Sunday, the 10th of October 2010 was a historic date for our tiny 37 square-mile Caribbean island: the southern part, called the 'Dutch Side', became an independent nation within the Kingdom of the Netherlands.

The capital Philipsburg was full of celebrations on Saturday night and Sunday; at the historic courthouse in the town's center, the flag of the Netherlands Antilles was lowered for a final time and the flag of Country Sint Maarten proudly raised. The new government celebrated the event together with the electorate and dignitaries from neighboring islands and representatives of the Netherlands and France.

 

Historic Day for Sint Maarten

In previous decades, Sint Maarten has been part of the Netherlands Antilles, a nation combining the islands of Curacao, Bonaire, St. Eustatius (Statia), Saba and Sint Maarten into one political entity with a central government on Curacao. The Netherlands Antilles as a nation have been dissolved; Bonaire, St. Eustatius and Saba received a status similar to a Dutch municipality, while Sint Maarten and Curacao became independent countries.

St. Maarten's leaders believe that the island's bustling economy will create more benefits for residents and visitors, if the available tax revenue stays with the territory. Previously, funds were transferred to the much larger Curacao and only a fraction was returned to administer and maintain St. Maarten. 

Activities of Any Kind

For those who can only bear so much sun worshiping, St. Maarten/St. Martin boasts a huge array of activities to offer, for all ages and interests. Click here to find a list of many more activities available.

Aqua Mania - Just Add Water

Imagine a place that could offer departures to all destinations for daytrips, all the toys for water sports and combines a professional and well established dive center to round off the package. AQUA MANIA adventures is that place.. with over 20...

Boat Excursions Around St. Maarten Island

Year around warm sea, spectacular scenery and world class beaches need to be experienced by boat! There are day charter excursions for every taste and budget available, with snorkeling, beach BBQ, visits to neighboring islands and much more.

Dive Adventures

Explore the underwater vistas of St Maarten with Dive Adventures by AquaMania...
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Exercising

For those who enjoy 'dry land' sporting activities as well as the multitude of water sports on offer, St. Maarten/St. Martin has excellent facilities. Fitness fanatics don't worry, as the island has many well-equipped gyms with a good range of...

Guided Tours & Attractions Around St. Maarten - St-Martin

Book here and save big over island tours offered by the cruise lines! Better rates, small groups (no - we don't offer 50-seater buses), personable and enthusiastic guides - even free beverages - are just one of several reasons to trust the...

Jo Junie Tours Around St. Maarten - St. Martin

There is so much  to see and experience on St. Maarten/St. Martin that a guided tour around the island is the best and most efficient way to get an overview. Visitors arriving by cruise ship should sign up with an established tour operator, who does...

Maintaining Your Beach Body

You worked so hard to achieve your beach body - don't let it slide while on vacation. St. Maarten - St. Martin offers the full spectrum of workout solutions. You'll find a Cross Fit center, Insanity classes, Zumba classes, Yoga institutions... all...

Sea Saba

Sea Saba Dive Center and Juliana's Hotel are the known combination for your ideal Saba experience.
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St. Maarten - St. Martin Highlights for Cruise Ship Visitors

If you arrive by cruise ship, you only have a few hours to enjoy St. Maarten - St. Martin. You will get the best out this limited time by booking an island tour with an experienced tour guide. Here some pointers of what to see:

Staying Fit on St. Maarten - Personal Trainer

Staying fit while on vacation is a challenge, especially if 'sand gravity' makes it so difficult to leave the beach. That's why a prearranged schedule with personal trainer Dayana Mota will provide the perfect encouragement to stick to your fitness...
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The Country Club

Don't skip your work-out routines, because you are on vacation. With the recent opening of The Country Club at Port de Plaisance, you have no more excuses. Praised by industry insiders as the Caribbean's most advanced fitness facility, The Country...
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Topper's Rhum Factory Tour

Any visitto the Antillean islands is a sensual experience and what better way than to capture the Caribbean spirit (pun intended) with a bottle of local rum? Take a tour of Topper's Rhum factory Take a tour of Topper's Rhum factory Watch the...

Wave Runner and Boat Rental Around St. Maarten - St. Martin

What better way to explore the coast line of St. Maarten/St. Martin than in your own personal watercraft? Choose between the thrill ride of a fast Wave Runner or a guided tour, where you pilot your own boat.