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    stbartshopper is offline
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    Parking

    No matter the time of day or the location, we never had a parking difficulty anywhere.
    We found spots in the pay lot downtown. If we didn’t, we did the two wheels up near Orega. One time it was over by Burger Palace. It is not a hardship to walk along the water by Baz, Bagatelle and make the turn at Victoria into town. In St. Jean there was always an easy spot as well as the lot in Gouverneur. Near Eden, the side street along the canal always had spots.
    The pay lot downtown is easy to understand. During the day, the maximum we paid was once 9.50 but usually 2.50. At night for dinner, it is free.
    The parking gods have been taking care of us.

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    Jim Kelly-Evans is offline
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    Re: Parking

    Good info...I need to pick up some folks at the ferry next week...hope I can park in the pay lot. Do you pay by credit card there?
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    KevinS is offline
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    Re: Parking

    The machine in the pay lot accepts Chip-and-Pin credit cards, or cash in the form of €0.50, €1, and €2 coins. Smaller coins and paper money are not accepted. The first 30 minutes are free. Get a ticket at entry, scan it and pay at the kiosk in the center of the parking lot, and scan it again at the exit.

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    andynap is online now
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    Re: Parking

    Is this lot for ferry pickup too?


    Andy

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    stbartshopper is offline
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    Re: Parking

    The lot is down from the ferry but anyone can park there for any reason.
    Kevin- We learned a parking lot ‘secret’ several days ago.
    Initially I was confused and didn’t understand that parking at night was free. I don’t have a chip and pin nor didn’t have enough Euros in change.
    A good samaritan - I believe an island resident- told me my parking was free at night. He also explained that many people don’t have chip and pins nor often the correct Euros to pay. He said at the exit, the Collectivite made it so a credit card without the pin could be used so that tourists would not be ‘trapped’ in the lot. I clarified- ‘Are you telling me with this credit card that has no pin requirement, I can pay at the exit?’ Answer ‘yes you can pay at the exit without a pin.’ I haven’t tried it as I am scared it won’t work and we will block the exit.

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    Espen is offline
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    Re: Parking

    The Ferry Lot does accept 5E and 10E bills

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    andynap is online now
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    Re: Parking

    I'm picking up so should be free


    Andy

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    KevinS is offline
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    Re: Parking

    Quote Originally Posted by Espen View Post
    The Ferry Lot does accept 5E and 10E bills
    That’s new to me. Thanks for the update.

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    KevinS is offline
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    Re: Parking

    Quote Originally Posted by stbartshopper View Post
    The lot is down from the ferry but anyone can park there for any reason.
    Kevin- We learned a parking lot ‘secret’ several days ago.
    Initially I was confused and didn’t understand that parking at night was free. I don’t have a chip and pin nor didn’t have enough Euros in change.
    A good samaritan - I believe an island resident- told me my parking was free at night. He also explained that many people don’t have chip and pins nor often the correct Euros to pay. He said at the exit, the Collectivite made it so a credit card without the pin could be used so that tourists would not be ‘trapped’ in the lot. I clarified- ‘Are you telling me with this credit card that has no pin requirement, I can pay at the exit?’ Answer ‘yes you can pay at the exit without a pin.’ I haven’t tried it as I am scared it won’t work and we will block the exit.
    Parking is free between 8PM and 8AM, and I think on Sundays and on bank holidays.

    I’ve always paid at the kiosk. I wasn’t aware that cards of any sort are accepted at the exit.

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    Espen is offline
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    Re: Parking

    A small token for the knowledge I've received. I was grateful as I had no coin and needed .50 to exit!

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    stbartshopper is offline
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    Re: Parking

    Jim
    There are two free spots right by the Ferry. If you are lucky you might secure one. The Gendarmes are often there when the ferry comes in. Stay in or by your car.

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    Jim Kelly-Evans is offline
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    Re: Parking

    Thanks...I'll try
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    stbartshopper is offline
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    Re: Parking

    Bon Voyage!

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    Re: Parking

    Wheels up near Orega ended up with 135 euro ticket our last trip...we were across street down near Eddy’s...don’t be fooled if you see other cars there as we were...
    Steve and Aimee

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    stbartshopper is offline
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    Re: Parking

    Did you use the blue circle? The sign shows wheels up there for 1 hr30 min.

