Most think of the hotel that is one the runway, or maybe you think about tax-free, duty-free shopping, or maybe gastronomy experience, or simply hiking the beautiful mountains, or swimming in the crystal clear ocean.
St. Maarten offers so much more to the traveler.
Let's take a look at this little island with some BIG attributes.
The island of St.Martin is the smallest landmass in the world (88 sq. kms/37 sq miles) to be shared by two sovereign nations.
The Dutch side is 16 sq miles, the capital is Philipsburg, and 21 sq miles on the French side the capital is Marigot.
This give the two unique destinations and culture on one small island. You can easily experience this two-nation island without spending much time in a car driving from one side to the other.
St.Martin is sunny and warm year-round. averaging 80 F (27c) in the summer it's only 2 degrees cooler in the winter. The island is buffeted by cooling trade winds that keep things temperate all year long. An avenge annual rainfall comes to about 45 inches, most of which occurs around late summer and early fall.
St. Maarten is Lush, Green and Mountainous, offering lovely views.
St.Maartin is located at the northern end of the Lesser Antilles, approx. 150 miles southeast of Puerto Rico.
There is one International airport on the island, Princess Juliana International Airport, located on the Dutch side of the island in Philipsburg.
About one million years ago, St. Maarten, Anguilla and St. Barts were one island?
They formed one continuous land mass back when the sea level was about 114 ft (35 meters) lower than it is today.
St. Maarten (pronounced Saint Martin) occupies the bottom or southern part of the island (the Dutch side).
On the Dutch side they have a diverse selection of hotels, more high-end properties and more chain hotels then their French neighbors.
If you feel lucky, try your hand at their casinos which are only located on the Dutch side of the island. You can stay on the French side in the day and visit the casino in the evening on the Dutch side.
There are no official boarders or boarder crossings, traffic moves freely across both sides of island. This is an ideal island to rent a car and go exploring. It would be a shame not to take advantage of this opportunity. to visit the cultures of both the Dutch, French and African influences.
What language can you expect to be spoken on the island?
English, Dutch, Creole dialect called Papiamento, French Side, French & English.
The official currency is the Netherlands Antilles Guilder; U.S. dollars are widely accepted.
The standard voltage on the Dutch side is 110 V, 60 Hz, so in general, no converters or adaptors are required for appliances.
Requirements for St. Maarten are simple. With a Valid Passport along with a round trip ticket (you can visit up to 90 days).
Post Covid travel requirements: A PCR test is required prior to travel.
The Beach Comes to mind :), even if you are not a beach bum by nature, we all enjoy a little bit of relaxation in the ocean and getting a bit of rays, since that is the real reason we visit somewhere sunny, to feel the sun touching your skin.
There is a beach for each passion along the coast of St. Maarten.
The average temperature of the ocean is 81F/27c year-round, then add the crystal-clear water and white-sand beaches you have the perfect combination for aquatic fun.
Windsurfers, snorkelers, and sun worshipers everyone who visits, has their favorites.
Little Bay Beach: is a favorite of snorkelers, with calm waters that offer an excellent visibility when snorkeling.
Dawn Beach: known for it's powdery white sand, great beach bars, and excellent windsurfing.
Guana Bay Beach: is along the southeast coast, offers magnificent views of St. Barthelemy.
Mullet Bat Beach: is perfect for swimming, snorkeling along the rocks, and beautiful sunset views. It offers lots of white sand and palm trees along the fringe.
Maho Beach: is one of the unique beaches around the word. This is where the Sonesta Maho Beach Resort, Casino & Spa is located, and the airplanes fly over your head while you are on the beach.
But you don't need to stay put on only one island, you can visit other beaches close by, taking a ferry from the French side service from Marigot to Anguilla and St. Barts or from Simpson Bay to the island of Saba or St. Eustatius.
You have many options surrounding to visit the islands and their cultures, stay for a day or a couple of nights.
Other water activates are:
Sailing: Tall Ships, Speed Boat
There are others actives as well like Harley Davidson Tours, Cycling Mountain and trail biking, also avilable are bikes for children.
Hiking in St. Maarten/St. Martin offers over twenty miles of paths that will take you throughout the island. This gives you a unique and up-close opportunity to admire the flora and fauna. You can hike all the way around the island along the white sand beaches. coal beach, and climb the cliffs to view areas of St. Maarten/St. Martin.
One of the most popular destinations on St. Maarten is the Pic Paradis or Paradise Peak, the highest pointe on the island. There are various trails that lead to 1391-foot peak, a sight you cannot appreciate until you reach to the top.
Th Seaside Nature Park is a Beautiful Spot to visit.
Don't forget to visit the Butterfly Farm :)
Let's not forget the Culture/Art, the majority of art galleries are located in Phillipsburg. Art tours are offered.
Now let's visit the subject of accommodations.
You have a wide range of accommodations to choose from.
There are only a few of All-Inclusive Resort's avilable on the island, so if that is not what you want, there are many Villas to choose from. Let's work together to ensure you have a Stress Free Vacation.
Here is one All-Inclusive that I would recommend to you.
Please keep in mind that the All-Inclusive are not as affordable as traveling to other island in the Caribbean.
Located on the French side of the Island, which for me is the most Beautiful side of the Island.
No matter what you do in St-Maarten/St. Martin you will never forget the wonderful memories that you made visiting the two countries on one island.
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