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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.

About St. Maarten - St-Martin: Beaches, Nights, Shopping

Where to Play and Party on St Maarten - St Martin

St. Maarten/St. Martin comes to life after dark. Nightclubs, casinos, beach parties... If you're a night owl, you've chosen the right destination! 

Shopping on Dutch Sint Maarten and French Saint Martin

On St. Maarten, you'll find the best shopping of the Caribbean. Really (!) duty free, find bargains for jewelry, liquors, cigars, parfums, etc.

The Beaches of St. Maarten/St. Martin

St Maarten - St. Martin has 37 beaches and whatever your lifestyle or vacation style, if nude or prude, there will be a beach for you.

What's So Special About SXM?

The island of Sint Maarten  - Saint Martin is with 37 square miles the smallest land mass in the world to be shared by two different nations.

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.

CORAIL Helicopteres

CORAIL HELICOPTERES offers fast and comfortable transportation from and to neighboring islands and sightseeing flights. 

Random Wind Sailing Excursions

Experience a day cruise on an authentic world cruising sailing yacht, with snorkeling stops and other water activities.

Rhino Safari Excursions

Experience on-the-water excitement piloting your very own two-man RHINO Watercraft to the best snorkeling spots.

Amazing Vacation Apartments

AAZURE - 1 Bedroom Apartment

1 Bedroom | Starting at $229 per night.   Aazure is a beautifully appointed 1 bedroom, 1 ½ bathroom condo overlooking the...

ACADIA - 3 Bedroom Apartment

3 Bedroom | Starting at $350 per night.   Located within the popular resort community of Cupecoy Beach Club, this lovely...

ADELAIDES ESCAPE - 2 Bedroom Apartment

2 Bedroom | Starting at $350 per night. Located in the resort community of Cupecoy Beach Club, this ground floor,...

ADRIANA - 2 Bedroom Apartment

2 Bedroom | Starting at $230 per night for 1 bedroom option.   Adriana is a beautiful contemporary 2 bedroom apartment...

Amazing Vacation Villas

BELLE MER - 4 Bedroom Villa

4 Bedroom | Starting $629 per night. Beautiful deluxe villa within walking distance of Orient beach, the St. Tropez of the...

TURQUOISE - 4 Bedroom Villa

4 Bedroom | Starting at $672 per night. Beautiful Turquoise is located on a hill overlooking beautiful Baie Rouge Beach...

SUNSHINE - 6 Bedroom Villa

6 Bedroom | Starting at $600 per night. Nestled on the beautiful beach of Burgeaux Bay in the area of Beacon Hill in...

SUNRISE - 3 Bedroom Villa

3 Bedroom | Starting at $400 per night.   Brand new, ultra modern 3 bedroom villa situated in the heights of Orient Bay...

Jewelry Shopping

Jewels By Love

"Jewels by Love - A Family Tradition" You will find the most valuable timepieces, backed by generations of experience and passion for horology here.

Shiva's Gold + Gems

 "Take home our jewelry, have it appraised, then pay us." That's right! St. Maarten's leading jeweler Shiva's Gold + Gems is THAT confident of the unsurpassed quality and value of their...

Grand Jewelers

Grand Jewelers has excellent choices of Geneve, Movado, Raymond Weil, Citizen and Seiko watches. They guarantee that they will offer you the best prices possible.

Royal Caribbean Jewelers

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

Great Dining Spots

Charter House 18.63

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 wonderful ambiance.

Esco Pazzo Pizzeria

With Esco Pazzo, there is now authentic Italian stone oven pizza available on the island of St. Maarten. The restaurant is located at the Princess Casino.

Sushiitto Japanese

SUSHIITTO promises Japanese food with a twist. Owned by Pierre Ferland of Pineapple Pete-fame, SUSHIITTO is St. Maarten's favorite place for sushi and teppanyaki-style dinners.

Topper's Restaurant and Bar

Topper’s Restaurant & Bar is a great international restaurant in a fun Caribbean cottage that celebrates all-American comfort cuisine alongside international culinary delights.

Featured Hotels and Resorts

Atrium Beach Resort & Spa

The Atrium Beach Resort & Spa is located right on the beach and only a short walk away from several beach bars, restaurants, shops, water-sports, casino and nightlife.

The Summit Resort Hotel

One of St. Maarten's best kept secrets is going to be spoiled: read about the Summit Hotel, a resort that opened its doors at...

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 and fully equipped gourmet kitchens.

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, the island's capital.