Sint Maarten, a special position in the world:
Saint Martin – Sint Maarten is an island located in the northeast Caribbean, nestled between the Atlantic Ocean and the Caribbean Sea. The closest islands are St Barthelemy and Anguilla . The island is divided between France and Netherlands. It is one of the smallest sea islands divided between two nations. The southern part is Sint Maarten and the northern French part is Saint Martin (Collectivity of Saint Martin). Marigot is the french capital and Philipsburg the dutch one. The two territories are known as “Saint Martin – Sint Maarten”. Sometimes SXM, the IATA identifier for Princess Juliana International Airport. There is no physical border between the French and Dutch territories and people and goods can travel freely between the two parts of the island. English is the most commonly spoken language, the official languages are French for Saint Martin, and both Dutch and English for Sint Maarten.The two sides of the island offer two different feelings.
is known for its nude beaches, clothes, shopping (including outdoor markets), and rich French cuisine. The French Side offers year-round watersports and outdoor activities. Saint Martin is particularly renowned for its gourmet (and more moderately priced) restaurants, especially in Grand Case. Chefs trained in Europe elevate restaurant cuisine to gourmet level. The North part of Saint Martin include a Marine Park, with tree islands: Tintamarre, Pinel island and Caye Verte.
is known for its nightlife, jewelry, exotic drinks, casinos, and duty-free shops. The main quarters of Sint Maarten are Maho, Simpson Bay and Cupecoy. These places concentrate the biggest hotels of the island. Sint Maarten welcomes cruiseships on its Pointe Blanche pier.
Saint Martin – Sint Maarten island is a haven for watersports. Whether you’re here for swimming, sunbathing, sports or simply to relax, there’s room for everyone to find their own little piece of paradise. All the ocean sports can be done: surf, Standup Paddle, windsurf, wakeboard, jet-ski, kite surf, water ski, kayak, sailing and deep-sea fishing!
Pinel island offers calm and turquoise water, ideal for Standup Paddle and kayak. You can spend the whole day paddling between the keys. Grand Case also offers good conditions to Creole Rock, a little island appreciated for snorkeling. A lot of easy spots around the island are great for paddle surfing.
February: St Martin’s Caribbean Carnival.
March: Heineken Regatta.
April: St Maarten’s Caribbean Carnival.
Please visit the following pages and discover interesting informations about the french side: