Sleeping in Airports

St. Maarten Airport Guide

Whether you have a layover, overnight sleepover or you are just quickly passing through, our St. Maarten Airport Guide is a great place to start planning your visit.  Here, you’ll find information on services and facilities available inside the airport – including details about airport lounges, WiFi, mobile charging points, lockers, 24-hour food options, nearby hotels, and everything in between.

Message from a reader (12 Dec 2017): St. Maarten Princess Juliana International Airport has been severely damaged by hurricane Irma. At present, arrival, transit and departure procedures are conducted in tents and a former luggage handling facility. Services are limited to small food and drink stands in the departure area. A temporary Arrivals pavilion is now open . The terminal building is not expected to be operational until late 2018, but no firm date has been set.

Airport Overview

To help you plan your layover or overnight sleepover, we are here to give you the low-down on what travellers have reported back to us about their time at St. Maarten Princess Juliana International Airport.

What to Expect

St. Maarten Princess Juliana International Airport consists of a mid-size terminal that is currently under reconstruction due to extensive damage from 2017’s Hurricane Irma. As of May 2018 services remain limited, and full operational capability and services may not be available for up to another year. .

Where to Sleep

Sleeping in the airport overnight was not allowed prior to Hurricane Irma, and is certainly not feasible now. For uninterrupted sleep, there are hotels near the airport. See Airport Hotels in the airport guide below.

In this guide we may refer to locations as “landside” and “airside”. Landside is the public area of the terminal located in the non-secure zone, before security. Airside is the secure area of the terminal that you must reach by going through security.

Pay-per-use, Single Visit Passes & Lounge Memberships

Regardless of what class of service you are flying, there is a lounge that you can enter by paying at the door or through a lounge membership program. Visit the individual lounge page for more details about the lounge itself and to also find out how you can gain lounge access with just an economy class ticket!

If sleeping in St. Maarten Airport does not appeal to you, there are hotels near the airport:

  • Mary’s Boon Beach Resort & Spa – (6 minutes from the airport) No airport shuttle is available. The hotel suggests a taxi for approx. US$10.00 each way. » Check Rates
  • Sonesta Maho Beach Resort & Casino – (3 minutes from the airport) No airport transfers are available. The hotel suggests a taxi for approx. US$ 10.00 each way. » Check Rates
  • Royal Islander Club La Plage – (5 minutes from the airport). No shuttle service. A taxi is recommended. The cost is approx. $12-$17.00. » Check Rates
  • Royal Islander Club La Terrasse Resort – (5 minutes from the airport) No shuttle service. A taxi is recommended. The cost is approx. $12-$17.00. » Check Rates
  • The Towers at Mullet Bay – (8 minutes from the airport) No shuttle service offered. » Check Rates

To see more options there is a list of hotels near St. Maarten Airport on Tripadvisor that can be sorted by price, distance, traveller rating and popularity.

Free WiFi is available at St. Maarten Airport.

ATMs / Cash Machines – Need cash? ATMs are available. Fees may apply, so be sure to check your bank’s fee schedule and your daily withdrawal limit if you are travelling internationally. You may also want to notify your bank of your travel plans. Locations: on both levels.

Banking Services – There is a bank located near the main entrance by the car rental desks, they may also be of assistance with currency exchange.

Currency Exchange – See Banking Services.

Duty Free & Shopping – There are a number of shops selling clothing, souvenirs, travel accessories, books, alcohol etc. both landside and airside. There is no designated duty-free store.

Food & Drink – There are a number of restaurants, cafes and bars located both landside and airside. At the time of writing, there were no 24-hour food options.

Information Desk – There is a tourist information booth located beside the car rental counter on the ground level.

Luggage Storage & Lockers – Not available.

Mobile Charging – At the time of this update, we did not have any information about mobile charging availability. If you know, click here to update this airport guide

Rest Zones – Not available.

Showers – Not available.

Smoking Areas – There is a smoking lounge across from Gate C3.

The airport is open from 7:00 AM until the last flight.

As of March 2018, St. Maarten airport is served by the following airlines: WestJet • American Airlines • United Airlines • KLM • Air Canada • Delta • Caribbean Airlines.

Car Rentals

These car rental agencies offer service onsite: Alamo • Avis • Best Deal Car Rental • Budget • Dollar / Thrifty • Hertz • Empress Rent a Car • Paradise Island Car Rental • Safari Car Rental • Sidro United Car Rental • Sunshine Car Rental • U-Save Car Rental.


Flat-rate taxi vans are readily available for hire in the ground transportation area of the airport.

Last updated: 2018-10-23

This guide is for informational purposes only to assist with your planning.  All information, including rates and hours, are subject to change at any time without notice.   The information in this airport guide is based on information collected and/or received from the airports, lounges, hotels, transportation providers and their web sites. We are not representatives of any of the above mentioned service providers. To report errors or to add/update any items mentioned in the guide: update the airport guide or  write a review.