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Sint Maarten is a peninsula in the southern part of the Caribbean island on which the French part “Saint Martin” is located. The dwarf state has a total area of only 34 km² and a total coastline of 59 km. This area is about 4.3 times the size of the island of Wangerooge. Sint Maarten is the largest country in America and ranked 235 worldwide. With 1,209 inhabitants per km² it is one of the most densely populated countries in the world.

The country also has 7 other islands. St. Martin is the only neighbouring country of Sint Maarten. The distance between Berlin and the capital Philipsburg is about 7,530 km.

Climate

The average annual temperature is 26°C. A constant, cooling trade wind makes the heat well tolerated. Between July and December it often rains very heavily for a short time.

Local time

MEZ minus six hours.

Language

The national language in the Dutch part of St. Maarten is Dutch. English is the most widely spoken language. In the French part of St. Maarten, Saint Martin, French is the official language.

Entry requirements

For entry you need a passport valid for 6 months and a return flight ticket.

Currency

The currency in the Dutch part of St. Maarten is the Antillean guilder, in the French part the euro. The euro and the US dollar are accepted in both parts of the island, but the exchange rate is often adventurous. Hotels, car rental companies, restaurants and most local shops accept all major credit cards and often the Maestro Card. You can withdraw cash at ATMs with a card and a secret number. Banks change the most common currencies.

Medical care/drinking water

Medical care meets western standards. Preventive vaccinations are not necessary. However, a yellow fever vaccination is necessary if one enters from an infection area. Drinking water is obtained in seawater desalination plants. It is clear and refreshing and always available in sufficient.

Electricity

The voltage is 110 V. It is advisable to use an adapter.

Hotels

Of course there are all-inclusive offers on the islands, but they are not a “must”. Because on the islands there is very good and varied cooking. So just let yourself be seduced. Our hotel offers are weekly all-inclusive with flight and transfer, but can also be booked on a daily basis. The latter makes it possible to book your individual trip across several of the islands.

Traffic

On all islands there are common car rental companies as well as local companies. Often you only need a car on a daily basis. In this case it is best to rely on the choice your hotel has made and book your rental car at the hotel reception. We are happy to help with longer-term car rental bookings.

The minimum age for the driver is 21 years. There are right-hand traffic and international traffic signs, but some different traffic rules apply. So, if you rent a car, let us give you a brief introduction.

  • There are cheap bus connections to all parts of the respective island.
  • Taxis do not have taximeters. Fixed fares should be confirmed before the start of the journey.
  • Between the islands there are several airplanes daily, between St. Maarten and Saba also a passenger ferry.
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