We will be in St. Maarten for one day only as cruise passengers the first week of May- from 7 a.m. until 6 p.m.
We'd love to see as much of the island as possible, but haven't had much luck finding any tour operators that will provide us the types of tour we want. In fact, we've not found many inks for websites of tour operators at all.
We would like to leave the port area as early as possible, do a tour of the island, shop in Marigot for a couple of hours, and then spend the majority of the day (3-4 hours)at Orient Beach before heading back to do some end of day shopping in Phillipsburg before heading back to the cruise dock.
Does anyone know of any tour operators who can schedule flexible tours such as this? For small groups or even maybe just the two of us?
Or would it be more time-efficient and money saving to rent a car for the day? Can your rent cars at the cruise dock? If so, does anyone know which rental companies are at the dock?
If we drive around the island, is it difficult to pull over for photo opportunities and just to soak up the sights for a bit? Is it difficult to find your way around the island? (We rented a car in Barbados and hardly ever saw a road sign!)
Also, how will we find parking to be in Marigot, Phillipsburg, and Orient Beach? Any tips on where to park in these areas would be greatly appreciated.
Lastly, what is the latest time of day we can expect to show up at Orient Beach and be able to find available beach loungers/umbrellas? Or are they plentiful enough during this time of year (early May) that it shouldn't be a problem? I did check, we are the only cruise ship in port that day, but not sure how busy the island is normally that time of year.
Thanks so much for your assistance.