Detail C'EST LA VIE - 6 Bedr. Villa Rent from : $ 5 ,572 / day
Detail LA MISSION - 4 Bedr. Villa Rent from : $ 643 / day
Detail LE CHATEAU DES PALMIERS - 9 Bedr. Villa Rent from : $ 6 ,000 / day
Detail EMVIE - 3 Bedr. Villa Rent from : $ 558 / day
Detail LES TROIS JOURS - 6 Bedr. Villa Rent from : $ 1 ,929 / day
Detail LITTLE DREAM - Studio Rent from : $ 122 / day
Detail SYRIANA - 3 Bedr. Condo Rent from : $ 500 / day
Detail LA DACHA - 5 Bedr. Villa Rent from : $ 2 ,429 / day
Detail PARADISE VIEW - 5 Bedr. Villa Rent from : $ 610 / day
Detail SUNSHINE - 6 Bedr. Villa Rent from : $ 600 / day
Detail MILLE FLEURS - 4 Bedr. Villa Rent from : $ 572 / day
Detail CYRANO - 3 Bedr. Villa Rent from : $ 658 / day

The island's infrastructure is adequate by Caribbean standards, but don't expect 4-lane motorways on our 37 square miles. In recent years the roads on the Dutch side have been dramatically improved. Most of St. Maarten/St. Martin's roads are paved and very few require a 4-wheel drive vehicle. You will find the major traffic arteries rather narrow and being overused by large trucks and tourist buses, resulting in frequent traffic jams.

Especially the Simpson Bay area with the road leading to the International Airport is subject to delays, as the draw bridge letting yachts into the lagoon opens frequently and backs up traffic. 

The good news is the friendliness of local drivers, who don't insist on their right of way and let you cross a busy intersection without too  much delay. The customary courtesy of St. Maarten/St. Martin's drivers shows that traffic can flow through complicated intersections without traffic lights and even regulations. The downside of this easy going attitude is the habit of local drivers to stop in the middle of the road to have a chat with a friend. Just don't get upset; after all, you are on vacation.

Some of the traffic rules are different from the ones in the US, as the island follows European traffic laws. The most important difference is that cars coming from the right have the 'right of way', if signs don't indicate otherwise.

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Fuel prices are somewhat higher than in the US, but much lower than in Europe. The Dutch side gas stations post prices in Antillean Guilders ($1 = NAF1.80), the French side in Euro (exchange rate varies). Several stations are open 24/7.

There is no reason not to rent a car: rental rates are the lowest in the Caribbean and comparable with Florida. The island invites you to be explored, and with its small size you will be able to visit most sites of interest within a vacation week. Getting lost is just part of the experience in order to learn the lay of the land and will not result in delays of more than 15 minutes due to the geographical limits. Basically, the island has one major road looping around it, and another one running through the Lowlands. It is always easy to find your way back to the main road and to determine where you are.

Think twice if you really want to rent a Jeep or something similar; apparently the term 'Off road Vehicle' translates into 'Feels like being off-road', even if you are on a decently paved street. Experience shows that a regular small sedan with air condition is the most comfortable and practical choice on St. Maarten/St. Martin.



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...