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WARNING about RASLINKS scooter rental in  St Maarten, Filipsburg , Juancho Yr. blvrd. www.raslinks.com

 If you are planning in St Maarten, Filipsburg to go to see the other, French side of the island, or Airport Beach....and you would like to do this by  cooter or ATV, be careful when you are being enthusiastic to meet  friends and having a holiday. It should not let you care less about making a good deal when it is time to deal about something. Do not decide too quick  and do not say yes for the first guy who comes to you with a flyer and offers you to rent a scooter from them for 60 usd. Way too much!

By the time you start to fill out their form, the amount can rise up to 75 usd, that they will say to be because of the insurance.. If you leave, the guy will shout  after you, he probably will want to give a 'better' deal. It is up to you if you want to deal then, or to go to an other place. Be careful, the next place might be the same company if you do not go far enough. After you sit down you might see the same guy from the 1st place, looking into the office through the door with a satisfyed smile. It is highly recomended to avoid RASLINKS company! In case you have the smallest accident or scratch on the scooter, they would try to make you pay a lot. 100-200 usd in addition to the expensive rental cost, for a smal damage..Actually there is no bargain about it, you can not leave without paying.

It is great to go to the French side. There you need to be prepared to pay with Eur and  can see some more european-like coffees, restaurants, shops too..beautiful beaches and interesting to look around, but most of the roads are quite busy. Be careful if you are not a safe driver those busy roads can be dangerous too.

All in all, when you start your plans, avoid rental places that are close to touristic centrals, especialy RASLINKS. They are located in Filipsburg close to the shore. One is beside a gas station and the other one is close to the cruise ship port on Juancho Yr. blvrd. There might be more shops but this 2 from RASLINKS are sure to be on the blacklist of many people.