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St. Martin is a small island in the Caribbean Sea. The island is split into two separate nations: Sint Maarten (Dutch) and St. Martin (French). This destination offers two different European influence blended with Caribbean flare.
Philipsburg, the capital of Dutch Sint Maarten, is a city lined by beaches and long boardwalks. Front Street is full of duty-free shops and casino, and the boardwalk has many beachfront bars. The St. Maarten Zoo is home to many different birds and even monkey.
Marigot rests on the other side of the island, the capital of French Saint Martin. History and art lovers can visit Fort Louis, a French ruin that also offers hiking opportunities, and the Silk Cotton Grove Art Gallery. Adventurers can visit Loterie Farm, a treetop adventure park and nature sanctuary.
Though there are two nations on the island, travel between them is free of restrictions. One can explore the island freely and entirely.
Yes, some vaccines are recommended or required for St. Martin. The CDC and WHO recommend the following vaccines for St. Martin: typhoid, hepatitis A, hepatitis B, rabies, and influenza.
Zika and dengue are both present in St. Martin. Take precautions to avoid mosquito bites including using insect repellents or netting. Zika poses an extra risk to women who are pregnant or may become pregnant. Consider taking extra precautions or making additional plans for your trip.
See our vaccinations page to learn more about these infections and vaccines. Ready to protect yourself? Book your travel health appointment today by calling or schedule online now.
A visa is not required for if you are visiting for tourism purposes, and plan to stay for up to 30 days. Travelers must have a valid passport and proof of onward travel. Proof of sufficient funds may be required for some travelers.
For more information contact a Passport Health Passport and Visa specialist by calling 1-844-366-8472 or by filling out our online form.
St. Martin enjoys a tropical climate, and it is warm and dry all year. The temperatures stay in the 80’s most of the year. The warmest days are in the 90’s.
The rainy season lasts from June to December. Rainstorms are short and have mild to moderate winds. Hurricane season is is during this period. Be sure to take precautions and watch for any active storms.
St. Martin is relatively safe island destination. Petty crime like theft and pickpocketing is common. Thieves tend to focus on purses and passports. Beaches, hotel rooms and vehicles are common sites for theft.
If you choose to rent a vehicle while on the island, consider insurance. Vehicle theft and theft from vehicles does occur. Both often involve smashing a window to gain entry.
Be aware of your surroundings at all times. Hide your valuables instead of flaunting them. Avoid walking in dark areas and keep your passport in a secure location, to avoid theft.
If you plan to visit St. Martin, you are likely also planning to take a dip into the island’s beautiful waters. St. Martin offers a variety of water activities for every visitor.
Every venture out on the ocean has some risk. Make sure you know how to swim before taking part in any water activity. Accidents have also happened, as watercraft traffic can be high in some tourist areas.
Some tourists visit Maho Beach, which is near an airport runway. These travelers will try to experience the jet blast of incoming and outgoing planes. This can lead to serious injury and even death.
A vacation in St. Martin can be the perfect island adventure. But, only if you are careful and avoid high risk situations.
Make sure you have what you need to for your trip to St. Martin. A few common items include:
All Americans visiting St. Martin should register online with the U.S. Department of State before departure. This will inform the office of your travel plans within the country and will allow them to reach out in the case of an emergency or evacuation.
While there is no embassy in St. Martin, the consulate in Curacao serves the area:
U.S. Consulate General Curacao
J.B. Gorsiraweg 1,
Telephone: +(599) (9) 461-3066
Fax: +(599) (9) 461-6489
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