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    Flag (France), Coat of Arms, and Tourist Board

    Saint Martin encompasses the northern part of the diminutive Caribbean island, while the southern part constitutes the Dutch Saint Maarten. With its distinctive cultural, ethnic, climatic and geographical features, Saint Martin is one exceptional destination.

    The island of Saint Martin sits at the heart of the Antilles Archipelago in the Northern Hemisphere, between the Tropic of Cancer and the Equator. It lies towards the north of the Lesser Antilles approximately 240km to the south east is the island of Guadeloupe.

    Saint Martin faces out towards the Atlantic on the east and has the waters of the Caribbean Sea on the west. The island of Saint Martin is centrally-located midway between Puerto Rico and Guadeloupe at the heart of the Caribbean Sea.

    Saint Martin first appeared to Columbus on November 11, 1493, the holy day of Saint Martin of Tours, and thus named the island after him.

    In 1648 Saint Martin was divided peacefully between Holland and France. It is the smallest landmass in the world shared by two separate sovereign nations.

    Saint Martin is a melting pot of cuisine. Saint Martin is recognized for its fusion cuisine with a subtle blend of flavors blending innovation and tradition. The island is known for its fish, seafood, delectable meats and traditional barbecues. Saint Martin is dubbed the culinary capital of the Caribbean.

    Saint Martin’s architecture has many influences. The island features stunning slave masters’ houses of which many have been turned into museums. Traditional Creole buildings are prevalent with their elaborately-decorated and brightly-painted exteriors.

    Saint Martin is also known for the 'Aliturian' influence of architect Ali Tur, who brought his architectural style to the Antilles in the 1930s, blending effective ventilation and sun protection and using concrete.

    Saint Martin moves to the beat of tropical music and tourists will enjoy a blend of soca, samba, salsa, steel band, beguine, zouk, reggae, and rock.

    Tourist Office
    For more information about events, promotions and things-to-do in Saint Martin, go to the Tourist Office Page or visit the official website of the St. Martin Tourist Office.

    Note: Information provided on this page were derived from a combination of internal research and readily-available outside sources, such as the destination's tourism offices, official press releases and marketing media kits.

    Fast Facts

    Capital: Marigot

    Language: French and English are the official languages.

    Government: French Overseas Collectivity

    Size: With a total surface area of 88km², the island is 15km long and 13km wide at its longest and widest points.

    Population: 41,000 people live on Saint Maarten and 36,000 on Saint Martin for a combined total of 77,000.  Over 120 nationalities can be found on Saint Martin with the majority being French, Haitians, Dominicans, Americans and people from other European countries.

    Location: Southern Caribbean

    Climate: Like the other islands in the Caribbean, Saint Martin has a tropical climate. The average temperature is 80.6 F year-around. The temperature rarely gets below 68 F. The temperature on Saint Martin is stable and cools off lightly from the trade winds. There is no rainy season.

    Rainfall: The annual rainfall is typically less than 40 inches.

    Electricity: 220V / 60Hz with European sockets. Electric converters are widely available.

    Currency: The Euro is the official currency although the USD is widely accepted.

    ATMs: ATMs can be found in the cities and in resorts.

    Water: The water on Saint Martin is safe to drink. Most hotels serve desalinated water.

    Driving: On Saint Martin, French traffic laws are applied and driving is on the right side of the road. Drivers must hold an international driving license.

    Car Rentals: Car rentals are available at locations around town at a Grand-Case Regional Airport.

    Taxi Cabs: Regular taxi service runs between Marigot, Philipsburg and other popular destinations on the island and the airports. Taxis do not have meters but charge according to a fixed fee.

    Dress Code: Casual, but in good taste. Upscale resort may have specific dress requirements. Topless sunbathing is common as many visitors are European.

    Medical Facilities: L'hospital General de Gaulle in Marigot, St. Martin. Airlift is available to Puerto Rico and the continental U.S. in case of extreme medical emergency.

    Telephone Call: Calls to St. Martin from the U.S. are international calls and require the following country codes:
    +590, 590 again followed by the six-digit local number

    Pet Importation: Pets older than three months may be admitted with an up-to-date declaration of health issued by a licensed veterinarian and an up-to-date vaccination record, including rabies vaccination.

    Travel Information
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    By Air
    Saint Martin has a regional airport – Grand Case Regional Airport. There are direct flights to and from Saint Barths and Guadeloupe. Most major carriers fly into Saint Maarten’s Princess Juliana International Airport.

    Saint Martin is a 3 ½ hour flight from New York, a 2 ½ hour flight from Miami, a 1 ½ hours away from Caracas and 45 minutes from the islands of Guadeloupe and Puerto Rico. The island is an 8-hour flight hours from most European countries.

    A valid passport and a return ticket or continuing ticket is required.

    Visas are not required for citizens and residents of North America.

    Customs and Immigration
    All persons traveling to and from Saint Martin must clear Customs and Immigration at the airport upon arrival.

    Departure Tax
    For departures to international destinations from Grand-Case Regional Airport, there is a departure tax of 3€ ($4.50).

    By Cruising Ship
    Major cruise ships dock at Saint Maarten's A.C. Wathey Pier which is ranked in the top ten world cruise ports and destinations. The ultra-modern facility, featuring seaside and boulevard promenades, can accommodate four cruise vessels alongside its 2,100 feet cruise pier.

    By Ferry
    Ferry service operates between Saint Martin and Saint Barths (1 ½ hours), Anguilla (45 minutes) and Saba. The ferry port is located in the center of Marigot.

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