Coronavirus Travel Guide

The Coronavirus covid-19 is a virus that appeared in late 2019 and is way more contagious than the flu. The coronavirus is not only more contagious than the flu but also more deadly.
People who already have an illness or any kind of conditions are at a HIGH risk of death if they get the coronavirus. And elderly people are also a high risk category.

So we recommend if you are pregnant, older than 50, have an illness, you ASBOLUTELY must wear a face mask to protect yourself from the coronavirus covid-19.

As of the 15th of March they are NO cases of Coronavirus in St Martin St Maarten. Our caribbean climate might protect us.

But here are our recommendations as a Coronavirus Guide to Travel and Stay SAFE :

– You should wear a Face mask in public and even more so before entering a train station, subway or airport
– Wear disposable gloves in te subway, train or airplane
– Wash your hands with soap at every opportunity
– Use a Hand sanitizer when in public
– If on a plane or a train, when you get to your seat, disinfect the surface saround you a with wipes.
– Turn off air blower, fan or Air Condition (thses systems helps spread the germs).
– If you have to go to the bathroom, bring wipes and Lysol and repeat disinfectant steps.

As you read it’s quite simple to stay SAFE from the Coronavirus. You just have to wear a face mask, disposable gloves and use hand sanitizer regularly.

Do these simple steps work ?

2 examples : Hong Kong and Taiwan.
These 2 countries have respectfully 155 cases with 84 recovered and 67 cases with 20 recovered.
And the death total is 5 for both countries according to the John Hopkins Coronavirus map.
These 2 countries are interesting because they are next to China and Hong Kong is even sharing its frontier with China.
But they have implemented early on 2 measures :
– wearing a Face Mask and
– Disposable Gloves when taking public transportation.
It’s common sense and it does make sense.
So we encourage you to BUY a reusable and washable face mask NOW for as little $14.25 .
And get disposable gloves too. You can find them HERE for the price of less than $20 for a box of 25 pair of gloves.
Furthermore they still have bottles of 7oz.(200 ml) of hand sanitizer gel that cost $19.99.
And if you need a large amount of surgical face mask they have them available too right now HERE.
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Discover St Maarten the Best Caribbean Island

St Maarten the Best Caribbean Islands

 

St Maarten is a Caribbean island that has a lot to offer in terms of hotels resorts, villas, things to do, shopping and beaches. St Maarten or St Martin is an island divided between 2 countries but on this website you will find information on both sides.

 

Where is St Maarten ?

St Maarten is a Caribbean island located in eastern part of the Caribbean sea. Sint Maarten is part of the Leeward Islands; islands that are at the junction of the Atlantic Ocean and the Caribbean Sea.
St Martin is located on the east of the US Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico.

Why St Maarten is called St Martin ?

St Maarten is a small island divided in 2 nations : France and the Netherlands Kingdom. So Officially the island is called Sint Maarten for the Dutch side and is called often St Maarten. Saint Martin is the official name for the French side but is called St Martin. So that’s 4 names for a small island !!
And many locals called St Martin “SXM” regardless of the side they live. The name SXM is coming from the identifier of the Princess Juliana International Airport given by the International Air Transport Association (IATA).

 

St Maarten weather

St Maarten as a Caribbean island knows only one season : SUMMER !!
Indeed, the average temperatures in St Martin throughout the year is around 90°F (30 °C). Even when it rains the temperature are high which make the rainy very agreeable !
From June to November it’s the Official season of Hurricanes in St Maarten like in Florida. And as we have seen in 2017 with the Hurricanes Irma, Jose and Maria it can be tough in the Caribbean islands. So if you happen to be in St Martin St Maarten while a Hurricane is on its way the best option is to leave the island. But it doesn’t happen every year. The previous Hurricane that hit St Maarten was in 1995 and it was Hurricane Luis.
So if you want to come to St Maarten and you worry about the weather, don’t !
Most people come during the winter because it’s cold through the US. And it’s the most busy part of the year and the most expensive too.
If you want to come during summer time, St Maarten won’t be as crowded and yet the temperatures will still be high. The St Martins’ hottest month in term of temperature is August.

 

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37 Beaches in St Maarten St Martin !!

With over 40 miles of coastline, St Maarten has plenty of spaces to offer the best beaches located either toward the Atlantic Ocean or toward the Caribbean Sea.

