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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.

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St. Maarten - St. Martin's Major Events

SXM Festival - March 2017 15th to 19th

The SXM Festival is back for 2017 and even better! The event is set on different party locations and featuring the creme of international DJs and electronic music talent.

Heineken Regatta - March 2017

The Heineken Regatta is a world-renowned sailboat race AND a series of major concerts and parties.

Carnival - April/May 2017

Take loud drum and calypso beats, glittering costumes, mouthwatering food, lots of drinks and thousands of happy people - that is Carnival in St. Maarten. 

Major Events 2017 - Intro

Three major events are the cornerstones of St. Maarten's party season. Heineken Regatta, SXM Festival and Carnvial fill the time from March to May.

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.

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.

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 Rentals

9 Bedroom Estate | Starting at $6000 per night

Le Château des Palmiers is a world-class estate that includes a 5-bedroom ocean side villa and a 4-bedroom garden side villa and it situated on a white sand beach.

AAZURE - 1 Bedroom Apartment | Starting at $229 per night

Aazure is a beautifully appointed 1 bedroom, 1 ½ bathroom condo overlooking the gardens and pool of Porto Cupecoy, a luxury gated community.

BEACH COTTAGE - 3 Bedroom | From $210/night

This vacation rental is a historic cottage on the beach in the gourmet village of Grand Case, where fantastic restaurants line the main street to tease the visitors palate. 

OCEAN VIEW - 1 Bedroom Apartment | From $70/night

This one-bedroom condo unit is located in the neighborhood of Beacon Hill right on the ocean with spectacular views and within walking distance to the entertainment of Maho.

Best 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...

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.

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.

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.

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.

Beaches, Nightlife, Shopping

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.

Where to Party on Sint Maarten - Saint 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!