Quick Facts - St. Maarten / Martin

by Female Abroad

Basic facts you will need to know about arriving and staying on the island in a point form for easy reference.


Euro - St. Martin

Netherland Antilles guilder and US dollar - St. Maarten

US funds are widely accepted


French - St. Martin

Dutch - St. Maarten

Time Zone:

AST (same time as EST)

neither observes daylight savings time


Marigot - French Capital

Philipsburg - Dutch Capital


tropical with little seasonal temp variations.

Hurricane season June - November

High season: December - April (2 week fiesta takes place)

Strong Humidity: May to November


Princess Juliana International Airport (SXM) on the Dutch side

Carriers include Delta, United, American Airlines, Air Canada, KLM, Air France, Air Caraibes, Air Antilles, LIAT

Cruise Ports:

most dock in Philipsburg or at the marina at the southern tip of Philipsburg harbour, small ships may anchor in Marigot Bay and tender people to shore


credit cards are widely accepted

ATM's found in all the tourist zones, dispenses local currency

Most hotels, resorts, restaurants, and shops accept major credit cards


French side: 220 volts with French outlets

Dutch side: 110 volts with North American outlets


safe to eat

10% service charge is usually included in the bill


safe to drink


good and easy to find


Stick with normal tourist recommendations (ex. avoid flashy jewelry). As always, be aware and respectful of locals and you'll have no issues. Women can travel solo here and feel safe. Theft is uncommon but does happen - secure your purses and wallets but theft on the beach is very common especially on isolated beaches/hiking trails. The Dutch police do not readily exchange information with the French (and vice-versa) so this can complicate things. Rental cars are prime targets so make sure to leave nothing in them.

Phone calls:

cell phones can be rented on the island for short-term use

phone cards can be purchased at major post offices

calling from one side of the island to the other is considered international


to get into the country EU citizens need a national ID or passport, everyone else needs a valid passport

visitors must also have a valid return ticket off of the island

if your stay is over three months or for work you will need a visa

Rental Car:

Avis, Hertz, Paradise


abundant and government regulated with rates increasing in the evening and if more than three passengers or for excess luggage