St. Martin / Sint Maarten Updates

Since we have ongoing questions from guests on what to expect from travel to St-Martin.  We would like to give you an update on the current situation regarding the Airports, Ferries, Utilities and General Island Safety.  

AIRPORTS

PRINCESS JULIANA (SXM) & GRAND CASE (SFG) are both operational since October 2017.  

Arriving and departing from SFG is the same experience as before. The airport is fully functional.  Unfortunately, the same cannot be said for SXM.  The airport is closed and a temporary air-conditioned tented pavilion has been provided for the departures from SXM.  The same will soon be true for arrivals to SXM.  As of last week, the update is that the SXM airport will only be fully operational come March 2019.  It seems the temporary tents are scheduled to be used for the remainder of 2018.

 

Flights to SXM are also limited at this time.  Flights are only added to SXM based on the number of available hotel rooms.  While hotels are getting ready, most will not be ready before Oct/Nov 2018, thereby slowing down the chance of having more flights return to SXM before the next high season.  That said, SXMstrong.com is getting regular updates of the flights being added to SXM and you can find those updates here.  In the meantime, we’ve outlined the flights we know will be operational come April 1, 2018.  

As of today:

From NEW YORK (JFK) :

Jet Blue with daily service.

From MIAMI (MIA) :

American Airlines with daily service.

From ATLANTA (ATL) :

Delta with service Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

From PARIS – ORLY (ORL) :

Air Caraibes with service Saturday.

From AMSTERDAM (AMS) :

KLM (return through Curacao) with service periodically in March, April, May & June. Check KLM website.

Added as of April 1st:

From TORONTO (YYZ) :

WestJet with service Sunday (starting April 29th).

From NEWARK (EWR) :

United Airlines with service April 14-15, April 21-22 and every Saturday starting April 28th until June 30th.

From PARIS (CDG) :

Air France with service periodically in April, May & June.  Check Air France website.  

Added as of June 2018:

From WASHINGTON, DC (IDA) :

United Airlines with service Saturday (starting June 9th).

Added as of August, 2018:

From PHILADELPHIA (PHL) :

American Airlines with service Saturday and Sunday (starting August 25th).

From CHARLOTTE (CLT) :

American Airlines with service Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday (starting August 23rd).

NOTE: All schedules subject to change and cancellation.

FERRIES

Ferries are operational to St-Barts & Anguilla from St. Martin.

St-Barts :

Voyager Ferry from Marigot

Their service is sporadic so we encourage you to visit their website for further information.

Great Bay Express from Philipsburg

There service is offered Monday through Friday with the following schedule:

St. Maarten/St.Barts: 7:30am – 5:30pm

St. Barts/St. Maarten: 8:30am – 6:30pm

For weekend the weekend schedule, please see their website.  

Anguilla :

Public Ferry from Marigot 

St. Martin/Anguilla : From 8.30 am to 5.30 pm (every hour)

Anguilla/St. Martin : From 7.30 am to 4.45 pm (every hour)

Link & Funtime Charter Ferries from Simpson Bridge

Link Ferry:

St. Maarten/Anguilla : 8.45 am – 11.10 am – 1.45 pm – 3.30 pm – 5.15 pm

Anguilla/St. Maarten : 8.00 am – 10.30 am – 12.15 pm – 2.30 pm – 4.30 pm

Funtime Charters:

St. Maarten/Anguilla : 9.00 am – 12.30 pm – 4.00 pm – 5.00 pm – 5.30 pm

Anguilla/St. Maarten : 11.15 am – 1.30 pm – 3.30 pm – 4.30 pm

NOTE: All schedules subject to change and cancellation.

UTILITIES

Electricity

Electricity has been restored to all our properties. The electrical work done in the Terres Basses to quickly restore power was done as a temporary measure. We are still waiting for EDF (the power company) to return to finalize their work.  

Water

Water supply is good. There has been plenty of rain so the cisterns are full.

Landline Telephones

Landlines are down in the Terres Basses unless the villa is connected already to fiber. For long distance calls, guests will be required to use the internet connection to make calls with their personal mobile devices using services like Facetime, WhatsApp or Viber.  

GENERAL ISLAND SAFETY

Roads & Street Lights

All roads have been cleared and there are street lights on 80% of the islands.  Areas where street lights have not be restored are Nettle Baie, Grand Case, Orient Bay, Anse Marcel and Cul de Sac.  As before, the roads in Terres Basses are mainly without street lights and some of the roads have yet to be repaved.  There is no planned improvement for these items with the Terres Basses homeowners association and will likely be addressed in next year’s meeting only.  

Police Presence & Terres Basses Security

There are more Gendarmes (French Police) on the roads since Irma therefore we find there is next to no crime on the island.  

Beaches

All beaches are open to the public and I’d say they are all 99% clean.  

CaribbeanDays is fully available to address specific questions. Just Contact Us

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