DESTINATION ST. MAARTEN
St. Maarten is a tiny French-Dutch island of only 88km², nestled between the Atlantic Ocean and the Caribbean Sea. It’s the smallest island shared by 2 countries: The Netherlands and France. Philipsburg is the capital city of the Dutch side and Marigot is the capital of the French side. There is no physical border between them, so it’s the perfect opportunity to visit both sides and have 2 unique experiences.
On September 6th 2017 Irma, a category 5 hurricane Irma hit St. Maarten. The damages on buildings and infrastructure were huge. Many people where left without a house, the beaches where ripped off their peace and the island was no longer the one we knew and love.
However, not even Irma could stop the carival, quoting one of the most famous book about the Caribbean. Nor it could break the spirit of its people or the power of the stubbornly lush vegetation.
1,5 year later, St. Maarten is on it’s way to be even better than it was before, with brand new hotels, restaurants and the beaches as wonderful as we remembered them. We are ready to receive visitor with open arms!
WEATHER ST. MAARTEN
St. Maarten has good weather all year round. The climate is tropical, hot and sunny with a temperature that goes from 25 °C (77 °F) in the coolest period, which is from January to March. In February and March there’s a low chance of rainfall. From June to October it’s the hottest and most humid time of the year with a temperature of 28°C (82 °F). In June and July there’s usually less rain than August and September, and the risk of hurricanes is also lower. The period from June to November is the hurricane season; especially in the months from August to October there’s a chance of stormy weather or hurricanes. The best time to visit St. Maarten is between December and April. The sea temperature is warm enough for swimming during the entire year.
If you are planning to come to St. Maarten, depending on the place you live, it’s important to know if you need an American and/or European adaptor or transformer that allows you to use your electrical appliances on the island. The power sockets are of type A and B on St. Maarten, and the standard voltage is 110V on the Dutch side (60Hz. American sockets) and 220V on the French side (60Hz. European sockets). You can find voltage converters and power plug adaptors anywhere in an electrical goods store around the island.
Ambulance services 130, 912 or +1 721 542-9292 or +1 721 542111
Police Department 111 or 911 or +1 721 542-2222
Coast Guard 913
Child / Youth Hotline 918
Safe Haven 9333
Fire / Disaster Department 919
Fire Department (Airport) +1 721 – 545-4222
Fire Alarm Town +1721 – 542-6001
St. Maarten Medical Center / Emergency 910 or +1 721 543-1111 Ext 9
GEBE Hotline +1 721 544-3100 or TOLL FREE 1844 432-3213
There are no vaccinations required to enter St. Maarten and no particular health concerns either, when visiting the island. The most important to take into account are:
Like any Caribbean destination, it is recommended to take a high-SPF sunscreen and sunblock with you, especially if you’re not used to the extremely strong sunlight. Bring also sunglasses and a cap or hat to avoid getting sun-burned or sun-poisoned.
Zika / Chikungunya / Dengue fever
These are all illnesses that are caused by viruses that are spread through mosquito bites. Use insect repellents (citronella), mosquito sprays, nets or cover up to protect yourself from becoming infected.
There are 3 currencies you could use while on St. Maarten. On French St. Maarten the currency is Euro and on the Dutch side the Florin (Antillean guilder). US Dollars are widely accepted on the island. Same goes for the major credit cards (Visa, MasterCard, American Express). Maestro debit cards can be used in general at ATMs. Banks are generally open from 8:00am – 12:00pm and 1:30pm – 4:00pm.
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PASSPORT AND VISA
You will need a valid passport to travel to the island for the duration of your stay. Please contact the Embassy concerned to check VISA requirements for St. Maarten.
WHAT TO PACK
– Flip flops
– Beach wear
– Water shoes / rubber soled shoes
– Summer (light) clothing
– Bank card
– Copy of valid passport
– Copy of driver’s license
– Copy of credit card
– Copy of medical prescription
– Credit card + PIN
– Health insurance card
– Travel insurance documents