St Maarten and St Martin Local Customs



Visa Requirements

Passports valid for at least three months after planned date of departure are required..

Travel Health

Recommended vaccinations for travel to St Maarten and St Martin are Hepatitis A and..

Local Currency

The official currency for the country is the Netherlands Antilles florin or guilder..


St. Maarten and St Martin has a comfortable temperature averaging around 27°C throughout..

Local Customs

The people on the island are generally very warm and welcoming. Residents of the French..


Dutch is the official language of St. Maarten and French is the official language on St..

Transport Options

The main international airport for the country is the Princess Juliana International..

Travel Tips

When you are relaxing on Maho Bay or Sunset beach be particularly careful of planes that..

Local Food

The cuisine on the island is varied with a combination of Creole, Dutch, English, French..

Local Timezones

Standard Time Zone on St Martin and St Maarten is: GMT – 4 hrs. Saint Martin and St..

Dutyfree Limits

The following may be imported into St Maarten and St Martin by tourists over 15 years of..

Local Customs

The people on the island are generally very warm and welcoming. Residents of the French side, St Martin, are very proud of their European roots clearly displaying this by their food and their local lingo, while the Netherlands Antilles side, St Maarten, enjoy life to the full, eagerly playing up to the Island's visitors.

10-15% tip is added to bills as a service charge in most hotels and restaurants. Taxi drivers are tipped 10-15%. Porters at airports or hotels usually receive one dollar per bag.

On St Martin the predominant religion is Catholic and on St Maarten the predominant religion is Protestant.

With the exception of some high-end restaurants and Night Clubs, there are generally no dress codes for most places throughout the country. To avoid unwanted attention it is advised to be considerate in your dress and not dress too revealing. It can also be offensive and disrespectful to the locals if you parade around in swimwear in places other than the beach and pool.

Highlights of St Maarten and St Martin

Baie Longue Information

Set adjacent to some of the most expensive real estate on the island, Baie Longue is the longest strip of white-sand..

Cupecoy Beach Information

Sandstone cliffs and caves provide a dramatic golden backdrop to this beautiful stretch of coral sand, Dutch St...

Guana Bay Information

This is the best beach in St. Maarten/St. Martin for surfing and body-boarding, thanks to the endless, beautiful..

Maho Beach Information

One of the most unusual beaches in the world, white-sand, horseshoe-shaped Maho Beach is known less for its sunning..


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