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Things to Know BEFORE You Go to St. Maarten

Essential Information US, Canadian and EU visitors will not find any Caribbean island which requires an entry visa, although US visitors require special permission to visit Cuba. Travel insurance is recommended for any trip to the Caribbean, particularly emergency evacuation coverage in case airlift is required. Check also that insurance policies cover so-called dangerous activities such as scuba diving. ST …

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How to Get to St. Maarten

Airports and airlines: Princess Juliana Airport (SXM) with regular direct flights from Air France, KLM, Corsair, Air Caraibes, American Airlines, US Airways, United, Delta, Continental, JetBlue, Spirit, Air Canada, WestJet, COPA. Regional service with LIAT, Winair, Caribbean Airlines, Insel Air, Air Antilles and regular shuttle on St. Barths Commuter. Cruise ports: Philipsburg is one of the major stops on the …

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How to Get Around in St. Maarten

Most of the car rental agencies are in or around the airport. Rental cars carry an R license plate which unfortunately makes them a sitting target for thieves in some places. Driving is fairly simple on the island but traffic can be gridlocked at times, especially when the bridges around Simpson Bay are up. The major car-rental agencies require that …

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Where to Stay in St. Maarten

3,500 rooms, 55% Overview Still waiting for a planned luxury hotel, the Dutch side of the island is mainly timeshare resorts, but the all-inclusive Sonesta Maho and Sonesta Great Bay are the main resorts, with the Westin on Dawn Beach a relatively recent arrival. Most of the hotels are near the airport, with not much going on in the capital …

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What to Eat & Drink in St. Maarten

At the top end, Caribbean dining stands toe to toe with anything on offer in major North American or European cities, not least because a trail of renowned chefs have made their way to the Caribbean to take charge of restaurants in the luxury resorts. The real joy, however, is discovering those unannounced roadside stalls and beach bars where the …

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Where to Go in St. Maarten

The capital of the island’s Dutch side, Philipsburg, comes as something of a disappointment beyond the duty free shopping on Front Street, close to the cruise ship pier, particularly after dark. Most visitors congregate around Simpson Bay, the yachting center, and Maho, the entertainment hub. Search for St. Maarten on YouTube and all roads seem to lead to the foot …

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