St Martin features some of the world’s finest seascapes. From unspoiled, quiet shores to lively hubs of activity, every single one of St Maarten beach is unique and reflects the rich diversity of the island itself.
St Maarten has 37 beaches and many of them rank among the finest and the best beach in the Caribbean.

Whether you want to see sunset or sunrise,whether you want to relax or party, whether you want to enjoy fine lunch or local food, whether you want to practice some water sports or do some snorkeling you will find a St Martin beach that correspond to your envy and mood of the day. You have the choice between 37 beach in St Maarten.

You will find below a short description of every beach in St Martin ordered by popularity :

Maho Beach

Maho Beach or Airport beach is world famous for its unique location right under the St Maarten Airport runway.
People enjoy the turquoise water, the beach, the restaurants and gather to watch the plane landing over their head or get the blast of the jets when the planes take off.
This is a must see and must experience ! Just be cautious !

Orient Beach

Orient Beach is located Known as the “St Tropez of the Caribbean”. Orient beach, situated in the north eastern part of St Maarten island in Orient Bay, is one of the island’s largest and most popular beaches.
A naturist or nudist beach can be found to the extreme south of Orient beach.

Cupecoy Beach

Cupecoy beach has beautiful sandstone cliffs creating beautiful coves and caves, and as it faces the South West of St Maarten making it a nice spot to admire sunsets.

 

Simpson Bay Beach

Simpson Beach is running along St Maarten Airport (Princess Juliana International Airport) and the picturesque fishing village of Simpson Bay, this undeveloped strip of fine sand runs to the foot of the “Pointe Burgeaux” rocks.

Mullet Bay Beach

Mullet Bay Beach is very popular with locals and tourists. The beach is fine sanded and stand on the edge of the golf course.

Pinel island

Pinel island is a small ilet off coast St Martin on the french side. To get there you need to take the Pinel island ferry at Cul de sac and there is a rotation every 30 minutes starting at 9.30 am

Tintamarre Island

Tintamarre island is an inhabited island part of the French Natural reserve. Tintamarre has 2 beaches with one very protected from the wind while the other is open to the wind and is better fitted for snorkeling St Maarten.

Anse Marcel Beach

Anse Marcel Beach is a sheltered and well developed beach in the north of St Martin island. As the bay is protected on both sides, the water here is calm.

Baie de l’Embouchure Beach

Baie de l’Embouchure Beach is Swept by the trade winds and protected from the Atlantic swell by a coral reef and the rocky islands of Coconut Grove, the bay offers perfect conditions for windsurfing all year round.

Burgeaux Beach

Burgeaux Beach is small beach nestled between the rocks of “Pointe Burgeaux” and Maho Beach.

Cay Bay Beach

Cay Bay Beach is a small and very pretty cove beach.

Dawn Beach

Dawn Beach is a pretty beach that is fairly well protected.

Friars Bay Beach

Friars Bay Beach is a nice and very famous beach thanks to its restaurants.

Galisbay Beach

Galisbay Beach is a small and extremely calm beach located in Marigot.

Geneve Bay

Geneve Bay Beach is a very small beach and is more known for its natural pool.

Grand Case Beach

Grand Case Beach is one of the longest beach of St Maarten island. The beach is in the heart of Grand Case, St Martin

Grandes Cayes

Grandes Cayes Beach is a long beach in the northern part of Saint Martin island.

Great Bay Beach

Great Bay Beach is in the heart of Philipsburg,St. Maarten the capital of the Dutch side.

Green Cay

Green Cay is a small island with a quiet beach just in front of Orient Beach.

Guana Bay Beach

Guana Bay Beach is a nice little beach on the Dutch side of Sint Maarten island.

Happy Bay Beach

Happy Bay is a small beach but very popular especially among the locals.

Indigo Bay Beach

Indigo Bay Beach is a nice beach on the Dutch side of St. Maarten island.

Kimsha Beach

Kimsha Beach is a beach just off Simpson Bay road with some nice beach bars and water sports activities.

Little Bay Beach

Little Bay Beach is a beach just outside Philipsburg St. Maarten.

Long Bay Beach

Long Bay Beach is a very exclusive beach with Luxury villas and the worldwide renowned Hotel La Samanna.

Lovers Beach

Lovers’ Beach is a tiny beach just outside Marigot, Saint Martin. It’s called “Plage des Amoureux” in French.

Lucas Bay Beach

Lucas Bay Beach is the last beach on the French side of St Martin before the Dutch side on the eastern part of the island. Sometimes this beach is also called Coralita Beach.

