Terminal Drop-Off Charge

A £5 charge now applies to vehicles dropping off passengers at the designated drop-off zones, located directly outside the terminals. Discounts and exemptions will apply. Free drop-off will be available at the Long Stay car parks.

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Face coverings remain mandatory at Heathrow

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    Philipsburg is the capital of Dutch Sint Maarten. It has two main streets, Front Street (Voorstraat) and Back Street (Achterstraat), connected by several bustling thoroughfares and filled mainly with duty-free shops, cafes, hotels and courtyards overflowing with flowers.

    The town enjoys an unusual setting, located on a narrow stretch of land between Great Bay, on the south coast of the island, and the Great Salt Pond (a huge marsh). It is the port of call for hundreds of cruise ships, their daytripping passengers coming ashore to sample everything from Italian leather goods and Japanese cameras to local crafts and Philipsburg's nightlife, regarded as among the liveliest in the Caribbean.

    Architecturally, the town, founded in 1763 by John Philips (a Scottish captain in the Dutch navy), is quaint, with characteristic pastel-coloured West Indian houses lining the streets, and a few Dutch colonial landmarks, including Fort Willem, built in 1801, and Fort Amsterdam, constructed nearly 200 years earlier in 1631.

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    Sint Maarten Heineken Regatta

    The favourable wind and clear seas around St Maarten make it the perfect place to host the Heineken Regatta, held each spring in Simpson Bay. Nearly 200 boats from around the world compete in 18 classes, ranging from high-tech racing yachts to pleasure cruisers. Non-sailors can join the fun as well, as top international bands like the Black-Eyed Peas and Wyclef Jean perform at parties around the island. It is a festive and fun time to be in St Maarten.

    Venue: Simpson Bay
    Yacht Yacht whatleydude
    St Maarten Carnival

    Though not as famous as the Carnivals in Rio de Janeiro or Trinidad & Tobago, the St Maarten Carnival offers 18 exciting days of music, parades, pageants, dancing, and parties. Locals prepare elaborate costumes and floats for months ahead of the festival, and steel-drum bands compete in lively calypso competitions. The St Maarten Carnival has activities and entertainment for the whole family, with special events and parades for children.

    Venue: Various venues
    Carnival Carnival Bluefizz32

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