Water Safety Make certain that sports equipment, including scuba equipment, that you rent or buy meets international safety standards.
If you use a beach without a lifeguard, exercise extreme caution. Drowning is one of the leading causes of death for Americans in the Caribbean.
Do not dive into unknown bodies of water because hidden rocks or shallow depths can cause serious injury or death. In some places, you may need to wear sneakers in the water for protection against sea urchins.
Planning your trip with kids Get your kids actively involved in planning your trip from the very beginning -- that way older kids have a stake in making it work and you have a chance to allay younger kids' natural wariness of the unknown. Besides, it's fun.
Police: Local police are easily identified by their uniforms (light blue shirt/navy blue pants).
Government Control Units are easily identified (gray shirt/navy blue pants).
Emergency: Dial 911
For Police, Ambulance, Fire Department service: Dial 542-2222
Population: 41,000 people live on St.Maarten and 36,000 on Saint Martin.
Drugs: The use, sale, or possession of drugs such as marijuana, cocaine, crack, or any controlled substance is ILLEGAL in St. Maarten. Violators are subject to arrest, fines, and imprisonment by law. If you are approached by someone trying to sell you drugs, be firm and say NO.
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