Nettle Beach

Nettle Beach is long stretch of sand outside Marigot, St Martin with plenty hotels, resorts and restaurants.

Pelican Key Beach

Pelican Key Beach is composed of several little stretch of sand dispersed among villas and several hotels resorts on the Dutch side of St Maarten island.

Petites Cayes Beach

Petites Cayes Beach is a small reclusive beach located on the French side of St Martin island.

Plum Bay Beach

Plum Bay Beach is a very exclusive beach on the French side of St. Maarten island .

Red Bay Beach

Red Bay Beach is a long beach located on the French side of St Martin island.

 

Philipsburg

 

Philipsburg is the capital of St Maarten and as such is the heart of the Dutch side of the island. Not only you will find all the government buildings and its associated agencies but also many stores that make Philipsburg St. Maarten a paradise for would be shopper especially with a duty free shopping policy!
Philipsburg (not the town in Montana!) is also home of the St Maarten cruise port that welcome all the cruise ships and nearly 2 millions passengers every year.

So when you want to spend a day in Philipsburg St. Maarten you have many options on things to do. And what is interesting with Philipsburg is that you can all do together.
Imagine a day where you can go the beach, eat in a good restaurant, do some shopping and also sightseeing historical buildings. Phillipsburg has it all !

While walking on Frontstreet to hunt for the best bargain for your St Maarten shopping you will see the Beautiful Philipsburg Methodist Church (right picture) that is built entirely in wood and surrounded by vegetation. It’s very nice.

Frontstreet Philipsburg is home to many jewelry stores, electronic stores and fashion stores with US and International brands and is where many tourists will go for their duty free shopping in St Maarten.
Backstreet is home to even more stores that front street with many small shops and some big department stores. Backstreet in Philipsburg attract more locals than tourist but it’s also a good place to make pretty good deals during your St Maarten shopping spree (don’t hesitate to negotiate to get easily 10% or 20% discount !).

And Philipsburg is also a Great Beach ! Indeed Philipsburg is located in Great Bay and the color of the water is amazing ! So going to the beach is a must when in Philipsburg. And it’s easy since the beach is by the boardwalk with plenty shops, beach bars and restaurants. You just need to find your lounge chair !

The Philipsburg Court House (left picture) is one of the most Famous monument of St Maarten. Located on Wathey Square and Fronstreet you can’t miss it ! Whether you arrive by water taxi from a cruise ship, Wathey square is right in front of the pier by the boardwalk. And if you arrive by car or taxi then you will see the building standing in the middle of Fronstreet the street to do your duty free St Maarten shopping.

 

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Marigot

Marigot is the capital of the French side of St Martin and all government buildings are located there. The French side of St Martin is part of France and its Official name is “Collectivite territoriale de Saint Martin”. Since St Martin is a french territory all french and EU laws apply and the official currency is the Euro (but the US dollar is widely accepted). But all St Martin shopping is duty free !
Many buildings in Marigot are colonial buildings and are in rather pretty good shape. It gives a particular atmosphere to the town.

Beside Fashion shopping in Marigot you can also enjoy the market on the boardwalk where you can spices, fresh fruits, vegetables and fish.

In Marigot you also have some nice galleries and among them one stand : Roland Richardson Gallery is amazing. You also have a small gallery on the boardwalk representing many different artists.

To do your St Maarten shopping in Marigot you have plenty choice between mainly Freedom street (rue de La Liberte), Republic street (rue de la Republique) and the West Indies Mall. Women in particular will appreciate Marigot with so many fashion stores and a wide array of choice.

For the Marigot sightseeing you have the Catholic church on your way to Fort Louis which offer a great view of Marigot bay and Galisbay.

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Simpson Bay

Simpson Bay is in the middle between Philipsburg and Marigot in St Maarten. Simpson Bay St Maarten is the longest bay of all the island. It comprises 3 beaches : Simpson beach the most well known, Kimsha Beach (or kim sha beach)and Pelican Key Beach.
Not far from Simpson Bay is St Maarten airport since it runs along Simpson Beach.
So you can already see that Simpson Bay offer a lot and is very convenient. But that’s not all !

Simpson Bay has many marinas : Igy marina, Isle del sol, Palapa marina, Princess Port de Plaisance is just across Simpson Bay lagoon.

Once your day is over you may want to eat something, no ? Well there no lack of restaurants in Simpson Bay. From beach restaurant to pizzeria to french restaurant to lobster restaurant to burger one or Lebanese kitchen there are plenty St Maarten restaurants in Simpson Bay.

