St Maarten Dock into town - wheel it or taxi?

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#1
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Just wondering has anyone gone in their wheelchair or scooter into town from the dock instead of waiting for a taxi? (if any are actually available).

Distance won't be an issue pushing as we have 4 people to help an google shows it to be only about a mile. Is there a sidewalk or mostly in the street?
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We have done this several times using a mobility scooter. Although it's doable, I'd suggest you consider the water taxi from the cruise port. About $7/person/R.T. and it takes you right into the center of town. Saves time and power if using a scooter.
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Originally posted by J&B in GA
We have done this several times using a mobility scooter. Although it's doable, I'd suggest you consider the water taxi from the cruise port. About $7/person/R.T.
???? We were told the water taxi isn't wheelchair/scooter accessible.
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Originally posted by PBC29
???? We were told the water taxi isn't wheelchair/scooter accessible.
Depends on the water taxi. The smaller ones are not, although I have been able to step aboard and then the dock hands lift my scooter on board. This would not work for someone who could not stand and walk. The larger one they use to go to the center of town is. They have a ramp from the dock to the taxi. I have used it on several occasions.
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Originally posted by J&B in GA
Depends on the water taxi. The smaller ones are not, although I have been able to step aboard and then the dock hands lift my scooter on board. This would not work for someone who could not stand and walk. The larger one they use to go to the center of town is. They have a ramp from the dock to the taxi. I have used it on several occasions.
Good to know Thanks
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One of us uses a power wheelchair and he 'wheeled' from the pier to downtown and back to the ship with no problem. It's quite an enjoyable walk actually and the pedestrian sidewalk is well separated from the rather busy road.

Do remember however that many shops are not always wheelchair accessible but most patios are which is great for people watching etc.

The Duty Free Shop at the pier is wheelchair accessible (last minute shopping etc.) before boarding the ship.

Enjoy!
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We have done both, taken the water taxi and scoot into town on our own. It is such a short distance into town, it was actually easier for us to scoot on our own. We were able to access most of the shops. The sidewalk was in good condition.

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I have done it a few times in a manual wheelchair, pushed myself the whole way
Nice ride
I always like when people say the water taxis are accessible, you just have to take a few steps
For some of us
we wish we could take a few steps
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According to RCCL, they will be ready for cruise ships by mid-December. Many boats were destroyed or damaged though, so you may find many less water taxies are available.
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We always just wheel into town!!
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#14
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Originally posted by Tonsoffun44
Thanks all Port stop has been cancelled an switched with St. Thomas.
For which cruise lines? Where did you get this information? RCCL says they will start again in St. Martin the end of this month.
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Originally posted by Splinter
For which cruise lines? Where did you get this information? RCCL says they will start again in St. Martin the end of this month.
We're on Celebrity: on their website at the top posted a link to itinerary changes, we also got an email from them.