Sint Maarten, a special spot in the world:
Saint Martin - Sint Maarten is an island located in the northeast Caribbean, nestled between the Atlantic Ocean and the Caribbean Sea. The closest nearby islands are St Barthelemy and Anguilla. France and Netherlands share the island. In fact, it is one of the smallest islands shared between two nations. The southern part is Dutch Sint Maarten and the northern French part is Saint Martin (Collectivity of Saint Martin). Marigot is the french capital and Philipsburg the dutch capital. The two territories are known as "Saint Martin - Sint Maarten" and sometimes "SXM," the IATA identifier for Princess Juliana International Airport. There is no physical border between the French and Dutch territories and people and goods can travel freely between the two parts of the island. English is the most commonly spoken language, the official languages are French for Saint Martin, and both Dutch and English for Sint Maarten.The two sides of the island offer two pretty different feelings.
Saint Martin is known for its nude beaches, clothes, shopping (including outdoor markets), and rich French cuisine. The French Side offers year-round watersports and outdoor activities. Saint Martin is particularly renowned for its gourmet (and more moderately priced) restaurants, especially in Grand Case. Chefs trained in Europe elevate restaurant cuisine to gourmet level. The North part of Saint Martin includes a Marine Park, with three islands: Tintamarre, Pinel island and Caye Verte.
Sint Maarten is known for its nightlife, jewelry, exotic drinks, casinos, and duty-free shops. The main areas of Sint Maarten are Maho, Simpson Bay and Cupecoy. The biggest concentration of hotels are found in these zones. Sint Maarten also welcomes cruiseships on its Pointe Blanche pier.
Saint Martin - Sint Maarten island is a haven for watersports. Whether you’re here for swimming, sunbathing, sports or simply to relax, there’s something for everyone.
All ocean sports can be done here: surf, Standup Paddle, windsurf, wakeboard, jet-ski, kite surf, water ski, kayak, sailing and deep-sea fishing! Pinel island offers calm and turquoise water, ideal for Standup Paddle and kayak. You can spend the whole day paddling between the cays. Grand Case also offers good conditions to Creole Rock, a little island appreciated for snorkeling. A lot of spots around the island are great for paddle surfing, too.
You will find your own little piece of paradise here.
Highlights in St Martin - St Maarten:
January to March: Mardis de Grand Case.
February: St Martin's Caribbean Carnival.
March: Heineken Regatta.
April: St Maarten's Caribbean Carnival.