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Saint Martin is currently under a Level 1 Travel Advisory: Exercise Normal Precautions due to health and safety measures and COVID-19 related conditions. Please visit https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/traveladvisories/traveladvisories.html/ for further information on U.S. Department of State Travel Advisories.

Last updated: 12/02/2022

Entry and Exit Requirements: 

  • Are there COVID-related entry requirements for US citizens? No
  • As of August 1, 2022, Saint Martin no longer has COVID entry requirements for any travelers.  There are NO testing or vaccine requirements.
  • Effective Nov 01 st , 2022 the Electronics Health Authorization System (EHAS) Application is no longer required.
  • If you test positive upon arrival or departure, you will be subject to the country’s laws, regulations, and health protocols in effect.  This may include mandatory quarantine at a government designated facility or an officially approved accommodation only until it is deemed safe for you to travel.
  • Is a negative COVID-19 test (PCR and/or serology) required for entry? No
  • Are health screening procedures in place at airports and other ports of entry? No

Quarantine Information:

  • Are U.S. citizens required to quarantine? No

COVID-19 Testing

  • Are PCR and/or antigen tests available for U.S. citizens in Saint Martin? Yes
  • If so, are test results reliably available within one calendar day? Yes
  • To obtain a COVID-19 test in St. Martin, please visit biopoleantilles.fr . Testing is available Mon – Fri 7am – 12pm & 2-5pm and Sat 7am –12pm.

COVID-19 Vaccine Information:

  • Has the government of Saint Martin approved a COVID-19 vaccine for use? Yes
  • Are vaccines available in Saint Martin for U.S. citizens to receive? Yes
  • Which vaccines are available in Saint Martin? AstraZeneca and Pfizer
  • Persons can also call for an appointment at the Collective Prevention Services. +1(721) 542-1570.
  • Visit the FDA’s website to learn more about FDA-approved vaccines in the United States.

Local Resources: 

  • Barthélemy & St. Martin Website
  • https://www.st-martin.org/us/covid-19/terms-and-conditions-of-travel
  • Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA)
  • Other links:
  • CDC page on COVID-19

  Consular Operations:

  • Consular services for St. Martin are available at U.S. Embassy Bridgetown in Barbados. For a list of consular services currently offered by the Embassy, please visit: https://bb.usembassy.gov/

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Can I travel to St. Maarten from the United States?

Most visitors from the United States, regardless of vaccination status, can enter St. Maarten.

Can I travel to St. Maarten if I am vaccinated?

Fully vaccinated visitors from the United States can enter St. Maarten without restrictions.

Can I travel to St. Maarten without being vaccinated?

Unvaccinated visitors from the United States can enter St. Maarten without restrictions.

Do I need a COVID test to enter St. Maarten?

Visitors from the United States are not required to present a negative COVID-19 PCR test or antigen result upon entering St. Maarten.

Can I travel to St. Maarten without quarantine?

Travelers from the United States are not required to quarantine.

Do I need to wear a mask in St. Maarten?

Mask usage in St. Maarten is not required in public spaces, enclosed environments and public transportation.

Are the restaurants and bars open in St. Maarten?

Restaurants in St. Maarten are open. Bars in St. Maarten are .

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This page has information on travelling to St Maarten.

This page reflects the UK government’s understanding of current rules for people travelling on a full ‘British Citizen’ passport from the UK, for the most common types of travel.

The authorities in St Maarten set and enforce entry rules. If you’re unsure how St Maarten’s entry requirements apply to you, contact its UK embassy, high commission or consulate .

All travellers

The following requirements for entry to St Maarten apply regardless of your vaccination status, and apply to all travellers.

Precise rules are subject to change and you should follow any instructions given on arrival at immigration or airport testing facilities.

Passengers arriving in St Maarten do not need to show a proof of COVID-19 vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test.

There are no border formalities when crossing St Maarten from the Dutch side to the French side.

Children and young people

There are no specific requirements for children and young people.

If you’re transiting through St Maarten

Transiting is when you pass through one country on the way to your final destination.

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Passport validity.

Your passport should be valid for a minimum period of 6 months from the date of entry into St Maarten.

British passport holders do not need a visa for stays of up to 3 months. For further information about entry requirements, contact the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands .

Further information on visa requirements can be found at the Netherlands and You website.

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French side : European sockets run 220 V/60 Hz

Dutch side : American sockets run 110 V and 220 V/60 Hz.

Both the French and Dutch side sell European and/or American appliances, adapters and other electronics.

Monday–Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 3 or 3:30 p.m.

Saturday, 8:30 a.m. to noon (some banks)

There are 24-hour ATMs on both sides.

St. Maarten/St. Martin has 37 stunning beaches , all of which are public. Regulations vary according to the beach and which side of the island governs it. Make sure to check in advance regarding rules for swimming, surfing, hiking , topless sunbathing and nude swimming.

The French side officially discourages beach nudity, though it is tolerated — and Club Orient on Orient Bay encourages it. Regardless of which side of the island you’re on, please be aware of other people, families with children and private homes.

Business hours vary with the season. During high season, stores are likely to be open all day.

Regular hours on the Dutch side are from 8:30 a.m. until 6 p.m., and shops are generally open Monday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 6 or 7 p.m. Small groceries tend to stay open until 8 or 9 p.m.

Stores on the French side open from 9 a.m. to approximately 7 p.m. but close for “extended lunch breaks,” approximately from noon to 2 p.m.

Most stores close on Sunday, though some may open if there are cruise ships in port.

St. Maarten/St. Martin has a subtropical climate with trade winds from the Caribbean Sea. The temperature averages around 80 degrees Fahrenheit (27 degrees Celsius). Hurricane season begins on June 1 and ends November 30. Sea temperature peaks at approximately 79 to 84 degrees Fahrenheit (26 to 29 degrees Celsius) around February and is coldest around August, ranging from 72 to 75 degrees Fahrenheit (22 to 24 degrees Celsius).

The international dialing code to call Dutch St. Maarten is +1-721, and +590 to call French St. Martin .

Calling from Dutch St. Maarten

  To call within St. Maarten: seven-digit number

 To call French St. Martin:

Landline: +590-590 + six-digit landline number

Mobile: +590-690 + six-digit mobile number

 To call USA: +1 + area code + number

 To call mainland France: +33 + 10-digit number

Calling from French St. Martin

 To call within St. Martin: Dial the number

 To call Dutch St. Maarten:

Landline: +1-721 + seven-digit landline number

Mobile: +1-721 + seven-digit mobile number

 To call United States:: +1 + area code + number

 To call mainland France: 10-digit number

Free internet access is provided in most hotels , although some may charge a daily Wi-Fi fee. Check with your hotel prior to booking if internet is included. You can also rent a phone or buy a chip for your phone; contact Telem or UTS (Chippie) for current pricing.

ST MAARTEN CURRENCY & CREDIT CARDS

Although US dollars are accepted almost everywhere on both sides, the two official currencies are the euro on the French side and the Netherlands Antillean guilder (called naf or florin) on the Dutch side . You can change money at banks and change points, like Moneygram or Western Union, but be aware many places do not accept traveler’s checks, checks from foreign banks or American Express. Most establishments will accept other major credit cards.

CUSTOMS/DUTY/ IMMIGRATION

Although many tourist destinations claim to be duty-free, St. Maarten/St. Martin is the only destination in the West Indies that can truly claim a tax-free status; and there are no particular customs procedures. Products for personal use (tobacco, cameras and video cameras) are permitted in small quantities without being subject to specific procedures or taxes.

With no customs duties, VAT or other indirect taxes to pay, the island offers unbeatable prices on many items. Make sure to consult the authorities in your country to learn the conditions regarding taking items home after your visit. For EU residents: Travelers 16 years and older are allowed 200 cigarettes/50 cigars, two liters of wine and one liter of liquor (over 22 percent alcohol) or two liters of drinks (under 22 percent alcohol).

IMMIGRATION

All visitors require a valid passport, and certain countries may also require a visa. European, US and Canadian visitors require a valid passport and a return or continuing ticket. Canadian residents require a landing permit in addition to a valid passport and a return or continuing ticket.

Click  here  for more information about entry requirements when traveling to St Maarten.

The legal drinking age on St. Maarten/St. Martin is 18 years.

Tips at restaurants are generally not included in the final bill but are welcome for good service. Tipping ranges from 10 to 20 percent, depending on the quality of service. Many French-side restaurant bills include tips.

Vaccinations are not required when entering St. Maarten/St. Martin. Tap water is safe to drink, but bottled water is recommended. High-SPF sunscreen is essential and recommended for those not used to intense sunlight. A good pair of sunglasses and a hat are strongly recommended. Protect yourself from mosquitoes by using nets, wearing long clothing and using insect repellent. Visit stmaartenehas.com for recent COVID19 requirements, policies and updates.

January 1: New Year’s Day

February 8: St. Martin Carnival begins (French side)

February 25: Mardi Gras (French side)

March 5–8: Heineken Regatta

April 10: Good Friday

April 12: Easter Sunday

April 13: Easter Monday

April 16: St. Maarten Carnival begins (Dutch side)

April 27: King’s Day (Dutch side)

April 30: Carnival Day (Dutch side)

May 1: Labor Day

May 21: Ascension Day

May 28: Abolition Day (French side)

May 31: Whit Sunday

July 1: Emancipation Day

July 14: Bastille Day (French side)

October 12: Constitution Day (Dutch side)

November 11: St. Maarten Day

December 25: Christmas Day

December 26: Boxing Day

French side:

SAMU (ambulance) 15

Gendarmes 17

Firefighters 18 or 911

Police (Marigot) 0590-87-88-33

Police (Grand Case) 0590-87-19-76

Firefighters (La Savane) 0590-52-30-40

Firefighters (Grand Case) 0590-87-95-01

Gendarmerie (Marigot) 0590-52-21-90

Gendarmerie (La Savane) 0590-52-30-00

Gendarmerie (Quartier d’Orléans) 0590-52-35-95

Sea Rescue 0590-29-20-46

Hospital 0590-52-25-25

Emergencies 0590-52-25-52

Dutch side:

Emergency 911

Ambulance 912 or 542-2111

Doctors on duty 5111

Police 911 or 542-2222

Firefighters 919 or 542-6001

Coast Guard 913 or 545-5075

Hospital 910 or 543-1111

An ideal island for kids, St. Maarten/St. Martin offers a wide variety of activities to make children of all ages happy. Visit one of the 37 beautiful beaches , introduce them to a new water sport or explore exotic nature reserves . Many activities are ocean oriented, like snorkeling , diving , jet-skiing, parasailing and island boat tours .

Discover the beauty of the marine park with its colorful fish, turtles, rays and corals. Scuba diving centers have experienced divers to instruct and certify children 10 years or older. Windsurfing and surfing lessons for children are available on the calm waters of Galion Bay and Orient Beach . Sailing lessons on real racing yachts are accessible for kids age 12 or older, and no prior sailing experience is required. Guided kayak tours in the mangroves are also fantastic.

Emilio Wilson Park , located in Dutch Cul de Sac, is a great park for children to play. Seaside Nature Park in Cole Bay has horseback/pony rides for all levels, and a discovery farm with all miniature farm animals and a small playground. Special zip lines at Loterie Farm near Pic Paradis on the French side are great for kids, too.

