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Best Car Rental companies in Sint Maarten

Best Car Rentals Sint Maarten

No other destination in the Lesser Antilles is more suitable to be explored by rental car than Sint Maarten.

With more than 30 white sand beaches and turquoise blue water, renting a car in Sint Maarten is an absolute must if you want to enjoy all the island has to offer with total freedom to go where you want and when you want.

The roads on the island of Sint Maarten are pretty wide and allow for relaxed driving. You drive on the right side of the road, so if you are a visitor coming from Europe or America, your adaptation will be quick. Some gas stations are open 24 hours a day.

We encourage you to rent a car and discover the stunning beaches, and the variety of landscapes that the island offers, to enjoy gastronomy, and duty-free shopping.

So, below is a list of the best car rental companies in Sint Maarten in 2022, to help you decide which car rental to choose for your next vacation. Let’s start with the list:

#1.- Exclusive Car Rental (10/10) 🏆Exclusive Car Rental

Based on +20 reviews, Exclusive Car Rental is one of only two rental companies to have a score of 10 out of 10. Exclusive Car Rental is a local company located on the Dutch side of St. Maarten. Among their main goals are to be an innovative company that offers its customers flexible transportation options and to build customer loyalty by offering exceptional customer service that makes them exceed expectations. It seems that they are doing just that because they are all rated 10 out of 10.

Although the company’s headquarters is located inland (13 Lime Rd, Sint Maarten), they offer car rental service at Princess Juliana Airport via Meet & Greet, which means they meet you at the arrivals area to greet you and deliver the car.

Its fleet of vehicles covers all categories. They offer compact vehicles such as Hyundai i10 or similar, Midsize, Fullsize, compact and full-size SUVs, and Vans from 9 to 12 seater.

Their price range starts at $35 for the compacts to $120 for the larger vans.

Among the best services and ratings are:

  • Convenient Airport Pickup.
  • Free Baggage Assistance.
  • 24/7 Emergency Assistance.
  • Unlimited Mileage.
  • Ease and speed of pick-up and drop-off of the vehicle.
  • Very helpful, communicative, and polite service.
  • Great service for money.
  • The minimum age limit to rent is 18 years.

What they should improve:

  • They don’t offer convertible cars, or at least we don’t see them on their website.

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#2.- Hardy’s Car Rental (10/10) 🥈Hardy's Car Rental

Hardy’s Car Rental is the second agency with a score of 10 out of 10 in Sint Maarten, based on +40 ratings.

Hardy’s Car Rental is a local, family-owned company founded in 2015 and focused on the principle of customer satisfaction, so they strive to be reliable and to offer their customers the best rates.

Hardy’s Car Rental offers high-quality rental cars in Sint Maarten at the best prices. Their range of vehicles includes economy cars such as the Hyundai i20, compact, mid-size, and full-size cars such as the Toyota Corolla or Nissan Sentra, and premium or convertibles such as the Jeep Wrangler.

Although their office is not located at the airport (Mustique Island Rd, Simpson Bay, Sint Maarten), they do offer rental service at the airport through the Meet & Greet service.

Among the best services and ratings are:

  • No deposit, as long as the driver is a credit card holder, they do not require a security deposit. This is very uncommon among car rental companies.
  • They offer 24h roadside assistance service totally free of charge in case any problem arises.
  • Meet & Greet service throughout the island. This includes delivery of the rental car directly to the airport as well.
  • Flexible rental service and very well priced.
  • Clean vehicles.
  • On-time deliveries.
  • Friendly and helpful customer service.

What we DON’T like about this company:

  • The booking process cannot be done through the website automatically. You have to request availability via WhatApp, or via a contact form on their website, and wait for a response.
  • You don’t see the prices on their website.

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#3.- StarLite (9.8/10) 🥉StarLite Car Rental Sint Maarten

Based on +90 customer reviews, StarLite is ranked 3rd with a score of 9.8 out of 10.

StarLite Car Rental is a local company, and like the previous two, their office is located outside the airport (Octavius L. Richardson Road, Philipsburg, Sint Maarten), but they offer island-wide car rental service through a Meet & Greet service they call “Arrive & Drive Away” in which they promise you’ll be driving just 10 minutes after landing.

All their rentals include free delivery at the airport terminal or anywhere on the island, unlimited mileage, 24-hour roadside service, and a vehicle upgrade if your requested vehicle is not available.

