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Caressed by warm tradewinds year-round, St. Maarten, Dutch West Indies, and
St. Martin, French West Indies, share a borderless 37 square-mile Northeast
Caribbean paradise with palm-tree fringed pristine beaches (many topless and
several clothing-optional), hundreds of restaurants, nonstop nightlife, casinos,
world-renowned shopping, fine hotels, convenient timeshare rentals, cozy Inns,
and villas with breathtaking views and all the amenities.
On our site -- first launched in 1993 -- you'll find everything about "SXM" (the island's nickname): from what to
expect when you arrive by plane, cruise ship, or megayacht, to accommodations,
sightseeing, restaurants, shopping, bars, activities, and "everything" else.
Everything SXM: Our most popular pages are listed below the masthead, and our complete Table of Contents is stacked to the left. See our Site
Map (link, bottom left) for recent site additions, and use the Search
window (top right, below masthead) for "everything" SXM.
Key info about St. Maarten / St. Martin / SXM (Also use the links to the lift for much more island info):
- About St. Maarten / St. Martin: This link, also both
above and to the left, tells you in detail about many topics of
interest . . . from currency to phone systems to lagoon drawbridge schedules
and much more.
- Sightseeing: This link takes you to information on everything from the Carousel / Ice Cream Factory to sunset cruises,
trips to neighboring islands, lagoon Pub Crawls, the
extraordinary Tijon parfumerie on the French Side where you can create your own perfume, our
beaches, and lots more.
- Getting Here: Served by all major airlines from the USA and Canada,
St. Maarten's large and ultramodern Princess Juliana International Airport -- "SXM" -- also welcomes flights
from Paris, Amsterdam, Panama, and locations in South America, as well as air charters.
In season, many private jets are parked on airport property,
including occasional private 737 and widebody 767 & 777 jets.
SXM Airport is the second largest Caribbean hub behind San Juan.
- Cruises: All major cruise lines serve St. Maarten through the
Dr. A. C. Wathey Cruise and Cargo Facilities on the Dutch Side, whose deep-water
port accommodates the largest cruise ships in the world. The Port of St. Maarten
is one of the busiest in the Caribbean.
- Electricity: The Dutch Side uses a 110 volt system, the North
American standard. The French Side uses 220 volts. Using plug adapters on the French system, you will
quickly fry any American appliance - hair dryer, shaver, computer, cell phone,
etc. Use converters made specifically to enable 110v appliances to be used on
- Currency: Search "Currency" in the search window (above RIGHT) for
details. In short, U. S. dollars are accepted everywhere.
Antillean Guilders are still the official Dutch Side
currency, despite the fact that the Netherlands Antilles ceased to exist in October, 2010. In markets, you'll see "fls" (Guilder pricing); one dollar is
worth about 1.8 guilders. The value of guilders versus dollars does not
vary. The Euro is the official French Side
currency. Its value varies widely; watch for businesses that accept Euros at
par or close to par with dollars; they'll usually have signage that says $1=€1. That happens
quite widely now since the currencies for the moment are close to parity. See the current Euro / Dollar relationship here.
- St. Maarten / St. Martin Phone System: The Dutch and French Sides have
two entirely different systems; there is no such thing as simple phone calls
across the island (Dutch to French or vice-versa). The Dutch Side has a
US/Canada-style area code, 721. To dial the French Side from the Dutch, you must dial 011 first -- the access code for international calls. You may also need to input a + sign on your phone before the 011 -- that tells your phone you're calling internationally. To call US numbers, dial + plus the number as you would dial it in the US. You cannot dial 800 numbers from local cell phones in SXM; do that using Skype from your cell phone, laptop, or tablet.
- Megayachts: During high season, December through March,
hundreds of megayachts and super-megayachts moor in St. Maarten's Simpson Bay lagoon, while the
largest superyachts, hundreds of feet in length, moor at the cruise ship
terminal or in Simpson Bay on the Dutch Side. Other large yachts anchor in the
harbor at Marigot, on the French Side. In season you'll find pictures of these huge yachts in our main Everything St. Maarten Facebook Group.
- Political System / History of St. Maarten and St. Martin: This island accommodates two nations which
have existed peacefully without borders for hundreds of years. To learn the island's History,
search History in the Search window, top right, or just go here. Borders between the nations are
open, marked only by monuments which are a popular spot for pictures. The Dutch
Side, "County St. Maarten," is a semi-autonomous nation within the Kingdom of
the Netherlands. The French Side is affiliated with France.
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