Sailing St Marteen, Anguilla and St Barthelemy

Maarten-St Martin is located in the northeast Caribbean 1,371 miles (2,207km) from Miami, FL and approximately 150 miles (240 km) east of Puerto Rico. This island is the smallest land mass in the world to be shared by two different nations. Only 37 square miles in total, the island is owned by France and the Netherlands Antilles. The Dutch and the French agreed more than 350 years ago that residents of either side of the island can be commercially active on the other side without any Red Tape or border difficulties. This contract of peaceful coexistence turns out to be the oldest active, undisputed treaty on our planet!

The French territory covers about two thirds of the island and is technically a part of Europe and the European Community. The Dutch side is a member island of the Netherlands Antilles and part of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, but not considered European territory. There is no real border, just modest monuments and signs. The island is known as an almost perfect holiday environment; beaches and nightlife are spectacular, shopping and dining are the best in the Caribbean.

 

GETTING THERE

 

From the United States

American Airlines direct from New York, Miami and San Juan, with connecting flights to numerous cities throughout the U.S. US Airways direct from Philadelphia and Charlotte, with connecting flights to numerous cities throughout the U.S. United Airlines direct from Chicago, Newark Delta Airlines direct from Atlanta, with connections to other U.S. cities. Jet Blue Airlines direct from New York. Spirit Airlines, on a seasonal schedule from Florida, Boston and other areas.

 

From Canada

Air Transat from Toronto, Montreal, Vancouver, Calgary, Halifax. Air Canada direct from Toronto

, Conquest from Toronto.

 

From Europe

KLM direct from Amsterdam, with connecting flights to numerous cities throughout Europe.

Air France direct from Paris, with connecting flights to numerous cities throughout Europe.

Corsair direct from Paris.

 

From the Caribbean

LIAT from Antigua, Anguilla, St. Croix, St. Kitts, St. Thomas, San Juan and Tortola.Windward Islands Airways (WINAIR) from, St. Kitts/Nevis, Saba, St. Eustatius, Anguilla, St. Barth’s, Dominica and Tortola.

 

Departure

There is an airport departure tax for departing passengers, however, the fee is already included in all airlines tickets so there is no need to carry extra cash for this.

 

FURTHER INFO

 

Weather

Hot but tempered by cooling trade winds. The annual average temperature is 27°C (80°F), varying by no more than two or three degrees throughout the year.

 

What to bring

Please pack as lightly as you can. Most of our guests wear only a fraction of what they bring! All you really need are shorts, tee shirts and beachwear. In addition to this perhaps something a little more dressy for the two evenings you will be dining ashore. Soft luggage is preferable if you have it. We have some limited storage onshore for your empty bags, but please bring as little as you are comfortable with. Between meals, fresh fruit is available. If you like to eat more between meals, please feel free to bring snacks with you. It is advisable to bring a change of clothes and toiletries in your hand luggage. If your luggage gets lost enroute it will not be able to be delivered to you until days later. Dutch immigration require that you show your return ticket when disembarking. If you have an e-ticket please print off and bring with you the e-ticket and the itinerary.

 

What shoes shall I bring?

You only need sandals or other shoes for the nights on shore as you will be barefoot whenever you are aboard. Good sturdy sandals, like TEVA-style models are preferred as they sit well on your feet. If you are a runner, bring your sneakers, there could be an opportunity for a lovely run here or there.

 

Dry bags

You will be around water for the week. If you are concerned about getting your purse, wallet or watch wet, bring a small dry bag. These can be purchased from sports and outdoor vendors. Some of them roll up and trap the air inside which has the added benefit of making the bag float.

 

Fishing

All of our yachts carry a fishing rod onboard - we usually troll a line when sailing from island to island and will often catch yellow fin, wahoo, mahi-mahi or similar ...... which might become lunch or dinner, sushi or sashimi!

 

Travel insurance

We strongly advise that all guests cruising with us have fully comprehensive travel insurance which will cover all eventualities such as hotel accommodation, lost baggage, changes to flights etc.

 

Electricity

Most hotels in St. Maarten are wired as in the U.S.: 110 volts, 60 cycles. On the French side, all run on 220 volts, 60 cycles so a converter and adaptor plugs are needed for travel appliances.

 

Currency

US dollars are widely accepted on both the Dutch and the French sides. Official currency of the Dutch side is the Netherlands Antilles florin or guilder (NAF). Official currency of the French side is the Euro, as in France or in other French holdings around the world. Nearly all prices are listed in US dollars as well as the local currency, so there's no need for calculating exchange rates.

Automatic teller machines (ATM's) are available at several locations throughout the island.

 

Hotel accommodation

If you wish to stay for one or more days prior to sailing we recommend the Marys Boon Beach Hotel on Simpson Bay. located, close to the airport. Mary's Boons contact numbers are: St Maarten +1721 545-7000 USA 305 677-3833 1877 260-7483 email info@marysboon.com Visit their website, but please contact the resort directly, either by email or phone, when booking.

 

Visas and restrictions

For U.S. , Canadian and European Community citizens a valid passport and a return/continuing ticket. For other countries, kindly contact your closest Dutch Embassy/Consulate or a St. Maarten Tourist Office. Please see Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs for your closest Dutch Embassy/Consulate or a St. Maarten Tourist Office.

 

Taxes/Service Charges

Government law requires a 5 percent room tax on all hotel rates. Most hotels and guest houses add 10 percent to 15 percent service charge in lieu of tipping. Some also add an energy surcharge.

 

Tipping

Most hotels and restaurants add between 10 percent and 15 percent to the bill as a service charge, and this is almost always posted in writing at the entrance, on the menu, etc. Travelers can tip more for special service.

 

Useful links

St Maarten tourism board

 

Sample Itinerary

Please click here to read more about a sample itinerary for a crewed sailing charter around St Marteen, Anguilla and St Barth.