for decades.


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Choosing A St. Maarten / St. Martin Car Rental pt.2


St. Maarten Car Rental



While in the process of car rental reviews for St. Maarten, St. Martin, much more is to be considered than price. Quality and service are very important as we are sure you realize. It is far better to pay the extra dollar or two per day than take any chances of getting stuck somewhere on the road with faulty equipment with your safety or the ability on the part of the car rental company to assist you in question.

Convenience is another major factor. Where on St, Maarten, St. Martin is the rental agency located. Is it conveniently near to the airport for ease in transfer or is it somewhere out in the boondocks with a difficult location. Always be sure.

Major car rental companies like Thrifty/Dollar or Paradise Car Rental might not seem at first view to be the most reasonably priced but when taking into consideration the factors of quality, service, convenience, staff and location, they most certainly are.
Try not to be “Penny wise and pound foolish” It’s your vacation so make it the best.


Paradise Car Rental
Phone (from the U.S.) 011-599-545-3737
Website: www.paradisecarrentalsxm.com
E-Mail: rent@paradisesxm.com

Thrifty Car Rental
Phone: (from the U.S.) 011-599-545-2393
Website: www.thriftycarrentalsxm.com
E-Mail: customerservice@sxmthrifty.com


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Choosing A St. Maarten / St. Martin Car Rental

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Location of your car rental company on St. Maarten, St. Martin is very important. Be sure that the car rental company is near to Princess Juliana International Airport so that you can be there to get your car and return to the airport in just minutes. Car rental companies such as Thrifty Car Rental, Dollar Car Rental, Paradise Car Rental and Empress Car Rental even have booths in the Arrivals building that you will easily see as soon as you exit with your luggage.

It is the car rental companies that have booths at the airport that are the most popular ones out of more than a hundred on St. Maarten, St. Martin for many reasons, convenience being just one of them. Quality, service and staff are some others.

As far as price is concerned, all car rental companies on St. Maarten, St. Martin are competitive and their prices are very close. Don’t let the difference of a dollar or two be the reason you choose a car rental company.

For your convenience, here is the contact info for two of the car rental companies we have mentioned:

Paradise Car Rental
Phone (from the U.S.) 011-599-545-3737
Website: www.paradisecarrentalsxm.com
E-Mail: rent@paradisesxm.com

Thrifty Car Rental
Phone: (from the U.S.) 011-599-545-2393
Website: www.thriftycarrentalsxm.com
E-Mail: customerservice@sxmthrifty.com



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