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Living in St. Maarten

SOCIETY & ECONOMICS

    St. Maarten’s population of over 40,000 is very diverse, consisting of people of many different backgrounds, nationalities, religions, and walks of life. English is both the day-to-day administrative language and language of communication in St. Maarten.
    As of 2018, St. Maarten had the 14th largest GDP per capita in the world when measured by purchasing power parity. St. Maarten uses the Netherlands Antillean guilder as its currency, which has been pegged to the widely accepted US dollar since 1971, at the rate of $1.80, making the US Dollar widely accepted on the island.

CLIMATE

    St. Maarten, as part of the Leeward Islands, has a tropical, hot and sunny climate. The daily average temperature ranges from 25 °C (77 °F) between January and March to 28 °C (82 °F) between June and October. The night temperature rarely drops below 20 °C (68 °F), while it can sometimes reach 35/37 °C (95/99 °F) during the day from June to November.). The months October to January are considered the rainy season and unfortunately from July till November, St. Maarten can be subject to hurricanes.

CAREER & BUSINESS OPPORTUNITIES

    St. Maarten’s economy is based on one major sector, Tourism, and it has one of the highest GDPs in the Caribbean.
    St. Maarten has a good investment climate, with many companies able to assist investors and business entrepreneurs wanting to do business here in the near future. St. Maarten is in the process of diversifying its economy, providing investors with the appropriate time to explore all possibilities.

TRANSPORT & COMMUNICATION

    St. Maarten’s Princess Juliana International Airport, has grown to become a connecting hub in the Northern Caribbean and connects you directly with major international cities such as New York, Miami, Panama City, Paris and Amsterdam. It is well known for its very low final approach landings. The island has 2 telecommunication providers offering a vast array of services from internet services to cable TV.
    As of 2018, St. Maarten had the 14th largest GDP per capita in the world when measured by purchasing power parity. St. Maarten uses the Netherlands Antillean guilder as its currency, which has been pegged to the widely accepted US dollar since 1971, at the rate of $1.80, making the US Dollar widely accepted on the island.

EDUCATION

    St. Maarten has many public primary and secondary schools with language of instruction being either English or Dutch. The Caribbean International Academy (CIA), founded in 2003 is a preparatory private boarding and day school on the island of St. Maarten. Catering to children from Kindergarten to Grade 12, CIA is also the only school offering Canadian/Ontario High School Diploma (OSSD) and 90% of their graduates go on to attend universities in Europe, Canada and the United States. Learning Unlimited Preparatory School (LUPS) is an American accredited institution, that established a Caribbean location in St. Maarten in 1991. The school is accredited by the Southern Association of Independent Schools (SAIS) and the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS).