Ask Us
Photo taken Nov. 30th, 2017
Sint Maarten - Saint Martin Is Ready to Receive Guests
Shadow
Slider

Only thirty six square miles in size, but with an amazing variety in landscapes: that's St. Maarten-St. Martin! From the secluded, white sand beaches of the French Lowlands (Basses Terres) to the lush, mountainous center of the island around Pic Paradis and Loterie Farm, from Simpson Bay Lagoon as a large inland body of water to beautiful Oyster Pond, the smaller lagoon on the east coast - our island is a collage of the best the Caribbean has to offer.

 

There are the capital towns of Philipsburg and Marigot, each with a very different flavor and very popular with visitors. But very few find the way to the secluded village of Colombier or experiment in exploring neighborhoods off the beaten path.
 

Sint Maarten - The Dutch Side

Independent since the 10th of October 2010 (10/10/10), but still part of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, the 'Dutch Side' occupies about one third of the island's landmass. This part always has been led by politicians with a strong pro-business philosophy, turning St. Maarten into the Caribbean's most open economy. With a booming economy and relatively tolerant immigration policies arrived both the blessings and the problems of development; without dwelling too deeply into these topics (we might elsewhere on this website), it was the Dutch side which put the island on the map as a major player in the Caribbean tourism landscape.

On October 10th, 2010, the Southern part of the island became an independent country. Sint Maarten is still part of the Kigndom of the Netherlands, but not part of the Netherlands Antilles anymore. This somewhat artificially formed nation has been dismantled. With only 17 square miles and about 9,000 voters, this is one of the smallest countries in the world.

You'll find Sint Maarten somewhat Americanized, with fast food places and other conveniences of civilization. Yet it is the combination of the Dutch and French side which turn our island into such a fantastically exciting vacation spot.
 

Saint Martin - The French Side

The 'French Side' is neither an independent state, nor a colony; it just is... France. This is a fully privileged European Union territory and follows the big country's rules and laws more or less strictly, a bit depending on the administrators send from Paris.

The fact that Marigot, the capital, is not a cruise ship port preserved the small-town feel of a charming French-Caribbean settlement.

The French side is home to many of the must-see spots on the island: there is Pic Paradis, the tallest mountain with Loterie Farm, a private nature reserve with the last remaining rain-forest. Orient Beach is without a doubt the number one beach, and the gourmet village of Grand Case is unique in the world with its number of top-class dining places.

Restaurants on the Caribbean Island of St. Maarten - St-Martin

Update December 2017: A great number of restaurants suffered severe damage through hurricane Irma in September 2017. Some will be rebuild, some will...

Sint Maarten Jewelry Shopping

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...

St. Maarten - St-Martin - Shopping Hub of the Antilles

Our island might be tiny in size, but everything needed for a sophisticated lifestyle is available. Especially the selection of luxury items is...

Weddings, Real Estate, Business on St. Maarten - St. Martin

Being one of the most accessible and cosmopolitan islands anywhere, the doors are wide open to not only vactioners, but investors as well. There are...

Where to Party on St. Maarten/St-Martin

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

Where to Stay on 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...

Explore Everything About Sint Maarten - Saint Martin

After the Storm - St. Maarten's Strong Come-Back

Our small island received a direct hit by the strongest Atlantic hurricane ever measured. The date of September 6th, 2017 will now be in the...

Other Islands

Anguilla, St. Barths and Saba are the closest neighboring islands to St. Martin/St. Maarten, close enough for day-trips. Whether you fancy a...

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...

The Amazing 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...

Guided Island Tours Around Sint Maarten - Saint Martin

Amigo Tours

AMIGO TOURS is an experienced tour operator that will be able to offer taylor made island tours for each requirement.

Jo Junie Tours Around St. Maarten - St. Martin

There is so much  to see and experience on St. Maarten/St. Martin that a guided tour around the island is the best and most efficient way to get an...

