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St. Martin Security & Health
The security of our guests is of paramount importance to St Martin Blue. As with each travel destination, we encourage our guests to remain vigilant and use common sense when traveling to St Martin. The island of St Martin/St Martin is relatively safe however we strongly urge travelers to be observant and lessen risks of any untoward events. Here are a few recommendations:
Never leave valuables in the car. The rental cars on St Martin are typically easy to get into by prying the door open. Never leave any bags, money, gifts, cameras or anything of value in the car. Cars parked at remote beaches or remote unhabited areas are common targets. Park in well lit areas and gated parking decks if possible. Avoid parking at deserted beaches. When driving at night, be conscious of your environment. Never drink and drive.
Common sense rules when it comes to personal safety. Apply the same rules of personal safety as you would at home. Keep your valuables and your passport in a safe and carry limited amounts of cash. Keep an extra credit card in your safe and have photocopies of all your important documents such as passports and the front and backsides of credit cards and drivers licenses. The copies should be placed in a separate place than your safe. ATMs and banks are prevalent and easy to access all over the island so please limit your cash on hand. At night, we advise travelers to use well lit areas and walk in groups at night. Most areas are safe.
Sunburns and sun poisoning
The UV rays of the sun in the Caribbean are very strong and can be underappreciated if the trade winds are active. Always apply general amounts of sunscreen and reapply after swimming. Keep yourself well hydrated and limit alcohol consumption when in direct sun. More importantly, care for your children and limit their exposure to the sun. Reapplication of sunscreens and sun blocks are frequently required for children due to their activity, water use and the sensitivity of their skin. If you start to feel nauseous, dizzy, unremitting headache and lethargic, get yourself out of the sun and direct yourself to the local clinic since you may be experiencing a sun stroke.
In a medical emergency ask the hotel staff or caretaker for the closest hospital. The Marigot Hospital located in Concordia offers the quickest medical access point for guests staying on the west side of the island (Simpson Bay, Maho, Cupecoy, Terres Basse, Nettle Bay, Marigot and Grand Case). The phone number of the hospital is (590) 590 29 57 55. Pharmacies on the French side are designated with green crosses. The cost of medical treatment at the Marigot Hospital is very reasonable. The Dutch side or eastern half of the island can seek medical attention at Sint Martin Medical Center on Cay Hill for those staying in Dawn Beach, Orient, Guana Bay and Phillipsburg. The phone number of the hospital is (599) 543 1111. There are several clinics conveniently spread out through the island to render non-acute care. Pharmacies are located throughout the island and have very reasonable prices for prescriptions.
For those with high risk medical conditions, St Martin Blue strongly encourages obtaining medical evacuation insurance through your trip insurance policy.