Many hotels and resorts have babysitting services and kids’ clubs with professional staff to supervise children. VIP babysitting services allow infants, children, teens and young adults to have an opportunity to create, learn, discover and enjoy the beauty of the Caribbean in the privacy of their villa or mega-yacht , and are available days, evenings and overnight stays but must be booked well in advance.

St. Maarten/St. Martin is a melting pot with over 100 different nationalities. On the French side , French is spoken in government departments and schools. On the Dutch side , Dutch is used in government departments and some schools, but English is widely spoken everywhere. Spanish, Creole and Papiamento are also widely spoken on both sides.

Both sides have a variety of nature parks, protected beaches and waters. Environmental protection and the development of commercial activities work together; dive clubs and tour companies offer excursions in the protected waters of the Réserve Naturelle ( French side ). All partners are committed to respecting the environment, defending environmental regulations and educating about all the natural heritage sites. Some of these protected sites are The Tiki Hut and Seaside Nature Park, Pinel Island , Tintamarre , Orient Bay and Creole Rock . Sea turtles are protected animals on the island, and the St. Maarten Nature Foundation Sea Turtle Watch Group has initiatives for their conservation. Both governments may forbid certain activities in certain areas (such as hiking , motorized transportation and anchorage).

You may bring pets to the island, but first consult your hotel or host to ensure your pet is welcome. Animals are temporarily admitted with 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 travel. On the French side , small dogs on a leash are welcome in most places but are not allowed on beaches .

Approximately 41,000 people live on St. Maarten and 36,000 on St. Martin, for a combined total of 77,000.

St. Maarten/St. Martin is a peaceful mix of Roman Catholic, Jewish, Muslim, Baptist, Anglican, Methodist, Jehovah’s Witness, Seventh-day Adventist, Rastafarian and Hindu communities. Due to widespread immigration and the multiethnic culture of the island, many religious communities coexist side by side. Religion plays an important role in daily life, so it’s important to respect everyone.

Travelers are always advised to take safety precautions. It is discouraged to walk alone in quiet or deserted streets, especially at night. Only marked taxis booked through a reputable service should be used. Valuables should be locked in your hotel ’s safe. Do not leave handbags or other valuables unattended in cars or on beaches . Although all 37 beaches are public, keep in mind there are no lifeguards present. It is ideal to use credit cards and not carry large amounts of cash.

St. Maarten Tourist Office (Dutch side) 1-721-549-0200

St. Martin Tourist Office (French side) 590-590-87-57-21 or +590-590-51-05-30 stmartinisland.org

Government information service (Dutch side) 1-721-542-4119

St. Maarten Hospitality and Trade Association (SHTA) (Dutch side) 1-721-542-0108

St. Maarten Marine Trade Association (SMMTA) (Dutch side) 1-721-586-1514

St. Maarten Timeshare Association (SMTA) [email protected]

Indian Merchants Association (IMA) [email protected] 

Chamber of Commerce (Dutch side) 1-721-542-3590

Chamber of Commerce and Industry (French side) 590-590-27-91-51

Rotary Club (Dutch side) [email protected]

Lions Club (Dutch side) [email protected]

Weather forecast (Dutch side) 1-721-545-4226

St Maarten Airports

St Maarten boasts two airports. The main international airport is Princess Juliana International Airport on Dutch Side Sint Maarten, that carries airport code SXM. This airport is the main gateway for international carriers like Air France, Delta, KLM, United Airlines and connects to some of the world’s most important hubs , as well as much of the Caribbean region. From Princess Juliana Airport, taxis are readily available at all times. In addition, local buses (mini-vans) leave in the direction of  Simpson Bay / Philipsburg and Cupecoy.

For travel information on Princess Juliana International Airport ( Dutch side  St Maarten / Main international connections) – see  https://www.sxmairport. com / .

By renting a car, you can easily explore the island. Drive through mountain areas and lush tropical forests. It is easy to find your own favorite spot in the sun with a rental car.

Requirements

To rent a car, you must be at least 18 years old and have held your driver’s license for at least one year. Seatbelts and child seats are mandatory. Payment must be done with a major credit card.

Speed Limit

Town and city: 50 kmh (30 mph).

Traffic Restrictions

Drive on the right side of the road. Talking on cell phones and drinking are prohibited while driving. Driver must always wear a seatbelt.

There are stations throughout both sides of the island, and many are open 24 hours. Dutch side typically is cash only.

Parking is normally easy to find, and most hotels and resorts offer secure parking.

Roundabouts

Traffic already on the roundabout has preference.

Alcohol/Sobriety Testing

Alcohol testing, especially on the French side , is very strict.

Taxi Dutch side :

Airport Taxi Association

+1-721-542-1681

St. Maarten Taxi Association

+1-721-543-7815

Andrew Royer Taxi Service

+1-721-581-6751

Danny Marlin 007 Taxi Service

+1-721-520-2007

Edwin Taxi Service

+1-721-553-2158

GD Croc Taxi

+1-721-556-7517

Lady B Taxi Service

Nate the Great Taxi

+1-721-586-9177

+1-721-522-6244

+1-721-550-1300

Taxi French side :

Taxis Yacht Club

(+590 590) 87-26-07

Minibuses cover most areas of the island. Although there is no fixed schedule, there are dedicated bus stops. Simply wait on the side of the road or at a bus stop and raise your hand to alert the driver when a minibus arrives. Buses generally accept euros and US dollars.

St. Maarten / St. Martin does not have a freshwater source; tap water comes exclusively from the desalination plant. Water has become very expensive and should be used sparingly for the sake of the environment. Spring and mineral water are available for purchase everywhere.

Depart from both the Dutch and the French side :

+1-264-235-6205

Anguilla Link: +1-264-497-2231/3290

Calypso Charters: +1-264-584-8504

Cheers: +1-264-235-6205

Funtime: +1-264-497-6812

+1-264-497-6511

+1-264-235-8106

+1-264-235-7022

Gotcha: +1-264-497-2956

M.V. Shauna VI: +1-264-476-6275/6534

Pinel Island

Departure from French Cul de Sac pier

(US$10 round trip)

St. Maarten: +1-721-542-0032

St. Martin: +590-690-71-83-01

Airline Handlers

Arrindell Aviation: +1-721-546-7847

Signature Flights: +1-721-546-7842

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  • Avoid showing signs of affluence
  • Ensure that your personal belongings, including your passport and other travel documents, are secure at all times
  • Make sure purses and handbags are closed and not easy to snatch
  • Avoid isolated or poorly-lit areas, including beaches
  • Don’t leave valuables unattended on the beach
  • Check with local authorities to determine which beaches are safe

Violent crime

Violent crime, including armed robbery, has increased. Criminals sometimes target tourists. Be aware of your surroundings and exercise caution, especially at night

Burglaries occur regularly in resorts, seaside homes and hotels. Keep valuables, travel documents, and cash in safe locations, such as in hotel safes.

Fraud involving use of credit cards, debit cards and ATMs may occur. 

When using your bank card or credit card:  

  • cover the keypad with one hand when entering your PIN  
  • pay careful attention when your cards are being handled by others  
  • avoid using card readers with an irregular or unusual feature  
  • use ATMs located in well-lit public areas or inside a bank or business  
  • check for any unauthorized transactions on your account statements  

Overseas fraud 

Women's safety

Women travelling alone may be subject to some forms of harassment, verbal abuse and sexual assault. 

Advice for women travellers  

Demonstrations and strikes

Demonstrations and strikes may cause disruptions to services. Even peaceful demonstrations can turn violent at any time. They can also lead to disruptions to traffic and public transportation.

  • Avoid areas where demonstrations and large gatherings are taking place
  • Follow the instructions of local authorities
  • Monitor local media for information on ongoing demonstrations

Mass gatherings (large-scale events)

Water activities

Coastal waters can be dangerous, and riptides are common. Beaches are unsupervised, and there is no flag warning system to provide notice of water conditions and safety risks. Water pollution is also a problem.

  • Don’t swim alone
  • Keep a safe distance from boats and restricted areas
  • Consult residents and tour operators for information on possible hazards and safe swimming areas
  • Don’t dive into unknown waters, as hidden rocks or shallow depths can cause serious injury or death

Water safety abroad

Adventure tourism

Outdoor activities, such as zip-lining, hiking, mountain biking and other adventure activities can be dangerous if unprepared. Trails are not always marked, equipment safety inspections are not carried out regularly, and weather conditions can change rapidly, even in the summer.

If you intend to practice adventure tourism:

  • never do so alone, and don’t part with your expedition companions
  • obtain detailed information on your activity and on the environment in which you will be before setting out
  • buy travel insurance that includes helicopter rescue and medical evacuation
  • stay informed of weather and other conditions that may pose a hazard
  • refrain from using equipment if you have doubts about the safety
  • inform a family member or friend of your itinerary

Road safety

The road network is well-maintained and it's possible to drive safely around the island.

There is severe traffic congestion during the tourist season, December to April.

The highway network consists of a belt that goes around both sides of the island, the French part, in Saint Martin, and the Dutch part, in Sint Maarten.

Canadian cell phones work throughout the country, and the network is reliable for emergency calls.

Emergency services, including roadside assistance, varies in availability depending on your rental company.

Road conditions

Driving conditions may be hazardous, especially during the rainy season, October to February.  Secondary and rural roads can be in poor condition.

Driving habits

Some drivers don’t respect traffic laws. They may be reckless.

Moped and scooter drivers sometimes engage in urban rodeos, riding on one wheel in front of other cars on the road. Such reckless behavior can be very dangerous for other drivers.

Public transportation

Minibuses are available.

Buses are available.

Taxis are available. Taxis are plentiful and are a convenient way to get around during short stays.

Ridesharing services

Ridesharing services are not available in Saint Martin.

Ferry services are available to Saint Barthelemy and Anguilla.

We do not make assessments on the compliance of foreign domestic airlines with international safety standards.

Information about foreign domestic airlines

Princess Juliana International Airport serves both sides of the island and is located on the Dutch. The Grand Case-Espérance airport serves local destinations and is located on the French side.

Saint Martin is a "collectivité d'outre-mer" of France, which encompasses approximately the northern half of the island of Saint Martin. It is referred to as the "French side". The other side is a constituent country of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, named Sint Maarten or the "Dutch side."

Every country or territory decides who can enter or exit through its borders. The Government of Canada cannot intervene on your behalf if you do not meet your destination’s entry or exit requirements.

We have obtained the information on this page from the French authorities. It can, however, change at any time.

Verify this information with the  Foreign Representatives in Canada .

Entry requirements vary depending on the type of passport you use for travel.

Before you travel, check with your transportation company about passport requirements. Its rules on passport validity may be more stringent than the country’s entry rules.

Regular Canadian passport

Your passport must be valid for at least 6 months beyond the date you expect to leave Saint Martin.

Passport for official travel

Different entry rules may apply.

Official travel

Passport with “X” gender identifier

While the Government of Canada issues passports with an “X” gender identifier, it cannot guarantee your entry or transit through other countries. You might face entry restrictions in countries that do not recognize the “X” gender identifier. Before you leave, check with the closest foreign representative for your destination.

Other travel documents

Different entry rules may apply when travelling with a temporary passport or an emergency travel document. Before you leave, check with the closest foreign representative for your destination.

