Weather Trade winds cool the island to a
Telephone and Internet Calls between the French and Dutch sides are considered international calls and require the following dialing codes: 001 721 for the Dutch side and 011 590 for the French side. For local calls in St Maarten, only the number needs to be dialed, but on the French side, you must first dial 0 before the 9-digit number. Top-ups and phone cards are available at grocery stores and gas stations. Wi-Fi is widely available in many restaurants and bars, either free or at a low cost, and some will charge a fee for a plug-in. Banks Banks on the Dutch side are open from 8:30 am to 3 pm, Monday to Friday. The Banque Postale on the French side opens at 7 am and closes at 1 pm on weekdays and from 7 am to midday on Saturday mornings. ATMs are open 24 hours. Money can be exchanged at a Change Point or a bank. Some hotels and casinos also offer a currency exchange service, but the rates may be less favorable.
Tipping A service charge, sometimes masquerading as a ‘tax,’ is often included on the bill in St Maarten.
pleasant 66–83 degrees Fahrenheit in winter, but summers can be sizzlers, with frequent tropical showers and little wind. Showers are often brief, but can come down in a torrent, so be prepared. On the whole, the island is warm and sunny all year round with the best times being from November to June. Hurricane Season Officially, the hurricane season runs from the beginning of June to the end of November, with the peak being August and September. However, this should not stop anyone from visiting at this time, because most hurricanes pass north or south of the island, or dissipate before getting close. If a hurricane does threaten the island, being prepared is essential. Stock up on plenty of bottled water and canned foods in case the power and water goes off and check that there are spare batteries for the radio and flashlights. There will be regular updates and security notices on all radio stations. Stay indoors and keep pets inside. Most resorts have back-up generators in case of power outages.
Servers appreciate tips of between 10 and 15%. On the French side quite often the service charge is not included, but more restaurants are following the trend of St Maarten by adding the service charge separately.
Social Media Go the Destination website www.
destination-magazines.com and click on the button on the top left to find the magazine online. The Destination Facebook page is where visitors can check up on what’s new on their favorite island. There are quite a few other Facebook pages from both sides of the island where first-timers can get in touch with regular visitors to find out more about where to stay, eat, activities, or just to share their photos.
Getting Around Buses are inexpensive and run unscheduled routes around the
island. They are clearly marked with their destination and each bears an identifiable license plate. Just stick your hand out when you want them to stop for you. Taxis are available at all key entry points (airports, ferry docks, and cruise ship pier), and at designated points in Philipsburg and Marigot. Car rentals are a good way to get around on an island tour.
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Socialized medicine, no import or export duties, and direct trade links with Europe provide for low-cost brand and generic medicines. An opportunity for US citizens visiting the island to save up to 80% on their prescription medication. FDA import regulations allow for a 90-day personal supply of medication to be taken home.
These are restricted to non-abusive maintenance medications, such as cholesterol-lowering drugs or medication for hypertension, allergies, asthma, and birth control. For faster processing, customers should bring proof of the prescription used. For more information contact either pharmacy or email us for a quotation.
Tourism Offices St Martin Office de Tourisme Route de Sandy Ground Marigot
(590) 590 87 57 21 www.st-martin.org
St Maarten Tourist Bureau Juancho Yrausquin Blvd. # 6 Philipsburg 1 721 542 2337 www.vacationstmaarten.com
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