St Maarten Travel Guide

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You’ll find all the information you’ll need in our St Maarten travel guide. St Maarten is located at the tip of the N. Eastern Caribbean & direct flights from international airports make travel to St Maarten a breeze! Miami is 2.5 hours away and 4 hours from New York. Paris & Amsterdam connect the island with Europe in just 9 hours.

Travel to St Maarten and you’ll find paradise, St Maarten offers visitors a fusion of cultural experiences & cuisine, 37 pristine beaches and a happening atmosphere. Peacefully divided in 1648 between the Netherlands and France, today Dutch St Maarten and French St Martin is the smallest landmass in the world shared by two sovereign nations. The climate is sunny and warm with a cool topical breeze all year round.

With the south side of the island forming Dutch St Maarten, you’ll find St Maarten All Inclusive Resorts, entertaining boardwalks, lively beach bars, and more than a dozen casinos. To the North, you’ll find French St Martin, with its harbor full of St Martin Yacht Charters, quaint homes and luxurious villas in Les Terres Basses built up into the cliffs, reminiscent of a Mediterranean fishing village.

Island Essentials

St Maarten - St Martin is one of the smallest landmasses divided between 2 nations. To the North, the French Overseas Collectivity - St Martin, and to the South, St Maarten - a country within the Kingdom of the Netherlands.
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Dutch St Maarten

  • St Maarten Capital: Philipsburg
  • Airport: Princess Juliana International Airport (SXM)
  • Language: Dutch, English is widely spoken.
  • Currency: Netherlands Antilles Guilder. US$ & major credit cards widely accepted. ATMs dispense local currency and US$.
  • Electricity: 110 volts
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French St Martin

  • St Martin Capital: Marigot
  • Airport: Grand Case - L'Esperance (SFG)
  • Language: French, English is widely spoken.
  • Currency: Euro. US$ and major credit cards widely accepted. ATMs dispense Euros.
  • Electricity: 220 volts
Located at 18°02 'N, 63°07 'W, St Maarten - St Martin is part of the northeastern Lesser Antilles.
 

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St Maarten Travel - FAQs

Traveling to St Maarten? Here are some of the most frequently asked questions.
1Do I need a visa to travel to St Maarten?
In some cases, a visa is required for travel to St Maarten. Read about St Maarten visa entry requirements here.
2Can I travel with my pet to St Maarten?
Yes, you can travel with your pet to St Maarten with proper and current documentation including certification of rabies shots and good health. Your vet can help you prepare these documents. Here is a list of St Maarten pert friendly hotels.
3What is the legal drinking age in St Maarten?
The legal drinking age in St Maarten is 18 years old. Travelers should have proper identification if asked for, such as a valid passport, ID card or driver's license. Drinking and driving is strongly discouraged.
4When is the best time to visit St Maarten?
Although we welcome travelers to the island year-round, click here for more information on when is the best time to visit St Maarten.
5What currency is used in St Maarten - St Martin?
In Dutch St Maarten, the USD$ is commonly used at a fixed exchange rate of US$1 = 1.80 Guilders. It is possible to dispense both US$ and local guilders at ATMs on the Dutch side. On French St Martin, the US$ is widely accepted, however at the current exchange rate to the official currency, the Euro. ATMs on French St Martin will dispense Euros.
6What credit cards are accepted in St Maarten?
Euro/ MasterCard and Visa are the most popularly accepted credit cards throughout the entire island. American Express is accepted at a growing number of locations.
7What timezone in St Maarten on?
St Maarten - St Martin is in the Atlantic timezone (GMT-4).
8Do I need electrical adapters?
Electrical plugs are 110 volts in Dutch St Maarten and 220 volts in French St Martin. It is recommended that you travel with the right adapter for use of electronics when staying in French St Martin.
9What emergency services are available in St Maarten?
On Dutch St Maarten:
  • St Maarten Hospital: St. Maarten Medical Center - 910
    • Ambulance Services - 912
  • Police Department - 911
  • St Maarten Coast Guard - 913
  • Fire / Disaster Services - 919