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Practical Information about St. Martin

Border crossing. There is no border stop when crossing from the French side to the Dutch side.

Currency. The official currency for the French side is Euro; the Dutch side uses the Netherlands Antilles guilder. However, you’ll rarely see either currency. US dollars are used almost exclusively on both sides of the island.

Driving. Driving is on the left side of the road.

Information. For information on Sint Maarten, call Tel. 800/STMAARTEN for information on the Dutch side of the island including transportation, accommodations, and activities. For information on the French side, call “France On Call,” Tel. 900/990-0040. This is a toll call and provides information on all lands which are part of France.

Information on Island: While on the Dutch side, you’ll find an information center at the cruise terminal in Philipsburg. On the French side, stop by the St. Martin Tourist Office near the waterfront in Marigot; the office is open Monday through Friday 8:30 to 1, 2:30-5:30 and Saturday from 8 to noon.

Language. The language of the French side is French; the language of the Dutch side is Dutch. Nonetheless, you'll hear English everywhere.

Websites. Check out the Dutch Sint Maarten tourism website and the French Martin tourism site.

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