This small northeast Caribbean Island feels much further away than the short flight from Florida would have you believe. Dually-controlled by the French and Dutch, St. Maarten is home to open-minded, friendly people. The Dutch side of the island is known for its lively nightlife and exotic drinks, while the French side offers glamorous shopping and clothing-optional beaches. These distinct heritages each bring their own flair, with a number of distinct festivals, markets and traditions to spice up your trip.
For a couple wishing to marry in St. Martin, birth certificates, IDs, and copies of proof of address are required. Divorce and death decrees are also required if applicable. Check with your Certified Destination Wedding Specialist for more details.
Travel Documents, Language & Currency
Passports are required for visitors entering St. Martin. If you are a citizen of the US, visit travel.state.gov for more information on travel documents needed. For Canadian travelers, visit travel.gc.ca for relevant travel information.
English is the predominant language on the island; however, several other languages are also commonly spoken.
The Netherlands Antilles florin is the official currency, but the US dollar is widely accepted.
Climate & Beaches
The Island has a tropical monsoon climate with steady average temperatures throughout the year of 81 degrees F. The rainy season is August to December, while the dry season is from January to April. The island is subject to intense tropical storms from the late summer to early fall.
St. Martin is home to a number of beautiful beaches, with watersports by far the most popular way to enjoy them. Whether you want to windsurf, snorkel, sail or kayak, beaches like Mullet Bay, Orient Bay and Maho Beach are easy to enjoy.
Activities & Tourist Attractions
The island is known for its water sports, so be sure to schedule a surfing lesson, kayaking excursion, or yacht trip. The beaches are also great for people-watching, so feel free to camp out with a cold tropical drink and unwind (try the gay-friendly Cupecoy Beach). With some of the best duty-free shopping in the Caribbean, it’s also difficult to resist the great buys, whether you want to bargain at an open-air market or browse the expensive boutiques in Marigot.
At night, with a party-till-dawn European attitude, you will find plenty of casinos, discos and drag hotspots-like L’Escargot.
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