St. Maarten

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Philipsburg, St. Maarten

With an area of only 37 square miles, the island of St. Maarten is the smallest landmass in the world to be divided between two governments. The southern Dutch half offers casinos, duty-free shopping and island culture. The French half is all subdued sophistication.


  • Port Name & Location
    Port of St. Maarten
    Ship will DOCK at this port.
  • Time Zone
    AST (Atlantic Standard Time)
    UTC/GMT -4 hours
  • Language
    The local language is Dutch, French, Spanish and English. Say "hello" in Spanish: "hola", Dutch: "hallo", French: "bonjour"
  • Currency & Shopping
    Netherlands Antilles guilder (ANG)
    Tax and duty-free on jewellery electronics and fashion. View our Port Shopping Guide
    • Best Way to Get Around
      Organised Shore Excursions for beaches, kayaking, sightseeing, power rafting and more! Pier to downtown-1 mile.
    • Famous For
      Philipsburg has 50 unique dive locations! Kayak to secret coves then visit Fort Amsterdam and see border monuments.
    • Fun Fact #1
      St. Maarten was spotted by Christopher Columbus in 1493. But the island's real history began with French and Dutch settlers who divided the island in 1648.
    • Fun Fact #2
      Divided between Holland and France St. Maarten is the smallest landmass in the world to be shared by two sovereign nations.

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