After that you might want to go to the Casinos, to nightclubs, to bar pub or to adult clubs. There are a lot of possibilities in Simpson Bay.

Or you want to go back to your hotel resort. Simpson Bay is home to a lot of hotels resorts which is very practical because you don’t have to drive to go to sleep !

It comprises 3 beaches : Simpson beach the most well known, Kimsha Beach (or kim sha beach)and Pelican Key Beach.
Not far from Simpson Bay is St Maarten airport since it runs along Simpson Beach.

You have also an extensive offer in matter of water sports center in Simpson Bay around Kimsha beach, pelican key and Simpson Bay Lagoon. These waterspsorts center offer private boat tours, open boat excursions, catamaran excursions, sailing cruise, sunset cruises, jet ski tours, flyboard, hoverboard,diving, snorkeling, deep fishing boat tours and much more. You don’t know what to do in St Maarten ? They certainly have the answer !!

 

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Maho

Maho is comprised of Maho Beach and Maho village.

Maho Beach

Maho Beach is known worldwide thanks to its position at the beginning of St Maarten airport runway.
You can see the planes landing above your head while on the beach, in the turquoise water or having a drink at the Sunset Bar or the Driftwood beach bar.
And when the time of the take off comes be careful if you decide to go behind the jet blast because it will really blast you !!

Maho Village

Maho village is composed of all inclusive resorts hotels, restaurants, bars and fine shops that you will love for your St Maarten shopping. In fact Maho is a destination within a destination that has truly redefined few years ago St Maarten nightlife, entertainment, restaurants, shopping and gaming in a vibrant resort atmosphere.

Maho village is really an open mall by the beach with its numerous stores that range from beauty products to jewelry to women’s clothes to cigars. They are around 30 duty free stores in Maho. So if you want to enjoy the St Maarten shopping tax free Maho is definitely a place to visit.

 

And after that you can enjoy the Casino Royale, the bar piano or the open sky bar !
The Casino Royale located in the heart of Maho is spectacular from the outside and its name could make you believe that you are James bond!
And when you go inside the casino they every game you can imagine. The Maho Casino is the largest in St Maarten boasting 21,000 square feet of gaming. With 21 tables of gaming including roulette, black jack, craps, poker (Three Card Bonus Poker, Let It Ride Bonus, Caribbean Poker, and Texas Hold’em). The casino has also 410 slot machines including a variety of classics and modern video slots. Casino Royale is the home to the only Sex in the City, Hangover, Wheel of Fortune and Betty Boop games on St Maarten. The casino also has a private “high-roller” poker table area with the highest table limits on St Maarten island. You can also bet on your favorite sports. No need to go to Las Vegas !

 

Restaurants and bars are also numerous and diverse in Maho village. From sushi to pizza to french food there are restaurants for any envy !

 

In Maho you have 3 hotels resorts that are among the best in St Maarten.

The Sonesta Maho Beach island is a St Maarten all inclusive resorts that is quite spectacular. The resort offers so many activities and thing to do in St Maarten that you will have to come for another holidays to do them all !!
They offer relaxation treatment, spa, a large pool with cascading waterfalls, 4 tennis courts, a specific program and activities for children. The Sonesta is really a world class all inclusive resort that happen to be by the famous Maho Beach in St Maarten and in Maho village. That’s even more things to do in st maarten while in holidays.

The 5 stars Sonesta Ocean Point Resort is in the Sonesta Maho Beach resort but is apart ! The Ocean Point hotel is the only St Maarten all inclusive resorts for adults only.
The Ocen Point resort has 3 pools, 3 bars, a restaurant, 24 hour room service and private concierge. It’s truly a Luxury hotel.

The Royal Islander Club is a condo resort with kitchen and all the modern amenities that you can expect from an hotel.

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Orient Bay

Orient Bay is home not only to the Famous Orient Beach but also to numerous private villas, boutique hotels, resort, fine restaurants, grocery store, hair salon and many other stores.
Orient Bay St Martin is a mini town of its own. Once you are there you don’t need to go out if you want. Orient Bay is mostly a private town open to the public (without fee) but with gated entry. So Orient Bay is very safe.

Access to Orient beach is free as it is the case on all St Maarten beach. Orient Beach is famous for its restaurants on the beach that offer fine food, drinks and incredible parties. Orient Beach is called the “St Tropez of the Caribbean” due to the parties and the VIP that come enjoy the sun and the sea. In addition to that you can practice most of the watersports activities that exist.