Useful links

  • Foreign Representatives in Canada
  • Canadian passports

Tourist visa: not required for stays up to 90 days Residence visa: required Work visa: required Business visa: required Student visa: required

Departure tax

A departure tax is charged for all international departures from Princess Juliana International Airport (Sint Maarten) and by sea. Some airlines include the departure tax in the price of the ticket. There are no departure taxes from the Grand Case-Espérance airport.

Other entry requirements

Customs officials may ask you to show them:

  • a return or onward ticket
  • proof that you have a place to stay
  • proof that you have sufficient funds for the duration of your stay

Border with Sint-Maarten

There are no border formalities when crossing Saint Martin from the French side to the Dutch side.

Children and travel

Learn more about travelling with children .

Yellow fever

Learn about potential entry requirements related to yellow fever (vaccines section).

Relevant Travel Health Notices

  • Global Measles Notice - 31 August, 2023
  • COVID-19 and International Travel - 31 August, 2023
  • Zika virus: Advice for travellers - 31 August, 2023
  • Dengue: Advice for travellers - 22 January, 2024

This section contains information on possible health risks and restrictions regularly found or ongoing in the destination. Follow this advice to lower your risk of becoming ill while travelling. Not all risks are listed below.

Consult a health care professional or visit a travel health clinic preferably 6 weeks before you travel to get personalized health advice and recommendations.

Routine vaccines

Be sure that your  routine vaccinations , as per your province or territory , are up-to-date before travelling, regardless of your destination.

Some of these vaccinations include measles-mumps-rubella (MMR), diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis, polio, varicella (chickenpox), influenza and others.

Pre-travel vaccines and medications

You may be at risk for preventable diseases while travelling in this destination. Talk to a travel health professional about which medications or vaccines may be right for you, based on your destination and itinerary. 

Yellow fever   is a disease caused by a flavivirus from the bite of an infected mosquito.

Travellers get vaccinated either because it is required to enter a country or because it is recommended for their protection.

  • There is no risk of yellow fever in this country.

Country Entry Requirement*

  • Proof of vaccination is required if you are coming from or have transited through an airport of a country   where yellow fever occurs.

Recommendation

  • Vaccination is not recommended.
  • Discuss travel plans, activities, and destinations with a health care professional.
  • Contact a designated  Yellow Fever Vaccination Centre  well in advance of your trip to arrange for vaccination.

About Yellow Fever

Yellow Fever Vaccination Centres in Canada * It is important to note that  country entry requirements  may not reflect your risk of yellow fever at your destination. It is recommended that you contact the nearest  diplomatic or consular office  of the destination(s) you will be visiting to verify any additional entry requirements.

There is a risk of hepatitis A in this destination. It is a disease of the liver. People can get hepatitis A if they ingest contaminated food or water, eat foods prepared by an infectious person, or if they have close physical contact (such as oral-anal sex) with an infectious person, although casual contact among people does not spread the virus.

Practise  safe food and water precautions and wash your hands often. Vaccination is recommended for all travellers to areas where hepatitis A is present.

In this destination, rabies  may be present in some wildlife species, including bats. Rabies is a deadly disease that spreads to humans primarily through bites or scratches from an infected animal. 

If you are bitten or scratched by an animal while travelling, immediately wash the wound with soap and clean water and see a health care professional. 

Before travel, discuss rabies vaccination with a health care professional. It may be recommended for travellers who will be working directly with wildlife. 

Measles is a highly contagious viral disease. It can spread quickly from person to person by direct contact and through droplets in the air.

Anyone who is not protected against measles is at risk of being infected with it when travelling internationally.

Regardless of where you are going, talk to a health care professional before travelling to make sure you are fully protected against measles.

  Hepatitis B is a risk in every destination. It is a viral liver disease that is easily transmitted from one person to another through exposure to blood and body fluids containing the hepatitis B virus.  Travellers who may be exposed to blood or other bodily fluids (e.g., through sexual contact, medical treatment, sharing needles, tattooing, acupuncture or occupational exposure) are at higher risk of getting hepatitis B.

Hepatitis B vaccination is recommended for all travellers. Prevent hepatitis B infection by practicing safe sex, only using new and sterile drug equipment, and only getting tattoos and piercings in settings that follow public health regulations and standards.

Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) is an infectious viral disease. It can spread from person to person by direct contact and through droplets in the air.

It is recommended that all eligible travellers complete a COVID-19 vaccine series along with any additional recommended doses in Canada before travelling. Evidence shows that vaccines are very effective at preventing severe illness, hospitalization and death from COVID-19. While vaccination provides better protection against serious illness, you may still be at risk of infection from the virus that causes COVID-19. Anyone who has not completed a vaccine series is at increased risk of being infected with the virus that causes COVID-19 and is at greater risk for severe disease when travelling internationally.

Before travelling, verify your destination’s COVID-19 vaccination entry/exit requirements. Regardless of where you are going, talk to a health care professional before travelling to make sure you are adequately protected against COVID-19.

 The best way to protect yourself from seasonal influenza (flu) is to get vaccinated every year. Get the flu shot at least 2 weeks before travelling.  

 The flu occurs worldwide. 

  •  In the Northern Hemisphere, the flu season usually runs from November to   April.
  •  In the Southern Hemisphere, the flu season usually runs between April and   October.
  •  In the tropics, there is flu activity year round. 

The flu vaccine available in one hemisphere may only offer partial protection against the flu in the other hemisphere.

The flu virus spreads from person to person when they cough or sneeze or by touching objects and surfaces that have been contaminated with the virus. Clean your hands often and wear a mask if you have a fever or respiratory symptoms.

Safe food and water precautions

Many illnesses can be caused by eating food or drinking beverages contaminated by bacteria, parasites, toxins, or viruses, or by swimming or bathing in contaminated water.

  • Learn more about food and water precautions to take to avoid getting sick by visiting our eat and drink safely abroad page. Remember: Boil it, cook it, peel it, or leave it!
  • Avoid getting water into your eyes, mouth or nose when swimming or participating in activities in freshwater (streams, canals, lakes), particularly after flooding or heavy rain. Water may look clean but could still be polluted or contaminated.
  • Avoid inhaling or swallowing water while bathing, showering, or swimming in pools or hot tubs. 

Typhoid   is a bacterial infection spread by contaminated food or water. Risk is higher among children, travellers going to rural areas, travellers visiting friends and relatives or those travelling for a long period of time.

Travellers visiting regions with a risk of typhoid, especially those exposed to places with poor sanitation, should speak to a health care professional about vaccination.  

Insect bite prevention

Many diseases are spread by the bites of infected insects such as mosquitoes, ticks, fleas or flies. When travelling to areas where infected insects may be present:

  • Use insect repellent (bug spray) on exposed skin
  • Cover up with light-coloured, loose clothes made of tightly woven materials such as nylon or polyester
  • Minimize exposure to insects
  • Use mosquito netting when sleeping outdoors or in buildings that are not fully enclosed

To learn more about how you can reduce your risk of infection and disease caused by bites, both at home and abroad, visit our insect bite prevention page.

Find out what types of insects are present where you’re travelling, when they’re most active, and the symptoms of the diseases they spread.

There is a risk of chikungunya in this country.  The risk may vary between regions of a country.  Chikungunya is a virus spread through the bite of an infected mosquito. Chikungunya can cause a viral disease that typically causes fever and pain in the joints. In some cases, the joint pain can be severe and last for months or years.

Protect yourself from mosquito bites at all times. There is no vaccine available for chikungunya.

  • In this country,   dengue  is a risk to travellers. It is a viral disease spread to humans by mosquito bites.
  • Dengue can cause flu-like symptoms. In some cases, it can lead to severe dengue, which can be fatal.
  • The level of risk of dengue changes seasonally, and varies from year to year. The level of risk also varies between regions in a country and can depend on the elevation in the region.
  • Mosquitoes carrying dengue typically bite during the daytime, particularly around sunrise and sunset.
  • Protect yourself from mosquito bites . There is no vaccine or medication that protects against dengue.

Zika virus is a risk in this country. 

Zika virus is primarily spread through the bite of an infected mosquito. It can also be sexually transmitted. Zika virus can cause serious birth defects.

During your trip:

  • Prevent mosquito bites at all times.
  • Use condoms correctly or avoid sexual contact, particularly if you are pregnant.

If you are pregnant or planning a pregnancy, you should discuss the potential risks of travelling to this destination with your health care provider. You may choose to avoid or postpone travel. 

For more information, see Zika virus: Pregnant or planning a pregnancy.

Animal precautions

Some infections, such as rabies and influenza, can be shared between humans and animals. Certain types of activities may increase your chance of contact with animals, such as travelling in rural or forested areas, camping, hiking, and visiting wet markets (places where live animals are slaughtered and sold) or caves.

Travellers are cautioned to avoid contact with animals, including dogs, livestock (pigs, cows), monkeys, snakes, rodents, birds, and bats, and to avoid eating undercooked wild game.

Closely supervise children, as they are more likely to come in contact with animals.

Person-to-person infections

Stay home if you’re sick and practise proper cough and sneeze etiquette , which includes coughing or sneezing into a tissue or the bend of your arm, not your hand. Reduce your risk of colds, the flu and other illnesses by:

  •   washing your hands often
  • avoiding or limiting the amount of time spent in closed spaces, crowded places, or at large-scale events (concerts, sporting events, rallies)
  • avoiding close physical contact with people who may be showing symptoms of illness 

Sexually transmitted infections (STIs) , HIV , and mpox are spread through blood and bodily fluids; use condoms, practise safe sex, and limit your number of sexual partners. Check with your local public health authority pre-travel to determine your eligibility for mpox vaccine.  

Medical services and facilities

Good-quality medical services are available. There are two hospitals in Saint Martin, Hospital Center Louis Constant Fleming and Marigot Hospital. Payment in advance is often expected.

Emergency services don't always respond quickly. Ambulances are equipped to deal with basic emergencies. Ambulance services are provided by private companies, not by hospitals.

Travelers requiring specialized care or with serious injuries may be evacuated to Guadeloupe or Martinique. Medical evacuation can be very expensive.

Medical evacuation can be very expensive and you may need it in case of serious illness or injury.

Make sure you get travel insurance that includes coverage for medical evacuation and hospital stays.

Travel health and safety

Keep in Mind...

The decision to travel is the sole responsibility of the traveller. The traveller is also responsible for his or her own personal safety.

Be prepared. Do not expect medical services to be the same as in Canada. Pack a   travel health kit , especially if you will be travelling away from major city centres.

You must abide by local laws.

Learn about what you should do and how we can help if you are arrested or detained abroad .

Transfer to a Canadian prison

Canada and France are signatories to the Convention on the Transfer of Sentenced Persons. This enables a Canadian imprisoned in France to request a transfer to a Canadian prison to complete a sentence. The transfer requires the agreement of both Canadian and France authorities.

This process can take a long time, and there is no guarantee that the transfer will be approved by either or both sides.

Penalties for possession, use, or trafficking of illegal drugs are severe. Convicted offenders can expect long jail sentences and heavy fines.

Drugs, alcohol and travel

Dual citizenship

Dual citizenship is legally recognized in France.

If you are a Canadian citizen, but also a citizen of France, our ability to offer you consular services may be limited while you're there. You may also be subject to different entry/exit requirements .

Travellers with dual citizenship

You may use a Canadian driver’s license to drive in Saint Martin.

