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About Sint Maarten

Sint Maarten is a vibrant tourist destination in the Caribbean Sea. The southern part of the island of Saint Martin includes the lively urban environment of the capital, Philipsburg, wonderful landscapes, charming beaches and incredible wildlife. The top attractions of this exceptional nation include Mullet Bay beach, Yoda Guy Movie Exhibit, the Boardwalk and Front Street.

Get ready to discover the exceptional character of this destination, because cheap flights to Sint Maarten are now available for a limited time! Sint Maarten’s capital, Philipsburg, is the home of Princess Juliana International Airport (SXM), which is a 25-minute drive from the city centre. SXM serves numerous airlines, including KLM, Delta Air Lines and Air France. Popular flights to Sint Maarten depart from Johannesburg and Cape Town. Flight duration from Johannesburg to Sint Maarten is approximately 22 hours, 10 minutes.

Why visit Sint Maarten

Sint Maarten Beach

Gorgeous Coastline

Sint Maarten offers scenic locations like Mullet Bay Beach, Great Bay Beach and Maho Beach. Relax and soak in the warmth of the sun or visit during the evenings to enjoy a drink at many beachside bars.

Sint Maarten Wildlife

Captivating Wildlife

This coastal nation offers you the chance to meet the animals that are native to the Caribbean. These include bird species like red junglefowls, turtles like hawksbills, and bats like the Antillean fruit-eating bat.

Sint Maarten Nightlife

Lively Nightlife

With the alluring restaurants in Philipsburg as well as the clubs and bars along Simpson Bay, Cay Bay and Indigo Bay, have fun with Sint Maarten’s party scenes and mingle with the locals and other interesting travellers.

General information

Essential details you need to know before your trip

Currency Netherlands Antillean Guilder
Exchange Rate 1 ZAR = 0.14 ANG
Language Dutch / English
Hub Airport Princess Juliana International Airport (SXM)
Airline Winair
Time Zone GMT - 4
Travel Adaptor Type C / F

Best time to visit Sint Maarten

The temperatures in Sint Maarten range around the low 30s with a dry season between December and April and a wet season between May and November. The most popular time to visit Sint Maarten is between December and April. This period offers the best weather and to ensure you get a good hotel option during this time, book your accommodation many months in advance. Room prices and flight tickets go up in price during this period. The busiest time during these months is during Christmas and over long weekends (look up the local holidays for more information). For the most pleasant time to visit Sint Maarten, book your flights between May and June for the cheapest hotel rates. The rainfall will increase but there will be days when you can enjoy dry weather conditions, especially during June.

Weather & Climate in Sint Maarten (Philipsburg)

Average temperature (°C) & rainfall (mm) per month

Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Low °C 23°C 23°C 23°C 24°C 25°C 26°C 26°C 27°C 25°C 25°C 24°C 24°C
High °C 28°C 29°C 29°C 30°C 31°C 32°C 32°C 32°C 32°C 31°C 30°C 29°C
Rainfall (mm) 70 42 53 59 87 54 83 109 117 120 122 90

Sint Maarten, the Dutch side of the island of Saint Martin in the Caribbean, offers a sensational and diverse experience of Dutch and Caribbean culture. Prepare to discover an animated nightlife, plenty of opportunities for shopping adventures, breath-taking natural locations and fascinating wildlife on both land and in the Caribbean Sea.

The capital, Philipsburg, is the place to immerse yourself in this nation’s urban scene, especially with the great variety of shops on Front Street. Many casinos are available along this city’s coast. At the Boardwalk, discover a scene jam-packed with dynamic beach bars.

The areas of Pelican Key, Indigo Bay, Little Bay and Simpson Bay offer you more than the gorgeous beaches of Sint Maarten, but an even wider selection of the nation’s most vibrant nightclubs. Get a wonderful combination of the country’s picturesque coastline along with the hub of activity offered by its lively nightlife.

A diverse array of bird species is available on Sint Maarten at the Parrot Ville Bird Sanctuary and many other creatures are available at St. Maarten Zoo. Along Cupecoy Beach, explore the caves and discover the resident bats, go horseback riding on the coast between Cay Bay and Indigo Bay, and enjoy snorkelling and meeting many different species of turtles and tortoises in the depths of the Caribbean Sea.

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South African passport holders require a Caribbean visa to enter Sint Maarten. For more information, visit the VFS Global website.

A Netherlands Embassy is available in Pretoria (phone: +27 12 425 4500) and Cape Town (phone: +27 21 421 5660).

All travellers to Sint Maarten should get all the routine vaccinations before departing. Additionally, you may need to get vaccines and medication for other diseases, depending on your activities. These include:

• Hepatitis A and typhoid (transmitted through contaminated food and water)

• Hepatitis B (transmitted through sexual contact and contaminated needles)

• Rabies (transmitted through the bites of bats)

There is no risk of yellow fever in Sint Maarten, but the government requires that you provide proof of vaccination should you be coming from a country where this disease is a threat.

It is fairly safe to explore Sint Maarten, just remember to stay aware of your surroundings at all times. Always keep the doors of your accommodation locked, avoid quiet areas and keep your money and jewellery out of sight. When parking a vehicle, make sure anything of value has been removed.

LGBT visitors should refrain from public shows of affection as the locals are not tolerant to this orientation. There have been reports of LGBT visitors being attacked.

Item Cape Town Johannesburg Philipsburg
Meal inexpensive restaurant R 100.00 R 100.00 R 193.61
Domestic Beer (0.5 litre draught) R 25.00 R 25.00 R 35.50
Cappuccino (regular) R 23.32 R 22.34 R 43.56
Taxi 1km (Normal Tariff) R 10.00 R 10.00 R 12.98
Pack of cigarettes (Marlboro) R 39.50 R 37.50 R 25.81
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