The island of St. Maarten - St-Martin is a cosmopolitan melting pot, with European roots and at the same time a strong Caribbean identity. English is the most common language, also spoken by most residents of the French side.

 

Sint Maarten - The Dutch Side

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Independent since the 10th of October 2010 (10/10/10), but still part of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, the 'Dutch Side' occupies about one third of the island's landmass. This part always has been led by politicians with a strong pro-business philosophy, turning St. Maarten into the Caribbean's most open economy. With a booming economy and relatively tolerant immigration policies arrived both the blessings and the problems of development; without dwelling too deeply into these topics (we might elsewhere on this website), it was the Dutch side which put the island on the map as a major player in the Caribbean tourism landscape.

You'll find Sint Maarten somewhat Americanized, with fast food places and other conveniences of civilization. Yet it is the combination of the Dutch and French side which turn our island into such a fantastically exciting vacation spot.

 

Saint Martin - The French Side

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The 'French Side' is neither an independent state, nor a colony; it just is... France. This is a fully privileged European Union territory and follows the big country's rules and laws more or less strictly, a bit depending on the administrators send from Paris.

The fact that Marigot, the capital, is not a cruise ship port preserved the small-town feel of a charming French-Caribbean settlement.

The French side is home to many of the must-see spots on the island: there is Pic Paradis, the tallest mountain with Loterie Farm (spelling is correct !), a private nature reserve with the last remaining rain-forest. Orient Beach is without a doubt the number one beach, and the gourmet village of Grand Case is unique in the world with its number of top-class dining places.

Regions and Towns of St. Maarten - St-Martin

Anse Marcel - The Hidden Valley

Bring your camera! As you drive over the mountain from French Cul de Sac to Anse Marcel, breathtaking panoramic views enable even the most amateur...

Baie Oriental - Home of Orient Beach

Orient Beach is St. Martin's flagship beach and is often referred to as the "French Riviera of the Caribbean". This expansive one mile beach is home...

Cole Bay

Only a few years back, the urbanity of Cole Bay would not have been given space in any publication geared towards island visitors. The area had an...

Colombier and Loterie Farm

There is a hidden village in the mountainous center of the island, not known to many visitors: Colombier. The narrow road leading to the settlement...

Grand Case

It's no false hype: Grand Case IS the culinary capital of the Caribbean! This charming village on the northern coast of St. Martin is home to an...

Maho Village

Close to the International Airport, the Maho area's most famous attraction is famous Sunset Bar and Grill. Nowhere else in the world are you able to witness...

Marigot

The quaintGallic town of Marigot is the administrative center of French St. Martin.  Both the French/European and Caribbean cultures are represented...

Mullet Bay to Cuepcoy

The area from Mullet Bay to Cupecoy Beach (which is also the border to the French side) has become one of the most attractive areas of the Dutch...

Nettle Bay

The tourism districtof Baie Nettle or Nettle Bay has the unique distinction of having ocean and lagoon beaches. Driving towards Marigot, the hotels...

Our Unique Dual Nation Island

Only thirty six square miles in size, but with an amazing variety in landscapes: that's St. Maarten-St. Martin! From the secluded, white sand...

Oyster Pond

On the island's eastern coast is the location of a second lagoon: Oyster Pond. Though much smaller than Simpson Bay Lagoon, Oyster Pond is at the...

Philipsburg

Philipsburg, the capital of Dutch St. Maarten, fills a narrow stretch of land between Great Bay and the Great Salt Pond. Founded in 1763 by John...

Porto Cupecoy

Porto Cupecoy is a nearly 20-acre mixed-use luxury condominium community with a full-service marina, a vibrant plaza filled with quaint shops and...

Simpson Bay

Decades ago, the Simpson Bay Lagoon was fringed with white sand beaches and the little settlement of Simpson Bay was home to the...

Terres Basses

The French Lowlands or Terres Basses are a neighborhood of million-dollar estates, build on the rolling hills of St. Martin's westernmost region. There...