Most local provisioning companies are up and running and can deliver directly to the yachts – the notable exception is Merchants’ Market who is temporarily closed but they should be open in the near future. We of course have National Marine Suppliers on property (SXM Marine Trading on the 2nd floor of the IDS Marina Building). National Marine will be servicing all yachts in the area and can handle all of your provisioning needs.
Market Garden grocery store right across from the marina is open and fully stocked. Grand Marche/Carrefour is open on Bush Road in Philipsburg but the one in Cole Bay is closed for repairs. Super U is also open in Marigot.
Many of the docks at IDS and on SXM in general were damaged by Hurricane Irma and several docks still have sunken vessels in them. As such, the supply of slips on St. Maarten is greatly reduced so making reservations ahead of time is highly suggested.
At IDS we currently have 18 of our 38 slips open for yachts up to 315’ with a beam of 45’ and draft of 17’and expect another 7 to be open in the next 2 weeks. All of our slips will have power and water by next week (several already have utilities).
Additional slips will be open throughout the season and we expect that by February we will have almost all of our slips open at IDS.
IGY will also be opening up smaller slips at our Simpson Bay Marina (SBM). We can currently accommodate 25 boats up to 70’ with a draft of 9’ with more becoming available every day.
We have high speed, in slip fueling available at all slips and can provide any quantity of ULSD fuel requested at very competitive rates.
The island still has signs of hurricane damage but the major infrastructure like roads, electricity, water, internet, telephony, etc. are all in place so life is quite normal. Simpson Bay where our marinas are located is the best part of the island at the moment with dozens of stores, restaurants, pharmacies, doctors’ offices and other businesses up and running.
There are daily direct flights out of the US (Miami, Atlanta, NY) and several flights a week out of Europe with more being added every week. Both Princess Julianna International Airport on the Dutch side and the Grand Case Airport on the French side are operational. The main terminal on the Dutch side is closed but a surprisingly efficient and comfortable makeshift terminal has been created on the tarmac complete with F&B Vendors, bathrooms, and ample shaded areas.