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February 17, 2019 4:00 PM -

Global Affairs Canada has recently elevated it’s advisory for Haiti to avoid all travel due to the reigning civil unrest throughout the country.   This is the highest level of the Canadian government’s Travel Advice and Advisories.

Considering the current level of insecurity, we strongly recommend that you respect this advisory.

Information regarding vacation packages
Given the uncertain accessibility of the road leading to the Royal Decameron Indigo Beach, Transat cannot guarantee safe transfers and has therefore stopped the sale of vacation packages, until the end of April 2019.

Information regarding flights
Until the government has reduced its alert level, all customers who have booked a flight to Haiti for the months of February, March and April 2019 are entitled to modify their reservation without penalty. Customers are invited to contact their travel agency or Air Transat’s Contact Center to adjust their file accordingly.

For the time being, Air Transat’s flight operations continue as planned.  However, the situation may change at any moment and without notice. 


Philipsburg Travel Guide

  • The heart of Dutch St. Maarten

    This Caribbean gem of an island is split into two distinct settlements: the French St. Martin to the north and the Dutch St. Maarten to the south where Philipsburg is the centre of the action.

Discover Philipsburg

  • Shopping

    Travellers can enjoy shopping along Philipsburg’s main boardwalk. Jewellery is a popular object of desire, while visitors can test their luck at one of the 13 casinos on the island.

    With great restaurants, stunning beaches, outdoor activities and a pulsing nightlife, Philipsburg is the perfect spot to base a St. Maarten vacation.

  • Wildlife

    Like a scene in a movie, horseback riding on the beach is an option from Lucky Stables: perfect for groups and families. Animal lovers enjoy the St. Maarten Zoo, the Caribbean’s largest zoo and home to over 80 indigenous species. Kids love the Butterfly Farm, where early risers can witness butterflies emerging from their cocoons!

  • Water

    The pristine waters surrounding St. Maarten are home to plenty of snorkelling and diving opportunities. Popular spots include Oyster Pond Beach and Little Bay Beach beneath the historic Fort Amsterdam. For yachting enthusiasts, St. Maarten’s 12 Metre Challenge lets visitors race real America’s Cup boats in one of four regattas held every day.

  • Beaches

    Relaxing on a beach is a popular pastime for travellers to St. Maarten, and Simpson Bay is a great place to start. For those looking for a bit more seclusion, the white sands of Guana Bay hit the mark while a stop at Maho Beach is memorable mostly for the airplanes that fly directly overhead as they approach the landing strip that is unfathomably close to the water.

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