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St. Martin / Sint. Maarten

(French Area Code +011 596 - not in North American system)
(Dutch Area Code +011 599 5 - not in North American system)

 

Capital town: Philipsburg
Airport: Princes Juliana

This is one of the best freeports in the whole Caribbean. The island is only 37 miles square, but it contains in effect two states, flies two flags, uses three currencies and speaks at least three languages - English, Dutch and French, though you can get by anywhere with English.

The northern half is called St. Martin and is French; the southern half is called Sint Maarten and is Dutch - the major airport is on the Dutch side. The island is actually the smallest piece of territory in the world where two foreign powers amicably co-exist.

Leaving Philipsburg to the west, you pass near the remains of the 17th century Fort Amsterdam and Cay Bay. You can take a direct route to Marigot, the French capital, passing the Border Monument (the only formal indication that you are entering France) and Mt. Concordia where the Dutch and French signed their original treaty of co-existence.

Weddings (as of 29 Sept,. 2007):
Sint Martin (French side)
Waiting period: One person must be a resident for 30 days.
Documents: Copy of proof of residence, certificate of single standing, French translation of English documents.
St. Maarten (Dutch side)
Cost: $285.90
Waiting period: Requests to marry must be submitted at least 14 days prior to ceremony.
Documents: A birth certificate certified by the Dutch consulate in Canada or foreign affairs. Original documents that aren't in English or Dutch need to be translated into Dutch.
(Source: The Toronto Star)

 

Area: 21 square miles
Population: About 25,000
Capital: Philipsburg
Airport: Juliana - SXM
Language: Dutch, French, English
Voltages:
Dutch: 127 & 220 volts, 50 cycles
French: 220 volts, 60 cycles
Currency: US$, Netherlands Antilles Florin, French Franc

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