Sint Maarten (Dutch)

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Sint Maarten (Dutch)

Welcome to Sint Maarten (Dutch)

The best part about Sint Maarten/Saint Martin is the opportunity to discover two distinct cultural settings on one tiny island. Here’s what we love about the Dutch side: world-class shopping along Dutch capital Philipsburg’s Front Street, the yachting scene (including the Heineken Regatta, the largest warm-water regatta in the world) and spectacular dive sites off the Friendly Island’s shores. Don’t miss the pink-sand Baie Rouge, one of the most pleasant beaches on this side of the island.

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Unique Facts

  • You can watch 747 jets fly a few hundred feet overhead at Maho Beach, as they land and take off from Princess Juliana Airport.
  • The best food on the Dutch side of the island is in the fishing village of Simpson Bay.
  • Saint Martin/Sint Martin is just 34 square miles and is the world’s smallest island divided between two countries (France and the Netherlands). The Dutch region is to the south. The northern French part of the country is known as Saint Martin.
  • Sint Maarten hosts its annual Carnival in April, a mix of costumes, calypso, steelpan, soca, food, local culture, pageantry and more.
  • Sint Maarten is just a 10-minute flight from St. Barts, Anguilla and Saba, so consider island hopping!

Language

Sint Maarten’s official languages are English and Dutch.

When To Go

The best time to go to Sint Maarten is from December to late March.

Airports

Princess Juliana International Airport

Passport Validity

Passport must be valid at time of entry.

Visa Required By US Citizen?

None for stays under 90 days

Vaccinations

The CDC recommends the following vaccines for most travelers when visiting Sint Maarten: Hepatitis A and Typhoid. Depending on where you are traveling, you may also need Hepatitis B, Rabies and Yellow Fever vaccines.

Electrical Outlets

Power plugs and sockets: type E. Standard voltage: 220V. Frequency: 60Hz.

Currency

Official local currency: Netherlands Antillean Guilder

Getting Around

Use caution when driving as the roads are narrow and dimly lit. You may pass freely into the Dutch side of the island without stopping.

Public transportation options include minibuses and unmetered taxis.

Driver’s License

A valid US driver’s license is required.

US Embassy Info

U.S. Embassy Bridgetown
Wildey Business Park
Wildey
St. Michael BB 14006
Barbados, W.I.
Telephone: +(246) 227-4399
Emergency After-Hours Telephone: +(246) 227-4000
Fax: +(246) 431-0179
BridgetownACS@state.gov

Local Visitor Info

Tourist Information Bureau
Vineyard Office Park
33 W. G. Buncamper Rd.
Philipsburg, St. Maarten
Tel: 599-542-2337

Local Emergency Phone Numbers

Police: 911
Fire: 919
Ambulance: 912

Safety and Security

Crimes of opportunity, such as pickpocketing and purse snatching occasionally occur at beaches, in hotel lobbies and from cars. Use standard precautionary measures and do not leave valuables unattended.

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