Welcome to St Martin

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Sun-drenched and palm-fringed, the island of St. Martin/St. Maarten is one of the most beautiful in the eastern Caribbean. It also has a dual personality: the north of the island is a little outpost of France, and the south side oozes the warmth of the Dutch. The border between them is basically non-existent, and visitors are free to enjoy everything from watersports and cultural festivals to shopping.

Facts

Population Approx: 36,000 - French St Martin. Approx: 41,000 - Dutch St Maarten
Currency Euro, €1 = 100 cents. Netherlands Antilles florin or guilder, 1 guilder = 100 cents. Dollars, $1 = 100 cents
Opening hours Shops are generally open 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. with a lunch break of around two hours. Banks are generally open on the French side Monday-Friday: 8:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., and on the Dutch side Monday-Friday: 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Some banks are open on Saturday: 8:30 a.m.-noon.
Newspapers The Daily Herald is the main daily.
Other publications include Le Pelican
St Martins Week magazine
St Maarten Nature Magazine
St Maarten Events
Emergency numbers 911
Tourist information Office du Tourisme St Martin/St Maarten
Address: Route de Sandy Ground, Marigot 97150, St Martin
Tel: +590 590 875721 or +590 590 875643