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 St Martin - General Info

Time Zone

UTC -4

Money

The official currency for the French side is Euros, and for the Dutch side it is Caribbean guilders (since 2012), but US dollars are accepted everywhere on the Island.

There are ATMs are available in Marigot for cash withdrawals.

Communications

International Dialing code for St Martin is +1 599.

Cellular phones

There are several digital cell phone systems in place. Telcell and UTS (Chippie) on the Dutch side have GSM services. The French side has GSM services through Orange (France Telecom) and Amigo (Dauphin). You need a triband GSM phone and a SIM card of the local provider for using these services. Buying a prepaid phone card is easy. Many shops, supermarkets and gas stations sell pre-paid phone cards for the Dutch side providers. All networks cover both sides of the island.

Four Star Cargo - alongside the airport on the way to Maho - can have anything shipped to their address in Miami and they will automatically have it sent by cargo ship or air (your choice) to their warehouse in St. Maarten. Free to open an account, you pay the shipping fees when you pick up your package. They will also deliver island-wide.

Diplomatic Missions

Emergencies

From French Side
Emergency - Dial 18
Ambulance - Dial 29-04-04
Fire - Dial 87-50-08
Hospital - Dial 29-57-57
Police - Dial 87-88-33

From Dutch Side
Emergency - Dial 919
Ambulance - Dial 542-2111/545-5263
Fire - Dial 919
Hospital - Dial 543-1111
Police - Dial 542-2222

Publications

IMRAY AND ADLARD COLES PILOT BOOKS are available at a discounted price for Noonsite.com users via World Cruising Club

A Cruising Guide to the Lesser Antilles
Author: Frank Virgintino
Published by www.freecruisingguide.com (July 2012)
Available at Kindle as well as all other EPub bookstores (September 2012)
The three .pdf files are free to download at: www.freecruisingguide.com
See Noonsite further details here

A Thinking Mans Guide to Voyages South - the many facets of Caribbean Cruising
Author: Frank Virgintino
Published: 3rd Edition January 2013
Available as a Kindle version at www.amazon.com as well as other EPub bookstores.
The latest edition of this route planner is larger than ever. For more details see this report

Leeward Anchorages
By Chris Doyle
Publisher: Cruising Guide Publications (March 2002)
ISBN-13: 978-0944428573
Leeward Anchorages, graphically, and through spectacular aerial photography, depicts dozens of favorite anchorages and harbors throughout the Leeward Islands of the Caribbean. The book is to be used in conjunction with navigational charts and is a companion book of The Cruising Guide to the Leeward Islands. It is an indispensable aid for the yachtsman or charterer visiting these legendary islands.

Routes and Waypoints
By Captain Pieter D. Brown
Publisher Baico Publishing Consultants Inc., Ontario, Canada (2011)
ISBN: 978-1-926596-83-9
A Navigational & Piloting Guide of Suggested Routes with Waypoints from Eastern Canada to Grenada including: the Canadian & USA E. Coasts, Bahamas, Turks & Caicos, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, the Leeward & Windward Islands.
Read Review here

Cruising Guide to the Leeward Islands
By Chris Doyle
Published by Imray Laurie Norie & Wilson (12th edition 2012)
ISBN: 978-0944428931

Update History

January 2014: Fees update from Lisa Torkelson.
March 2013: Clearance to St. Barths info. provided by Arnd of SV Zanshin.
December 2012: Security section updated following attack ashore.
June 2012: Further updates to security section following report from Chris Lafrance of SY Alma Guapa and news on Caribbean Security & Safety Net.
May 2012: Security updated with information about dinghy thefts in Grand Case following report from David & Margaret on SV Highland Fling.

Noonsite welcomes information and updates especially regarding clearance, customs and immigration procedures from cruisers visiting this country.
Please E-mail noonsite with any new information, updates or corrections. Even just a short email confirming that the current data is accurate would be most helpful.

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Sue Richards
Sue Richards says:
Jan 18, 2014 08:24 PM

Jan. 17, 2014 - French bridge currently experiencing problems and appears to not be opening (our friends had to go out the other bridge yesterday). Dutch Bridge has new times not shown in cruising guides and most web sites. New times effective Nov 15 are posted here www.smyc.com/content/new-simpson-bay-causeway-bridge-opening-hours (these match what the Dutch bridge authority gave us last week).
SY Day Dreamer

MBujnoch
MBujnoch says:
Feb 27, 2014 02:06 AM

The morning opening time for the Sandy Ground Bridge (French side entrance to lagoon) has been changed from 0815 to 0900. There is no monitoring of any VHF channel by this bridge. Best bet to verify times is to hail Shrimpys (morning net controller) on channel 10.

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