Boat Trips, Scuba and Snorkeling Around St. Maarten - St-Martin

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...

Billy Bones - Speed Boat Charters to Anguilla and Snorkeling Trips to Deserted Islands

Billy Bone Boat Charters operates a fleet of sleek speedboats to whisk you in no time to the most exotic locations around SXM.

Dive Adventures

Explore the underwater vistas of St Maarten with Dive Adventures by AquaMania scuba diving. Friendly and professional dive instructors will guide...

Rhino Safari Excursions

Experience on-the-water excitement piloting your very own two-man RHINO Watercraft to the best snorkeling spots.

Speed Boat Charters from Caribbean Marines

Take a 900 HP top-of-the-line speed boat to St. Maarten's most exotic locations and best snorkeling spots with Caribbean Marines.

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...

Guided Island Tours Around 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.

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...

Tijon Parfumerie - A Unique Fragrance Experience on St. Martin Island

Learn how to create a parfume and take it home as a unique souvenier from Tijon Parfumerie!

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...

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.