Tijon Parfumerie - A Unique Fragrance Experience on St. Martin Island

Learn how to create a parfume and take it home as a unique souvenier from Tijon Parfumerie!

Topper's Rhum Factory Tour

Any visitto the Antillean islands is a sensual experience and what better way than to capture the Caribbean spirit (pun intended) with a bottle of...

Restaurants - Presently Open

Isola Authentic Italian Restaurant

Enjoy the gentle Caribbean evening breeze on the open terrasse of Isola Ristorante Italiano while dining on authentic Italian cuisine.  Adjacent to...

Mario Bistrot at Porto Cupecoy

Mario's Bistro has been a landmark restaurant on the waterfront in Sandy Ground (Marigot) for many years. About two years ago Mario moved to the...

Ocean Lounge

Overlooking the beach and boardwalk, the Ocean Lounge Restaurant and Bar at the Holland House Beach Hotel has become the center of fine dining in the...

Pineapple Pete Restaurant

At PINEAPPLE PETE Restaurant there is a simple motto: “Great Food, Great Service”. This is exactly what you will find here, outstanding food, fast,...

Rendez-Vous Lounge at Porto Cupecoy

The Rendez-Vous Lounge has become the location of choice for breakfast, lunch or dinner on St. Maarten's Western coast. Residents and visitors alike...

Restaurants A to M

Find below restaurants with names starting from letter A to M:

Restaurants N to Z

Please find below restaurants with starting letters N to Z:

Sunset Beach Bar

Sunset Bar & Grill is an institution on the Caribbean island of Sint Maarten-Saint Martin – if not a destination in itself. Voted by an...

Hotels and Resorts on St. Maarten - St. Martin - Presently Open

Atrium Beach Resort & Spa

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

Commodore Suites Boutique Hotel

The Commodore Suites is offering contemporary suties with kitchenettes right in the center of Simpson Bay and close to all...

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...

Jardin d' O Nudist Resort

Nestled in the hills facing Orient Beach, Jardin d' O is a secluded, private nudist resort, featuring a number of charming cottages and a central...

Jewelry Shopping

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...

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....

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...

Oro Diamanté - Fine Jewelers of Distinction

Fine attention to detail, first-rate service, and exceptional value are qualities that have set Oro Diamanté apart for over two...

Pharmacies, Beauty Salons and Spas

Miguel's Spa + Salon

Ideally located at the Atrium Beach Resort an SPA, Miguel's Spa + Salon offers excellent and qualified...

Orange Grove Pharmacy

In urgent cases, the Orange Grove Pharmacy is the only one offering 24-hour emergency delivery service to any location on the island. No matter what...

Simpson Bay Pharmacy on Sint Maarten Island in the Caribbean

This pharmacy is located at the Simpson Bay Yacht Club and is within walking distance to a Medical Clinic, an ENT-Clinic and a Dentist. The Simpson Bay...

Xperts International Hair Salon & Spa Sint Maarten

Eyup Akyurt is living proof that top professionals are willing to make our island their home. He has extensive international experience as a hair...

Entertainment on St. Maarten - St-Martin

Ocean Lounge Bar

 At cocktail time, the island's power brokers, vacationers and visiting business people mingle at the Ocean Lounge. Some enjoy their drinks right at...

The Jump Up Casino in Philipsburg, St. Maarten

Only slots - but a huge selection of them... that is the Jump Up Casino 'at the head of town' in Philipsburg on the Caribbean island of Sint...

The Hollywood Casino on the Island of St. Maarten

The Hollywood Casino is located right in the center of a group of larger resorts and is the gaming spot of choice for anybody staying in Simpson Bay...

Topper's Bar

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

Red Piano Bar

The Red Piano is among the most famous bars on St. Maarten, situated in the center of the Pelican Key in between the Simpson Bay Resort and Flamimgo...

Sunset Beach Bar

Sunset Bar & Grill is an institution on the Caribbean island of Sint Maarten-Saint Martin – if not a destination in itself. Voted by an...