If you're involved in a road accident, don't move your vehicle unless you must.

There is no physical border between the French and Dutch sides of the island and people and goods may travel freely between the two.

Car rentals

Take particular care when renting vehicles, especially when arranging for insurance and liability. Obtain detailed written information regarding your personal responsibilities before finalizing any rental arrangements.

Investments

Disputes related to property acquisition or other investments are costly and take time to resolve.  

If you plan on buying property, or making other investments in Saint Lucia: 

  • seek legal advice in Canada and in Saint Lucia before making commitments 
  • choose your own lawyer 
  • avoid hiring a lawyer recommended by a seller 

Marriage abroad

If you wish to marry in Saint Martin, you may only do so if you or your partner is a resident.

International Child Abduction

The Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction is an international treaty. It can help parents with the return of children who have been removed to or retained in certain countries in violation of custody rights. The convention applies between Canada and France.

If your child was wrongfully taken to, or is being held in Saint-Martin, and if the applicable conditions are met, you may apply for the return of your child to the Saint-Martin court.

If you are in this situation:

  • act as quickly as you can
  • contact the Central Authority for your province or territory of residence for information on starting an application under The Hague Convention
  • consult a lawyer in Canada and in Saint-Martin to explore all the legal options for the return of your child
  • report the situation to the nearest Canadian government office abroad or to the Vulnerable Children’s Consular Unit at Global Affairs Canada by calling the Emergency Watch and Response Centre

If your child was removed from a country other than Canada, consult a lawyer to determine if The Hague Convention applies.

Be aware that Canadian consular officials cannot interfere in private legal matters or in another country’s judicial affairs.

  • List of Canadian Central Authorities for the Hague Convention
  • International Child Abduction: A Guidebook for Left-Behind Parents
  • Travelling with children
  • The Hague Convention - Hague Conference on Private International Law
  • Canadian embassies and consulates by destination
  • Emergency Watch and Response Centre

A permit is required to photograph with drones.

Flying rules - Government of France

The currency in Saint Martin is the euro (EUR).

U.S. dollars are widely accepted.

Hurricane season

Hurricanes usually occur from June to the end of November. During this period, even small tropical storms can quickly develop into major hurricanes.

These severe storms can put you at risk and hamper the provision of essential services.

If you decide to travel to a coastal area during the hurricane season:

  • know that you expose yourself to serious safety risks
  • be prepared to change your travel plans on short notice, including cutting short or cancelling your trip
  • stay informed of the latest regional weather forecasts
  • carry emergency contact information for your airline or tour operator
  • follow the advice and instructions of local authorities
  • Tornadoes, cyclones, hurricanes, typhoons and monsoons
  • Large-scale emergencies abroad
  • Active storm tracking and hurricane watches and warnings  - United States’ National Hurricane Center

Rainy season

The rainy season extends from May to October. It can lead to severe flooding.

Seasonal flooding can hamper overland travel and the provision of essential services. Roads may become impassable and bridges damaged.

  • Monitor local media for the latest information, including road conditions
  • Stay away from flooded areas
  • Monitor weather reports
  • Follow instructions from local authorities, including evacuation orders

Local services

Dial 112 for emergency assistance.

Consular assistance

There is no resident Canadian government office in Saint Martin. You can obtain consular assistance and further consular information from the Embassy of Canada to France, in Paris.

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For emergency consular assistance, call the Embassy of Canada to France, in Paris, and follow the instructions. At any time, you may also contact the Emergency Watch and Response Centre in Ottawa.

The decision to travel is your choice and you are responsible for your personal safety abroad. We take the safety and security of Canadians abroad very seriously and provide credible and timely information in our Travel Advice to enable you to make well-informed decisions regarding your travel abroad.

The content on this page is provided for information only. While we make every effort to give you correct information, it is provided on an "as is" basis without warranty of any kind, expressed or implied. The Government of Canada does not assume responsibility and will not be liable for any damages in connection to the information provided.

If you need consular assistance while abroad, we will make every effort to help you. However, there may be constraints that will limit the ability of the Government of Canada to provide services.

Learn more about consular services .

Risk Levels

  take normal security precautions.

Take similar precautions to those you would take in Canada.

  Exercise a high degree of caution

There are certain safety and security concerns or the situation could change quickly. Be very cautious at all times, monitor local media and follow the instructions of local authorities.

IMPORTANT: The two levels below are official Government of Canada Travel Advisories and are issued when the safety and security of Canadians travelling or living in the country or region may be at risk.

  Avoid non-essential travel

Your safety and security could be at risk. You should think about your need to travel to this country, territory or region based on family or business requirements, knowledge of or familiarity with the region, and other factors. If you are already there, think about whether you really need to be there. If you do not need to be there, you should think about leaving.

  Avoid all travel

You should not travel to this country, territory or region. Your personal safety and security are at great risk. If you are already there, you should think about leaving if it is safe to do so.

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Things to Know Before Going to Sint Maarten

What to Know about St. Maarten

Saint Martin is located between the Caribbean Sea and the Atlantic Ocean and spans an area of 34 miles (88 square km). The island has white sandy beaches, fascinating sea life, friendly locals, superb culinary cuisine, and numerous choices of entertaining activities that offer all travelers an amazing Caribbean experience.

The key to the uniqueness of Saint Martin is that the island has two countries in one. One side is owned by France, the other is owned by the Netherlands. The population of Saint Martin is 39,421 on the French side of the island and 40,733 on the Dutch side of the island. Dutch Sint Maarten is known for being very lively while French Saint Martin is known for being more laid back. Although each side has its own traditions and character, each side of the island adds to the vibrant spirit of the entire island.

The island of Saint Martin has a lot to offer to all kinds of travelers. The things all travelers should know before visiting the island are addressed in this article.

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Saint Martin is a beautiful island brimming with culture, delicious and picturesque scenery, this alone is already a good reason to visit Saint Martin . But St. Maarten also possesses so many unique qualities that draw many tourists back to the island year after year. The reasons why you should visit Saint Martin are listed below.

  • Gorgeous Beaches : Saint Martin has 37 gorgeous beaches lining 70 km of coastline. Each one of these beaches has a unique beauty, from the remote beaches to beaches that are tourist hotspots. All the beaches on the island are known for their soft sands and crystal-clear water.
  • It’s a Dual Owned Island : Saint Martin is split into two, French Saint Martin and Dutch Sint Maarten. Visiting this island is like getting two European vacations in one trip. Since there is no physical border, it is easy to cross from one side to the other. This is the only border that France and the Netherlands share in the entire world.
  • Underwater Marine Life : The marine life and colorful reefs of St. Maarten draw people in from all over the world. Snorkeling is available on the many reefs around the island. Saint Martin is also a diverse paradise. There are 55 different dive sights on the island teeming with vibrant coral and fish.
  • Water Sports : St. Maarten is the perfect destination for adventurous tourists. There are many different activities available to tourists who love water sports such as jet-skiing, parasailing, banana boating, paddleboarding, and more. These sports are available on most of St. Maarten’s beaches.
  • Delicious Cuisine : Saint Martin provides an excellent culinary experience for all travelers with its vast array of different cuisines, ranging from local Caribbean cuisine to French delicacies. The island has over 300 restaurants that have gained influence from at least 100 different nationalities. This is something that truly sets St. Maarten apart from its other neighbors in the Caribbean.
  • Nightlife : The entertainment in St. Maarten lasts long after the sun goes down. St. Maarten has a vast array of bars, casinos, and clubs that create a vibrant atmosphere that lasts well into the evening. The island is known for its indoor and outdoor venues that host events and have live music and dancing.
  • Carnivals and Festivals : St. Maarten has some of the most spectacular celebrations in the world. The island is well known for the St. Maarten carnival, the SXM festival, and the Grand Parade in Phillipsburg, usually occurring in Dutch Saint Martin. These festivals attract international attention. At these festivals, tourists can see bright costumes, hear exciting bands play music, and have tasty food and drink.
  • Beautiful Landscape : St. Maarten has a stunning natural landscape with clear waters and golden sunsets framed by lush green mountains. All the beaches have amazing views and a variety of plant and animal life.
  • Duty-Free Shopping : St. Maarten is known around the world for its duty-free shopping status and incredible shopping centers. The entire island is duty-free. This makes St. Martin a go-to destination where you can buy luxury goods at low prices.

The travel requirements of entry into the island of St. Maarten are a valid passport from your country of citizenship and proof of return for onward travel. Naturalized citizens must present their original naturalization certificate and photo ID to enter St. Maarten. Tourists traveling from the United States, Canada, Australia, the EU, and Britain do not require a visa upon entry into Saint Martin unless they plan to stay more than 90 days.

In addition to a valid passport and proof of return from St. Maarten, travelers arriving from countries outside of the United States, Canada, Australia, and the EU are required to have a visa prior to entry into the country, regardless of the length of their stay. This visa should be obtained before departing from their country of residence by contacting the local French embassy in their country. Because of COVID-19 different travel requirements for St. Maarten might be in place, please visit your local/national government information website for the current restrictions.

No, there are no border crossing restrictions between the French side of St. Martin and the Dutch side of St. Maarten. Since there is no physical border division in Saint Martin between the French and Dutch sides of the island, people can move about freely through both the French and Dutch sides.

The best time of year to visit St. Maarten is between the months of January and June. During this time the climate is dry and there is not as much rain as there is during the rainy season. It would be better to avoid traveling to St. Maarten during the months of July to December to avoid hurricane season.

The climate of Saint Martin is tropical all year round. The weather is hot and sunny with a daily average temperature of 77 F (25 C) between the months of January to March and 82 F (28 C) from June to October.  At night the temperature rarely drops below 68F (20 C). The annual amount of rain is 40 inches per year. February and March are the months with the least rain and the months with the most rain are from August to November.

Yes, Saint Martin is generally considered a safe island to visit . The crime rate is relatively low compared to other countries. Most crimes are petty theft crimes that occur due to valuables being left out. As when traveling to any other tourist destination, safety precautions should be taken such as being aware of your surroundings, traveling in groups, and traveling around the island with a minimum amount of jewelry, cash, and other valuables.

In Saint Martin, one of the biggest crimes is passport theft, so be sure to bring your original driver’s license with you as well as a photocopy of your passport. If you are renting a car, It may also be wise to purchase rental car insurance, as rental cars are sometimes broken into on the island. Along with purchasing insurance, be sure to not leave any valuables on the seats of the car.

What time zone is St. Maarten in?

St. Maarten is located in the Atlantic Standard time zone (AST). St. Maarten is a small island located between the Caribbean and the Atlantic sea. St. Maarten is located south of the island of Anguilla, east of the British Virgin Islands and the US Virgin Islands, and north of the Leeward Islands. Find more information about the time zone in St. Martin in this article.

Are vacationers in St. Maarten affected by the time zone?

Yes, it is very possible for travelers to be affected by jet lag when visiting Saint Martin and traveling in general. “Jet Lag” is a temporary sleep problem that can affect anyone who travels quickly across multiple time zones. The severity of the Jet Lag can vary depending on which of the 24 time zones you are coming from and the number of hours that differ.

