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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.

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.

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St. Maarten - St. Martin's Major Events

SXM Festival - March 2017

After the success of last year’s inaugural event, the SXM Festival 2017 is back and even better! Set on a variety of different party locations on Saint-Martin / Sint-Maarten and featuring the creme of international DJs and electronic music talent, SXM Festival prides it itself upon drawing the most discerning crowd of music lovers. A reaction to large,...

Heineken Regatta - March 2017

Now in its fourth decade, the Heineken Regatta is not only a legendary sail boat race which attracts the most amazing racing yachts from around the world, no, it is much more: because at night, the Heineken Regatta turns into a series of open-air, entrance-free concerts, featuring world renowned pop stars. On four night at different locations...

Carnival - April/May 2017

Take loud drum and calypso beats, glittering and feathered costumes, mouthwatering food, lots of drinks and thousands ofhappy people, blend them all together and enjoy the most cultural festivity on St Martin/St Maarten: the Caribbean Carnival.

Major Events 2017 - Intro

Three major events are the cornerstones of St. Maarten's party season. The Heineken Regatta is not only one of the world's most competitive sail boat races but also known for its high-caliber public and entrance-free concerts. During four nights, world famous artists perform on stages set up in different locations of our island. The SXM Festival...

Featured Hotels and Resorts

Atrium Beach Resort & Spa

The Atrium Beach Resort & Spa  is situated in one of the most convenient locations on St Maarten. It is right on the beach and only a short walk away from several beach bars, restaurants, shops, water-sports,...

Commodore Suites Boutique Hotel

The Commodore Suites is the latest edition to St. Maarten's accommodation options. The contemporary suites, complete with kitchenettes and a full assortment of cooking utensils are located in one of the island's most convenient locations, basically in...

Princess Heights Deluxe Condo Hotel

This family operated Boutique Condo Hotel offers spacious studio, one and two bedroom suites that feature balconies with ocean views, fully equipped gourmet kitchens, whirlpool tubs and finished with marble and granite throughout. The hotel is famous...

Holland House Beach Hotel

The Holland House Beach Hotel is a St. Maarten landmark, with a unique location right on Great Bay beach in Philipsburg. Guests have the choice to directly walk out onto the gorgeous beach, or use another exit to be right away in the center of the...

Amazing Vacation Rentals

9 Bedroom Estate | Starting at $6000 per night

Le Château des Palmiers is a world-class beachfront estate that includes a 5-bedroom ocean side villa and a 4-bedroom garden side villa. Situated on the white sand beach at Plum Bay, this fabulous property provides an intimate, relaxed and attentive environment within the walls of a gated enclave. Starting at $6000 / night. Read More >>>

AAZURE - 1 Bedroom Apartment | Starting at $229 per night

Aazure is a beautifully appointed 1 bedroom, 1 ½ bathroom condo overlooking the gardens and pool of Porto Cupecoy. Enjoy all the amenities that Porto Cupecoy has to offer such as, underground parking, 24 hour security, a health & fitness center, 2 tennis courts, on- site grocery store, restaurants and chic boutiques. Cupecoy Beach, which is one...

BEACH COTTAGE - 3 Bedroom | From $210/night

The property is located in the gourmet village of Grand Case, where fantastic restaurant line the main street to tease the visitors palate. This 3 bedroom 2 bath property has been owned by the same family for over 100 years. The property has been completely restored and offers modern and great amenities with the local charm. The property is...

OCEAN VIEW - 1 Bedroom Apartment | From $70/night

This one-bedroom condo unit is located in the neighborhood of Beacon Hill. This comfortable condominium is right on the ocean with spectacular views. Beacon Hill is within walking distance to the entertainment of Maho and also only minutes away from wonderful Simpson Bay Beach. The condo comes fully equipped. If you need more info about the...

Best Jewelry Shopping

Shiva's Gold + Gems

  "Take home our jewelry, have it appraised, then pay us." That's right! Shiva's is so confident of the unsurpassed quality and value of their jewelry that they shall let you go home with it, have it appraised, and send them payment after and only...

Grand Jewelers

Right in the most accessible section of bustling Front Street you'll find of one of the island's most established jewelry shops: Grand...

Jewels by Love

Jewels by Love - A Family Tradition With roots dating back to the 1800s, the present owners of the eponymous Jewels by Love stores are the 5th generation in an illustrious line of traditional jewelers and diamond mavens. With consistently...

Royal Caribbean Jewelers

Launched in 1996, Royal Caribbean Jewelers eschews big brands and phalanxes of sales staff in favor of a laid-back, relaxed family-run affair dealing mainly in diamond jewelry and loose...

Great Dining Spots

Charter House 18.63

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Once in St. Maarten, no vacation is complete without dining at the waterfront, either looking over the Caribbean Sea or enjoying our island's unique land-locked lagoon. The Charter House 18.63 is located right at the Simpson Bay Yacht Club. The outside terrace and the air-conditioned dining room provide a...

Sushiitto Japanese

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sushiitto promises Japanese-style food with a twist. Recently reopened under the wings of the successful restaurateur Pierre Ferland of Pineapple Pete-fame, sushiitto rapidly turned into St. Maarten's favorite place for sushi and teppanyaki-style dinners.

Topper's Restaurant and Bar

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Topper’s Restaurant & Bar is a great international restaurant in a fun Caribbean cottage that celebrates all-American comfort cuisine alongside international culinary delights. Daily specials focus on fresh seafood and the best quality meats cooked to perfection.

Vesna Taverna

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Vesna Taverna is one of the firmly established eateries right in the center of Simpson Bay. It started out many years ago as 'The Bagel House' and quickly became the choice spot for island residents and visitors for a delicious, healthy breakfast and lunch.

Exciting Things to Do on St. Maarten - St. Martin

Amigo Tours

AMIGO TOURS is an experienced tour operator that will be able to offer taylor made island tours for each requirement. The company is run by a young, ambitious team who understand that in this day and age of social media and instantly available performance reviews, only the best will prosper.

CORAIL Helicopteres

Based in Grand Case on the French side of the island since 2014, CORAIL HELICOPTERES offers fast and comfortable transportation from and to different neighboring airports to discerning travelers with limited time looking for personal attention.

Random Wind Sailing Excursions

Do you wish to be spoiled? Do you want a charming classic sailing yacht, cushioned seats in the sun's rays, but also in the shade, all with a team that is top rated for service as well as safety on the open ocean? Than take a boating adventure with the sailing yacht Random Wind!

Rhino Safari Excursions

Three-time winner of the prestigious Tour of the Year Award by Princess Cruise lines and recipient of many other awards, Rhino Safari Excursions is St. Martin’s original, one and only interactive tour. Featured in many television shows and international magazines, as one of the most innovative and fun...

Beaches, Nightlife, Shopping

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...

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...

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...

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...