Frequently Asked Questions

St. Martin – Frequently Asked Questions

This section is intended to answer the many frequently asked questions about the island of St. Martin. If you have a specific question, please fill out the form below, and a member of the St. Martin Tourist Office staff will respond to your message as soon as possible.

In the meantime, here are the answers to some common questions:

The weather is always good in St. Martin, which means any time of year is the right time to visit. It’s always warm, and there are many events to enjoy throughout the year. The high season, from December to the end of April, is dry with pleasant temperatures. During low season, from May to the end of November, the island is less touristed, and it’s the warmest and most humid time of year. The period called hurricane season (from September to November) isn’t as bad as you may think. While it certainly rains more often, the rainfalls are short and the weather can be more pleasant during that time. For more information on this topic, visit CLIMATE AND WEATHER

There are very few harmful creatures in St. Martin. There are no snakes, and any spiders that bite aren’t dangerous. The Lesser Caribbean scorpion and the scolopendra (a type of large centipede) can cause painful bites but nothing worse, unless you have an allergic reaction. It is, however, important to protect yourself from mosquitos. The quantity of mosquitos can vary depending on location and rainfall, and bites can lead to dengue fever.

In the water, there are no dangerous species, as long as you don’t touch or feed the wildlife. However, it’s important to consider that disturbing wild animals in any way can set off their defense mechanisms, which can lead them to harm you. There are very few jellyfish in St. Martin, apart from the sea wasp and the Portuguese man of war, also known as physalia.
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If you are a French national and are arriving to Grand Case Regional Airport, your national I.D. is enough. Those arriving into Princess Juliana International Airport, on the Dutch side, are required to carry a valid passport. Do not forget to fill out the immigration form given to you on the airplane, which must include your destination address.
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Certainly! Most taxis travel to both sides of the island. Drivers accept euros and US dollars, and more and more are starting to accept credit card payments as well.
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Even if July falls into the “rainy” season, and heavy downpours are certainly more frequent than during our “winter” season, these rains don’t last long. It is very rare to spend a day in St. Martin without seeing the sunshine.
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No problem! Shops, restaurants, and hotels accept payments in US dollars. Most major credit cards are also accepted on the island, though foreign checks very rarely are.
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The bus system will take you to the main neighborhoods on both the French and Dutch sides of the island, but for quick and frequent trips, it’s best to rent a car. Those who are staying on the more developed beaches can consider renting a car for just a few days.
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There are no natural springs or fresh water rivers on the island, but the tap water, which comes from desalinization plants, is tested regularly by the French authorities, and safe to drink. Bottled spring and mineral water can also be purchased in shops. Restaurants rarely offer tap water.

St. Martin is 20 minutes from Anguilla by boat, with several return trips available each day. Getting to St. Barths takes one hour by boat from Marigot and only ten short minutes by plane from Grand Case airport. It takes 15 minutes by plane or 1.5 hours by boat to get to Saba. As for St. Eustache, the plane ride is 20 minutes, and to get to St. Kitts and Nevis, it’s 30.
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St. Martin has many types of accommodations: hotels, guesthouses, villas, vacation residences, and seasonal rentals. There are many quality places to choose from.
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Just like many beaches in the Caribbean, there are no lifeguards on duty in St. Martin, and signs indicate this fact at the entrance to the beaches. There are no emergency stations so visitors must take their own safety precautions and watch their children carefully.

In St. Martin, you can find all the usual consumer, health, and hygiene products, most of which are available in supermarkets and pharmacies.

St. Martin is a safe island, and you will feel that. However it is always wise to be cautious at night in the quieter neighborhoods.

Many restaurants serve refined cuisine that is somewhere between Creole and French food. Lolos, small, inexpensive traditional restaurants, are well known and loved for their barbecue and typical dishes. You’ll find them in all of the neighborhoods, especially in Marigot and Grand Case.
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St. Martin does not have any campgrounds, and setting up camp is strictly prohibited on all the island’s beaches. It is, however, tolerated on Easter. In fact, on the long Easter weekend, beaches are traditionally the favorite place to be for families on their holidays. But you must request permission from the National Nature Reserve and leave a deposit, which will be taken if the site isn’t clean on departure.

The Public Health Agency of Guadeloupe, St. Martin, and St. Barths carries out regular sanitation inspections of swimming areas all year long. In its 2018 report, the regional public health agency (ARS) classified 100% of the swimming waters to be of “excellent quality over the last four seasons” (October 1, 2014 to September 30, 2018). In 2018, 212 samples in 12 sea swimming areas were at European levels.

No, animals are not allowed on St. Martin beaches. In addition, the President of the Collectivity issued an order stipulating that it is prohibited to allow animals to roam free on the territory. Dogs must be kept on leashes, and dangerous dogs are required to wear muzzles.

Parking is free all over St. Martin. There are no areas where parking is restricted. Note, however, the delivery parking areas and spots reserved for taxis.

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