There is a time difference of 1 to 6 hours between St. Maarten and the USA. There are 6 different time zones in the USA including Eastern Standard Time (EST), Central Standard Time (CST), Mountain Standard Time (MST), Pacific Standard Time (PST), Alaska Standard Time, and Hawaii-Aleutian Standard Time. All of these time zones have a 1 to 6 hour difference between the Atlantic Standard time zone in St. Maarten. Most travelers coming from the USA will not normally be heavily affected by jet lag when traveling to St. Maarten.

There is a time difference of 4 to 6 hours between St. Maarten and Europe. There are 3 different time zones in Europe including Western European Time (GMT), Central European Time (CET), and Eastern European Time (EET). All of these time zones have a 4 to 6 hour difference between the Atlantic Standard time zone in St. Maarten. Most travelers coming from countries in Europe such as France, England, the Netherlands, etc. can be mildly affected by jet lag when traveling to St. Maarten.

There is a time difference of 7 to 13 hours between St. Maarten and countries in Asia. There are 11 different time zones in Asia some of which include Japan Standard time (JST), Korean Standard Time (KST), China Standard Time (CST), Western Indonesia Standard Time (WIST), Indochina Time (ICT), Bangladesh Standard Time (BST), India Standard Time (IST), etc. All of these time zones have a 7 to 13 hour difference between the Atlantic Standard time zone in St. Maarten. Most travelers coming from countries in Asia such as China, Japan, India, etc can be greatly affected by jet lag when traveling to St. Maarten.

There is a time difference of 5 to 8 hours between St. Maarten and countries in Africa. There are 6 different time zones in Africa including West Africa Standard Time (WAT), East Africa Time (EAT), Central European Standard Time (CET), South Africa Standard Time (SAST), and Central Africa Time (CAT). All of these time zones have a 5 to 8 hour difference between the Atlantic Standard time zone in St. Maarten. Most travelers coming from countries in Africa such as Egypt, South Africa, Nigeria, etc can be greatly affected by jet lag when traveling to St. Maarten.

There is a time difference of 12 to 16 hours between St. Maarten and Australia. There are 3 different time zones in Australia including Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST), Australian Central Standard Time (ACST), and Australian Western Standard Time (AWST). All of these time zones have a 12 to 16 hour difference between the Atlantic Standard time zone in St. Maarten. Most travelers coming from Australia can be greatly affected by jet lag when traveling to St. Maarten.

The culture of Saint Martin is generally very friendly, the locals are known to be happy and helpful to tourists. For this reason, St. Maarten is often called “The Friendly Island”. The French side of the island is known for its peaceful laid-back nature and the Dutch side of the island is known for its more lively and vibrant nature.

There are currently 120 different nationalities on the island of St. Maarten, but there have been many influences from the past that have contributed to the vast culture of the people of Saint Martin. The culture of the island stems from Dutch, French, British, and African heritage.

The languages spoken on the island of St. Martin are English, French, Dutch, Spanish, Creole, and Papiamento. English is widely spoken in both French Saint Martin and Dutch Sint Maarten, as it is the official language of both sides of St. Maarten.

The standard of dress in St. Maarten is generally informal. With the warm climate, it is best to wear lightweight clothes with cotton fabric. Some commonly worn items are sports clothes for the beach, jeans, polos, shorts, dresses, sandals, and boat shoes. Swimwear is common for the beach, but it is not considered proper in town, so it’s best to bring a cover-up.

The official currency in St. Martin depends on which side of the island you are on. In French Saint Martin the currency is the Euro and it Dutch Sint Maarten the currency is the Netherlands Antilles Florin, also known as the Guilder. The US Dollar is commonly used all over St. Maarten and there are many currency exchange locations on the island. Saint Martin has a tourist-based economy, the restaurants, hotels, and other tourism-related places account for a large share of the island’s income.

There are marvelous beachfront hotels on both the French and Dutch sides of St. Maarten that cater to all sorts of vacationers. The best Saint Martin hotels are listed below.

  • Hotel L’Esplanade : Located in Grand Case, St. Martin on the French side of the island. This is a family-owned hotel that was established in 1992. The hotel has 24 spacious studios, lofts, and suites that contain private terraces with fully equipped kitchens. The hotel also has a spa and a yoga studio. Several beaches as well as ferry access to Pinel Island are located nearby.
  • Hommage Hotel : Located in Baie Rouge on the French side of the island near Terres-basses. This waterfront hotel has 147 luxury rooms and suites with terraces that have a lovely view. The hotel has an aqua spa as well as artwork spanning across the entire property from international artists in the hotel’s museum garden.
  • Holland House Beach Hotel : Located in the heart of Phillipsburg, directly on the beach this hotel offers its guests a private beach experience. Attendants on the beach offer you drinks and meals while you lounge in the sun. The hotel has 55 rooms and suites and balconies and terraces with ocean views. This is a family-friendly hotel with interconnecting rooms. There is a lot of shopping nearby in Wathey Square and historical sites such as Fort Amsterdam and the museum of Saint Maarten are nearby.
  • Hotel La Plantation : This hotel is located on the north Atlantic coast of Saint Martin near Orient Bay. The hotel has 52 rooms, a freshwater swimming pool, and a lounge area. Water sports can also be enjoyed nearby, and you can rent kayaks, surfboards, and snorkel equipment from the hotel.
  • Belmond La Samanna : Located in French Saint Martin, Belmond la Samanna is a stunning beachside resort that offers a luxurious stay for its guests. There are 83 rooms, suites, villas, and cottages. There is a private infinity pool as well as snorkeling and kayaking gear that is available for guests to rent. The hotel also offers a champagne sunset cruise.
  • La Playa Orient Bay : This seaside hotel in Orient Bay is directly on the beach. There are 56 rooms with furnished patios and kitchenettes. An onsite water sports center provides access to equipment for parasailing, jet skiing, and banana boating.

St. Maarten is one of the culinary capitals of the Caribbean. Full of local eateries and fine dining establishments. Immigrants from all over the world have helped the island to cultivate a rich culinary experience. Some of the most popular foods in St. Martin are listed below.

  • Conch and Dumplings : A spicy dish made from a large sea snail that is seasoned with herbs and spices and cooked in a pressure cooker. This dish is usually paired with fluffy dumplings and topped with gravy.
  • Callaloo : A Caribbean staple, a hearty soup made with fresh kale, spinach, and callaloo (which is a spinach-like vegetable). This thick soup is seasoned with thyme, pepper, and local hot peppers.
  • Johnny Cakes : Similar to American pancakes, except they are made with cornmeal. They are very popular with the locals on St. Maarten and are often served with breakfast. They are smaller than American pancakes and fried in corn oil and served with honey butter, syrup, or jam.
  • Codfish Fritters : Also known as salt fish, the fish is sauteed with onions, green pepper, thyme, tomato, celery, and local hot sauce.  It’s blended with flour, milk, and eggs and deep-fried in corn oil.
  • St. Maarten Spareribs : Found at many of the local “lolos” on the island and cooked on the grill and tossed in spicy and savory barbecue sauce. This traditional recipe is passed down for centuries and is unique to the island. Each island in the Caribbean island has its own take on it.
  • Locri : A simple and delicious meal made of rice chicken and a medley of vegetables and seasonings. Cooked together in one pot while the flavors mix into one another. It is an enjoyable dish and a staple of St. Maarten cuisine. Some think of it as a Saint Martin-style Spanish paella.
  • Crabmeat-Stuffed Shells (Crab Backs) : This meal features freshly cooked crab meat sauteed with onions seasonings, tomato, and Worcestershire sauce. The mixture is placed back into the original crab shells and sprinkled with breadcrumbs.
  • Guavaberry Liqueur : A cold and refreshing beverage that is unique to St. Maarten. It’s the national drink on both the French and Dutch sides of the island. Made from small guavaberry fruits that grow locally, this is used in a variety of drinks and cocktails on the island.

Some of the best tours on the island of St. Maarten are listed below.

  • The Best Catamaran Day Sail in St. Maarten : This is a family-friendly 5-hour yacht excursion from Simpson Bay. You will go to both the French and the Dutch sides of the island visiting several famous beaches. You can go snorkeling, paddle boarding, and swing from a tarzan swing. The tour provides a locally made lunch from the bar and costs $119 U.S. Dollars per person.
  • The Original Eco Tour Full-Day Around the Island of Sint Maarten : You will take a full-day cruise around St. Maarten with stops at Grand Case, Creole Rock, and Tintamarre Island. Explore the lovely natural beauty of Tintamarre, enjoy an open bar and see the island’s lovely sights. The price of this tour is $133.00 U.S Dollars per person.
  • Captain Bob Most Popular Speed Boat, Snorkeling, and Beach Tour with Lunch : This is a 6-hour speed boat tour. Visiting both the French and Dutch sides of Saint Martin. On this tour, you can go snorkeling, relax on the beach, sip drinks, and have unlimited snacks all for $129 US Dollars per person.
  • Sky Explorer Flying Dutchman Schooner Ride and Sentry Hill Zip Line : This tour involves going to Saint Martin’s highest point and seeing the excellent views of the island from the zipline. Two zipline rides are included, all costing $139 US Dollars per person.
  • St. Maarten Luxury Catamaran Full-Day Group Charter SXM Tour : Spend a full day cruising on a luxury catamaran visiting different shores. Taking in the views and swimming and snorkeling. See the planes take off at Maho Beach. Go fishing and kayaking and enjoy lunch on board mid-day. There is an open bar with unlimited snacks and refreshments. This costs $186 US Dollars per person.
  • 3 Island Adventure with a stop at Tintamarre to swim with Turtles : Explore the coast of St. Maarten on this full-day cruise. There is a lot of equipment offered for use on the tour such as paddleboards, snorkeling gear, and floatation devices. There is a barbeque for lunch and signature cocktails are served. Lunch and snacks are provided. The tour costs $136 US dollars per person.

Where in Sint Maarten should you visit?

Some of the top places to visit in Saint Martin are listed below.

  • Cupecoy beach
  • Loterie Farm
  • Pic Paradis
  • Front Street
  • GuavaBerry Emporium
  • Mullet Bay Beach
  • Simpson Bay
  • Phillipsburg

Some of the top beaches in St. Martin are listed below.

  • Great Bay Beach : One of the most popular tourist destinations on St. Maarten. Great Bay Beach has a mile-long boardwalk, shopping centers, numerous bars, restaurants, and casinos.
  • Little Bay Beach : This destination is known to be one of the safest beaches for kids on the island since the waters are current-free and there are a lot of aquatic and kid-friendly activities available.
  • Orient Bay Beach : This beach is known for the many beach clubs, bars, hotels, and restaurants that line the beach. It’s a great spot for tourists looking for a fun and action-packed day or night out.
  • Maho Beach : This famous beach is located right at the end of the Princess Julianna airport runway. A vantage point that makes it possible to see airplanes flying and landing directly overhead. An incredible sight to see.
  • Mullet Bay : A quieter and less crowded beach situated near the popular Mullet Bay golf course and resort area. This beach is a great place to enjoy all types of water sports such as jet-skiing, parasailing, and surfing.
  • Kim Sha Beach : This beach Is known for its vibrant nightlife and is a perfect spot for party-goers.
  • Happy Bay Beach : A secluded cove with a rugged and natural beauty that is typically uncrowded.
  • Grand Case Beach : Located in the culinary capital of the island, Grand Case Beach is home to many gourmet restaurants, beachfront bars and is known among tourists for its fantastic nightlife.
  • Baie Rouge : This beach gets its name from the reddish-pink color of the sand. The pretty pink sand gets its color from the crushed coral pieces that wash up onto the shore. This beach is often referred to as the “Pink Beach”.
  • Tintamarre Island : A secluded and uninhabited island lying off the coast of French St. Maarten. This small island has rugged red cliffs and sparkling blue waters teeming with colorful marine life and is a prime spot for snorkeling and hiking.

