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St. Martin-Sint Maarten is a little island but it packs a big punch. If offers everything you could ever want in a Caribbean escape – clear, azure waters, over 70 km of sugary white coastline, lush, rolling hills and hot sunny days – but consider the additional benefits of gourmet restaurants, world-class duty-free shopping, vibrant nightlife and a cosmopolitan atmosphere, and you have a place where the tropics combines seamlessly with European chic.

Offering visitors three distinct cultures on one 87 km² island, enjoy French savoir-faire on St. Martin and Dutch charm on Sint Maarten, all the while soaking in the very best of a classic Caribbean getaway.

The borders here are barely noticeable, so most visitors cross back and forth without realizing they are entering a new country. Each side has managed to hold on to the personality of their own national cultures – Dutch Sint Maarten has a busy port and festive atmosphere that brings visitors from all over the island to its bustling boulevards, especially for the nightlife, while French St. Martin emphasizes elegant, upscale amenities along with pristine and quiet beaches. Whatever flag is flying though, chic resorts provide swank accommodations island-wide, and the restaurants are some of the finest in the Caribbean.


Things to Know:

  • Accepted Currency: The euro (EUR €) is the island's main currency. The US Dollar is also accepted in some areas.
  • Capital: As the island is divided in half, there are two capitals to represent each. Marigot is French Saint Martin's capital city, whereas Philipsburg represents Dutch Sint Maarten as its capital
  • Airports: Two airports represent both the French and Dutch sides; Princess Juliana International Airport (SXM) serves the Dutch half and is the island's largest commercial airport. L'Espérance Airport serves the French half
  • Language(s) in Use: English is spoken most everywhere on the island. Dutch is the official language of St. Maarten and French is the official language of Saint Martin. On the Dutch side, Spanish, Papiamentu, Italian, Hindi, Chinese and other languages are commonly spoken. On the French side, Creole Patois is also used by locals there
  • Time Zone: Atlantic Standard Time (AST)
  • Dialing (Country Code): + 599 is the dialing code for French Saint Martin. +721 is the dialing code for St. Maarten (the Dutch side)
  • Climate in General: The average annual temperature is 27°C, peaking at 32°C in the summer months. The humidity on the island is controlled thanks to the reliably cool trade winds
  • Driving: You may use your valid, domestic driver's license, accompanied with your passport on either side of the island
What We Recommend
What We Recommend St. Martin

What We Recommend

Catamaran tour off of Dutch Sint Maarten

Set sail for the day and pack your snorkel gear to enjoy the incredible remote islands just off the shores of Sint Maarten. There are multiple catamaran tours available including treks to nearby islands belonging to Anguilla, or even chic St. Barts. Prickly Pear Cay and the pristine Dutch island of Saba are favourites of visitors for their scenic landscapes and crystal clear, calm waters.

Pinel and Tintamare Islands off the coast of French St. Martin

Pinel Island is approximately a 15-minute sail from the French Cul de Sac pier. The island offers some wonderfully relaxed restaurants and beautiful beaches; however the main attraction is the fantastic underwater trails designed for some incredible snorkeling and scuba diving. Tintamare, a tiny private island known mainly for its beautiful beaches, lies 4 km off the northeastern coast St. Martin, and is the ideal romantic afternoon getaway, so pack a picnic basket and settle in.


Celebration
Celebration St. Martin

Celebration

On Dutch Sint Maarten, you will find wedding spots galore, with venues that are both romantic and welcoming, and with many options that can easily accommodate a larger guest list. If you are planning on something intimate with your closest friends and family, you're sure to find a private beachfront restaurant that offers just the right scenic elements your vision demands. Both the French and Dutch sides possess modern facilities that can easily manage sizeable corporate events.

Dining & Nightlife
Dining & Nightlife St. Martin

Dining & Nightlife

St. Martin-Sint Maarten is considered by many a seasoned traveller as the culinary capital of the Caribbean. Take Grand Case, Philipsburg and Marigot in particular – there is no shortage of superlative dining choices and the influence of French, Caribbean and Dutch cuisine throughout the island is unmistakable. Indulge you palate with island specialities such as cod fritters, stuffed crab and delicious fresh papaya, mango and even tamarind juices. The roadside snack shacks on St. Martin are also a treat considering the generous servings of fresh, barbecued seafood and local game prepared in a genuine Caribbean fashion.

St. Maarten famously serves up the best selection in nightlife choices. Salsa clubs and large discotheques abound in Simpson Bay, Orient Bay and Philipsburg. Lively beach bars featuring live steel drum and reggae bands dot the coastline of Orient Bay. And of course if you're feeling lucky, the slots await at a variety of first-class casinos.


Activities & Attractions
Activities & Attractions St. Martin

Activities & Attractions

Sailing

Marina Fort Louis, located in Marigot is the perfect port to set sail from as it accommodates every type of vessel from larger yachts to small catamarans.

