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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.

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.

St. Maarten - St-Martin Updates

SXM Not ‘Destroyed’

We need to get the language straight: there are far too many articles and YouTube videos showing the damage caused by Hurricane Irma, and published with introductory headlines based on phrases like...

ST-MAARTEN.COM Video Series

Talented videographer Peter Sagnia is the creative mind behind a series of videos produced in collaboration with Jan Thoelke, publisher of ST-MAARTEN.COM. YouTube and other video channels are...

Shopping Returns to SXM

The first containers with fresh food and produce have arrived. The surviving super markets are again reasonably well stocked. The island's favorite discount super market - the French chain Super U -...

Princess Juliana International Airport Reopened

A major achievement towards the quick recovery of St. Maarten - St-Martin's tourism industry is today's reopening of the Princess Juliana International Airport.

HURRICANE UPDATE: Life Returns to Simpson Bay

Simpson Bay is the first region to bring back some commercial activity. Many bars and restaurants have opened and the fun mix of great food and exciting entertainment is...

The First Month of Recovery from Hurricane Irma on the Island of St. Maarten - St-Martin

One month has passed since the most powerful hurricane in recorded history went right over our tiny island of St. Maarten - St-Martin. We are the kind of people who have experience with tropical...

Restaurants and Entertainment - 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...

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,...

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...

Taco Macho - a Colombian-Mexican Restaurant & Bar

For authentic Mexican and Colombian food, presented with warm Latin hospitality, there is no better place in St. Maarten than Taco MachoThe...

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 or...

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...

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

Porto Cupecoy - Spared by Irma

A recent visit to the elegant Porto Cupecoy development with its luxury condominiums, gourmet restaurants and yacht harbor was very encouraging: There is almost no trace to be found that a...

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.

Commodore Suites Boutique Hotel

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

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.

Pharmacies and Spas

Miguel's Spa + Salon

Ideally located at the Atrium Beach Resort an SPA, Miguel's Spa + Salon offers excellent and qualified service for ladies and gentlemen.  After treating St. Maarten visitors for nearly ten years, the...

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 the cause, Orange Grove Pharmacy, as one of the...

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 Pharmacy is also conveniently close to hotels...

Tijon Parfumerie - Fragrances and Skin Care Produced on St. Martin

Located in the gourmet town of Grand Case where fine restaurants are stringed along the main road, there is also Tijon Parfumerie. While the restaurants apply to the palate, Tijon wants you to come...