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The square rigged sailing ships of past centuries relied on the constant airflow from East to West to cruise the Caribbean with amazingly precise schedules. Seamen called this phenomenon the "Trade Winds".

Nowadays, it's the pleasure boater who takes advantage of the reliable winds with the Caribbean considered the best sailing region in the world. Over the past decade, St. Martin has developed into an important yachting center. Conveniently located East of the Virgin Islands and at the beginning of the chain of the Lesser Antilles, St. Martin serves not only as a jumping off port, but as a highly attractive cruising ground in its own right.

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Charter cat from Festiva Sailing Vacations
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The neighboring islands of Anguilla, St. Barths, Saba, Statia, St. Kitts & Nevis and a number of uninhabited islets are only a few hours away by boat. St. Martin itself is the ideal home port for a yacht, as all services to keep a boat afloat and well maintained can be found here. Prices for any imaginable repair or improvement are usually more reasonable than in the US-yachting centers.

Several Charter companies maintain their base on the island. Yachts of different sizes and configurations can be chartered by day or week, to the qualified skipper as a "Bare Boat", and to the beginner or non-sailor with a competent crew.

During a week long cruise many different anchorages can be explored through relatively short hops. Outside the famous Simpson Bay Lagoon, St. Martin features many sheltered bays. Marigot Bay is a comfortable overnight anchorage under most weather conditions and Friars Bay provides a picture perfect tropical backdrop. Grand Case lures with its great selection of restaurants, and Pinel Island is another spot of breathtaking tropical beauty. Orient Bay is well protected for enjoying the beach action and Oyster Pond boasts the best jumping off point for the neighboring island of St. Barths.

On the South Coast, Great Bay with the town of Philipsburg and Simpson Bay (outside the Lagoon) provides adequate protection, but can have somewhat 'rolling' waters.

The itinerary of an easygoing week-long charter could include visits to Anguilla, a British territory and French St. Barths, the famous jet-set spot. Several yachting companies have main offices in St. Martin/St. Maarten and although the trade winds make the traditional Sailing Yacht highly sought after, Motor Sailors, fast Planing Motor Yachts and Displacement Motor Yachts can easily be chartered.

Boat Excursions Around St. Maarten Island

Our turquoise, always warm sea needs to be experienced by boat! There are day charter excursions for every taste, with snorkeling, beach BBQ, even visits to deserted islands. Explore the Caribbean's largest lagoon by piloting your own watercraft on a Rhino Safari. There are remote beaches and fantastic snorkeling spots to be found. READ MORE...

Fitness, Health and Exercise on St. Maarten - Saint Martin

For those who enjoy 'dry land' sporting activities as well as the multitude of water sports on offer, St. Maarten/St. Martin has excellent facilities. Fitness fanatics don't worry, as the island has many well-equipped gyms with a good range of strength training equipment and cardiovascular machines. READ MORE...

Guided Tours & Attractions Around St. Maarten - St-Martin

Book here and save big over island tours offered by the cruise lines! Better rates, small groups (no 50-seater buses!), personable and enthusiastic guides - even free beverages - are just one of several reasons to trust the operators offered through ST-MAARTEN.COM. See all attractions in one island circumnavigation. READ MORE...

Hotels, Resorts and Guesthouses on the island of St. Maarten/St. Martin

St. Maarten/St. Martin is an island that has accommodations to suit almost everybody's budget or dream, right across the spectrum. She boasts everything from 5 star, first class, world-renowned hotels to charming little guesthouses, all-inclusive resorts and time-share properties. READ MORE...


Being one of the most accessible and cosmopolitan islands anywhere, the doors are wide open to not only vacationers, but investors as well. There are many reasons to employ the services of one of the providers mentioned in this section.  READ MORE...

Shopping for Jewelry on St. Maarten

Diamonds! Emeralds! Any kind of precious metal in any shape or quantity... St. Maarten's jewelry shops are among the most competitive in the world and line Philipsburg's fabulous Front Street. Prices are amazingly low and quality is up to international standards, with several of the larger stores having service centers in the US. READ MORE...

Shopping on Dutch Sint Maarten and French Saint Martin

Shopping is one of the big attractions on St. Maarten. The island's completely Duty Free status and the lack of any Red Tape for importing goods, guarantees great bargains for cosmetics, jewelry, liquors, cigars, and much more. Visitors vacationing on the island will be surprised by the excellent supermarkets. READ MORE...

Sint Maarten Visa and Other Travel Requirements

The following text is the complete content of a Travel Guide, published by the Sint Maarten Government in May 2015. This document only applies to Dutch Sint Maarten and NOT to French St. Martin.

Snorkeling and Diving Around St. Maarten - Saint Martin Island

No better way to appreciate the Caribbean Blue than taking a peek at sub-aquatic life. Almost all day charter excursions offer a snorkeling stop. And there are several professional scuba shops on island to either allow you to earn your certification or to go on extended dives. READ MORE...

St. Maarten - St-Martin is the Caribbean Gourmet Island

Known as the "Gastronomic Capital of the Caribbean", St. Maarten/St. Martin offers the widest variety of cuisine of any other island! We boast well over 300 restaurants serving anything from local BBQ ribs and chicken to first class French fare cooked by famous chefs imported for the season from Paris. READ MORE...

St. Maarten Highlights for Cruise Ship Visitors

If you visit by cruise ship and have only a few hours to enjoy our island, read up on this page to find out how to get the most out of your first St. Maarten/St. Martin experience. After all, we wish that you return for a full vacation on this mega-fun island. We list the most important attractions. READ MORE...

The 5 Most Unique Restaurant Experiences on SXM

Great food is the least we expect from a restaurant. Ambiance, service, other guests.. all is part of a dining experience. But where are the places on St. Maarten/St. Martin which offer an additional, unusual twist? Something you can't expect in a regular eatery? Read up on our list to find out! READ MORE...

The Beaches of St. Maarten/St. Martin

As hard to believe as it may be, St. Maarten/St. Martin has thirty-seven beaches on its thirty-seven square miles! Whatever your lifestyle or vacation style, if nude or prude, there will certainly be a beach suited to the ambiance you desire. Some great beach bars are actually top dining spots as well. READ MORE...

What's So Special About SXM?

A fact so charming, it always has to be mentioned first: The island of Sint Maarten  - Saint Martin is the smallest land mass in the world to be shared by two different nations. Only 37 square miles are governed by France and Dutch Sint Maarten, which is an independent country within the Kingdom of the Netherlands). READ MORE...

Where to Party on Sint Maarten - Saint Martin

St. Maarten/St. Martin comes to life after dark. If you're a night owl, you've chosen the right destination! Take your chances at one of our famous casinos located across the Dutch side of the island. There are innumerable discos, nightclubs and bars on both sides of the island that will have you partying all night long. READ MORE...

Why You Need a Rental Car on St. Maarten/St-Martin

This island is ideal to be explored by rental car! Friendly locals, patient with drivers from abroad, very, very affordable rental rates, an easy road system with little chance to get lost - there is no excuse to NOT get your own wheels while on island. READ MORE...