Discover St Maarten

Airports:

Princess Juliana International Airport (Dutch St. Maarten) services all the international flights. L'Espérance Airport (French St. Martin) services small commuter flights from neighboring islands.

 

Seaports:

Main deep-water port: Dr. A.C. Wathey Cruise & Cargo Facility located in Philipsburg, St. Maarten.

 

  • IMMIGRATION

Entry Requirements for U.S. citizens:
A valid passport and a return/continuing ticket.


Entry Requirements for Canadian citizens:

A valid passport and a return/continuing ticket, or a certified copy of the birth certificate, a photo identification and a return/continuing ticket.


Entry Requirements for EU citizens:

A valid passport and a return/continuing ticket.


Entry Requirements for Nationals not listed above:

Click here for more information.

  • Climate: Sub-tropical, with trade winds from the Caribbean Sea.
    Temperature: The island has a year-round temperature of approximately 80°F (27°C).
    Time: Atlantic Standard Time, year-around
    Language: English is the predominate language in the island, however the official language on the St. Maarten side is Dutch, and is officially French on the St. Martin side. French Creole, Spanish, Papiamento and other languages are also spoken.
    Population: 41,000 people live on St. Maarten and 36,000 on St. Martin for a combined total of 77,000.
  • Currency: US dollars are accepted everywhere.
    St. Maarten: Netherlands Antilles Florin (NAF); the official exchange rate is NAF 1.77 for each US$1.00 U.S. dollar.
    St. Martin: The official monetary unit is the euro.
  • Electricity:
    St. Maarten: 110-volt AC, 60 cycles (same as U.S. and Canada)
    St. Martin: 220-volt AC, 60 cycles (requires the use of adapters and transformers)
  • Telephone:
    Calls to St. Maarten/St. Martin from the U.S. are international calls and require the following country codes:
    St. Maarten: 00599 followed by the seven-digit local number
    St. Martin: 00590, 590 again followed by the six-digit local number
  • Official Tourist Office information St Maarten:
    Vineyard Office Park, WG Buncamper Rd. #33, St. Maarten

    Tel: +599-542-2337
    Fax: +599-542-2734
    E-mail: info@e-maarten.com

Medical Facilities:

St. Maarten Medical Center in Cay Hill and L'hospital General de Gaulle in Marigot, St. Martin. Airlift is available to Puerto Rico and the continental U.S. in case of extreme medical emergency.

 

Pet Regulations:

Animals are admitted temporarily to the island with the following papers: a health certificate dated no more than 10 days before visit and a record of inoculations, including a rabies shot administered no more than 30 days before visit. Be aware though that most resorts enforce a no pets policy.

To fully enjoy all of the diversity that the island has to offer, a rental car offers the best way to see everything. For the best deal on car rentals you can always shop around, but each of our resorts has a car rental on site. Sometimes that personal service (ever lock your keys in the car?) can be worth a bit extra. You can have the car meet you at the airport even. We drive on the right side of the road; as opposed to the left that is.  While there are not a lot of road signs, with only 36 square miles it won’t take you long to get there even with a few side turns.

 

Driving:

International driver's license

 

Taxis:

Available at airports, towns and resort areas

November 1
All Saints Day

 

November 2 – 9
Tourism Awareness Week

 

November 2
Caribbean Tourism Day

 

November 11
St. Maarten / St. Martin Day (stores closed)
Roadrunners Around the Island Relay Run

 

November 25
Day for elimination of violence against women
'Santa Claus' House' - A private home in Cripple Gate opens to the public for entertainment, Christmas food and spirits

 

December 4
3K Telethon Team Relay Run
20th Anniversary of Miss Caraibes Hibiscus (annual international beauty contest for all countries of the Caribbean and America)

 

December 6
Thanksgiving Service

 

December 11
Brass Band Christmas Concert

 

December 15
Kingdom Day

 

December 19 & 26
Roadrunners Green House 7K Run

 

December 25
Christmas Day (stores are closed)

 

December 26
Boxing Day
DJ Pauly and the Mix Master Crew Presents BEACH BASH on Mullet Bay Beach
19th Annual Pan In Paradise (Christmas Concert), folkloric steel pan concert

 

December 31
New Years Eve - live entertainment on boardwalk and midnight fireworks

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