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PO Box 5262, Simpson Bay
Sint Maarten
Netherlands Antilles
Tel. 599 544 2631
Fax. 599 544 2476
One of the longest running dive shops ,conveniently located at Pelican Marina. Nitrox, dive packages, Saba day trips & night dives. Great dive team. Accomodation packages, group specials and private dives available. Large watersports and activity center located at the dive center.
» Number of Dive Boats: 3
» Maximum Number of Divers per Boat: 15
» Gear Provided: All except computers
» Rental Gear Available: Included on dives only
» Nitrox Available: Yes
» Type of Diving Available: Wreck and reef
» Total Dive Sites: 20
» Minimum Time to Dive Sites: 15
» Maximum Time to Dive Sites: 40
» Certification Agencies: PADI
» Courses Offered: Open water, advanced, rescue, divemaster, nitrox

Explorer Ventures Ltd.
PO Box 488
Mabank, TX 75147-0488
800-322-3577; 903-887-8521
Liveaboard diving vacations for 16 to 18 passengers, to Turks & Caicos, Saba, St. Kitts, St. Eustatius and St. Maarten, and to the Great Barrier Reef and Coral Sea from Cairns, Australia.

The Horny Toad Guesthouse
2 Vlaun Drive, Simpson Bay
St. Maarten, Netherlands Antilles
Tel.: 599-545-4323 Reservations: 800-417-9361
Fax.: 599-545-3316
The Horny Toad Guesthouse is a deliberately small and distinctive oceanfront guesthouse that is known for its congenial and unpretentious atmosphere.
Relaxing, reading, swimming, walking, sailing, watersports, boating, scuba diving, snorkeling, golf, shopping, casinos, nightclubs, and wonderful restaurants.
E-Mail: info @thtgh.com
Web: http://www.thtgh.com

About St. Maarten

St. Maarten is known throughout the Caribbean for its eclectic nightlife. The evening ritually begins at sunset, when cafes and night clubs open their doors and the music of steel drum bands floats along the beaches. The island's festive spirit peaks during carival, a vibrant, two-week festival of feasting, street dancing, parties, and parades.

The island's sugary-white beaches are spiritually restive and abundant, and walkers who encounter them are often struck by their splendid seclusion. Off-shore, St. Maarten's life-rich waters provide superb boating and fishing, as well as excellent diving areas. The inland region, with its gentle valleys and hills, is ideal for biking, horseback riding, and exploration. All these offerings have made St. Maarten a famous tropical destination, and the island is dotted with world-class resorts. Private guest houses are also an increasingly popular form of lodging, catering to visitors seeking traditional Caribbean hospitality.

The reefs around St. Maarten are rich and teeming with marine life. They are also often located close to shore, accessible to snorkelers as well as divers.

One of the most popular dive sites is the wreck of the British man-of-war HMS Proselyte, which sank in 1801. Today its haunting remains lie atop a reef a mile south of Great Bay. Another common destination is the freighter Teigland, sunk deliberately on Cable Reef in 1993. It has already begun to attract animal life and underwater vegetation.

Climate 75 - 85F 24 -29C Water Temp 76 - 82F 24 -28C Visibility 75 -125 ft 23 - 38 m


Getting There

By Air

Air service to Princess Juliana International Airport in St. Maarten is provided by:

U.S. Air
Jet Blue

Airport Departure Tax

For international destinations, there is a departure tax of US$30.00 for those aged two and up. This departure tax may already be included in the airfare of certain carriers. For islands locally, the departure tax is US$10.00. Some islands have made provisions to include the departure tax in your airline ticket.

Entry Requirements

Entry Requirements for U.S. citizens
– A valid passport and a return/continuing ticket.

Entry Requirements for Canadian citizens
– A valid passport and a return/continuing ticket. * A certified copy of birth certificate, a photo identification and a return/continuing ticket.
– A "Landing permit" (Permanent Resident Card) with valid passport and return/continuing ticket.

Entry Requirements for European community citizens
– A valid passport and a return/continuing ticket.

Getting Around

Most visitors rely on taxis and rental cars, but public transportation also is available to all points on the island between 6 a.m. and 12 a.m. Fares can be paid in U.S. dollars.

Taxi Service

Taxis are ready and waiting at Princess Juliana International Airport and at all major hotels. The cabs have no meters, but drivers must follow official rates for travel throughout the island. After 10 p.m., rates rise 25 percent, and after midnight, 50 percent. Also, hotel tour desks can arrange sightseeing tours by taxi, the only way to go for those not wanting to drive a rental car.

Car Rental

The best way to sample a selection of beaches, restaurants and shops is by rental car. Many companies rent cars on the island, and most require either a credit card imprint or a cash deposit ranging from $350 to $1,500, plus an additional collision damage waiver. Cars are delivered to any hotel, but cannot be picked up at Princess Juliana International Airport in order to protect the livelihood of island taxi drivers. However, rental car shuttles run between the airport and satellite lots. All foreign driver's licenses are valid for driving on the island. Motorists drive on the right-hand side of the street, and the roadways have been designed by the government to be easily accessible to physically disabled visitors.


St. Maarten is on Atlantic Standard Time year-round. During the fall and winter, noon in New York equals 1 p.m. on the island. During daylight savings time in the U.S., the hour is the same on the Eastern Seaboard as it is on the island.


Most hotels in St. Maarten are wired as in the U.S.: 110 volts, 60 cycles. On the French side, all run on 220 volts, 60 cycles so a converter and adaptor plugs are needed for travel appliances.

Radio and Television

Most hotels have radio and television broadcasts in English - There is cable TV with over 50 channels - all major US networks and some European channels are available. Most hotels have their own video entertainment and direct TV systems. Satellite television reception is also available for private homes. Including DirecTV, DISH Networks.


In addition to several local newspapers, visitors can pick up one or more of the publications directed toward them. These include St. Maarten Nature Magazine, St. Maarten Events, Discover St. Maarten, St. Maarten Nights, Ti Gourmet and Vacation St. Maarten.


When dialing the Dutch side from the U.S., dial the international access code 011, the country code 599 and the local number. Special codes are required from one side to the other, though only a local number is required when calling the same side.

Pet Regulations

Animals are admitted temporarily to the island with the following papers: a health certificate dated no more than 10 days before visit and a record of inoculations, including a rabies shot administered no more than 30 days prior to the visit.

Medical Facilities

St. Maarten Medical Center in Cay Hill and L'hospital General de Gaulle. Airlift is available to Puerto Rico and the continental U.S. in case of extreme medical emergency.


As U.S. dollars are widely accepted on both the Dutch and the French sides, visitors do not need to exchange their U.S. money for a visit to the island. Official currency of the Dutch side is the Netherlands Antilles florin or guilder (NAF). Official currency of the French side is the Euro, as in France or in other French holdings around the world. Nearly all prices are listed in U.S. dollars as well as the local currency, so there's no need for calculating exchange rates.


Banks are normally open from 8:30 a.m. until 3:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. On Saturday, some banks open from 8:30 a.m. until noon.

Taxes/Service Charges

Government law requires a 5 percent room tax on all hotel rates. Most hotels and guest houses add 10 percent to 15 percent service charge in lieu of tipping. Some also add an energy surcharge.


Most hotels and restaurants add between 10 percent and 15 percent to the bill as a service charge, and this is almost always posted in writing at the entrance, on the menu, etc. Travelers can tip more for special service. Taxi drivers expect 50 cents or $1 for short runs and more for an extended narrated tour. Airport porters should receive $2 per bag




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