Sadly, personal security in the Caribbean and the world, has become more of an issue in the last few years. While St. Maarten is still a fun loving environment with acceptability the norm, we encourage you to use caution and not loosen your normal protective measures merely because you are in the Caribbean.
It is important to keep up general safety practices that you would abide by at home or in any city.
- Be mindful of your surroundings
- There is safety in numbers, try to travel in a group, especially at night
- Observe the NO Parking signs throughout the island
- Do not leave your car motor running unattended
- Do not leave valuables in your car or trunk
- Do not pick up hitchhikers
- Do not get into vehicles with strangers even if they seem friendly
- Always use legitimate TAXIs and authorized transportation services
- Beware of Gypsy Taxis which illegally opperate and tend to over charge
- Helmets and seat belts are mandatory
- Stop for pedestrians in crossings
- The use of cell phones while driving is prohibited
- Small Children must use safety seats
- Avoid walking alone on the Beach at night
- Carry your wallet, cash and other valuables in a discreet place, beware of pick-pockets Do
- not display large amounts of cash when making simple purchases
- Do not over indulge to the point of losing your sense of awareness
- Always have a plan of how to get home
- Always use running lights on your tender
- Do not drive your tender while intoxicated
- Tell crew members where you are going and when you expect to be home.
Remember the use, sale or possession of drugs such as marijuana, cocaine, crack or any controlled substance is ILLEGAL in St. Maarten. Violators are subject to arrest, fines, and imprisonment
The St. Maarten Marine Trades Association wants you to have fun while visiting our shores but we also want you to be safe.