Detail CASA BRANCA - 3 Bedr. Villa Rent from : $ 372 / day
Detail BELLE MER - 4 Bedr. Villa Rent from : $ 629 / day
Detail DEL MAR - 5 Bedr. Villa Rent from : $ 500 / day
Detail CAPRI - 3 Bedr. Condo Rent from : $ 410 / day
Detail LA PERLA ESTATE - 5 Bedr. Villa Rent from : $ 3 ,286 / day
Detail FALAISE DES OISEAUX - 2 Bedr. Villa Rent from : $ 300 / day
Detail LA PERLA PALAIS - 3 Bedr. Villa Rent from : $ 1 ,572 / day
Detail LES TROIS JOURS - 6 Bedr. Villa Rent from : $ 1 ,929 / day
Detail RAINBOW - 2 Bedr. Condo Rent from : $ 215 / day
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Detail LA LUNA - 5 Bedr. Villa Rent from : $ 600 / day
Detail MILLE FLEURS - 4 Bedr. Villa Rent from : $ 572 / day

The island completed the step from Caribbean yachting center to one of the world's leading super yacht destinations. St. Maarten is home port to several yachts over 300 feet and is in the same league as Ft. Lauderdale and Monaco.

The marine service industry is highly developed. Boat chandleries such as Island Waterworld and Budget Marine are offering a product range as wide as any major US boating accessories retail chain - but often for better prices. Again, the duty free status of the island shines. Especially outboard engines and dinghies can be bought in St. Maarten for a fraction of stateside prices.


Dockage right behind a nightclub
Dockage right behind a nightclub
Marinas for yachts of all sizes
Marinas for yachts of all sizes
Marinas in Simpson Bay Lagoon
Marinas in Simpson Bay Lagoon
Mega-yacht leaving the lagoon
Mega-yacht leaving the lagoon
Passing through the bridge
Passing through the bridge
Simpson Bay Yacht Club
Simpson Bay Yacht Club
Yachts at anchor
Yachts at anchor
Yachts too large for marinas
Yachts too large for marinas
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There is a large number of boat yards, both on the Dutch and the French side of the island. Most yards are located on the shore of the calm Simpson Bay Lagoon, with the exception of Bobby's Marina in Philipsburg.

Several new marinas have been constructed to satisfy the growing need for dockage.

The new Yacht Club Isle de Sol on the Dutch side specializes in megayachts. Since the Simpson Bay bridge has been widened, vessels of over 300 length have entered the lagoon to find their berth at the new facility.

The Portofino Marina is marketed through Isle de Sol and takes smaller yachts.

Simpson Bay Marina is still top of the list for service and convenience, being in easy walking distance to restaurants, bars, nightclubs and two megaplex movie centers.

Port de Plaisance takes boat of all sizes and is another popular stop for the megayacht crowd.

La Palapa Marina offers stern-to docking for large yachts and is popular for its convenient location.

Porto Cupecoy - an Orient Express development - is the latest addition to the marina scene with dockage amongst a luxury condominium project on the Western edge of the island's Dutch side.

There are several other, private marinas with limited dockage, such as the Lagoonis or Island Waterworld in Cole Bay.

On the French side, Marina Fort Louis is an important addition, as this large marina is outside the Lagoon and yachts do not have to negotiate one of the draw bridges. There is also the established Marina Port Royal in the center of Marigot, the Captain Oliver's at Oyster Pond and the marina at Anse Marcel.

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...