The bus service is mainly provided by mini-buses along the main roads, without a fixed schedule. Bus stops are more or less respected…
You can also find various bigger buses which offers the same services as the mini ones. Prices remains the same.
Most often, to take a bus to Saint-Martin, you just have to hail a driver, who will stop at your level.
Several transport links are available between Marigot, Philipsburg, other villages and airports.
Grand Case Airport:
+59 0590 97 53 03
Marigot: +59 0590 87 56 54
Philipsburg: + 1 721 542 2359
Princess Juliana Airport:
Orleans district: +59 0590 87 31 44
Driving is on the right and road signs with international standards. It is relatively complicated to navigate on an island, as throughout the Caribbean, the indications are often very vague. To fully enjoy your stay in Saint Martin and visit the island, it is highly advised to rent a car. Saint Martin offers a wide selection of international and local car rental agencies.
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It can be really funny to discover the island with the warm wind blowing in your hairs. Maybe not for your entire stay but one or two days could be a great experience of freedom.
You will find several companies offering that kind of services, with or without guides. Just drive carefully, especially if you aren’t really experimented with that kind of vehicules.
Sint Maarten Airport
Princess Juliana International Airport, first military airfield became a civilian airport in 1944. Its name comes from the former Queen of the Netherlands, Juliana. It is the only airport on the island to receive large aircraft. At present, it welcomes more than 2.5 million passengers a year.
More than 30 companies, American and foreign, transit through this airport.
French airlines have their traffic on this airport which requires travelers to have their passport updated. A taxi service is available right out of the airport. Car rental companies are located outside the airport, along Airport Road.
Princess Juliana International Airport
Airport Road – Simpson Bay
+1 721 544 0626 or +1 721 544 1483
Saint Martin Airport
Located in Grand Case, the airport of Saint Martin is reserved for the traffic of medium-sized aircraft, the runway not allowing the take-off of large aircraft. AIR ANTILLES and AIR CARAIBES are the two companies that operate on the airport. On site you will find all-round car rental companies and taxis.
Since 2011 and for a period of 25 years, the airport is managed by SESMA (St Martin Airport Operations Corporation). As part of a public service delegation, the company committed to implementing a development plan for the Caribbean platform.
Aéroport de Grand Case
Route de l’Espérance – Grand Case
+59 0590 27 11 00
On both sides of the island, electronics stores offer household appliances, stock transformers and European and US plug adapters. Electrical appliances can therefore be used on both sides of the island.
The international codes for St. Martin are +590 (French side) and +1 721 (Dutch side).
Remember that in the tropics, the sun rises early (between 5:00 and 6:00) and goes to bed early (between 17:30 and 18:30).
As the island has no natural spring or river, the water comes exclusively from desalination factories.
Many mineral waters are also available in grocery stores and supermarkets. Water is scarce and expensive.
We count on your action to preserve it and avoid waste.
The euro on the French side and the Netherlands Antillean guilder (NAF) on the Dutch side are the official currencies, but the US dollar is accepted on both sides of the island.
Travelers checks and major credit cards are accepted everywhere.
Many foreign exchange offices are available on the island.
Thanks to bilingualism, the French part of the island speaks both French and English.
The Dutch side speaks English. In addition, Dutch, Creole or Papiamento are also spoken.
+59 0690 10 31 35
+59 0690 40 90 95
Hurricane Luis 1995 @David Tuttle.
Twice, the island of St Martin experienced cyclones of force majeure.
Luis, in 1995 and Irma, in 2017.
These hurricanes have damaged the tourist activity and especially caused a movement among the population.
Some, having lost everything, decided to leave the island, others came for reconstruction or to settle permanently. Each time the island has recovered thanks to the will of its inhabitants and with the help of France and Holland.
Hurricane Irma @Wikipédia.