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Car rental? Book here or there?

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Car rental? Book here or there?

We'll be in St. Maarten, Dutch side for a week. We're staying at Flamingo Beach in Simpson Bay. We would like to see the whole island and travel for food. Should we rent a car? And if so, should I book it online here in the states or just rent when we get to the airport or resort? Thank you.

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You can rent it here or on line. We prefer renting it on line. It gives us time to find the best deal. Renting at the airport is a big hassle, at least for us, we arrive on the tired side and just want to get our rental and go to the hotel. There are too many of these guys at the airport and it is just too time consuming to start an investigation there and then.

Book on line and bring your confirmation with you, we thing you'll be better off.

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Any car rental companies you recommend? Should I book through a third party like hot-wire?

Auburn Washington
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Best to book online and have it waiting for you. Some companies give a discount for booking online as does Hertz. Hertz has an office in Flamingo lobby and you can have your car waiting for you there or pick it up at the airport office.

http://hertz.sxmrentacar.com/about/contact

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We use third party discounters to book our Hertz rental. Hertz Sint Maarten includes laibility coverage in any quoted rate. We take our confirmation to the Hertz booth at the airport and complete the paperwork, get our car at their lot near the airport (they provide a free shuttle, it's only a minute ride) and were off.

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Unity

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Bobcat, we just go to the office on airport road with the provided shuttle and do the paper work there. Works great to get free upgrades and don't have to guard our luggage while doing that..

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That's one way of doing it - we prefer to do the paperwork at the airport then we can pick up the car while others wait and do the paperwork in the office. Works for us.

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had an excellent experience with unity

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