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Sint Maarten practical informations

 
 
 
 

Languages on St. Martin & Sint Maarten

Over 120 different nationalities can be found on the “Friendly Island”.

On the French side of the island, St. Martin, French is used in government departments and schools but, being bilingual and very proud of it, English is widely spoken here.

On the Dutch side of the island, Sint. Maarten, Dutch is used in government departments and some schools (depending on school curriculum) but, being bilingual and very proud of it, English is also widely spoken there.

In addition to English and French, Spanish, Dutch, Creole and Papiamento are also widely spoken on both sides of the island.

Currencies

The two official currencies on Sint. Martin are the Euro on the French side and the Florin (Netherlands Antillean guilder or florin) on the Dutch side. US dollars are also accepted across the island. There are many change points and banks on St. Martin. Be aware that many places do not accept cheques from foreing cheques but most will accept major credit cards.

Electricity and water on St. Martin & Sint Maarten

electricity

French side : 220V / 60Hz. European sockets Dutch side : 110V / 60 Hz. American sockets

On both sides of the island electrical goods stores selling electrical appliances, hi-fi and cameras sell transformers and American and/or European adaptors that allow you to use your electrical appliances in both Saint Martin and Sint Maarten.

water

There are no springs or rivers on the island and tap water comes exclusively from the desalination plant. Like on the rest of the planet, water has become a rare asset and is therefore expensive. Spring water and mineral water are available for purchase across the island.

Time Zone

Time difference from New York + 1 hour in winter (end of October to end of March)

Time difference from mainland France – 5 hours in winter (end of October to end of March) – 6 hours in summer (end of March to end of October)

Time difference from Universal Time (GMT) – 4 hours

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