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Nights Publications

Publisher of lifestyle and travel magazines for Aruba, Curaçao, and St. Maarten / St. Martin

Island Information

Island Information

This unique Caribbean paradise boasts the singular Dutch heritage of St. Maarten, along with a festive nightlife, pristine white-powder beaches and vibrant casinos. On St. Martin, the French side of the island, there are bistros and culinary delights, nude beaches, and exclusive jewelry and clothing boutiques. Both sides of this international island offer incredible year-round weather, spectacular landscapes, friendly locals, international accommodations, duty-free shopping, gourmet restaurants, and a wealth of activities to ensure your perfect vacation.

From connectivity and transportation to medical and banking, St. Maarten/St. Martin offers an abundance of modern services.

Explore this section to discover a wealth of practical information to better plan your visit to St. Maarten/St. Martin.

Helpfull Information

General Information
Climate Annual averages: Temperature 80°F, rainfall 40", water temperature 78°F.
Conservation You can help protect the Caribbean environment by not littering, by not harming coral reefs or wildlife, and by not buying souvenirs made from protected species of plants or animals. These include products made from sea turtles, reptiles, wood (especially carvings from the lignum vitae tree) and black coral jewelry. When in doubt, check with local authorities.
Drinking Water Purified tap water. Imported bottled water is also widely available.
Geography The island is 1,460 miles south of New York. The Dutch side is 16 square miles. The French side is 21 square miles.
Time Atlantic Standard Time, one hour ahead of New York except during Daylight Savings when the time is the same.
Tipping A service charge of 10-15% is usually added to your bill. Patrons are invited, though not expected, to tip a little bit more for special service.

Dutch Side

Dutch Side
Banking Hours Banks are generally open Monday to Friday 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Some banks are open Saturday 8:30 a.m. to noon.
Currency US dollars or Antillean guilders (US $1 equals between 1.77 and 1.80 NAf).
Electricity 110 volts (60 cycles).
Languages Dutch. English is widely spoken.
Population 41,000
Shopping Hours Monday to Saturday 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Most stores in Philipsburg are open on Sunday when a cruise ship is in port.
Dutch Government There is no Dutch Embassy or Consulate in St. Maarten. For travel documents, visas, etc. contact: Kabinet van de Gouverneur van Sint Maarten (721) 542-1160
Emergency Numbers
Ambulance 912 or 542-2111
Coast Guard 913 or 545-5075
Fire 919
Hospital 910 or 543-1111
Police/Emergency 911 or 542-2222

French side

French side
Banking Hours Banks are generally open Monday to Friday 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Currency US dollars or Euros (US $1 equals about €0.94).
Electricity 220 volts (60 cycles).
Languages French. English is widely spoken.
Population 37,000
Shopping Hours Monday to Saturday 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Emergency Numbers
Ambulance 0590 52.00.52
Fire 18
Gendarmerie 17
Hospital/Emergency 0590 52.25.52
Marigot Police 0590 52.21.90

Duty Free

Duty Free
United States US citizens, regardless of age, who have been out of the country for a minimum of 48 hours and who have not used their respective duty-free allowance within 30 days are entitled to an $800 duty-free tax exemption. Family members who live in the same home and return together can pool their exemptions, meaning a couple with two children can bring home $3,200 worth of articles, duty-free.

Alcohol: The duty-free allowance for US citizens age 21 and over is two liters (67.6 US fl oz) as long as one of the liters was produced in Aruba or the Dutch Antilles, and the value of which is included within the $800 exemption. For more information on other possible exemptions visit
Canada Canadian citizens who have been outside Canada for seven days or more are permitted a duty-free exemption of $800. With the exception of tobacco and alcohol products, the goods purchased can follow at a later date. Citizens are permitted the same duty-free exemption of $800 if they are out of the country for 48 hours or more, provided they have all the goods with them when they arrive in Canada. Citizens are permitted a duty-free exemption of $200 for an absence of 24 hours or more; all goods must accompany them and the exemption does not apply to tobacco or alcohol products. Personal exemptions cannot be pooled with your spouse and/or children, nor can the 48-hour exemption be combined with the seven-day exemption.

The duty-free allowance for Canadian citizens (who meet the legal age of the province they re-enter) is 1.5 liters of wine or 1.14 liters of alcohol or 8.5 liters of beer or ale. For more information on other possible exemptions visit


Dutch to Dutch Land + Cell: Dial number as listed (7 digits)
Dutch to French Land: 00-590-590 + 6 digit number Cell: 00-590-690 + 6 digit number
French to Dutch Land + Cell: 001-721 + 7 digit number
French to French Land: 0590 + 6 digit number Cell: 0690 + 6 digit number
North America to Dutch Land + Cell: 1-721 + 7 digit number
North America to French Land: 011-590-590 + 6 digit number Cell: 011-590-690 + 6 digit number

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