A Plane Ticket to Saint-Martin

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Practical information

Saint-Martin is an overseas collectivity which is an integral part of the French Republic. It benefits from a political stability which prevents it from being overthrown. At the same time, it follows the laws of mainland France.

Generally speaking, the flight time for a direct flight between Paris and Saint-

Martin is eight hours, or nine hours with a stop in Guadeloupe or Martinique. Saint-Martin is 7,500 km from Paris.

Helpful tips

Flight path
To travel to Saint-Martin, it’s an 8 hour flight and then another 45 minute flight operated by Air Antilles Express.
Morning markets
Whether you’re looking to purchase local products or only to visit, don’t miss the Wednesday and Saturday morning markets. Picturesque and lively, they present a perfect little snapshot of the island.

An event not to be missed
Don’t miss the Heineken Regatta, which takes place in March.  During this sailing race, multiple events are organized around the marinas.
Sunsets and sunrises

Don’t forget that in the tropics, the sun rises early (between 5:00 and 6:00 am), and sets early (between 5:30 and 6:30 pm).

Store Hours

The majority of post offices and banks close at 4:00 pm in Marigot.

Transport

For getting around the island, there are buses running to all the main sites. You can also use taxis, but be aware that rush hour can be very busy.

Safety

Be careful not to venture into certain areas late at night, especially those near the beaches.

Be equally careful while swimming in the sea, as the beaches are not closely guarded. And last but not least, the local flora and fauna hold their share of surprises. Centipede bites can be very painful, and can even send you to the hospital in certain cases. Also beware of the Manchineel trees. These are native trees whose sap can cause bad burns.

Vacations and holidays

Les Mardis de Grand-Case (Harmony Nights): Tuesday, January 10 - Tuesday, April 3, 2012
Saint-louis & Rambaud Village Festival: May 14
International Day for the Abolition of Slavery, Marigot : May 27, 2012
Grand-Case Village Festival: July 21 
Victor Schoelcher and Grand-Case Festival: July 21 
Saint-Martin Festival: November 11.

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The essentials

Not to be missed

Grand-Case one of the island’s quintessential villages, with its wooden houses and colorful gardens. Be sure to also visit Anse Marcel Beach, which overlooks the incredibly clear water. Finally, the Pic du Paradis (425 meters above sea level) offers a breathtaking panorama of the entire island.

Monuments and museums

Make sure you visit Fort Louis. The Durat bridge, Mount Vernon Candy and Old Street (the Dutch side) are worth the detour.

The Arawaks Museum recounts the history of the island. The Rum Museum, entirely devoted to rum, is very educational.

The Nature Reserve of Saint-Martin

Located on the east side of the island, this reserve is a veritable sanctuary for the island’s wildlife. In this entirely protected area, you can discover rare species and enjoy a unique ecosystem.

Diving and swimming

These two activities are obviously must-dos in Saint-Martin. You can also discover the amazing wild islets near Oyster Pond.


Food

Specialties

You will find West Indian specialties such as chicken Colombo, cod fritters or black pudding. On the island, you can also try grilled shark or rare fish (such as marlin or thazard) as well as the many exotic fruits that are hard to find in mainland France (such as soursop or carambola).

The food capital of the Caribbean

Food is one of the jewels of Saint-Martin, and is rich with a long tradition of excellence. Cosmopolitan, its cuisine is both varied and innovative. Bistros serve spicy flavored dishes, while in high-end restaurants, chefs marry tradition and local riches with their sophisticated savoir-faire.

Restaurants and “lolos”

“Lolos” are small open air restaurants where the food is prepared on a giant grill (often made from recycled barrels). On the menu: ribs, chicken, lobster, fish (swordfish and sea bream).

Numerous on the island, these establishments are less expensive than restaurants, strictly speaking, which can also be found nearly everywhere.

Drinks

As in all the Antilles, rum and cocktails made with rum are plentiful and delicious, as is fresh fruit juice. Guavaberry is a traditional liquor of Saint-Martin and is produced from rum aged in oak barrels, cane sugar and wild guava berries from the center of the island. This traditional beverage is especially consumed during Christmas.

Planter’s punch recipe :

Serves 4

150 ml white rum or aged rum
300 ml orange juice

300 ml pineapple juice
300 ml guava juice
cane syrup 
a dash of Angostura (optional) 
nutmeg

Adjust the amounts according to your tastes, and serve cold.
Drink in moderation.


Culture

Diverse Saint-Martin

The island of Saint-Martin is divided into two: the north side, which is the French side, linked to Guadaloupe, and the south side, which is the Dutch side, and is a self-governing colony of the Netherlands.

A land having experienced multiple waves of immigration, Saint-Martin has as many as 100 nationalities. Cosmopolitan, the island’s various areas each have their own character. Several languages are spoken: French, English, Dutch, Spanish and three types of Creole (French, English and Spanish). 

Music

Music occupies a very important place in the life of Saint-Martin’s people. Numerous concerts (zouk, reggae, gwo ka, etc.) take place throughout the year. On the island, you can hear many different types of music which are a blend of hip hop, salsa, “steel drum” or “Panamn”, the local dance.

A festive atmosphere

The main events are the February Carnival (the most important celebration of the year), All Saints Day (with grave cleaning, picnics and illumination of the cemeteries) and Christmas parades (with costume parades, traditional creole meals, songs and decorations). Generally speaking, you can dance the zouk every night in the various bars on the island or right on the beach during outdoor dances.


Climate

Beautiful warm weather

The island enjoys a rather dry tropical climate due to its low elevation. The weather is warm all year round: 25°C on average, and as high as 32 °C, but rarely below 20 °C. The best months are May and June. From July to October, the weather is sometimes wetter, and cyclones can occur.



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