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Saint Martin
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Saint Martin

Saint Martin at a Glance

If you enjoy sun, sand, resorts and good shopping, Saint Martin is for you. 

Let the smell of the surf waft towards you on gentle trade winds as you lie on a towel in crystal sands. Saint Martin has good sailing, so if you are in a nautical frame of mind, rent or charter a sailboat for a cruise. 

Saint Martin has a strong French heritage and has a reputation for excellent restaurants. Dine late, as the French do and enjoy Caribbean and French fusion food. Succulent local seafood and fresh fruits and vegetables make local tables quite delicious indeed. 

If shopping is your bent, be sure to exchange your money into Euros before you arrive. Fashionable luxury goods as well as beach necessities are all available for your purchase. After a long day on the beach and in the stores, enjoy a tranquil sunset on the island's western edge. 


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High Season
December - May
Low Season
June - November
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      Getting There
      Major Airports
      • Major Airport Princess Juliana International Airport

      Passport / Visa Requirements

      Travelers to the French West Indies need a valid passport from their country of origin. Travelers from the U.S, Canada, Europe and a few other countries do not need a visa unless their trip will last longer than three months. Travel between French St. Martin and Dutch Sint Maarten is unrestricted.  Contact the French Embassy for more information on your personal travel requirements. American citizens can also refer to the U.S State Department's website

      Need to Know

      Severe Weather Hurricane season runs from June to November and the island receives rain and tropical storms during this time as well.

      Safety Concerns All rental cars on the island are marked making them an easy target for thieves. Never leave anything in the car because it will be scoped out and possibly stolen. Before you rent a car, check to make sure the locks aren't jammed. Muggings are also a problem at night and assailants will follow your car and wait for a deserted stretch to "bump" you. If your car is hit, just keep driving. If you are being followed, don't drive back to your hotel, but stay in populated areas until the thieves grow tired of following you. 

      Health Concerns Water quality is usually good, particularly in hotels where the water has been through a desalination plant. However, when out, it is best to drink bottled water.