Some of the best museums in Sint Maarten are listed below.

  • Yoda Guy Movie Exhibit
  • St. Maarten Museum
  • Roland Richardson Art Gallery
  • Tropismes Gallery
  • Artcraftcafe Gallery
  • Amuseum Naturalis

How is the transportation in Sint Maarten?

The transportation conditions are generally good on the island of St. Maarten. The best way to travel throughout Saint Martin is to rent a car. The conditions for traveling throughout Saint Martin are relatively good. Roads are paved and vehicles do not normally require 4-wheel drive. There are no toll roads on St. Maarten. There is traffic at times during certain hours in the tourist frequented locations.

For those deciding not to rent a car when on the island, there are other options such as buses and taxis that are readily available all throughout Saint Martin. Uber and Lyft are not available in Saint Martin.

Princess Juliana International Airport is located on Airport Rd in Simpson Bay on the Dutch side of Sint Maarten. This is the main airport in St. Martin.

When departing from Saint Maarten you can arrive at Princess Juliana International Airport (SXM) , by renting a car, taking a taxi, or a minibus. Princess Juliana International Airport is located 10 minutes away from Marigot, 25 minutes away from Phillipsburg, and 30 minutes from the town of French Cul-de-Sac. The price to rent a car is upwards of $35 US Dollars per day, the price for traveling by taxi to the airport usually ranges from $10-$30 US dollars depending on where you’re coming from, and the fare for a minibus ride is $2 per person.

The best activities to do on Saint Martin are listed below.

  • Sailing, Yachting or Boat Tours
  • Hiking in Guana Bay
  • Topper’s Rum Distillery Tour
  • Visiting one of 37 beaches
  • Loterie Farms
  • Parasailing
  • Watch the planes at Maho Beach
  • Shopping at the duty-free shops
  • Visiting historical sites like Fort Amsterdam
  • Island Hopping on nearby islands like Saba or Tintamarre Island
  • Scuba diving at Saba island with sea turtles and coral reef

The best ways to navigate Saint Martin are listed below.

  • Car : The best way is by rental car. This will allow you greater mobility. You can rent a car for as low as $35 per day. Rental kiosks are located right outside the airport. There are often traffic jams in busy tourist areas. Driving is on the right side of the road. You can navigate on the island by GPS or by purchasing a map from one of the shops on the island.
  • Scooters : This is an exciting and efficient way to navigate travel on the island. This method is only advised you’ve had experience maneuvering one before. You can rent a scooter for $60 for a full day.
  • Bus : This is the most affordable way to get around. Unfortunately, the minibusses aren’t very efficient and there are no schedules to follow.  It costs somewhere between $1 and $1.50 for a one-way trip.
  • Taxi : Taxis are a great option later in the evening when minibusses are less likely to run. They’re unmetered, so you must agree on a fare before entering the cab.  Some taxis, especially those on the Dutch side, only accept U.S. dollars

Yes, traveling with pets is permitted if the animal is at least 3 months old, has a recent letter of good health for the veterinarian, and has up-to-date vaccinations. The airline must be consulted about the requirements of animal transport.

Three days is the minimum number of days needed to see and experience the best things St. Martin has to offer. This gives enough time to experience the island’s diversity, see both the French and Dutch sides, and participate in fun activities and experiences.

Yes, most of the roads in Saint Martin are suitable for walking. Saint Martin’s roads are paved very well. However, it is not recommended to walk in areas outside of Simpson Bay, Grand Case, Maho, or Orient bay or far away from your resort. Some of the terrain in  Saint Martin is quite hilly with a narrow sidewalk. Renting a car or public transportation is the best way to navigate the island.

All travelers must have a valid passport from their country of residence to enter Saint Martin, as well as a return ticket for departure from the island.

In addition to a passport and a return ticket, travelers arriving from countries outside of the United States, Canada, and Europe will also be required to have a visa prior to entry into the country. This visa should be obtained before departing from their country of residence by contacting the local French embassy in their country.

All travelers will be presented with an immigration card on the airplane upon arrival at Princess Juliana Airport in Dutch Sint Maarten. It is important to know the address that you will be staying on the island to be able to present to immigration at the airport.

Yes, Saint Martin is generally considered a safe island for tourists to visit. The crime rate in St. Martin is low compared to other countries. As when traveling to any other tourist destination, safety precautions should be taken such as being aware of your surroundings, traveling in groups, and traveling around the island with a minimum amount of jewelry, cash, and other valuables.

One of the biggest crimes on the island is passport theft, so be sure to bring your original driver’s license with you as well as a photocopy of your passport. If you are renting a car, it may also be wise to purchase rental car insurance, as rental cars are sometimes broken into on the island. Along with purchasing insurance, be sure to not leave any valuables on the seats of the car.

No, snakes are not known to frequent the island of St. Martin. Fortunately, there are very few harmful animals located on the island. While swimming in the water it is advisable to watch out for sea urchins and jellyfish and sharp coral. However, there are very few reports of tourists being injured due to animals on Saint Martin.

There are several species of sharks located in the waters surrounding St. Maarten. Experts say that they are generally not a threat and that they most commonly are located offshore in deeper waters and are rarely located close to shore. Shark attacks are so rare on the island, there has only been one non-fatal shark attack reported in St. Maarten, and it was in the year 2005.

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Experience on-the-water excitement, piloting your very own two-man RHINO Watercraft to the best snorkeling spots. You’ll cruise safely alongside mega-yacht marinas and boat... READ MORE>>>

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The Red Piano is among the most famous bars on St. Maarten, situated in the center of the Pelican Key in between the Simpson Bay Resort and Flamingo Resort and right behind the Hollywood Casino. READ MORE>>>

On top of the hill at Billy Folly Road, leading to several large resorts and the posh Pelican Key neighborhood, is the Hollywood Casino. This cozy boutique casino offers all table games and a broad selection of slots. READ MORE>>>

El Capitan is the island's favorite 'full service' adult club, located in Philipsburg and close to the cruise ship port, featuring attractive Latin ladies. Open from 11 AM to 4 AM, 7 days per week READ MORE >>>

The Platinum Room is St. Maarten's elegant answer to adult entertainment. The club is located in Maho Village, the island's premium nightspot and casino location. READ MORE>>>

Maho Village is the epicenter of entertainment and nightlife in Sint Maarten. Numerous restaurants offer culinary delights for every palate, and many bars and clubs let the party crowd enjoy the night until the morning hours. READ MORE >>>

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Sint Maarten is called the most multicultural of all Caribbean Islands, with over one hundred nationalities living peacefully together. Many visitors say that ours is the most fun island, with the best restaurants, beach bars, and vibrant nightlife. Once you visit, you will find a lifestyle and a vacation experience very different from other tropical destinations.

SINT MAARTEN - SAINT MARTIN provides vacationers the opportunity to enjoy three distinct cultures on our tiny dot in the Caribbean Sea. There is the delightfulness and soberness of the Dutch on one side, the savoir-faire of the French on the other, and the blending of both with exotic native heritage.

Add dozens  of beaches and lagoons, a mountain range, luxury hotels, elegant villas, and over 300 restaurants, you'll understand why St. Maarten - St. Martin is the most visited of all the Leeward islands. All the great chefs, European, American, or Asian vie to compete in this gourmet capital of the Caribbean, creating cuisines equal to the best of Paris or New York. Shopping on the island is duty-free and casinos, discos, and nightclubs stay open till dawn. Jumbo jets from world centers land here, and charters allow visits to the smaller islands of the Lesser Antilles. There is something to satisfy every taste on St-Martin ...

There are two official ways to spell the name of our island: Sint Maarten and Saint Martin. But there are also popular misspellings: Air France has been sending passengers for the past decades to St. Marteen, and airlines from the US like to fly to Saint Maarten. Other popular misspellings are St. Martens, Saint Martan. Read more...

St. Maarten Restaurants

Visit Caribbean Feisty Flavors for Local Cuisine

Visit Caribbean Feisty Flavors for Local Cuisine

Cooking is her passion. Sherlyn Montclair turned her life-long love for the flavors of Caribbean cuisine into a career. Years ago, she started a catering service, delivering meals all over the...

The Hideaway Restaurant for Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

The Hideaway Restaurant for Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

It is a bit hidden , and this is why the name describes this restaurant pretty well. The Hideaway Restaurant is part of the cozy La Vista Resort, right at the beginning of the Pelican neighborhood...

Alina Sushi for Gourmet Quality Japanese Dining

Alina Sushi for Gourmet Quality Japanese Dining

Alina Sushi & Sake Bar , formerly located in Simpson Bay, just opened its new location in Maho. Chef and owner Ken Lin landed in St. Maarten by way of Anguilla, and has made a name for himself on...

Bistrot Caraibes - Bringing Back Grand Case

Bistrot Caraibes - Bringing Back Grand Case

The village of Grand Case presents itself as the culinary capital of the Caribbean. It takes hard work for the countless restaurants to return to pre-Irma glory. But by now, life has returned, and...

Sale e Pepe - Authentic Sicilian Food in Simpson Bay

Sale e Pepe - Authentic Sicilian Food in Simpson Bay

Sale e Pepe - A family restaurant worthy of the name: There is a bit of an Italian community in the Simpson Bay area and the beating heart of it is Sale e Pepe, a waterfront restaurant with outdoor...

Pollos Hermanos for Best Chicken and Latin Dishes on St. Maarten

Pollos Hermanos for Best Chicken and Latin Dishes on St. Maarten

It's where you can pick up a rotisserie chicken on your way home from work, have it delivered from our kitchen to yours in minutes, or kick back with friends and family in the restaurant to...

Ginger Sushi and Grill

Ginger Sushi and Grill

A massive craving for Sushi just hit you? Rush over to Ginger Sushi and Grill as long as seats are available. You will find expertly prepared Sushi in a cozy environment - this is what Ginger Sushi...

The Buccaneer Beach Bar

The Buccaneer Beach Bar

Way back , Buccaneers were not nice people. Lucky us that the age of seafaring pirates is over in this part of the world. And that Buccaneer Beach Bar is a friendly and safe place to hang out. Just...

Rendez-Vous Lounge at Porto Cupecoy

Rendez-Vous Lounge at Porto Cupecoy

The Rendez-Vous Lounge has become the location of choice for breakfast, lunch or dinner on St. Maarten's Western coast. Residents and visitors alike flock to this casual-elegant open-terrace cafe...

Top Carrot for Organic Breakfast and Lunch

Top Carrot for Organic Breakfast and Lunch

Top Carrot is an iconic vegetarian-friendly restaurant slash coffee shop focusing on healthy and very tasty breakfast and lunch dishes. Top Carrot is an iconic vegetarian-friendly restaurant slash...

Isola Authentic Italian Restaurant

Isola Authentic Italian Restaurant

Enjoy the gentle Caribbean evening breeze on the open terrace of Isola Ristorante Italiano while dining on authentic Italian cuisine. Or take a seat in the air-conditioned main dining room. Adjacent...

