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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.

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

A Dangerous Game: Riding the Jet Blast at St. Maarten's Airport

Watching jetliners approach and touch down only some meters away and also watching them take off has become one of St. Maarten's major tourist attractions.

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! 

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.

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.

SXM Spyder Rental

The CanAm Spyders are the most thrilling way to explore Sint Maarten - Saint Martin on your own.

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. 

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...

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...

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 unsurpassed quality and value of their...

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 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.