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    Jeanette is offline
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    Re: Parking

    Quote Originally Posted by stbartshopper View Post
    No matter the time of day or the location, we never had a parking difficulty anywhere. The parking gods have been taking care of us.
    This is great news to read. Parking was miserable in late July/early August. I hope the parking gods are in our favor, too.
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    dadto6 is offline
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    Re: Parking

    Suggestion for Bill. Do a test, park in the parking lot, use your non chip card to pay at exit, have some euro coins in your pocket just in case. Inquiring minds are waiting for your experiment.

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    Cwater is offline
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    Re: Parking

    Cheryl and I visiting in May have never had a challenge. There were times during lunch in Gustavia that we had to drive around a bit. I always in a pinch found parking a couple of blocks over from the anchor towards the school. Just driving around the back streets always produced.

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    Re: Parking

    Quote Originally Posted by stbartshopper View Post
    Did you use the blue circle? The sign shows wheels up there for 1 hr30 min.
    We were told by Gendarme that the location along the sidewalk by the anchor was only place for wheels up
    Steve and Aimee

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    KevinS is offline
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    Re: Parking

    Quote Originally Posted by shihadehs View Post
    We were told by Gendarme that the location along the sidewalk by the anchor was only place for wheels up
    That is my understanding also. There is one space in that area, on the Victoria end, which may be illegal too. Check for a sign, and don't park before it.

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    Reed is offline
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    Re: Parking

    Quote Originally Posted by KevinS View Post
    Parking is free between 8PM and 8AM, and I think on Sundays and on bank holidays.

    I’ve always paid at the kiosk. I wasn’t aware that cards of any sort are accepted at the exit.
    Parked in lot today for a catamaran trip. Used non chip and pin credit card at exit. Reader scanned my ticket then I inserted credit card. No receipt was offered so I hope everything is all good. Tried to use AMEX first and that didn't work so used VISA.
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    KevinS is offline
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    Re: Parking

    Quote Originally Posted by Reed View Post
    Parked in lot today for a catamaran trip. Used non chip and pin credit card at exit. Reader scanned my ticket then I inserted credit card. No receipt was offered so I hope everything is all good. Tried to use AMEX first and that didn't work so used VISA.
    Good to know that it works.

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    Hawke is offline
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    Re: Parking

    Quote Originally Posted by Reed View Post
    Parked in lot today for a catamaran trip. Used non chip and pin credit card at exit. Reader scanned my ticket then I inserted credit card. No receipt was offered so I hope everything is all good. Tried to use AMEX first and that didn't work so used VISA.
    Speaking about parking. Since I decided my days on Nantucket are over; how was it finding parking in town this past summer? Hope all is well.

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    Jeanette is offline
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    Re: Parking

    Read my post above - parking was miserable in late July/early August. The parking lots were full every night the five nights we dined in Gustavia, so we parked illegally on the sidewalk in front of Orega and Eddy's most nights. Given the current ticketing situation, valet parking suddenly seems like an inexpensive option.

    We typically travel in March for the Bucket and parking in the Gustavia lots was easier at night than for our summer trip.
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    amyb is online now
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    Re: Parking

    Two exploding local industries..taxi cabs and paid valet lots.

    Oh, and installing bollards to take away parking privileges.
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    Hawke is offline
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    Re: Parking

    Quote Originally Posted by amyb View Post
    Two exploding local industries..taxi cabs and paid valet lots.

    Oh, and installing bollards to take away parking privileges.
    More people on the island and they give us fewer spots to park?

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    amyb is online now
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    Re: Parking

    I am thinking that a finicular to take shoppers from the high road to the quay and the heart of Gustavia as the next traffic solution. Down to town, possible. Back up to the new parking lot...not likely.
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    zin is offline
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    Re: Parking

    Quote Originally Posted by shihadehs View Post
    Wheels up near Orega ended up with 135 euro ticket our last trip...we were across street down near Eddy’s...don’t be fooled if you see other cars there as we were...
    Pardon my ignorance but what is "Wheels UP"?

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    Hawke is offline
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    Re: Parking

    One side ; two wheels; on the sidewalk. Used to be no problem.

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    Quote Originally Posted by zin View Post
    Pardon my ignorance but what is "Wheels UP"?

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