On the French side of the island (St. Martin) the official currency is the Euro (EUR, €). Like in other 'euro zone' countries, the notes come in denominations of €5, €10, €20, €50, €100, €200 and €500. The denominations of coins are: 1, 2, 5, 10, 20 and 50 cents and €1 and €2.
On the Dutch side (St. Maarten) the official currency is the Netherlands Antilles Guilder or Florin (ANG; symbol ƒ), divided into 100 cents. Notes come in denominations of ƒ100, ƒ50, ƒ25 and ƒ10. Coins come in denominations of ƒ5, ƒ1, and 50, 25, 10, 5 and 1 cents. The Netherlands Antiles Guilder is linked to US dollar at a rate of US$1.00 = ƒ1.79.
US dollars are widely accepted as payment on both sides of the island. On the Dutch side prices are normally quoted in both guilders and US dollars. On the French side some vendors are willing to accept US dollars (cash only) on a 1 to 1 exchange rate to euros.
Foreign Currency Exchange
Foreign currencies can be exchanged at banks or at hotels. Recommended currency to take to St Martin/St Marteen is the US dollar, but all major currencies can be exchanged at banks on the island. Usually best exchange rates will be given at banks.
The Automated Teller Machines (ATMs) are available on the island in the main towns. Most of the machines work on Cirrus or Plus networks and they accept international credit (Visa, MasterCard) and debit cards. The ATMs are the easiest way to obtain cash through credit card cash advance or debit card cash withdrawal. The ATMs in St. Maarten can dispense cash in both US dollars and euros, while ATMs in St. Martin only dispense euros.
Credit cards are widely accepted on both sides of the island. Most common cards are Visa and MasterCard while American Express is rarely accepted.
Traveler's checks are widely accepted on the island. Best exchange rates are given for checks in US dollars. Cashing a traveler's check will require a passport or photo ID.
Banks are typically open from 9:00am to 4:00pm, Monday to Thursday and 9:00am to 5:00pm on Fridays (some close for lunch). Some banks are also open on Saturday.
Current Euro Rates
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St-Martin/St. Maarten Gallery
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