Lagoonies Bistro and Bar

Lagoonies Bistro and Bar

For decades, Lagoonies Bistro and Bar has been the preferred hang-out and watering hole of the sailing community. Located right on the shore of Simpson Bay Lagoon at Lagoon Marina, it is a tiny bit...

Pineapple Pete and Wasabi Charlie Restaurant

Pineapple Pete and Wasabi Charlie Restaurant

Open daily (except Tuesdays) for lunch and dinner, non-stop from 11 AM; Pineapple Pete is located only minutes from major hotels and 8 min from Marigot. Voted best on the island of Sint Maarten for...

Vesna Taverna

Vesna Taverna

Vesna Taverna is one of the firmly established eateries right in the center of Simpson Bay. It started out many years ago as 'The Bagel House' and quickly became the choice spot for island residents...

St. Maarten Jewelers

All Luxury Watches at Jewels-by-Love

All Luxury Watches at Jewels-by-Love

"Jewels by Love - A Family Tradition" You will find the most valuable timepieces, backed by generations of experience and passion for horology here. With roots dating back to the 1800s, the present...

Majesty Jewelers - Established St. Maarten Jeweler

Majesty Jewelers - Established St. Maarten Jeweler

Walking through the doors of Majesty Jewelers of Sint Maarten is more than just looking at jewelry and timepieces stored inside their showcases: this Front Street jeweler has a story behind what...

Shop Day and Night: Radisson Jewels

Shop Day and Night: Radisson Jewels

There is an alternative to the hectic shopping environment of St. Maarten's capital, Philipsburg. While hunting for jewelry bargains on fabulous Front Street can be exciting, for many, it appears...

A Unique Jeweler: Shiva's Gold + Gems

A Unique Jeweler: Shiva's Gold + Gems

"Take home our jewelry, have it appraised, then pay us." That's right! St. Maarten's leading jeweler Shiva's Gold + Gems is THAT confident of the unsurpassed quality and value of their jewelry. They...

Jewels and Beyond at Sunset Beach Bar

Jewels and Beyond at Sunset Beach Bar

Watching jetliners in their final approach over Maho Beach to Princess Juliana International Airport is a popular activity for vacationers coming to St. Maarten. However, many cruise-ship visitors...

Oro Diamanté - Fine Jewelers of Distinction

Oro Diamanté - Fine Jewelers of Distinction

Fine attention to detail, first-rate service, and exceptional value are qualities that have set Oro Diamanté apart for over two decades. They specialize in loose diamonds and diamond jewelry, and...

Grand Jewelers

Grand Jewelers

Grand Jewelers has excellent choices of Geneve, Movado, Raymond Weil, Citizen, and Seiko watches. They guarantee that they will offer you the best prices possible. Right in the most accessible...

Joe's Jewelry - A Trusted Jeweler on the Island of Sint Maarten - Saint Martin

Joe's Jewelry - A Trusted Jeweler on the Island of Sint Maarten - Saint Martin

A good reputation is the greatest of all assets for a business – and reputations travel the world. One modern way this manifests itself is user recommendations on TripAdvisor – and Joe’s Jewelry on...

DK Gems International Joins St-Maarten.com

DK Gems International Joins St-Maarten.com

Welcome to DK Gems International, one of the most popular Sint Maarten jewelry stores. The family-owned and operated store has recently joined St-Maarten.com. For over two decades, DK Gems...

NOCO Art Studio - Norma Trimborn

Out in the wilds of Terres Basses on a rambling property, the temptation is to sit and marvel at nature - but that’s just me, a journalist visiting from the hustle and bustle of Simpson Bay. The...

The Art Box Gallery

The Art Box Gallery

The Art Box Gallery established itself as Sint Maarten's leading gallery. You'll find The Art Box in Cole Bay/Simpson Bay on Welfare Road across from the Simpson Bay Yacht Club. Owner Zdenka Kiric...

JN Jewelers at Maho Village

JN Jewelers at Maho Village

JN Jewelers has served St Maarten residents and visitors since 1987. The store recently moved from its Philipsburg-Front Street location to the Maho Shopping Plaza. JN Jewelers at the Maho Shopping...

Jewels and Beyond - Convenient Shopping at Maho

Jewels and Beyond - Convenient Shopping at Maho

Give Jewels and Beyond a try for your jewelry-shopping desires. You will find out that this long-established store at the Maho Shopping Plaza has a great selection of high-end jewelry, affordable...

Island Treasures Jewelers at the Maho Shopping Plaza

Island Treasures Jewelers at the Maho Shopping Plaza

Maho Village is the entertainment and shopping district close to St. Maarten's international airport. The Maho Shopping Plaza is home to Island Treasures Jewelers, trusted by many repeat visitors to...

Ballerina Jewelers

Ballerina Jewelers

For over a quarter of a century, Ballerina Jewelers and its sister stores have showcased a global selection of the finest variety of watches and jewelry unmatched in quality and value. Founded in...

St. Maarten Beach Bars

Drift Wood Boat Bar for Maho Plane Spotting

Drift Wood Boat Bar for Maho Plane Spotting

A visit to the Drift Wood Boat Bar should be on everybody's Caribbean bucket list: Soaking up rays in the tropical sun while overlooking the turquoise Caribbean Sea, a Piña colada (made from fresh...

The Boon Beach Bar and Restaurant in Simpson Bay on Sint Maarten Island

The Boon Beach Bar and Restaurant in Simpson Bay on Sint Maarten Island

The sand's color is bright, the sea displays the required Caribbean turquoise, and the palm trees sway in the breeze of the cooling trade winds... This is the location of The Boon Bar Bar right at...

Indigo Beach Restaurant- A Slice of Paradise in Sint Maarten

Indigo Beach Restaurant- A Slice of Paradise in Sint Maarten

St. Maarten's favorite beach restaurant, serving gourmet-style dishes. (More photos in gallery on bottom of page.) Indigo Bay is stunning- and not just the view. A tucked away treasure between the...

Test Your Party Character at St. Maarten's Karakter Beach Bar

Test Your Party Character at St. Maarten's Karakter Beach Bar

Admittedly, the premise is a bit absurd; but what do you do if you drive with an old school bus right onto a Caribbean beach and the bus breaks down? Here on St. Maarten, the answer is obvious: you...

I LOVE SXM BEACH BAR

Why 'I love SXM' Is the Only True Beach Bar in Philipsburg, Sint Maarten: This beach bar and restaurant is located right on the beach, no boardwalk separating guests from the Caribbean Sea. Walk...

St. Maarten - St. Martin Beaches

Kimsha Beach

Conveniently close to the action of Simpson Bay with its resorts, restaurants, nightclubs and casinos, Kimsha Beach is one of the most central beaches on the island. Beach lounges and umbrellas can...

Ilet Pinel

Every hour, brightly painted local ferry boats shuttle visitors the few hundred yards from the mainland to this tiny picture-perfect tropical paradise. There are several beaches surrounding Ilet...

Orient Beach

Here you're invited to rid yourself of those tell-tale tan lines. You can swim and sunbathe unencumbered in your birthday suit. On the southern end of Orient Beach you'll find the clothing optional...

Friar's Bay

Friar's Bay

One of the few areas on St-Martin not much effected by Hurricane Irma is Friar's Bay. Since this beautiful bay is well protected from the wind and heavy surf, it is ideal for the whole family....

Maho Beach

Maho Beach has become one of the island's leading attractions: this is where the runway almost meets the beach, separated only by a narrow road and a flimsy fence. The location is also a great place...

Cupecoy Beach

Cupecoy is Dutch St. Maarten's semi-official nude beach. Sandstone cliffs give Cupecoy beach a dramatic golden backdrop, unlike any other beach on the island. Protected from the wind, this beach is...

Simpson Bay Beach

At one time , this area was famous for its families who made their living by fishing. There are still a few fishermen who shove off, hours before dawn, in search of "the one that got away". Today,...

Mullet Bay Beach

Just down the road from Maho Beach, this is a surfer's paradise, when the conditions are "right". Mullet Bay Beach borders on the island's only 18-hole golf course and is very popular with locals,...

St. Maarten - St. Martin Nightlife

El Capitan Adult Entertainment

El Capitan Adult Entertainment

Part of St. Maarten's cosmopolitan lifestyle is a 'live and let live' attitude, with freedom and tolerance not to be found on any other Caribbean island. Those, who are searching for 'Grown up'...

Red Piano Bar

Red Piano Bar

The Red Piano is among the most famous bars on St. Maarten, situated in the center of the Pelican Key in between the Simpson Bay Resort and Flamingo Resort and right behind the Hollywood Casino....

Ocean Lounge Bar

Ocean Lounge Bar

At cocktail time , the island's power brokers, vacationers, and visiting business people mingle at the Ocean Lounge . Some enjoy their drinks right at the bar; others prefer the comfortable outdoor...

Light Your Hookah at Lounge 2.0 in Maho Village

Light Your Hookah at Lounge 2.0 in Maho Village

Maho Village is the epicenter of entertainment and nightlife in Sint Maarten. Numerous restaurants offer culinary delights for every palate, and many bars and clubs let the party crowd enjoy the...

Adult Entertainment at The Platinum Room in St. Maarten

Adult Entertainment at The Platinum Room in St. Maarten

The Platinum Room is St. Maarten's elegant answer to adult entertainment. The club is located in Maho Village, which is considered to be the island's premium nightspot with many restaurants, bars,...

Lotus Nightclub in St. Maarten

Lotus Nightclub in St. Maarten

Lotus is the island's leading dance and nightclub and has become St. Maarten's party central. Since the club opened its doors in the Simpson Bay area, the heartbeat of the island's nightlife is now...

St. Maarten - St. Martin Real Estate

Properties on French Saint Martin

Properties on French Saint Martin

French St Martin covers the northern two thirds of the island. Governed from the much larger island of Guadeloupe, St Martin is a fully European territory and follows the same standards and laws as...

Real Estate Financing on Sint Maarten - Saint Martin

Real Estate Financing on Sint Maarten - Saint Martin

Investors not living and working on the island will find it a bit more difficult to get local bank financing. Most property is sold for cash, but owner financing is frequently available as well....

How to Own a Piece of Paradise

How to Own a Piece of Paradise

Known for years as the Caribbean's most exciting vacation destination, the island has now been discovered by upscale real estate buyers and is fast developing into one of the world's most...

Offshore Investments

Close geographical proximity of several world-renowned offshore centers allows it to structure an offshore investment solution without much traveling and cost. Representatives of Anguillian law...

Properties on Dutch Sint Maarten

Properties on Dutch Sint Maarten

The Dutch side of the island Sint Maarten is leading the strong real estate market. Around the coast, new luxury developments are being constructed. There are new gated communities with waterfront...

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Do you need a passport for St Maarten?

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The answer is yes, you need a passport to travel to St Maarten. Here are some frequently asked questions about passport requirements for travel to St Maarten:

1. Can I travel to St. Martin without a passport?

No, all travelers arriving at Princess Juliana International Airport (Dutch side) must have a valid passport and may require a visa. It is also necessary to fill out an Embarkation and Disembarkation Card (ED-Card).

2. What islands can I go to without a passport?

As a U.S. citizen, you do not need a passport to travel between the U.S. and certain territories such as American Samoa, Guam, Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, Puerto Rico, and U.S. Virgin Islands.

