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There is much to do for kids of all ages on our island. Snorkeling and sailing are an exciting adventure for youngster, but not all activities on St. Maarten have to be based on the water. Find some of the children's favorite things-to-do in this article.

Kidsworld is an event and acitivty center for children from ages 1 to 12.  Kids are guaranteed to have fun with all the onsite attractions. Parents can linger and watch or enjoy their day on their own.

The Fly Zone at Loterie Farm
This is one of the most exciting attractions in the Caribbean! Zip lines connect the hundreds of year old trees of the island's private nature reserve and only tropical forest system. Suspended above the ground, you will 'zip' with amazing speed from tree to tree. There are obstacles, such as rope bridges to be mastered. Completing the track can take up to two hours and is a real work out. Great for adults AND children above the age of 8 - 10. For the little ones, there is a special 'Little Tarzan" course prepared. Instructors are explaining procedure and equipment and are monitoring the safety of all participants. Cost is about $40 per person. Especially the Fly Zone at Loterie Farm needs reservations, because many times, large cruise ship groups are occupying the course and 'walk-in' visitors can not be accommodated.

Don't forget to have a meal at the Hidden Forest Cafe, right there at Loterie Farm. It might be the island's best restaurant...

Sailing Lessons
One of the major past times in the Caribbean and especially St Maarten is sailing. After all, St Maarten is home of the Heineken Regatta, the hemisphere's largest sailboat race. The large Simpson Bay Lagoon with its protected and calm waters is the ideal body of water to teach sailing to children. Budget Marine operates a fleet of 24ft boats, but there are also Optimists for rent.

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The Butterfly Farm will charm not only kids, but their parents too. A large meshed structures contains a beautiful tropical landscaped garden, exotic flowers and pool with Japanese fish. The atmosphere is tranquil, hypnotic music plays and hundreds of breathtaking butterflies from all over the world fly freely around.

An essential part of the visit to the farm is the famous "guided tour". Visitors are shown the evolutionary cycle from microscopic eggs, to strange and exotic caterpillars, pupae resembling exquisite designer jewelry. If you come early in the morning it is quite possible to see the birth of a butterfly and watch the newly emerged butterflies take their first flight!. The tours are also very amusing and an amazing source of butterfly facts and stories. Guides will show you how to handle the butterflies with care and caterpillars if you dare!

Horses and Ponies
At the Bayside Riding Club, pony rides are available for small l children who are not yet ready to participate at the 2 hour beach rides. Inquire at our Activity Desk at the Atrium Resort in Simpson Bay.

Kung Fu for Kids
At the Princess Country Club - on the premisses of the plush Port de Plaisance Resort and Casino, international Kung Fu competitor Dayna Mota has developed a unique introduction course into traditional Shaolin Kung Fu for kids of all ages.

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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!