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1. Posted by makka (Respected Member 248 posts) 7y

Im looking to spend a short time out on St Maarten island, was wondering if there are any direct flights leaving Costa Rica? ... i could fly from any central american country, but this just seemed like the most sensible

Any advise would be greatly appriciated :)

2. Posted by Utrecht (Moderator 5596 posts) 7y

Hey Makka,

By looking at the wiki page of the airports in Sint Maarten and San josé, Costa Rica it seems that there are no direct flights at all between the two.
It also seems to me that flying via either Miami or Santo Domingo, Dominican Rep. is a good idea and probably the fastest. I doubt it there are direct flights anyway from other central american countries: from Panam Airport there are direct flights to Aruba though which has connectons to Sint maarten as well.

Also just a little non-asked advice: hop over to Saba as well, you won't regret it!

Have fun!
Michael.

3. Posted by bgl (Full Member 167 posts) 7y

No nonstop or direct flights. And generally speaking, the best connections between points in the Caribbean and Central America are almost always via Miami. It's also as a rule cheaper. I know someone who was travelling from Costa Rica to Lima Peru last year. Cheapest fare was via Miami. (And yes, I know, Lima is not in the Caribbean, but same idea...)

4. Posted by makka (Respected Member 248 posts) 7y

Awesome, least ive figured out that direct flights from central America are not happening! ... Panama to Aruba is a very good option, no doubt i could ferry across to St Maarten from there.

I will weigh up costs to see if a brief divert to Miami would be cheaper then go from there ... its a weee while off yet, but the ideas are grinding in the head early

Thanks Utrecht & bgl ;)

5. Posted by Utrecht (Moderator 5596 posts) 7y

Quoting makka

Awesome, least ive figured out that direct flights from central America are not happening! ... Panama to Aruba is a very good option, no doubt i could ferry across to St Maarten from there.

I will weigh up costs to see if a brief divert to Miami would be cheaper then go from there ... its a weee while off yet, but the ideas are grinding in the head early

Thanks Utrecht & bgl ;)

You are welcome Makka.
Just one more thing: unfortunately there are no ferries between Aruba and Sint Maarten (not even between Aruba and Curacao and Bonaire, go figure).
Have a look at the Caribbean Ferries article for options if you decide to travel by ferry within the region.

6. Posted by makka (Respected Member 248 posts) 7y

Through sheer lack of effort return flights from Miami seem to be the easier option, American Airlines offer them @ £300 return ... reasonable?

What kind of Budget am i looking @ in St Maarten? ... also the only time availible for me to get out there is in January ... what kind of weather/temp can i expect?

7. Posted by Utrecht (Moderator 5596 posts) 7y

January is perfect regarding the weather. Usually sunny, some clouds, maybe a scattered rainshower and around 30 degrees Celsius. Nights are well above 20 as well
Rainy/hurricane season is June to November so you will be fine.

Budget is all depending on what you want/like. In general it's not a budget friendly island, although you might find a nice pension on the French side which is generally cheaper and has a wider choice for budget and midrange travellers.

Do you want a nice resort or are you fine with a smaller place in one of the towns?

Also, what kinda trip do you have in mind: just relaxing or also seeing something etc?

8. Posted by makka (Respected Member 248 posts) 7y

Im guessing the island is very small and cheap/easy to get around??

A resort is the last thing on my mind, im open to any form of cheap accomodation!

1 of the main reasons im hitting this up is to witness the infamous plane landing beach ... for me its one of the most unique beaches ever, the planes land allmost on the damn beach! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IGnm-SbQUPg

Aside from that, it'll be a chilled out beach affair, with minimal spenditure etc ... day trips arent needed, tho if theres some kind of hike availible on the island resulting in some epic views, then im allways a fan of that!

9. Posted by Utrecht (Moderator 5596 posts) 7y

Quoting makka

Im guessing the island is very small and cheap/easy to get around??

A resort is the last thing on my mind, im open to any form of cheap accomodation!

1 of the main reasons im hitting this up is to witness the infamous plane landing beach ... for me its one of the most unique beaches ever, the planes land allmost on the damn beach! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IGnm-SbQUPg

Aside from that, it'll be a chilled out beach affair, with minimal spenditure etc ... day trips arent needed, tho if theres some kind of hike availible on the island resulting in some epic views, then im allways a fan of that!

You can hike to the highes point of St Maarten, it's one the French side.
An even better hike is during a daytrip to Saba, you can hike to the highest point of the Kingdom of the Netherlands;)

O, you would like a photo I took of that beach, just go through my photos of the netherlands antilles, you will find it, including some of Saba.

There is public transport on the island, though it's not frequent. Though much cheaper than taxi's for sure!

10. Posted by makka (Respected Member 248 posts) 7y

Saw the picture, you captured that moment really really well! ... i have to witness this 1st hand!

The hikes sound very appealing, im picturing similar views to what i witnessed when hiking Waya Laili island in Fiji ... epic views! ... this Saba trip sounds manditory for me ;)

So regarding accomodation, what kind of prices will i be looking @? ... $30 per night? ... i cant seem to find much info on accomodation.