traffic in St Maarten
If you are stopping at Philipsburg on the Dutch side of St Maarten and hiring a taxi to get around independently then allow yourself plenty of time to get back to the ship. Sometimes the road can get clogged up with cars and takes alot longer than some of the times suggested in various guides. Having made my first trip to the island I was surprised how slow the traffic was when making my way to one of the beaches. Allow plenty of time to return to the the ship before it departs. The last thing you want to do is get stressed out as to whether your taxi will make it back to the ship in time.