Orient Beach is also famous thanks to its southern part that is a public clothing optional beach. This part of Orient is also home to Club Orient a clothing optional resort (in fact you have to be nude to stay at Club Orient St martin).

Orient Beach is about a 2 miles long powdery white sand beach and is worth a visit!

Beside Orient beach and its restaurants you can go to Orient Bay village where you will find fine dining restaurants for dinner. There you will the choice between different style of cuisine (french, thai, italian) and every restaurant is worth the visit ! So I hope you’ll stay long enough to try all of them !
You also have some other restaurants in Orient Bay such as La Plantation or L’Astrolabe that worth a try too !!

Yes, St Maarten restaurants are pretty good so get ready to taste unbelievable plates.

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Oyster Bay

Oyster Bay is at the junction of the Dutch side and the French side of St Martin island. Oyster bay covers Oyster pond which is a small open lagoon with a marina and is divided between the 2 countries. Oyster Bay covers also Dawn Beach which is on the Dutch side of St Maarten.

In Oyster Bay you will find some nice hotels and resorts that are either on the beach or on the verge of Oyster Pond St Martin. You have the Oyster Bay Beach resort, the Westin hotel resort,the Princess Heights Condominiums dominating on the hill on the Dutch side. You have the Captain Oliver on Oyster Pond and Les Balcons d’Oyster Pond that are very nice too.
Also if you want to take the ferry to St Barts, Oyster Pond is one solution.
There are also some fine restaurants around Oyster Pond in Oyster Bay. on both side of St Maarten (Dutch and French sides).

 

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Grand Case

Grand Case used to be a small fishing village and also living of the industry of salt (extracted from the pond). While this activities have mostly disappeared, Grand Case St Martin has retained all its authenticity through its houses.

At night the main street “Boulevard de Grand Case” get animated with tourist and locals who go to bars, restaurants and shop that open late at night.
During the month of February every tuesday you have parades through the street which is fun.

Grand Case also has a long sandy beach with many beach bars and some fine restaurants. Grand Case is also home to some very nice boutique hotels and the Grand Case Beach Club.

Nowadays Grand Case is well known for its restaurants. And many of the Grand Case restaurants are housed in the traditional houses or huts which give them an additional charm.

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So now that you know everything about St Maarten it’s time for you to book your trip with our Partner Expedia, book your activity with Viator.

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Hurricane Irma : 1 year ago

One year ago, the 6th of September 2017, St Martin St Maarten was hit by the most violent Hurricane in its History : HURRICANE IRMA. Many Lives have been destroyed as well as many buildings. The Nature took a hit as well. That’s why we decided to create a line of products dedicated exclusively to the reconstruction efforts: #SXMSTRONG. 100% of all profits on the #SXMSTRONG products will go toward the recovery of St Martin St Maarten. The French Natural Reserve, and the St Maarten Nature Foundation will receive funds. And the St Maarten tourism office and St Martin tourism office will advises us and help us select small business to receive the funds. We hope we will be able to contribute significantly to the recovery efforts with your Help. The reconstruction has been going on now for a while and a lot of places have been rebuilt. Some others place are in the process of reconstruction while others won’t recover at all. But to see how far we come, have a look at the videos taken just after the passage of the Hurricane below. If you have any question, feel free to contact us HERE

HURRICANE IRMA : 6 months ago

The 6th of September 2017, St Martin St Maarten was hit by the most violent Hurricane in its History : HURRICANE IRMA. Many Lives have been destroyed as well as many buildings. The Nature took a hit as well. That’s why we decided to create a line of products dedicated exclusively to the reconstruction efforts: #SXMSTRONG. 100% of all profits on the #SXMSTRONG products will go toward the recovery of St Martin St Maarten. The French Natural Reserve, and the St Maarten Nature Foundation will receive funds. And the St Maarten tourism office and St Martin tourism office will advises us and help us select small business to receive the funds. We hope we will be able to contribute significantly to the recovery efforts with your Help. If you have any question, feel free to contact us HERE

History

St Maarten St Martin History

First Inhabitants of the Caribbean island

St Maarten – St Martin used to be called Soualiga, salt lands, by the Amerindians.
The Caribbean island of Sint Maarten and its neighbour islands of Saint Barts and Anguilla once formed one very large island.

The Anguilla Bank outlines the shape and size of this former land mass of about 1795 square miles (4650 km2) of which only 96 square miles (250 km2 lies) above sea level.

