The island of Sint Maarten, which lies 240 kilometres east of Puerto Rico, is part of the Lesser Antilles and is divided between France and the Kingdom of the Netherlands. The French part is known as Saint Martin. Since 2010, the southern Dutch part is one of four constituent countries that form the Kingdom of the Netherlands. Previously, the island was part of the Netherlands Antilles. The island has a monsoon climate with a wet and a dry season, though temperatures – ranging between 28 to 32 degrees Celsius – are very enjoyable all year round. From the end of June onwards you must however be aware of tropical storms and even hurricanes. Beaches are the main tourist attraction of Sint Maarten. Whatever beach you wish for – one with trendy beach bars, a deserted palm beach, a diving beach or one that is suitable for children – you’ll find in Sint Maarten. The country even offers a beach from which you can watch planes landing or taking off. The capital of Philipsburg has a beautiful boulevard and is worth a visit. Furthermore, you can go on day trips to the nearby islands of Saba, St. Eustatius, Anguilla and St. Barths. Regardless of your holiday itinerary for Sint Maarten, you should always be aware of (tropical) diseases and protect yourself against mosquitoes. The mosquitoes in Sint Maarten can potentially spread the Zika virus, Dengue and Chikungunya. Our KLM Health Services experts gladly tell you what vaccinations you require for Sint Maarten and what more you can do to minimise health risks during your stay. Click here to make an appointment with one of our nurses.
Sint Maarten vaccinations: the most common risks
In Sint Maarten, you run the risk of catching (tropical) diseases to which you are probably not resistant. Vaccines can protect you against these. Please find below a list of the most common health risks and diseases in Sint Maarten and read which specific vaccinations you require.