The safety of our guests is very important to us. We encourage our guests to use common sense when traveling to St Martin, as you would when traveling to any location you are unfamiliar with. While the island of St Martin/St Maarten is relatively safe, we strongly recommend travelers to be observant to reduce risks of any unfortunate events.
Apply the same rules of personal safety as you would in any city in the world. Keep your valuables and your passport in one of the safes we provide in the villa/condo and carry a limited amount of cash. Keep a backup credit card in your safe and have photocopies of all your important documents such as passports, credit cards, and drivers licenses. The copies should be placed in a separate place than your safety. There are many banks and ATM around the island so there is no need to have an excessive amount of cash. At night, we advise travelers to use well-lit areas and walk in groups. Most areas are safe.
Never leave valuables in the car, absolutely nothing. The rental cars on St Martin are typically easy to break into. No bags, money, gifts, cameras or anything of value should remain in the car unattended. Cars parked at beaches or less populated areas are common targets. Park in well-lit areas and gated parking decks when possible. Avoid parking at deserted beaches. When driving at night, be conscious of your environment. Please do not drink and drive. The roads are thin in many locations and motorcyclists can be hard to see as the split lands often.
Sunburns and Sun Poisoning
The UV rays of the sun in the Caribbean are very strong. Keep in mind that even on cloudy days, sunburns can happen. Always apply general amounts of sunscreen and reapply after swimming even if your sunscreen says “waterproof.” Keep yourself well hydrated and limit alcohol consumption when in direct sun. More importantly, care for your children and limit their exposure to the sun. If you start to feel nauseous, dizzy, unremitting headache and lethargic, get yourself out of the sun and direct yourself to the local clinic since you may be experiencing a sunstroke.
The Marigot Hospital | phone number: (590) 590 29 57 55 | is located in Concordia and offers the quickest medical access point for guests staying on the west side of the island (Simpson Bay, Maho, Cupecoy, Terres Basse, Nettle Bay, Marigot and Grand Case). Pharmacies on the French side are designated with green crosses. The cost of medical treatment at the Marigot Hospital is very reasonable.
The Dutch side or eastern half of the island can seek medical attention at Sint Martin Medical Center | phone number: (721) 543-1111 | on Cay Hill for those staying in Dawn Beach, Orient, Guana Bay and Phillipsburg. There are several clinics conveniently spread out through the island to render non-acute care. Pharmacies are located throughout the island and have very reasonable prices for prescriptions.
For those with high-risk medical conditions, we strongly encourage obtaining medical evacuation insurance through your trip insurance policy.