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5 Things You Need To Know Before Coming To St. Martin

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St. Martin is a stunning island renowned for its exquisite beaches and vibrant nightlife. To fully enjoy this island, it is essential for every visitor to be prepared before setting foot on its shores. Prior to your arrival, here are the five things you should know to make the most of your visit to St. Martin's sandy beaches. 

1. Currency

As St. Martin divides its country into two regions, the French and Dutch side, there are variations to the currency. As a rule-of-thumb, the US dollar is accepted island-wide and is generally more accepted throughout the country. However, the official currency presented on Sint Maarten (Dutch side) is the Antillean Guilder. On the latter, Saint Martin (French side) their official currency is the Euro. 

As the US dollar is permitted in most places, it is generally the better option to bring USD, however, there are many places to make exchanges, such as at a currency exchange center or a local ATM. Another element to consider would be to carry cash as many places only accept notes as their only form of payment. This is particularly prevalent in outlets where small payments are made, such as at a café, bakery, local supermarket etc. 

2. Languages

The dual nature of St.Martin leads to an array of languages to be spoken within a close proximity. The languages spoken across St.Martin ranges from Dutch to French followed by English, Spanish and even Creole. The French side communicates in French, English and Creole Whereas the Dutch side speaks mostly Dutch and English. English is the most common language found across the island in which most information can be found with its designated English translation. 

Within the St. Martin Sotheby’s Realty office, there is an international population of employees within the firm, some from the US, France and even Croatia. As a result, anyone can come here and someone will certainly be able to accommodate any language requirements. 

3. Adapters

In relation to the technological aspect, adapters and plugs on the island can prove challenging if not well prepared. Each side accepts different adaptors with the French side adapting to the European plugs and the Dutch side adapting to the US plugs. Sint Maarten (Dutch) has a 110 voltage with a type A or B plug. The voltage in Saint Martin (French) is 220 V with a type E plug. Before arriving at St. Martin, consider which side of the island you will be staying at, though a universal convertor should suffice. 

4. Transportation

Transportation on the friendly island is limited, with public transport options only going to certain regions in St.Martin and only running from Monday to Saturday. The available methods of transport include rental cars, taxis, buses, bicycles, and more. However, the majority of tourists opt for rental cars as it is the most effective method for traveling across the whole island. 

At St.Martin Sotheby’s Realty, car rentals are available through one of our partners if required as well as arranged pick-ups from the airport. After booking a property one of the guest experience members will be able to assist in any transportation necessities.  

5. Climate

The weather in St. Martin is known for its tropical climate which exhibits a warm and humid atmosphere regardless of the time of year you choose to visit. When visiting the island, it is suggested to wear lightweight, natural fabrics that are breathable though also stylish if you would like to mimic the French and Dutch fashion influences. At night time it tends to get a little cooler and bringing a sweater or wrap may be worth carrying. Temperatures drop only by small amounts with minimum temperatures reaching 22 degrees Celsius (71 degrees Fahrenheit) and maximum temperatures reaching 31 degrees Celsius (88 degrees Fahrenheit). 

Saint Martin is an island worth visiting, though preparing your visit to this stunning haven should not be a challenge. Whether that be concerns for currency to climate, St. Martin Sotheby’s Realty hopes you can find your stay to be relaxing, peaceful, and stress-free. These five tips before coming to St. Martin can assist you on your way to visiting this friendly island.

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