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St. Martin Bridge Information

Simpson Bay Lagoon on St Martin is a major port for mega yachts and sailboat charters. The beautiful and highly popular lowlands of the French and Dutch side are connected to the mainland areas by drawbridges in Simpson Bay on the Dutch side and Sandy Ground near Marigot on the French side. We urge all St Martin travelers to keep a schedule of bridge openings. The bridge openings typically cause traffic snarls and nightmarish conditions. Our suggestion is to plan well and avoid being on the road during bridge opening times. Furthermore, the island experiences heavy congestion during morning (8-9AM) and evening (4-6PM) rush hours, we best advise avoiding Cole Bay, Simpson Bay, Marigot and Phillipsburg during these heavy congestion hours.

Bridge Opening Times

Dutch Side
(December to April - Daily)
Outbound 0900, 1100 & 1630 hrs
Inbound 0930, 1130 & 1730 hrs

(May to November - Daily)
Out and Inbound 0930, 1130, 1730 hrs

French Side
Monday to Saturday
0815, 1430 & 1730 hours

0815 & 1730 hours

*Times are subject to change
*Additional bridge openings can occur randomly
*Expect additional bridge openings during the holiday weeks and Heineken Regatta