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Sint Maarten Tourist Information

Local Tourist Offices: Imperial building, 23 Walter Nisbeth Rd, 3rd Flr, T22337, F22734,Well supplied with brochures and guides to St Maarten, and the monthly St Maarten Holiday. Sightseeing tours available by bus or by car. Tourist Offices Overseas: In Holland Minister Plenipotentiary of the Netherlands Antilles, Antillenhuis, Badhuisweg 173-175, Postbus...

Before Travelling to Sint Maarten

Climate: Average temperature is 26.5° C, 80° F and average annual rainfall is 45in. Documents: In addition, under a 1994 Franco-Dutch immigration accord, visitors to Dutch Sint Maarten have to meet French immigration criteria, even if not visiting the French side. Therefore, many nationalities now have to obtain a French visa before embarking on a shopping...

Philipsburg - the capital of Sint Maarten

Philipsburg The capital of Dutch St Maarten, is built on a narrow strip of sandy land between the sea and a shallow lake which was once a salt pond. It has two main streets, Front and Back, and a ringroad built on land reclaimed from the salt pond, which all run parallel to Great Bay Beach, perhaps the safest and cleanest city beach anywhere. Front Street...

Sint Maarten - Getting There

Airport Information: ALM, T54240/54210. Air Guadeloupe, T54212. KLM, T52120. LIAT, T54203. American Airlines, T52040. Air France, T54212. Air St Barthélemy, T53151. BWIA, T54646. Ogden Aviation, T54234. Continental, Northwest and USAir, T54344. Lufthansa, T52040. Winair, T54230/54237, F54229/52002. The international airport is Juliana, at Simpson Bay. A...

Getting Around in Sint Maarten

Land Car: Foreign and international driver’s licences are accepted. Drive on the right. The speed limit is 40 km per hour in urban areas, 60 km per hour outside town, unless there are other signs. The roads on both sides of the island are very busy and full of pot holes, making them rather unsafe for mopeds or walking, particularly at night. Hitchhiking is...

Hurricane Luis

St Maarten was one of the islands worst hit by Hurricane Luis in Sept 1995. Six people were killed, damage of US$1bn was reported and at least 2,000 people lost their jobs in the tourist industry when hotels and about 300 yachts were smashed. The shanty towns housing Haitians and Dominicans (many of them illegal immigrants) were flattened and the Government...

Excursions in Sint Maarten

You can take a day trip round the island, visiting the ruined Fort Amsterdam overlooking Philipsburg and the French part of the island. It is well worth having lunch in one of the many French restaurants in Grand Case or the other French villages. Generally, however, there is not much of either historical or natural interest to see on the island, and most...

Sint Maarten Communications

Postal Services: 2 safe places for holding mail are Bobby’s Marina, PO Box 383, Philipsburg and Island Water World, PO Box 234, Cole Bay. It is not possible to send a parcel by sea, only airmail which is expensive. Telephone Services: Telephone codes for the Dutch side of the island can be bought at Landsradio telecommunications office in Cannegieter St,...