With more than 7,000 islands to choose from when embarking on a Caribbean yacht charter it is often virtually impossible to know on which area to focus. All distinct in character, scenery and ambiance, each Caribbean island offers endless opportunities for adventurous holidaymakers who decide to explore this extraordinary part of the world on a luxury yacht.

Without doubt one of our favourites is the island of St Maarten or St Martin, depending on which side of the island you choose to visit on a luxury Caribbean boat hire holiday.

The island, located in the north-east Caribbean amongst the Leeward archipelago, is both French and Dutch with the Gallic side of St Martin being slightly larger than neighbouring St Maarten, on the southern side of the island.

Both sides are blessed with beautiful white beaches, first-class restaurants and an array of exclusive shops making it a hugely popular stop off point for those on a Leeward Island yacht charter.

The very nature of a luxury yacht charter means that often, you do not have much time on one island before cruising off to discover the next. To help you we have put together a list of things to do in St Maarten if you are only stopping there for one day during your yacht charter:

  • Visit the stunning beach at Guana Bay and watch the surfers frolic in the waves.
  • Try your luck at any one of the 14 casinos in St Maarten. The most exclusive are found in Simpson Bay, Maho and Cupecoy, with many staying open until the small hours of the morning.
  • Go shopping. The more renowned boutique shops are found in the French side, although there are some first-class jewelry shops and duty-free outlets found in Front Street in Philipsburg.
  • Eat out in any one of the sensational restaurants on the island. There are more than 400 restaurants in total, with the French side boasting a number of particularly excellent places in which to dine out in style.
  • Take a hike into the green interior of St Maarten. The views from the top of its gently undulating hills are stunning, especially on a clear day.
  • Go sailing. St Maarten is known as the sailing capital of the Caribbean and we thoroughly recommend taking out a dinghy or a catamaran to experience the thrill of sailing a small boat in perfect conditions.
  • Play golf. If you prefer land-based activities why not have a round of golf at St Maarten’s only golf course, in Mullet Bay.