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SXM / St. Martín / Sint Maarten still a mess Dec 2018

SXM / St. Martín / Sint Maarten still a mess Dec 2018


Old Dec 1, 18, 12:08 pm
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SXM / St. Martín / Sint Maarten still a mess Dec 2018

Departing, you’ll be kept waiting in a sun-baked lot until your flight is ready to check in. You’ll then be issued a pass, and on your way into the temporary building that passes as a terminal to have your bags weighed.

Inside are several counters that are very poorly signed, where you can check in. If your airline hasn’t included the departure tax in your ticket price, you’ll have another queue to pay the tax and get a stamp.

Security is next, and it’s pretty basic as well as very standard. No liquids other than allowed in a standard baggie, shoes and belts off, etc. Once you’re through you’ll arrive at the departures hall, a cooled plastic fabric hangar-like tent that is unbelievably crowded with insufficient and often broken seating. There are toilets with three water closets for men and three for women.

There are a few kiosks selling basic snacks and soft drinks. No lounge. A zoo is much more organized. A shrill woman was calling our flight while a man at the gate told everyone nobody was boarding yet.

Be early due to the queues, be prepared with sunscreen and hats as necessary and be ready for a general hassle all around.

Last edited by JDiver; Dec 1, 18 at 12:18 pm
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Old Dec 4, 18, 1:56 pm
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Wow--I had no idea SXM was still in such poor condition.
I was on St. Martin for a port stop in March of this year and was sad to see the considerable damage and overall lack of progress.
I will not plan any travel to Anguilla until the airport is in better state of repair.
Very sad. SXM is a pretty major hub for the Caribbean.
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