St. Maarten Vacation Information:
St. Maarten is a tropical island in the Caribbean. The largest city in St. Maarten is Philipsburg and the population of the entire island back in 2006 was estimated at close to 73,000 people. St. Maarten is one of the smallest islands in the Caribbean; its territory is divided in two, one French side and a Dutch side.
St. Maarten's capital Philipsburg is filled with stores and boutiques, local artisans sell their products on Saturday mornings in open air markets. The area of Maho Beach also offers a number of shops for everyone. St. Maarten beaches are beautiful and busy, Great Bay Beach is one of the most popular, cruise ships dock nearby. West of Great Bay is Little Bay Beach, this is where underwater visibility reaches up to two hundred feet and its water is calm, the perfect place for swimming and snorkelling.
An area called Pelican Keys has the best spot for water sports, rentals of equipment is available for scuba diving, windsurfing, jet skiing and small sailboats. Accommodation is available at Hotel Beachside Villas at Simpson Bay, Hotel Royal Islander La Plage, Hotel The Westin Dawn Beach Resort and Spa, Hotel Sonesta Great Bay Beach Resort and Casino and Hotel Sonesta Maho Beach Resort & Casino Resort.
St. Maarten Year Round Temperatures
St. Maarten Facts:
- Capital: Dutch side: Philipsburg. French side: Marigot.
- Currency: Dutch side: Antilles florin or Guilder. French side: Euro.
- Driver's License: An International license recommended. Must have a credit card.
- Electricity: Dutch side: 110 volts, 60Hz. French side: 220 volts, 60Hz
- Entry Requirements: A valid passport and a return/continuing ticket.
- GMT Time: -4 h
- Government: A municipality of the Netherlands Antilles (in Saint-Maarten); and overseas department of France (in Saint-Martin).
- Land size: 88 km2
- Language: Dutch in Sint-Maarten and French in Saint-Martin. English is also spoken
- National Airlines: Winair serves many islands of the Caribbean.
- Population: 77,000 approx.
- Religion: Mostly Roman Catholic, Protestant and Jewish.
- Requirred Vaccines: none
- Tourist Season: December through April.
- Foreign Affairs Canada: Travel Report of Saint Martin / St Maarten