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Welcome to Saint Martin (Sint Maarten)

Saint Martin (Sint Maarten)

Saint Martin (Sint Maarten)

Capital: Marigot (French)/Philipsburg (Dutch)

Dialling code: +1 721

Currency: Euro (EUR)/Netherlands Antillean guilder (ANG)

Driving side: Right

Time Zone: AST (UTC−4)

Continent: North America

Official Language: Dutch, French, English

Located South of Anguilla and North-West of Saint Barthélem; Saint Martin (French: Saint-Martin; Dutch: Sint Maarten) is an island nation in the North-East Caribbean and the smallest inhabited island divided between two nations. The 87km2 island is administered by two different countries - France and the Kingdom of the Netherlands. It is shared roughly in the ratios of 61/39. The capitals and main cities are Philipsburg (Dutch side) and Marigot (French side).

Collectively, the two territories are known as "St-Martin / St Maarten" and the Princess Juliana International Airport is the main airport serving both sides. The main industry of the island is tourism; and it is highly regarded as an almost perfect holiday environment; beaches and nightlife are spectacular, shopping and dining the best in the Caribbean.

Information & Facts

Climate

Average daytime temperature in winter is about 80-83º F. Summer is a few degrees warmer. Evenings are cool in the winter.

Communications

Dutch Sint Maarten is part of the American dialling system. Dial '1' and the country code of '721' from any other location part of the American dialling system. To reach the French side, dial +590 590 for land lines and +590 690 for mobile phones.

Electricity

Most hotels in St. Maarten are wired as in the U.S.: 110 volts, 60 cycles. On the French side, all run on 220 volts, 60 cycles so a converter and adaptor plugs are needed for travel appliances.

Getting Around

Rental cars are the primary mode of transportation for visitors staying on island. Traffic on the island has become a major problem. Long traffic jams between Marigot, Philipsburg and the airport are common.

Language

English is the most commonly spoken language along with a local dialect. The official languages are French for Saint-Martin, and both Dutch and English for Sint Maarten. Other common languages include various French-based creoles, Spanish, and Papiamento.

Money

The official currency of the Dutch side is the Netherlands Antillean guilder (ƒ, ANG), which is subdivided into 100 cents. On the French side, the official currency is the euro (€, EUR).

No matter where you are on the island, Euros and US dollars are commonly accepted, as are credit cards but changes might be given in the local currencies.

Time

St. Maarten is on Atlantic Standard Time all-year-round - AST (UTC−4) and there is no daylight savings.

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