Visit Two Countries on One Island
Whether you come to the French or the Dutch side of the island, make sure to visit both countries. Don’t be afraid to get
lost! There is only one main road that leads around the somewhat-circular shaped island.
Thrifty Car Rental is located in St Maarten/St Martin at the Princess Juliana Airport (SXM), Grand Case Airport, and other
locations on the island. We offer vehicles of various types, from economy cars to jeeps and 4WD´s.
When touring the island, you will notice a difference in atmosphere in the two parts of the island.
The French Side
Shopping is great for jewelry, French clothing, perfumes, wines and alcohol-- all at great duty free prices!
The French side has a touch of Latin and French Mediterranean ambiance including the French lifestyle of "savoir vivre," i.e.,
know to enjoy life. This is especially true for great food! Don’t miss the opportunity to explore the French gastronomy and
pay a visit to one of the fine restaurants in Marigot or the "Gourmet Capital" of Grand Case.
The Dutch Side
The Dutch side is noticeably influenced by the American way of living and you will feel more of a Las Vegas type of atmosphere.
Casinos, island boutiques and shops, golf courses, and beautiful beaches lined with bars, restaurants and water sport activities
will keep you entertained. While getting around, you will see panoramic views that you will never forget!