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In the Leeward Islands of the West Indies, the island of St. Martin/St. Maarten is a tropical wonderland of adventure and culture.

The island paradise of St. Martin/St. Maarten is the perfect place to recharge the batteries of your life. This is a land of exploration, a place where imagination has no bounderies. Bring back the passion for life, love, and make your dreams a reality. Simply put, this is the ultimate Caribbean experience.

Time has no hold on the island; you will find fun and excitement around the clock. From casinos to cutting edge nightclubs, to dining destinations around every corner, St. Martin/St. Maarten has it all. Events are held all year long, from the Heineken Regatta to carnivals, parades, to live music and more. This thriving mecca of fun is where all walks of life come to enjoy a variety of cultural experiences.

Get out and shop duty and tax free! This island is a shopper’s paradise with custom craft stores along with all the modern comforts of shopping malls.

Then of course there is the beach. The sun, the surf, the smell of saltwater in the breeze. Relax beachside or dive beneath the tropical waters on a scuba diving excursion. There is hiking, boating, parasailing, and so much more to do on your visit to St. Martin/St. Maarten.

Grab your towel, pick up that great book you’ve been meaning to read, slip into your flip-flops, and hit the white sandy beaches. Let the warmth of the sun and the music of the shore whisk you away to that place you hold closest to your heart. That place of innocence and wonder.

CLIMATE

Typical tropical climate, predominantly dry, with average temperatures of 80° F (27° C).

GEOGRAPHY

37 square miles, located at the crossroads of the Greater and Lesser Antilles, approximately 144 miles southeast of Puerto Rico. To the east is the Atlantic Ocean and to the west is the Caribbean.

CURRENCY

The official currency of Dutch St. Maarten is the Netherlands Antilles Florin (NAF), however most retail locations also accept U.S. Dollars. French St. Martin’s official currency is the Euro (€).

AIR TRAVEL

The main airport, Princess Juliana Airport International Airport (SXM), is located in Dutch St. Maarten where many international carriers, including American Airlines, United, Delta, Air Canada, Air France and more fly to.

LANGUAGE

The official language of St. Maarten is Dutch, while the language of St. Martin is French, however, English is widely spoken.

POPULATION

The estimated population of Dutch St. Maarten is 41,000 and French St.Martin is estimated at 36,000.

TIME ZONE

St. Martin and St. Maarten are in the Atlantic Time zone, which is -4 hours from Universal Time UTC (GST).

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