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UPDATE HURRICANE GONZALO

Hurricane Gonzalo passed during the night of Monday, October 13th over the island of St. Maarten/St. Martin and caught residents a bit by surprise: during its approach, the storm had been observed as a Tropical Storm - not a Hurricane - and therefore, preparations were a bit more lax. Once in the vincinity of SXM, Gonzalo had been upgraded to a Hurricane. READ MORE>>>

Learn more about the Caribbean's most exciting vacation destination! If you appreciate gourmet food, world class duty free shopping, vibrant nightlife, pristine beaches, year-round warm climate and a cosmopolitan atmosphere with a Caribbean twist, Sint Maarten - Saint Martin is for you!

SINT MAARTEN - SAINT MARTIN provides vacationers the opportunity to enjoy three distinct cultures on one 37 square mile island. There is the delightfulness and soberness of the Dutch on one side, the savoir-faire of the French on the other, and the blending of both with exotic native heritage.

Add dozens of beaches and lagoons, luxury hotels, elegant villas, and over 300 restaurants and you may understand why St. Martin is the most visited of all the Leewards. All the great chefs, European, American, or Asian vie to compete in this gourmet capital of the Caribbean, creating cuisines equal to the best of Paris or New York. Shopping on the island is duty free and casinos, discos and night clubs stay open till dawn. Jumbo jets from world centers land here and charters allow visits to the smaller Leewards. There is something to satisfy every taste on St.Martin ...

Read: "Introduction to St. Maarten/St. Martin"

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Health

Medical School Sint Maarten
Orange Grove Pharmacy in Cole Bay, St. Maarten
 

It is always recommended that vacationers secure a good travel insurance policy to cover medical costs in the event of an emergency. If the unfortunate should happen however, St. Maarten/St. Martin is extremely well serviced by excellent health facilities including two large hospitals on each side of the island. St. Maarten is also home to the Medical University of America, further underlining the high standards of healthcare the island provides.

Pharmacies are well stocked and located all around the island. Opening times are generally standard and there are several late night opening and emergency pharmacies. The Orange Grove Pharmacy specializes in servicing visitors from the US, Canada and Europe with a 24-hour emergency delievery service. Pharmacist Frank can be contacted during the planning stages of a vacation for travelers with a health concern.

There are many private doctors and specialists of every field as well as dentists, optometrists and physiotherapists. Your hotel will hold details of hospitals, ambulance services, doctors and other medical services, and our directory lists emergency numbers.

Perhaps the most common ailment, not surprisingly, is heat/sun-stroke so be sensible when acclimatizing to the tropical climate. Protect your head with a suitable hat and apply an appropriate sunscreen. In climates like this it is recommended that you drink as much water as possible to avoid dehydration; simple common sense advice. The island tap water is safe to drink but you may prefer to buy bottled water from any of the grocery stores and supermarkets.

Hopefully you will have no need for medical services on your vacation but it is always better to be safe than sorry.

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