St. Maarten is currently outside the Eurozone and uses the Netherlands Antillean guilder but the US dollar is widely accepted.
Sunny and warm year-round, with some cooling from trade winds. Average temperature during the winter season is 80F (27C) and a few degrees warmer due to humidity in the summer. There are occasional showers in late summer and early fall, with average annual rainfall of 45 inches.
The standard on the Dutch side is 110 V, 60 Hz, so in general, no converters or adaptors are required for appliances made for use in the US or Canada. However, a few hotels on the french side operate on 220 V, 50 cycles.
St. Maarten/St. Martin, Anguilla, and St. Barts operate on Atlantic Standard Time year-round. Thus in winter, if it's 6pm in Philipsburg, it's 5pm in New York. During daylight saving time in the United States, the islands and the U.S. East Coast are on the same time.
English is spoken everywhere, but Dutch is the official language of St.Maarten, and French the official language of Saint Martin. On the Dutch side, you can also hear Spanish, Papiamentu, Italian, Hindi, Chinese, and other languages. On the French side, Creole Patois is also spoken.
Shopping on St Maarten and Saint Martin offers high quality duty-free goods in numerous boutiques. The island has a well-earned reputation as a "shopper's paradise". Popular goods include local crafts & arts, exotic foods, jewelry, liquor, tobacco, leather goods, as well as most designer goods. Because of Duty free Tax free abound the island has become more of a shopping and relaxing destination. Most often the designer goods are offered at significant discounts, often up to 40% lower than US retail prices.
Visa and passport requirements frequently change. We do our best to keep this information as current as possible; however, we recommend that all visitors check with their embassy or consulate before their departure.
U.S. citizens need a valid passport effective December 31, 2006
and a return/continuing ticket. Naturalized citizens must show an original naturalization certificate with photo identification. Green Card holders must have a valid passport and a return/continuing ticket.
Canadian citizens need a valid passport and a return/continuing ticket. "Landing permit" with valid passport and return/continuing ticket.
European Community: Valid passport and a return/continuing ticket