Renting an Alamo hire car to pick up in St. Maarten is hassle-free, and you have the opportunity to select a model to meet you and your family or party's needs. It's the most convenient and economical way to travel while you are enjoying your holiday.
Located on the southern tip of the Caribbean island of St Martin, the Dutch enclave of St. Maarten has a character all its own. For a small place it has a lot going on, and for visitors to St Maarten, car hire is worthwhile as you will want to save your energy for diving, hiking, climbing, go-karting, and all the other fun activities the place has to offer.
St. Maarten may only be 13 square miles across but it has a lot of vertical territory too, with Mount Concordia - its highest peak - a favourite with climbers (and not too challenging for beginners). The dramatic rock formations on the island also mean that there are several tiny, secluded beaches hidden away among the cliffs. These are home to a diverse selection of wildlife and St Maarten also has its own zoo, preserving endangered tropical species and featuring two walk-through aviaries full of brilliantly coloured birds.
St. Maarten has several historic buildings; most notable are Fort Amsterdam, which was built by the Dutch but went on to serve as a Spanish outpost for several years, and the ruins of Fort Willem I, which offers fantastic views of the bay below. The capital, Philipsburg, is the centre of the annual carnival and a great place to shop or dine; it also has a museum where you can explore the history of the island.
When you arrange your car rental, it is best to opt for as small a vehicle as possible as the traffic can get bad at busy times of day and local drivers tend to be very pushy when this happens. You will need to be wary of potholes, but a lighter vehicle will make it easier when you are driving up steep mountain roads, some of which have turns in awkward places. The best advice for driving these roads is to go slowly, even if you are being hooted at. You will also need to look out for bicycles, many of which have no lights or reflectors to make them more visible at night. As long as you are careful you should be able to enjoy your St Maarten holiday without any major problems on the roads.
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