The price range starts at $35.00 per day for the economy category, up to $195 for the Premium Sport SUV category, being able to reserve with them a Jeep Wrangler or a Ford Mustang at a very good price.

Among the best services and ratings are:

  • The reservation process with the “Book now and pay later” option allows you to book online and pay at the counter upon arrival.
  • Fast Service.
  • Friendly and Flexible Service.
  • Good prices.

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#4.- Leisure Car Rental (9.8/10)Leisure Car Rental Sint Maarten

The fourth place in our ranking is Leisure Car Rental, with a score of 9.8 out of 10 based on +160 reviews.

Leisure Car Rental is a local company located very close to the airport. They are located on Airport Road, right across the street from the WinAir building. So, even though they don’t have a counter inside the airport terminal, picking up the car is very easy and fast, they even pick you up at the airport gate to take you to their facility.

Leisure Car Rental strives to provide good customer service and clean, new vehicles to make your experience on the island the best it can be. They offer a fleet of modern cars, covering all classes, and their price ranges from $49.99/day for the Economy class, to $199.99/day for the Full-Size SUV class.

Among the best services and ratings are:

  • High percentage of repeat customers
  • Customer service is open 24/7.
  • Clean vehicles.
  • Non-smoking vehicles (upon request).
  • They are on time with deliveries.
  • Very friendly staff.
  • Reasonable prices.

What they should improve:

  • They don’t offer convertible cars, or at least we don’t see them on their website.
  • The booking process is not very agile and not very intuitive, even hard to find the booking process on their website. They should put a direct button in the main menu or in the home page. You can also book by phone (Toll-Free).
  • Deliveries to certain locations within the island have extra costs.

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#5.- H&L Car Rental (9.8/10)H&L Car Rental Sint Maarten

The fifth on the list is H&L Car Rental, with a score of 9.8 out of 10 based on +40 reviews.

H&L is a local car rental company, offering a modern fleet of vehicles of all classes at very competitive prices.

All vehicles are automatic, and the price range is from $40 for Economy class to $135 for 12-seat vans. They also offer Mid Size Cars like the Nissan Versa, Compact SUVs like the Nissan Kicks, or SUVs like the Jeep Wrangler.

Like the above, H&L Car Rental does not have a counter inside the airport terminal but does offer pick-up and drop-off services at Princess Juliana Airport. They come, pick you up and take you to their office.

Among the best services and ratings are:

  • You can book from as young as 18 years old
  • Unlimited mileage
  • Free Roadside Assistance
  • No cancellation fees.
  • Good and clean cars at Good Prices.
  • Very friendly staff.
  • Flexible vehicle pick-up and drop-off. Not only do they offer service at the airport, but you can also request it at any other point on the island.

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#6.- Sax Car Rental (9.6/10)Sax Car Rental Sint Maarten

The sixth on the list is Sax Car Rental, with a score of 9.6 out of 10 based on +360 reviews.

SAX Car Rental is a local company focused on providing the best customer satisfaction by offering clean, smoke-free vehicles, hassle-free service, and a free shuttle service.

Like the previous companies, they offer vehicles in all ranges, Economy, Mid Size, SUV, Luxury, Convertibles, and Vans from 7 to 12 seats, with prices ranging from $24 to $120 per day.

Although they do not have a counter at the airport or cruise ship terminal, they do offer a free and very simple shuttle service. Look for the Sax Car Rental representative holding the sign as you cross the arrivals hall at the airport or cruise ship terminal.

Among the best services and ratings are:

  • Very friendly staff.
  • Customer assistance 24 hours
  • Good prices.
  • They are punctual in vehicle deliveries.
  • They offer cash rentals and cash deposit
  • Discounts are available for long-term rentals.

What they should improve:

  • They have some negative reviews referring to the deposit and the price of Liability Insurance Premium Plus.

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#7.- Travel Rent-A-Car (9.4/10)Travel Rent-A-Car Sint Maarten

Travel Rent-A-Car is another local, highly rated company. It ranks seventh in our ranking with a score of 9.4 out of 10.

Their business is based on offering clean, well-maintained vehicles at excellent prices, and exceptional customer service.

They have three offices on the island. The main office is located on White Sands Road, the second at the Cruise Port where passengers can reach this location by walking a short distance; and the third on Airport Road, just two minutes from the terminal.

All of their vehicles are automatic and prices start at $24 per day for the most economical class up to $150 per day for a Jeep Wrangler convertible. They also have 12-passenger vans starting at $120 per day.

