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Colourful houses, Saint Martin
 

Practical info Saint Martin, Saint Martin

Getting around the city

There are buses that operate on a somewhat lackadaisical schedule around St Maarten; they charge for every town you pass through (in US$), which include Philipsburg, Mullet Bay, Simpson Bay, Marigot, and Grand Case. It is much faster to travel by taxi, which can be arranged by phone. Hiring a car for a day or two is also a good way to maximise a holiday in St Maarten, as the road system basically consists of a ring skirting the coastline, with smaller roads to link the interior. Driving is fairly stress-free; St Maarten's road users have an extremely polite reputation, and mostly use their car horns to greet other drivers.

Time

GMT -4.

Electricity

110/220 volts, 60Hz. Standard, flat, two- and three-pronged plugs, as found in the United States, are used.

Currency

On the Dutch side the currency is the Netherlands Antilles Guilder or Florin (ANG), where one guilder is divided into 100 cents, but US Dollars are also widely accepted and prices are usually quoted in Dollars as well as Guilders. On the French side of the island the Euro (EUR) is the local currency, although establishments will also accept US Dollars. There are numerous bureaux de change and banks throughout the island and ATMs in the main towns in both national sectors; major credit cards are widely accepted.

Communication

The country code for St Maarten is +1 721. The code for French St Martin is +590. Phoning from one side of the island to the other is considered to be an international call. The outgoing code for both sectors is 00 followed by the relevant country code (e.g. 0044 for the United Kingdom). City/area codes are not in use. GSM 900 and 1800 mobile network coverage extends across both parts of the island. Internet access is available at internet cafes, and in most resorts.

Emergency number

Emergencies: 911.

Visa and health information

Everything about visa and health information

Public holidays

Climate

Princess Juliana International Airport

www.sxmairport.com

Getting to the city

There is no public transport to and from the airport, but taxis are available and some hotels will arrange transfers.

Car rental

Car hire desks can be found in the arrivals area. Among those represented are Avis, Hertz and Alamo.

Airport taxi's

Taxis, regulated by the Airport Taxi Association, are available outside arrivals, where there is a taxi desk. Tipping is expected.

Facilities

Airport facilities at Princess Juliana include a bank, ATM, restaurant, refreshments, Business Class Lounge and duty-free shopping.

Parking

There are pick-up/drop-off areas outside the terminal, and parking is located within walking distance of the entrance. Parking is charged at US$1 per half hour for the first eight hours, and US$1 every two hours after that. Daily parking is US$24 and weekly rates are US$120.

Internet

The airport offers free wifi.