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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.

SXM Airport Overview

st. maarten airport guideTo help you plan your layover or overnight sleepover, here is a quick run-down about what to expect during your time at St. Maarten Princess Juliana International Airport.

What to Expect

St. Maarten Airport (code: SXM) consists of a mid-size terminal which received extensive damage from 2017’s Hurricane Irma.  The airport has reopened.

Sleeping in St. Maarten Airport

Sleeping in the airport overnight is not permitted. For uninterrupted sleep, there are hotels near the airport. See our Airport Hotels section below for locations, or read traveller airport reviews for more tips.

Many airport tips, reviews and suggestions in this guide and elsewhere on the site were written before March 2020 and may no longer be valid. To help us keep this guide up-to-date, you can add or update information or write a review to submit airport tips and photos. You can also visit the airport’s website for current information.  For more airport information, continue scrolling down to explore more in our St. Maarten Airport Guide.

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.  For more information on Europe’s Schengen Area, click here.

Airport Hours

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

St. Maarten Airport Hotels

Quick Facts

Nearest Hotel:  Within 2.5km from the airport
Sleep Cabins or Pods: No
Day Rooms: No
Nearby Hotels with Free Shuttles: No

When the prospect of sleeping on the floor or in a chair gives you nightmares, there is good news for those who are looking to sleep in comfort at St. Maarten Airport.   If you are on a layover, you must pass through immigration/security as there is no transit hotel or accommodations on the airside.  Several nearby hotels can be found within a 10-minute drive from the airport.  At the time of this update, we were unable to find any hotels that provide free airport shuttles.

  • Mary’s Boon Beach Resort & Spa –  No airport shuttle is available. » Check Rates
  • Sonesta Ocean Point Resort –  No airport shuttle is available. » Check Rates

For more options, visit Tripadvisor to see a list of hotels near St. Maarten Airport that can be sorted by price, distance, traveller rating and popularity.

Airport Lounges

At the time of this update, there were no airport lounges.

Rest & Relaxation Zones

No dedicated sleeping areas, quiet areas or rest zones exist. If this information has changed, click here to update this guide.

More Airport Information

More Services, Facilities & Things To Do On A Layover

ATMs / Cash Machines – Need cash? ATMs are available. Fees may apply, so check your bank’s fee schedule and 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 near the main entrance by the car rental desks; they may also assist with currency exchange.

Currency Exchange – See Banking Services.

Duty-Free & Shopping – Several shops sell clothing, souvenirs, travel accessories, books, alcohol, etc., both landside and airside. There is no designated duty-free store; however, many of the shops sell items that qualify for duty-free prices.

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 – A tourist information booth is beside the car rental counter on the ground level.

Luggage Storage & Lockers – Not available.

Mobile Charging – At the time of this update, we had no information about mobile charging availability. If you know, click here to update this airport guide

Showers – Not available.

SIM Cards – A reader has asked us to include where to buy SIM Cards. If you know, click here to update this airport guide.

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

WiFi/Internet – Free WiFi is available at St. Maarten Airport.

St. Maarten Airport is served by the following airlines: Air Caraibes • Air Century • Air France • Air Sunshine • American Airlines • Caribbean Airlines • Copa Airlines • Coastal Air • Delta Air Lines • Divi Divi Air • InterCaribbean Airways • JetBlue • KLM • LIAT • Seaborne Airlines • Spirit Airlines • Sunwing Airlines • Trans Anguilla Airways • United Airlines • WestJet • Winair.
Airport Transportation: Getting To/From The Airport

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.

Hotel Shuttles

See also Airport Hotels above.


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

Last updated: 2024-01-30

This guide is for informational purposes only to assist with your planning.  All information, including rates and hours, is 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 websites. 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.