Among the best services and ratings are:

  • Very affordable prices
  • Unlimited Mileage

What they should improve:

  • Extra charges for pick-up and drop-off
  • Conditions of use of the car rental on your website are empty.

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#8.- Europcar (9,4/10)europcar-logo

Europcar is a world-renowned car rental agency and is ranked 8th in our ranking, with a score of 9.4 out of 10 based on +25 reviews.

Their offices on the Dutch side are not located inside the passenger terminal of the airport, they are located 2 minutes away from the Princess Juliana Airport. To pick up the vehicle you will have to look for one of their agents, who will be waiting for you at the exit of the terminal, and by means of a free shuttle service, they will take you to the offices where in a few minutes they will deliver your rental car.

On the French side, Europcar is also present at the Grand Case regional airport.

Europcar offers a car rental adapted to all budgets as they have a large fleet of vehicles that are perfectly adapted to the traffic and road conditions of St. Maarten.

They offer a wide range of Economy, compact, mid-size, luxury cars, SUVs, 4WD, or 7 seaters vans, and their prices range from $35 to $100 per day.

Among the best services and ratings are:

  • Brand new vehicles.
  • Clean and well-maintained vehicles.
  • The customer service is very professional.

What they should improve:

  • Certain vehicle models cannot be rented if you are 21 years old or younger.

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#9.- Thrifty / Dollar (9,4/10)thrifty-logo

Dollar and Thrifty are franchises of Hertz (also available inside the terminal), and share offices in St. Maarten in each of the 10 locations spread throughout the island, one of which is located inside the passenger terminal of the Princess Juliana Airport.

The quality of these franchises is recognized worldwide. Three are the pillars on which Dollar/Thrifty’s success on the island is based: offering a large fleet of vehicles of all classes and styles, offering good prices, and offering good customer service.

They offer rental cars from $30 a day for economy class, to $200 for premium SUVs or Vans. Convertibles such as the Mazda MX5, Ford Mustang, or Jeep Wrangler are available for $150 per day.

Among the best services and ratings are:

  • Counters inside the airport terminal.
  • Unlimited free mileage.
  • Car delivery by location.
  • Prices per week (Rent 6 days, get 7th day free!).
  • Helpful and friendly staff.

What they should improve:

  • Very high deposit amount.
  • Extra charges for pick-up and drop-off.

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#10.- Alamo (8.8/10)logo-alamo

Alamo is the last on our list, with a score of 8.8 out of 10 based on +100 reviews.

Like Dollar/Thrifty, they also have a counter inside the airport terminal.

Renting from Alamo is always a guarantee of quality. This franchise is part of the Enterprise Holdings group, owner of the well-known Enterprise and National franchises, which are also present inside the airport office sharing a counter with Alamo.

All classes of vehicles are available, but their prices are not as economical as the other suppliers on the list. The economy class starts at approximately $50.

Among the best services and ratings are:

  • Counters inside the airport terminal.
  • Unlimited free mileage.
  • Helpful and friendly staff.

What they should improve:

  • Not available for drivers under 25 years of age.
  • Some bad reviews about the deposit amount.
  • Some bad reviews about the maintenance and age of the vehicles.

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Conclusion

In summary, the car rental companies in Saint Maarten all have very high ratings for the car rental sector. In general, this is not usually the case.

Bearing in mind that the perfect rental company does not exist, in order to have a good experience you should look for the one that for you has the best combination of convenience of pick-up and drop-off, price, and additional services offered.

In this list, we have listed what we consider, according to customer reviews, the 10 best car rental companies in Saint Maarten. But these 10 are not the only ones. Here below we leave you more companies with their ratings, which we are sure will also be very good rental options.

  • National (8.8/10) – Counters inside the airport.
  • Sixt (8.7/10)
  • Payless (8.0/10)
  • Hertz (7.8/10) – Counters inside the airport.
  • Avis (7.8/10) – Counters inside the airport.
  • Coastal Car Rental (7.7/10)
  • Paradise Island (7.6/10) – Counters inside the airport.
  • AAA car Rental (7.6/10)
  • Surprice (7.5/10)
  • U-Save Car Rental (7.4/10) – Counters inside the airport.
  • Budget (7.0/10) – Counters inside the airport.
  • Next Level Car Rental (6.8/10)
  • Empress (6.8/10) – Counters inside the airport.

We hope you liked this article. Now you can continue reading our article about the differences between Avis, Budget, Hertz, Europcar, Payless, Sixt, Thrifty, Dollar, Alamo, and National.

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