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Mini (Class Mini Car or similar) is the most frequently booked car hire type in St. Maarten.
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Most drivers accustomed to roads in Europe or North America will not have a problem negotiating Sint Maarten by car. Although roads can be narrow and unsigned, speed bumps are common, traffic is generally not congested, and drivers are courteous. It is important to note that traffic coming from the right has the right of way and that pedestrians always have the right of way when crossing the road, even when a car is exiting a roundabout.
To rent a car in Sint Maarten, drivers should be a minimum of 21 years old and hold a valid domestic driving license from their country of residence. An International Driver’s Permit (IDP) is also mandatory on the island, even though some agencies don’t ask for this. Some rental agencies, such as Alamo, require drivers to be 25 years old, while others, such as Europcar, charge a young driver’s fee of 18.75 ANG (10 USD) per day for drivers age 18 to 23.
Petrol stations are easy to find on Sint Maarten, which is not too large and has plenty of fueling opportunities, some of which are open 24h a day. Many stations have an attendant, and most stations allow payment with a credit card. Expect to pay around 1.9 ANG (1.00 USD) for a liter of petrol and 1.7 ANG (0.9 USD) for a liter of diesel. Per gallon, this is 3.79 USD for regular petrol and 3.40 USD for diesel.
Speed limits are quite simple in Sint Maarten, with a general limit of 40 km/h (24 mph) in urban areas and 60 km/h (37 mph) in rural areas. Highways have a limit of 80 km/h (50 mph), although these are very short stretches of road, so in practice, such speeds are rarely reached.
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