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Getting ready for your St. Maarten Villa Vacation:
The Villalady’s Guide to your Vacation in St. Maarten

What to Bring (and Not to Bring!) to St. Maarten:


  1. Valid passport
  2. Airline tickets with telephone numbers of the airline you are using.
  3. Check weight of suitcase. It is more money to pay for an overweight bag than it is to have an extra suitcase. These rules do change often so check with your airline as to what is allowed for baggage. When you finish packing, take out half of the clothing. You need very little in the way of fancy clothing.

This is what you need for your St. Martin vacation:

  • Shorts
  • T shirts
  • Long pants and a collared shirt, for dining out
  • Bathing suits and cover ups
  • Flipflops for beach and pool area
  • Sandals for going out
  • MEN do not need ties and jackets. Nice pants that you wore down on the plan will do for evenings. A tee shirt with a collar is always nice in a good restaurant

Show up at the airport at least 2 hours before flight time.

Always have the phone number for the airline you are booked on. If there is a cancellation of a flight, call the airline number immediately and see if they can put you on the next St. Maarten flight. This beats waiting in a long line to get taken care of.

St Maarten is a duty free island. Do not bring alcohol with you as it is the cheapest on the island. Do not go into duty free shop until you are ready to go home.

Take a sandwich from home or buy something at the airport to eat. Bring reading materials. The Villalady’s St. Maarten vacation villas do come stocked with some books left by previous renters, so we have books for you to borrow and read. Just promise you will leave those you finish at our villa for the next guys.

Keep a copy of the villa address, because you have to fill out a St. Maarten immigration form on the plane that asks that question. Sometimes a cranky immigration person will not let you on the island if you do not know where you are staying.

If your plane is delayed, you should contact the villa or the property manager immediately so the responsible person will not be waiting for you to arrive at the villa all day. Advise the person in charge of the approximate new time you will arrive at the property. We do not want you to arrive at an empty house.

Make sure you take the directions to the St. Maarten villa rental with you. Also take all the arrival instructions you were sent.

St. Maarten Car Rentals

We have many car rentals on the island. We personally use United Sidro who have excellent rates and are very accommodating to the clients I sent there. Use them or any other of your choice, Try to get one that has an office in the airport, They will pick you up and take you to their office to pick up the car. There is a small fee for this.

And last of all, go directly to the villa as soon as you get your car rental. A member of the Villalady staff will be at the St. Maarten villa awaiting your arrival.

St Martin Scuba Diving Adventures with Octopus Diving

Voted’s #1 St. Martin Attraction!

Reserve your undersea adventure with Octopus Diving, the top PADI scuba diving center on the island.  The Villalady heartily recommends these professionals for both expert and beginner St. Martin diving experiences. Owned and operated by Chris and Sallie Davies, this small dive center is located in Grand Case on the French St. Martin side of the island.

Octopus Diving Voted #1 by Martin attraction out of 81 competing vacation experiences by real island travelers! A full five star rating is based on our amazing customer service and a great value for the money.  These St. Maarten scuba professionals know all the best dive spots and can serve up a new Caribbean adventure among these pristine reefs everyday if you wish!

Octopus DivingOctopus Diving Exclusive Services include:

Highly experienced diving instructors in the water with guests
PADI International Resort and Retail Center status
Maximum of 6 divers or snorkelers at a time.
Fresh fruit and water provided on the boat.
Assistance getting in and out of diving equipment
All levels of PADI courses and certifications available.
Unique St. Martin diving sites away from the crowds
Beautiful new, fast, safe, and shaded dive boat!

Octopus Diving is the best St. Martin scuba and snorkeling value on the island.

Dive Excursion Prices:

Two site snorkel trip – $40
Discover Scuba / resort dive / Bateme – $99
Two tank Scuba dive with all equipment included $99
Two tank scuba dive without equipment $85.
Full day boat charter $700 including Captain, snorkeling gear, fruit and water.
Half day boat charter $350 including Captain, snorkeling gear, fruit and water.

Visa, Mastercard, Paypal and cash in Dollar or Euro are accepted and they don’t use a set exchange rate.

To reserve a space or arrange a charter, simply contact Chris and Sallie Davies at:

Octopus Diving
15 Blvd. de Grand-Case
St. Martin, FWI, 97150
Tel: 00590 590 29 11 27
Cell: 00590 690 50 51 33

Voted’s #1 thing to do in St. Martin, according to real visitors!

Tell them Roberta Valins, the Villalady sent you!


Learn how to use them and be careful. You will get dollars on the Dutch side and euros on the French side. I do not use them and often bring good old fashioned…

Traveler’s Checks

What kind of traveler’s checks to buy?
When purchasing traveler’s checks or traveler’s cheques, stick to major brands like American Express, Barclays, Visa, Citibank, and Thomas Cook.

Buy at least some of the checks in small denominations, for two reasons: St. Maarten shopkeepers may be reluctant to accept large checks for modest purchases, and you’ll want to avoid getting stuck with more foreign currency than you need.

If you’re traveling with a companion, use dual-signature traveler’s checks such as the American Express “Traveler’s Cheques for Two.” These are especially handy in emergencies, since either partner can use the checks.

They never expire unless the company goes out of business. So buy what you think you will need and spend the rest when you get home from your St. Martin vacation if there is any money left over.

Good Stuff to Know for your St. Maarten Vacation

Electricity: It is 110v on the Dutch side and usually 220v on the French side. Hotels will offer you a converter. Most of our properties on the French side have 110v.

Public transportation:

Mini vans are the main source of public transportation.

You see them driving along the road and if you hail them they will stop anywhere to pick you up. They do not go into residential areas but stick mainly to the main road of the island. It is cheap and safe but not advisable if you want to tour the island your self at your own speed.

If you are staying in Grand Case, you might be able to get away without a car. I do not advise it but it is doable.

And for Good measure…


  • Emergency 911
  • Ambulance 542-2111
  • Fire 120
  • Hospital 543-1111
  • Police 542-2222

American Express: Lost or stolen card, 336-393-1111 (call collect); lost or stolen cheques or cheque cards, 801-964-6665 (call collect)

Discover Card: 801-902-3100

MasterCard: 636-722-7111(call collect)

Visa: 410-902-8022 (call collect)

Western Union: DHL Worldwide Express, 00-599/542-3174 (St Maarten; no agents in St Martin)


Roberta Valins
The Villalady

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