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St. Maarten (St. Martin) Facts
Passports and VisasPassport required for entry and a return/continuing ticket.
Health InformationNo vaccinations required for entry.
TimeEST + 1 hour, Daylight Savings not observed.
ElectricityIn St. Martin, electrical appliances run at 220 volts (50 Hz) In St. Maarten, electrical appliances run at 110 volts (60 Hz). Be prepared and bring the appropriate converters.
Languages SpokenEnglish is spoken everywhere, but Dutch is the official language of St.Maarten, and French the official language of St. Martin.
CurrencyIn St. Maarten, the Netherlands Antilles florin or guilder (NAF) is the official currency, but the U.S. dollar is widely accepted. In St. Martin, the Euro is the official currency, but again, the U.S. dollar is accepted as well.
Gratuity TipsHotels on the French side typically add 5% occupancy tax per person, but a small gratuity is greatly appreciated for exceptionally good service. Restaurants also add a service charge to the bill. For taxi drivers it is customary to tip between 50 cents and a dollar. Porters at the airport usually get $1 per bag.
Taxes and VATSSt. Maarten/St. Martin is the only completely duty-free port in the Caribbean.
- Airport Departure Tax - For International destinations, there is a tax of US$30.00 for those age 2 and up. For islands within the Netherlands Antilles, the departure tax is US$10.00
Clothing RequirementsNot as conservative as the British Islands, but location appropriate attire is appreciated. Swimming attire is not appreciated in hotel lobbies or for walking around town. At night dress remains somewhat informal, but jackets and shawls are recommended since casinos and restaurants can get a little chilly.
St. Maarten Tourist Office (NY):
St. Martin Tourist Office:
675 Third Avenue Suite 1807
New York, NY 10017
212-475-8970 or 877-956-1234
St. Maarten (St. Martin)
St. Maarten (St. Martin)
St. Maarten/St. Martin is the smallest island in the world ever to have been split into two different nations. For almost 350 years, the French and Dutch have shared this island in a spirit of harmony. Within its 36 square miles of paradise you will find a diversity of culture, nature, popular Caribbean daytime activities and an exciting nightlife to cap off your day and add adventure to your honeymoon.
- Carnival — both sides of the island celebrate Carnival, however the Dutch version is the longer of the two, lasting 17 days with the main parade coinciding with the birthday of her majesty Queen Beatrix
- Fort Amsterdam — the remains of Fort Amsterdam date back more than 300 years and sit upon the foundation of an earlier Spanish fort
- The Marigot Market — an open-air market set up at the base of Fort St.Louis and the wharves below. Takes place on Wednesdays and Saturdays
- Butter Fly Farm — walk amongst the rare and exotic butterflies
- Grand Case — Home to some of the island's best restaurants, this little fishing village is famous not only for its fine foods but also for its distinctive style of architecture.
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Destination Wedding Information
Administrative Fee: U.S. $300
The fees are the easy part. The most difficult island in the Caribbean on which to get married (of the islands that allow non-resident marriages). If your heart is set on it, visit the St. Maarten tourist office website for details.
Because the bride and groom must be residents on the island for at least six months, most destination weddings take place on the Dutch side.