St Martin & St Maarten



A diverse cosmopolitan Caribbean Island with quaint villages, rolling tropical landscapes and numerous spectacular anchorages. St Martin is located in the northeast Caribbean. Cool trade winds help to maintain an ideal balance of heat and low humidity giving this beautiful island a sunny warm climate all year round.

The French occupy the north of St Martin and are known for their fine dining, fashion boutiques and duty free shopping. In Grand Case you will find many elegant restaurants and you can relax and enjoy a sublime meal while watching the magical Caribbean sunset. Visit the French capital city of Marigot, and sample some of the local cuisine influenced with west Indian spices at the open air market on Wednesdays and Saturdays.

Dutch St. Maarten occupies the southern part of the island and has breathtaking rolling hills that languidly rest above mile after mile of beach, salt ponds and lagoons. Philipsburg, the Dutch capital since 1768, is today a hive of activity with duty-free shops, casinos, bars and side walk cafes.

With over 37 beaches you will always find a secluded spot to sit and relax under a palm tree or dive off your boat into the azure clear waters and snorkel amongst the brightly coloured marine life. Sailing St Martin and the nearby islands of Anguilla and St Barts you will experience some of the finest sailing in the Caribbean.

» Beautiful beaches
» Picturesque harbours
» Abundant marine life
» Diverse sailing options

Weather Conditions

Climate

General weather for St Martin

St Martin is one of the Windward Islands, situated just south of Anguilla and north of St Kitts and Nevis. With the North Atlantic Ocean to its northeast and the Caribbean Sea to its southwest, St Martin enjoys a marine sub-tropical climate with high temperatures and moderate rainfall. The consistently high temperatures are hot in the dry winter season and hotter in the wet summer season. However, rainfall is erratic from year to year and sometimes does not stick to the usually wet in wet season/drier in dry season pattern. Many things combine to create regional variation in weather conditions on the island: wind direction, topography and the differences between the Caribbean and the Atlantic. As with all Caribbean Islands St Martin is susceptible to hurricanes; September is the month of greatest risk. Cooler temperatures and even misty conditions can be found at higher elevations throughout the year, as might be expected.


Average Conditions - St Martin:


  JAN FEB MAR APR MAY JUN JUL AUG SEP OCT NOV DEC

High Temperature (c)

28

28

29

30

30

30

30

31

31

30

29

28

Low Temperature (c)

23

22

23

24

24

26

26

26

25

24

23

23

Precipitation (mm)

63

33

41

58

58

97

97

89

94

110

197

94

Average Sunshine Hours

8

8

8

8

8

8

8

8

7

7

7

7


Current Forecast:

St Martin
Day Min Max Wind Weather
Wed
20th
28°C 29°C
SSE

23 kts

Thu
21st
28°C 31°C
SE

17 kts

Fri
22nd
28°C 31°C
SE

15 kts

Sat
23rd
28°C 30°C
SE

15 kts

Sun
24th
28°C 32°C
SE

12 kts

General Information

Flights to St Maarten
The biggest local airline is Winair (WIA) (www.fly-winair.com), based at Princess Juliana Airport.

Flight Times:
From London to St Maarten (via Amsterdam) is 12 to 14 hours, and from New York is 4 hours.

Departure Tax:
For international destinations, there is a departure tax of US$30 for those age two and up. This departure tax might be already included in the airfare of certain airlines. For islands within the Netherlands Antilles, the departure tax is US$10. Some include the departure tax in the airline ticket.

Passports:
Passport valid for at least three months after intended return to home country required by all nationals from Britain, Australia, Canada, USA and other EU countries.

Visas:
Not required by nationals referred to in the chart above for stays of up to one month (for each visit), for not more than a total of 90 days a year. If nationals of these countries wish to stay for more than 30 days, they will need to report to the local police to obtain a long-stay permit.

Food and drink:
Water on the island is considered safe to drink. Bottled mineral water is widely available. Milk is pasteurised and dairy products are safe for consumption. Local meat, poultry, seafood, fruit and vegetables are generally considered safe to eat.

Health care:
There is a general hospital, the St Maarten Medical Centre in Cayhill. Medical care is good. Medical insurance is advised.

Note: A yellow fever vaccination certificate is required from travellers over six months of age arriving from an infected area.

Other risks:
Vaccinations against tuberculosis and hepatitis B are sometimes recommended.

Banking hours:
Mon-Fri 0830-1130 and 1330-1630. Some banks are also open on Saturday.

Credit cards:
All major credit cards are widely accepted.

Currency information:
Netherlands Antilles Guilder or Florin (ANG; symbol Æ) = 100 cents. Notes are in denominations of Æ100, 50, 25 and 10. Coins are in denominations of Æ5 and 1, and 50, 25, 10, 5 and 1 cents. There are also a large number of commemorative coins which are legal tender. US Dollars are widely accepted, and prices are usually quoted in both Dollars and Guilders.
The Antilles Guilder is linked to the US Dollar.

Currency restrictions:
There are no restrictions but amounts over Æ20,000, or equivalent, must be declared.

Travellers cheques:
Widely accepted. To avoid additional exchange rate charges, travellers are advised to take traveller's cheques in US Dollars.

Language:
French in St Martin and in St Maarten Dutch is the official language. Papiamento (a mixture of African, Dutch, English, Portuguese and Spanish) is the commonly used lingua franca. English and Spanish are also widely spoken.

Internet:
Internet access is available.

Mobile telephone:
Compatible with most US handsets but not with GSM handsets. Phone hire is available. Roaming agreements exist. Most US handsets can be used, and can be activated with a temporary number before or after arrival on the island.

Telephone:
Calls made through the operator are more expensive and include a 15% tax.

 

 

 

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