Useful Info for Saint Martin and Sint Maarten

Saint Martin - Sint Maarten - Geography

Saint Martin - Sint Maarten - History

Saint Martin - Sint Maarten - Immigration Formalities

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Sint Maarten Government - Useful Info

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Collectivité de Saint Martin - Useful Info

Tourism Office
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Sint Maarten's Tourism Office - Useful Info

Tourism Office
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Office de Tourisme de Saint Martin - Useful Info

Getting around the island

Saint Martin - Sint Maarten - Bus

The bus service is mainly provided by mini-buses along the main roads, without a fixed schedule. Bus stops are more or less respected…
You can also find various bigger buses which offers the same services as the mini ones. Prices remains the same.
Most often, to take a bus to Saint-Martin, you just have to hail a driver, who will stop at your level.

Saint Martin - Sint Maarten - Taxis

Several transport links are available between Marigot, Philipsburg, other villages and airports.
Grand Case Airport:
+59 0590 97 53 03
Marigot: +59 0590 87 56 54
Philipsburg: + 1 721 542 2359
Princess Juliana Airport:
+ 1-721-545-5757
Orleans district: +59 0590 87 31 44

Saint Martin - Sint Maarten - Car Rental

Driving is on the right and road signs with international standards. It is relatively complicated to navigate on an island, as throughout the Caribbean, the indications are often very vague. To fully enjoy your stay in Saint Martin and visit the island, it is highly advised to rent a car. Saint Martin offers a wide selection of international and local car rental agencies.

Saint Martin - Sint Maarten - Scooters / ATV

It can be really funny to discover the island with the warm wind blowing in your hairs. Maybe not for your entire stay but one or two days could be a great experience of freedom.
You will find several companies offering that kind of services, with or without guides. Just drive carefully, especially if you aren’t really experimented with that kind of vehicules.

Airports of Saint Martin / Sint Maarten

Saint Martin - Sint Maarten - Princess Juliana Airport

Sint Maarten Airport
Princess Juliana International Airport, first military airfield became a civilian airport in 1944. Its name comes from the former Queen of the Netherlands, Juliana. It is the only airport on the island to receive large aircraft. At present, it welcomes more than 2.5 million passengers a year.
More than 30 companies, American and foreign, transit through this airport.
French airlines have their traffic on this airport which requires travelers to have their passport updated. A taxi service is available right out of the airport. Car rental companies are located outside the airport, along Airport Road.


Princess Juliana International Airport
Airport Road – Simpson Bay
+1 721 544 0626 or +1 721 544 1483

Saint Martin - Sint Maarten - Aéroport de l'Espérance

Saint Martin Airport
Located in Grand Case, the airport of Saint Martin is reserved for the traffic of medium-sized aircraft, the runway not allowing the take-off of large aircraft. AIR ANTILLES and AIR CARAIBES are the two companies that operate on the airport. On site you will find all-round car rental companies and taxis.

Since 2011 and for a period of 25 years, the airport is managed by SESMA (St Martin Airport Operations Corporation). As part of a public service delegation, the company committed to implementing a development plan for the Caribbean platform.


Aéroport de Grand Case
Route de l’Espérance – Grand Case
+59 0590 27 11 00



  • French side: 220 V. 60 Hz. European plugs.
  • Channel side: 110 V. 60 Hz. American plugs.


On both sides of the island, electronics stores offer household appliances, stock transformers and European and US plug adapters. Electrical appliances can therefore be used on both sides of the island.



The international codes for St. Martin are +590 (French side) and +1 721 (Dutch side).


  • To call Metropolitan France or the French part of the island from the French side, simply dial the 10-digit number of your correspondent.
    To call the Dutch side on the French side, dial 001 721, then your correspondent’s 7-digit number.


  • To call the French side on the Dutch side, dial 00 590, then the 6-digit number (to call a mobile phone: 00 690, then the 6-digit number).

Jetlag-Local time


  • Compared to metropolitan France:
    -5 hours in winter (from the end of October to the end of March) and
    -6 hours in summer (late March to late October).
  • Compared to New York:
    +1 hour in winter (from the end of October to the end of March)
    In relation to universal time (GMT): -4h00


Remember that in the tropics, the sun rises early (between 5:00 and 6:00) and goes to bed early (between 17:30 and 18:30).



As the island has no natural spring or river, the water comes exclusively from desalination factories.

Many mineral waters are also available in grocery stores and supermarkets. Water is scarce and expensive.

We count on your action to preserve it and avoid waste.



The euro on the French side and the Netherlands Antillean guilder (NAF) on the Dutch side are the official currencies, but the US dollar is accepted on both sides of the island.

Travelers checks and major credit cards are accepted everywhere.

Many foreign exchange offices are available on the island.



Thanks to bilingualism, the French part of the island speaks both French and English.


The Dutch side speaks English. In addition, Dutch, Creole or Papiamento are also spoken.

Ferries to Neighbouring Islands

Saint Martin - Sint Maarten - Pinel Island Ferries
Saint Martin - Sint Maarten - Anguilla Ferries
Saint Martin - Sint Maarten - Saint Barths Ferries
Saint Martin - Sint Maarten - Saba Ferries

Pinel Island


+59 0690 10 31 35
+59 0690 40 90 95



+1 264 772 4901
+1 264 772 6208


+ 1 264 235 6205

St Barth


+1 721 542 0032
+1 721 520 5015


+59 0590 87 10 68



+1 721 544 2640


+599 416 2299
+599 416 5044


Saint Martin - Sint Maarten - Hurricane Luis 1995

Hurricane Luis 1995 @David Tuttle.

Twice, the island of St Martin experienced cyclones of force majeure.
Luis, in 1995 and Irma, in 2017.
These hurricanes have damaged the tourist activity and especially caused a movement among the population.

Some, having lost everything, decided to leave the island, others came for reconstruction or to settle permanently. Each time the island has recovered thanks to the will of its inhabitants and with the help of France and Holland.

Saint Martin - Sint Maarten - Hurricane Irma 2016

Hurricane Irma @Wikipédia.

To inform you about the cyclonic activity or about the specificities of climatic phenomena:



METEO France

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