St Maarten is an island in the Caribbean Sea 150 miles south east of Puerto Rico. The island is the smallest land mass to be shared by two separate governments.
St Maarten / St Martin is sunny and warm year-round, with some cooling from trade winds. Average temperature during the winter season is 80 F (27°C) and a few degrees warmer and more humid in the summer. Occasional showers in late summer and early fall, with average annual rainfall of 45 inches.
English is spoken everywhere, but Dutch is the official language of St Maarten and French the official language of St Martin. On the Dutch side, you can also hear Spanish and Papiamento, the dialect of the Netherlands Antilles. On the French side, Creole Patois also is spoken. U.S. dollars are widely accepted on both Dutch and French sides. Credit cards and travelers cheques are also widely accepted.