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St. Maarten Airport Guide

The St. Maarten airport, also known as Princess Juliana International Airport, serves St. Maarten and nearby islands such as Anguilla and St. Barthelemy.

Princess Juliana is located on the southwest coast of St. Maarten. It is about 7.5 miles from the airport to Marigot, capitol of the French side of the island, and about the same distance to Philipsburg, capitol of the Dutch side. Grand Case is about 11 miles away.

Operating hours are 6 a.m. to 11 p.m. It is recommended that visitors leaving the island on international flights arrive two hours prior to flight time.Parking is available at $1 U.S. per half hour. Accepted currencies at the St. Maarten airport are Antillean Guilders, U.S. Dollars and Euros.

Numerous car rental agencies are located near or at the airport. Most destinations on this small island are not far away in miles, but the roads are few and often heavily congested. Allow plenty of time to return to the airport from your place of stay.

Entry Requirements

U.S., Canadian and European citizens must have a passport and a return or continuing ticket. Otherwise, they must have a valid birth certificate, photo identification and return or continuing ticket.

Taxis

All drivers are affiliated with the Airport Taxi Association. Uniformed dispatchers coordinate all taxi operations on site. Rates, which should be posted and are available from the driver, generally range from about $10 to $25 total for two passengers depending on the zone and distance from the airport. Additional passengers pay extra. Prepare to pay $1 for each piece of luggage. A 15 percent tip is recommended.

Airlines

Carriers serving St. Maarten include Air Canada, Air France, American Airline, American Eagle, Continental Airlines, Delta Airlines, Jet Blue, KLM, United Airlines and U.S. Airlines.


  • Adventure Car Rental
  • American Car Rentals
  • Avis car rental
  • Best Deal car rental
  • Hertz Car Rental
  • Lucky Car Rental
  • Paradise Island Car rental
  • Safari car rental
  • Sidro United
  • Sunshine Car Rental
  • Thrifty Car Rental


On-Site Restaurants

A food court is located on the ground floor near the baggage area and includes:
  • Auntie Anne's Hand rolled pretzels: +(599) 546-7755
  • Caribbean Express Bar & Grill: +(599) 546-7723
  • Carl & Sons: +(599) 546-7725
  • Domino's Pizza: +(599) 546-7722
  • Dutch Delight: +(599) 546-7744
  • Island Grab n' Go: +(599) 546-7730
  • Japan Teriyaki: +(599) 546-7752
  • Kaffe: +(599) 546-7734
  • Plantation B&G CC: +(599) 546-7756
  • Plantation Grill & Bar: +(599) 546-7756
  • Quiznos: +(599) 546-7733
  • Rum Jumbie Bar: +(599) 546-7720


Scott S. Bateman is a professional journalist who has traveled widely throughout the Caribbean and the Americas.

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November 08, 2010

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