Beach-hopping

Nestled between the Atlantic Ocean and the Caribbean Sea, mainland St. Martin-Sint Maarten has 37 world-class beaches to discover and even more on its smaller offshore islands. The variety of beaches covers every experience, from refined quiet shores to very lively, social hubs.

Adventure

If adrenaline pumping activities are what you're after try Orient Bay, the busiest stretch of coastline on St. Martin, which buzzes with water sports options including jet-skiing, windsurfing and parasailing. There are also zip-lining opportunities available on Sint Maarten, offered at several inland jungle locations; there's no better way to explore the wildlife than by flying through the treetops.


Renowned For
Renowned For St. Martin

Renowned For

One island with three distinct personalities; where the sultry and upscale French meets the airy and boisterous Dutch, and all combines in a colourful and festive Caribbean setting. The island is also renowned for its clear waters and specifically the spectacle that lies beneath – the enormous reef eco-system. So whichever half you're on, be sure to experience the wonderful world just off the coast, whether on a sailboat or with a pair of fins.


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Villa Sula 6 at Belmond La Samanna

Baie Longue
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Villa Always

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$1,908 - $5,562 USD / Night
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$6,198 - $13,508 USD / Night
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3 Bedroom, 3 Baths
$525 - $1,511 USD / Night
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Caribbean Pearl

Cupecoy
2 Bedroom, 2 Baths
$334 - $621 USD / Night
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Casa Branca

Casa Branca

Anse Marcel
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$414 - $1,335 USD / Night
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Cascades

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Plum Bay
6 Bedroom, 6 Baths
$795 - $3,179 USD / Night
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Chateau des Palmiers

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Plum Bay
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Corfu

Corfu

Cupecoy
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$477 - $1,113 USD / Night
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Del Mar

Del Mar

Anse Marcel
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$556 - $2,702 USD / Night
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Ecume des Jours

Ecume des Jours

Plum Bay
4 Bedroom, 3.5 Baths
$843 - $3,163 USD / Night
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Esprit de la Mer

Esprit de la Mer

Baie Rouge
5 Bedroom, 5.5 Baths
$890 - $4,768 USD / Night
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Falaise des Oiseaux

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Terres Basses
2 Bedroom, 2 Baths
$334 - $803 USD / Night
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Figueira

Cupecoy
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$318 - $779 USD / Night
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Grand View

Grand View

Terres Basses
6 Bedroom, 6 Baths
$667 - $2,861 USD / Night
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La Perla Bianca

La Perla Bianca

Baie Rouge
1 Bedroom, 1 Bath
$1,113 - $1,749 USD / Night
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La Perla Palais

La Perla Palais

Baie Rouge
3 Bedroom, 3.5 Baths
$1,749 - $7,152 USD / Night
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La Perla Sky

La Perla Sky

Cupecoy
3 Bedroom, 3 Baths
$634 - $1,113 USD / Night
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La Salamandre

La Salamandre

Terres Basses
6 Bedroom, 6.5 Baths
$1,574 - $4,768 USD / Night
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La Sarabande

La Sarabande

Orient Bay
3 Bedroom, 3.5 Baths
$501 - $1,224 USD / Night
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Le Caprice

Le Caprice

Baie Rouge
5 Bedroom, 5.5 Baths
$1,113 - $4,768 USD / Night
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Libellule

Libellule

Baie Rouge
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$954 - $3,655 USD / Night
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Mare

Mare

Cupecoy
1 Bedroom, 1.5 Baths
$255 - $556 USD / Night
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Marina 360

Marina 360

Cupecoy
2 Bedroom, 2.5 Baths
$362 - $834 USD / Night
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Mes Amis

Mes Amis

Plum Bay
11 Bedroom, 11.5 Baths
$1,511 - $11,124 USD / Night
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Mongoose Run

Mongoose Run

Plum Bay
3 Bedroom, 3 Baths
$493 - $1,097 USD / Night
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Moonrise

Moonrise

Cupecoy
2 Bedroom, 2.5 Baths
$350 - $922 USD / Night
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No Limit

Baie Longue
3 Bedroom, 4.5 Baths
$621 - $1,891 USD / Night
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Ocean View

Ocean View

Orient Bay
3 Bedroom, 3.5 Baths
$541 - $1,177 USD / Night
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Oceane

Oceane

Plum Bay
4 Bedroom, 4.5 Baths
$652 - $3,099 USD / Night
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Pearl

Pearl

Orient Bay
2 Bedroom, 2.5 Baths
$366 - $938 USD / Night
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Sandyline

Plum Bay
6 + 1 Bedroom, 7.5 Baths
$4,689 - $21,692 USD / Night
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Sea Dream

Happy Bay
3 Bedroom, 3 Baths
$429 - $938 USD / Night
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Sofia

Cupecoy
2 Bedroom, 2.5 Baths
$362 - $723 USD / Night
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Speranza

Terres Basses
3 Bedroom, 3.5 Baths
$700 - $1,352 USD / Night
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Syriana

Syriana

Cupecoy
3 Bedroom, 3 Baths
$556 - $1,113 USD / Night
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