Location: Between the Caribbean Sea and the Atlantic Ocean, southeast of Puerto Rico
Size: 37 square miles.
Capitals: Marigot (St. Martin), Philipsburg (St. Maarten)
Language: French (St. Martin) and Dutch (St. Maarten).
Religions: Catholic and Protestant
Currency: St. Martin: euro; St. Maarten: Netherlands Antilles guilder. U.S. dollar widely accepted
Area Code: St. Maarten, 599. St. Martin, 590
Tipping: 10 to 15 percent
Weather: Average year-round temp is 80 degrees. Hurricane season July-Oct.