There really have never been good road maps of our island. After all, it is a small island and basically there is one road that goes all around the island. It's easy to find your way around.
Tourists always ask for maps of course but the ones they get from the car rentals don't have all the roads and names of roads printed on them.
Even those of us who live here don't know the proper names of the roads. We call a lot of them by local names.
www.sxm-info.com/SXM-map/ states on their web site that "Street names are fairly useless as there are few street signs. Luckily, there are few streets and for the most part they go in two large circles: one around the lagoon and one around the high hills on the main part of the island. Street numbers are even more useless as they have been changed recently and are rarely placed on buildings anyway."
This is true, although there are a few more road signs now than there used to be!
But I found a really good road map the other day though.
It has been around for awhile but I never really bothered to pick it up.
I was curious one day though so I bought it at Rima's Beach World on the Pondfill Road which is really the W.A. Nisbeth Road. No one calls it that though.
This map has street names on it that I have never heard of.
I had fun just reading the names of some of our little streets.
I know the bigger roads are named after well known St. Maarten people, such as L.B. Scott Road, and C.A. Cannegieter Street.
But we also have a Louis Armstrong Drive, Count Basie Drive, Billy Holiday Drive, and Tommy Dorsey Drive.
Who knew? Not me for sure!.
I know also that the roads in St. Peters were given fruit names, like Lime drive and Lime Road... Yes, too Limes.
Then there is Mesapple Drive and Mesapple Road.
We have flower names also, like Amaryllis Road and Hibiscus Road.
The roads in Cay Hill were given animal names, like Puma Road, Pigeon Road and Tiger Road.
I only see one Tiger but then there is a Tigris Road and a Tigris Drive.
We also have roads named for other islands like Antigua Drive and Saba Drive. But there is a Saba Road too.
Many of the names are the same except one is a Road and one is a Drive. Talk about confusing!
But apparently there is a rule to the drives and roads. The road comes first and whatever small side extension came later became the drive by the same name.
All roads are birds are in Pointe Blanche. All roads are cactuses are in Suckergarden.
Flowers are in Saunders, Blooming trees in Cole Bay. The major rivers of the world are in Maho/ Cupecoy area.
By the road name alone you can tell where that address is. ( with many exceptions of course)
All roads are named after islands in Upper Princes Quarter and Middle Region.
And roads are named after capitals of countries in Dutch Quarter, such as Montevideo Drive.
(Remember to double click on the images to see the text better.)
Some of the other names that I found interesting and amusing:
Autograph Tree Drive
Bearded Fig Tree Drive
Bunny Ears Cactus Drive
Rue Goat FIsh
Fish Pot Road
Demi John Drive
Doodle Doo Cactus Drive
Rue Cross The Range
Rues de Parakeet
Narrow Drive, Narrow Road
Nipple Cactus Drive, Nipple Cactus Road
Pin Cushion Cactus Drive
Jumping Cholla Cactus Road
Stone Oven Drive
Touch me Not Road
Wavy Clam Road
I cannot forget to mention Bush Road which is the main road into town. I can only imagine why it was named Bush Road. It probably at one time surrounded by bush, when the island was very rural. By the way, bush is the local way of referring to brush!
Then there is Trush Road, which really should be Thrush Road, named after the common bird we see all over the island. But island folks pronounce thrush as trush so the road was named Trush.
and Locas Tree Drive which I think is supposed to be Locust, but since locust is pronounced locas, well.........
I could go on and on, but you get the idea!