St Maarten | St Martin
Sint Maarten (Dutch) / Saint Martin (French) – two countries on one Island = SXM. A unique Caribbean paradise!
Our Island has the best of 2 worlds, the European Calmness, fine-dining and relaxation on the French side, and the Las Vegas of the Caribbean on the Dutch side. SXM counts over 100 different nationalities within just 34 square miles. Such diversity makes St. Maarten | St. Martin the most multi-cultural and various nation in the entire world.
Visit us and experience why St Martin | St Maarten is the #1 Caribbean Vacation destination!
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Sint Maarten | Saint Martin
Our Magical little paradise inhabits approximately 100.000 citizens, spread over the Dutch side (55.000), and the French side (45.000). It’s tough to make an exact count as many are on and off-island due to the Tourism Industry.
After Hurricane Irma, which destroyed SXM, the Island went into a recovery phase. Now a couple of years after the Island is back on track and completely renovated and renewed. Everything on St Maarten | St Martin is newly built, and services are improved compared to pre-hurricane. There are lots of new restaurants, hotels, activities, and watersports to enjoy.
Our high-season months are from November until April, mid-season from May to August, and low-season September and October due to the Hurricane season.
The average temperature on the Island of St. Maarten is approx 80ºF or 27ºC. Within the high-season months, there’s a lot more wind and less humidity, wherein the low season there’s almost no wind and more moisture.
In short, our Island is pleasant to visit all year round, so we hope to see you soon!
Dutch Side (Sint Maarten)
St Maarten | With years of mostly American tourists (75%) the Dutch side of Sint Maarten became the Las Vegas of the Caribbean, with restaurants, marinas, casinos and lots of nightlife all around.
The dutch side its also famous for its Tax-Free importing and so shopping for luxury brands, such as European watches, jewelry and clothing will save you 15 to 20%. On a $ 20.000 watch this can be immense.
Also alcohol, cigarettes, pharma-products, and cigars are extremely affordable and your savings can make back the trip!
Not for nothing, SXM is known as a Sin-Island where you get to leave all your worries behind.
The capital Philipsburg became great for your day-trips and a real hub for cruise-ships.
With lots of historical sights, the front street which is amazing for shopping and the boardwalk along Great Bay you can enjoy a traditional Caribbean vacation. In frontstreet you’ll find all the European luxury brands such as “Hublot”, “Zenith”, “Patek Phillipe”, “Rolex”, “Messika”, “Bally”, and lots more.
There are bars, restaurants, and beach chairs all along the boardwalk for you to soak up some sun. Read more about Philipsburg and the Boardwalk…
Simpson Bay | Cole Bay | Maho
In Simpson Bay, Cole Bay and Maho you’ll find several large marinas and hotels.
This area became the “Party Central of the Caribbean” with more bar’s restaurants, casinos and nightclubs than you can imagine. Read more about nightlife…
Within the high-season and mid-season months, you can admire some of the world’s largest Mega Yachts such as the “A”, “Maltese Falcon”, “Eclipse”, “Limitless”, “Venus” and lots more!
Oyster Bay | Guana Bay
Oyster Pond and Guana Bay on the east coast are more secluded with nice beaches, some great hotels and views on St. Barths.
If you like a quiet stay closer to calm beaches such as Orient Bay, Le Galion and the French side than this is a good pick.
You can expect a lot more wind on this side of the Island so also for windsurfing or kitesurfing this is the best area.
Dutch Side: Overall
If you are looking for a vacation in which you can relax on the beach and go to fancy restaurants, combined with nightlife, party, and meeting like-minded people and the locals. Then the Dutch side would be your best option!
French Side (Saint Martin)
St Martin | kept its European charm with no high structures, no casinos, and almost no fast-food. Not for nothing, it is known as the “Culinary Capital of the Caribbean” as the fine-cuisine, and gastronomic know-how is merely fantastic!
When you’re on the French side you feel like visiting Europe, with modern style European clothing, a perfumerie, small coffee corners and great restaurants all around. But most exceptional is that everything is small and personal!
The difference between the two sides of the Island is immense, that’s why on SXM you’ll get to enjoy the best of 2 wolds!
The capital Marigot has some excellent marinas for smaller yachts and sailboats. It is known for European shopping, great restaurants, and its historical sights.
Hurricane Irma brought a lot of damage in 2017, but fantastic street art from Jimmy Sheik and Mashinart covered areas with love and color.
A little outside Marigot, there’s Pic Paradis, the highest point of SXM, and its lush jungle surrounding. Escape in our unique tropical forest system with wild iguanas, monkeys, and lots of birds.
Grand Case | Orient | Hope Estate
Grand Case is known as the Culinary capital with lots of top-notch restaurants. Experience French gastronomic know-how first hand eating here, the dishes will blow your mind.
Orient Bay is one long stretched beach with some of the best beach bars, lots of watersports, and an elegant European plaza with top-class restaurants. Known as the “Cannes of the Caribbean”.
In Hope Estate you’ll find great stores and a shopping mall with European brands, french food delicacies and unique island souvenirs such as the famous “One Love, One Life, One Island” T-shirts.
Anse Marcel | Pinel Island
Anse Marcel is a secluded private beach with one of the islands best beach restaurant and lots of tranquility. Secrets Resort recently moved here.
Last you do not want to miss Pinel Island, a small secluded island that can only be reached by a Ferry service for a day-visit; on Pinel, you’ll feel like you’ve entered a tropical expedition to an inhabited island.
French Side: Overall
If you are looking for a vacation in which you can relax on the beach, visit the best restaurants, and completely relax. Then the French side would be your best option!
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