3. What Caribbean islands require a passport?

Some Caribbean countries like Barbados, Guadeloupe, Haiti, Martinique, St. Barths, and Trinidad & Tobago require a passport for entry and exit.

4. Do I need a visa to fly to St Maarten?

No, a visa is not required for a stay of up to 90 days in St Maarten. However, you must hold a passport valid for at least six months beyond your date of country exit and with one blank visa page.

5. What documents do I need to enter St Maarten?

To enter St Maarten, you need a valid passport for the duration of your stay and a return or onward ticket. It is also recommended to have a completed Embarkation and Disembarkation Card (ED-Card).

6. What documents do I need to travel to St. Martin?

To enter St. Martin, you need a passport that is valid upon entry and for the duration of your stay. If your passport is from a visa-required country, you’ll need a valid visa sticker and the passport must be valid for three months after your intended stay.

7. Can I go to the Caribbean without a passport?

Most Caribbean destinations require a passport for United States citizens. However, there are some exceptions where US citizens can visit for a short stay without a visa, but a passport is still required.

8. Can I go on a Caribbean cruise without a passport?

While many cruise lines may not require passengers to bring their passports, it is recommended to have a passport if you are traveling in and out of different ports within the US or flying in and out of a Caribbean country. The US Department of State also recommends having a passport for cruise travel.

9. Which Caribbean countries are visa-free?

Some Caribbean countries that allow visa-free travel for certain nationalities include Antigua and Barbuda, Commonwealth of Dominica, Grenada, Saint Kitts and Nevis, and Saint Lucia. The specific visa-exempt countries may vary.

10. Do you need a passport for St Lucia?

Yes, generally all US citizens are required to present a valid passport when traveling to Saint Lucia, as well as proof of anticipated departure from the country.

11. Why do so many Americans not have passports?

There are various reasons why many Americans do not have passports. One reason could be the cost of traveling, as it can be expensive to take international trips. Additionally, the process of obtaining a passport, which includes fees and providing necessary documentation, may deter some individuals from applying for one.

12. Where’s the furthest you can go without a passport?

For US citizens, the furthest passport-free distance is typically within the US territories such as the US Virgin Islands. Traveling beyond these territories typically requires a passport.

13. Is it safe to travel to St Maarten 2023?

St Maarten is generally considered safe for tourists, but it is always important to take sensible precautions. Avoiding remote areas at night and keeping valuables secure are recommended.

14. Do you need a passport to go from St. Martin to St Maarten?

Yes, as both the French and Dutch sides of the island have their own immigration requirements, a passport is required when traveling between St. Martin and St Maarten.

15. Can you travel freely between St. Martin and St Maarten?

Yes, there is no physical border between the French and Dutch territories on the island, and people and goods can travel freely between both sides.

16. Can I get off a cruise ship without a passport?

If you are a US citizen on a closed-loop cruise (one that begins and ends at the same US port), you may be able to enter or depart the US with proof of citizenship, such as an Enhanced Driver’s License, a government-issued birth certificate, or a passport.

17. Can I go to Cancun without a passport?

No, if you are flying to Cancun (or any Mexican airport), a valid passport is required for both adults and children. A passport card or other forms of government identification are not sufficient.

18. Do you need a passport for Aruba?

Yes, upon arrival in Aruba, you must have a valid US passport for the duration of your stay, along with a completed Embarkation and Disembarkation Card (ED-Card).

19. Can you enter any country without a passport?

Most international destinations require a passport for US citizens. However, there are some exceptions, including certain cruises or travel to Mexico or Canada by land, where other forms of identification may be accepted.

20. What’s the difference between St. Martin and St. Maarten?

St Maarten refers to the Dutch side of the island, while St. Martin refers to the French side. Both sides have their own distinct vibe and attractions.

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  1. ST MAARTEN ENTRY & TRAVEL REQUIREMENTS, EHAS

    No visum is required for a stay under 180 days. Those Dutch passport holders born on the former Netherlands Antilles (St Maarten, Aruba, Bonaire, Curacao, Saba, St. Eustatius) have no limitation on their stay. Entering St Maarten as European Union Citizen

  2. What Are the Travel Requirements of Sint Maarten?

    The travel requirements to be able to enter onto the island of Sint Maarten are; a valid passport from your country of citizenship, an onward travel ticket, an embarkation and a disembarkation card (ED card), proof of accommodations, proof of sufficient funds.

  3. Sint Maarten International Travel Information

    Quick Facts PASSPORT VALIDITY: Must be valid for duration of stay. BLANK PASSPORT PAGES: One page required for entry stamp. TOURIST VISA REQUIRED: None. VACCINATIONS: Yellow fever if arriving from select countries. CURRENCY RESTRICTIONS FOR ENTRY: Amounts exceeding USD 11,000 (or equivalent) must be declared. CURRENCY RESTRICTIONS FOR EXIT:

  4. COVID-19 Information: Saint Martin

    Entry and Exit Requirements: Are there COVID-related entry requirements for US citizens? No As of August 1, 2022, Saint Martin no longer has COVID entry requirements for any travelers. There are NO testing or vaccine requirements. Effective Nov 01 st, 2022 the Electronics Health Authorization System (EHAS) Application is no longer required.

  5. Can I travel to St. Maarten? Travel Restrictions & Entry Requirements

    Effective November 1, 2022 - Travelers to Sint Maarten (visitors and residents) will no longer be required to complete an EHAS Application (this includes no test results and no proof of vaccination). See full details of updated rules here. COVID-19 testing Quarantine Documents & Additional resources Ready to travel? Find flights to St. Maarten

  6. St Maarten Updates COVID-19 Entry Requirements for Travelers

    Currently, travelers have many options when it comes to flying into St. Maarten, with major U.S. airlines such as American, Delta, JetBlue, Spirit and United flying to Princess Juliana International Airport (SXM) from several major cities, including Atlanta, Boston, Charlotte, Chicago, Fort Lauderdale, Miami, New York and Washington, D.C.

  7. St. Maarten updates entry requirements for U.S. tourists

    Sep 21, 2020 | Pinel Island in St. Martin has been a popular day trip for visitors. The French side of the island has just reopened to U.S. travelers. St. Maarten has relaxed its entry...

  8. Formalities for St. Martin: Customs, Passport, Visa

    Formalities Add to favorites All travelers arriving at Princess Juliana International Airport (Dutch side) must have a passport, maybe a visa, and must fill in an immigration form before arrival. This form is usually handed out on the plane. Before arrival, you will need to know the exact address of where you'll be staying on St. Martin.

  9. What to Know About EHAS Sint Maarten?

    The Electronic Health Authorization System (EHAS) was an online mandatory health authorization application presented by the Ministry of Health during the pandemic of COVID-19. This document is no longer required in order to enter the island of St. Maarten as of November 1st, 2022. When the Electronic Health Authorization System (EHAS) was ...

  10. Entry requirements

    Your passport should be valid for a minimum period of 6 months from the date of entry into St Maarten. Visas British passport holders do not need a visa for stays of up to 3 months. For further...

  11. Visa and entry requirements for Sint Maarten

    a completed and signed Embarkation and Disembarkation card (ED-card); a valid return- or onward ticket; a valid reservation for an accommodation in St. Maarten (e.g. hotel or apartment) or proof that he/she owns property in St. Maarten (a residence, condominium, apartment, timeshare apartment or a pleasure yacht moored in St. Maarten;

  12. St. Martin / St. Maarten

    Valid passports are required for all US, Canadian and European citizens traveling as tourists to the island. For citizens of other countries, a visa may be required in addition to a passport. A return or ongoing ticket is required of all visitors. No vaccination papers are required unless arriving from an endemic area.

  13. TRAVELER INFORMATION

    BEACHES St. Maarten / St. Martin has 37 stunning beaches, all of which are public. Regulations vary according to the beach and which side of the island governs it. Make sure to check in advance regarding rules for swimming, surfing, hiking, topless sunbathing and nude swimming.

  14. Coronavirus news & travel advice for St Martin, Anguilla, St Barth and

    Confirmed: 23 375 If you plan on travelling to St Martin/St Maarten, Anguilla, St Barths or Saba, we invite you to check the following sections: St Maarten Travel Requirements Anguilla Travel Requirements St Barthelemy Entry Requirements Saba Entry Requirements Ferry Services during COVID-19 What can we do to help the locals?

  15. Sint Maarten Travel Advisory

    If you decide to travel to Sint Maarten: Enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) to receive Alerts and make it easier to locate you in an emergency. Follow the Department of State on Facebook and Twitter. Review the Country Security Report for Sint Maarten. Prepare a contingency plan for emergency situations.

  16. Important travel information for St Maarten / St Martin

    TRANSPORTATION WATER TRANSPORTATION This site contains important travel information for both sides of the island of Sint Maarten / Saint Martin.

  17. Travel advice and advisories for Sint Maarten

    Health Laws and culture Natural disasters and climate Risk level Sint Maarten - Take normal security precautions Take normal security precautions in Sint Maarten Back to top Safety and security Crime Petty crime, such as pickpocketing and purse snatching, occurs. There have been reports of theft from vehicles, especially rental cars.

  18. Travel advice and advisories for Saint Martin

    Canada.ca Travel Destinations Saint Martin travel advice Take normal security precautions Latest updates: Health - Travel health notice for dengue added. Last updated: January 22, 2024 14:15 ET On this page Risk level Safety and security Entry and exit requirements Health Laws and culture Natural disasters and climate Risk level

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    COVID UPDATE- As of November 1, 2022, travelers no longer need to be tested for entry and no longer have to register on EHAS. COVID entry restrictions have been fully lifted. WHAT OUR GUESTS ARE SAYING "The location of the villa was very convenient to the beach , the accommodations were perfectly comfortable & the staff provided friendly service.

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    Tourism in Saint-Martin: enjoy the Caribbean. Nestling between the Atlantic Ocean and Caribbean Sea, the island of St. Martin is a unique and deliciously captivating territory full of surprises. Easily accessible from most major international airports, St. Martin offers its guests an unspoilt natural environment between land and sea.

  21. Planning a Trip to St. Maarten + St. Martin

    The island of St. Maarten and St. Martin lies in the northeastern Caribbean Sea, at the corner of the chain of islands leading from Florida to the coast of Colombia. It's around 1,219 miles from Miami as the crow flies. Dutch St. Maarten is also called Sint Maarten and Saint Maarten. French St. Martin is also called Saint Martin.

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    The entire island is duty-free. This makes St. Martin a go-to destination where you can buy luxury goods at low prices. What are the travel requirements of Sint Maarten? The travel requirements of entry into the island of St. Maarten are a valid passport from your country of citizenship and proof of return for onward travel.

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    SINT MAARTEN - SAINT MARTIN provides vacationers the opportunity to enjoy three distinct cultures on our tiny dot in the Caribbean Sea. There is the delightfulness and soberness of the Dutch on one side, the savoir-faire of the French on the other, and the blending of both with exotic native heritage. of beaches and lagoons, a mountain range ...

  24. Do you need a passport for St Maarten?

    6. What documents do I need to travel to St. Martin? To enter St. Martin, you need a passport that is valid upon entry and for the duration of your stay. If your passport is from a visa-required country, you'll need a valid visa sticker and the passport must be valid for three months after your intended stay. 7.