Through the melting of the polar ice in the glacial era in the North, the sea level rose gradually to about 120 feet, flooding the lowlands and dividing this large mass into the three islands of St Martin, Anguilla and Saint Barthelemy.

 

Several sites on the island prove the existence of Amerindian presence on the island. Dr. Hartog mentions six known sites on St Maarten island and Mrs Conner discovered others.
The latest discoveries by the brothers Petit might shed some new light on this pre-colombian era.

 

The Arawaks and Caribs

The Arawaks and Caribs roamed these islands between 800 an 1500 A.D.
The Arawaks were gentle, settled, peaceful people and lived from vegetables, fruit and seafood. Beautiful pieces of pottery were found at different sites on St Martin island such as Cupecoy, Simpson Bay, French Quarter and Pic Paradis.
The Caribs who came later to the islands of Anguilla, St Barts and Sint Maarten chased the Arawaks away. They were hunters, “ate their captives and enslaved the females”. These Caribs were new to the region and had been preceded by various tribes often more advanced than they were.

 

Christopher Columbus and St Maarten

On November 10th, 1493 Christopher Columbus weighed anchor and sailing with his feet towards the North West from Guadeloupe in search of Hispaniola, he discovered several islands. On the 11th of November 1493, Soualiga was renamed Saint Martin in honor of Saint Martin de Tours because it was his feast day.
Other European countries such as England, Holland and France followed the example of Spain and came to the Caribbean.
In the beginning of the 17th century the French, were forced out from Saint Kitts island by the Spaniards and took refuge in St Martin.
They formed the first European permanent settlement on the island. They picked salt in Grand Case and cultivated tobacco in French Quarter. Soon they built Fort Louis in Marigot in order to protect their harvest.

Soualiga, the Amerindian name for St Maarten meaning Land of Salt is appropriate since salt has been the longest sustained industrial effort on the caribbean island.
Salt is the main reason why the Dutch settled here in 1631, making Sint Maarten the first Dutch colony in the Caribbean.
The Dutch lost no time and within a few months they had salt picked in the Great Salt Pond of Philipsburg, cleaned and ready to ship to Holland.
Their first homes were built and by 1632 they had a built Fort Amsterdam protecting the Great Bay entrance fromPirates.

The Dutch not known as settlers but as traders were doing well and soon were trading salt and tobacco produced by the French colony as well.

In 1633 the Spaniards returned and kicked out both the French and Dutch from the island.
In 1644 Peter Stuyvesant, who later became Director of New Amsterdam (now New York) led a force of 800 Dutch soldiers and tried to re capture the island, but besides loosing the battle, he also lost his leg. Spain whose main interest was gold, did very little to make life livable on the island. In 1648 the Spaniards left the island.

After a struggle between the French and the Dutch an agreement was reached on the division of the Land of Salt.
On March 23rd, 1648 on Mount Concordia (Mont des Accords), the partition Treaty was signed, justifying the presence of the French and the Dutch and dividing the Caribbean island into 2 colonies. This agreement, signed by Commander Martin Thomas and Robert de Lonvilliers, has made peaceful co-existence possible for over 3 centuries. The monument on the boundary-line commemorates the success of this event.

 

How St Maarten and St Martin were divided

A British satirist tells the following legend of how the French came into possession of the larger part of the island. Each commander selected a strong man from his forces. They were placed back to back at a fixed spot and ordered to march around the island in opposite directions. Where they met again would settle the opposite end of the boundary line. The Frenchman took his water bottle and stick and departed. The Dutchman also took his water bottle and stick, but carried along, on the sly, a flask of good old Dutch gin.

As they continued their journey, the Frenchman quenched his thirst with water, but the Dutchman added a rightful portion of gin to his. Overcome by the heat, he stopped to take a nap in the shade of a tree and fell sound asleep. His opponent in the meantime advanced several miles in his own direction, which proved detrimental to the Dutch. This is the reason why the northern French part of the island is larger.

 

Sint Maarten and Saint Martin afterwards

From the time of the Caribs, who called the island Soualiga, land of salt, Saint Martin was primarily known for its salt. Salt was badly needed for Hollands’s herring industry and after the defeat of Portugal by Spain 1580, the Portuguese salt pans were no longer available for the Dutch, due to the fact that Holland and Spain were at war with each other. This is the reason the Dutch came to Sint Maarten. Until approximately 1940 salt was the main export product, besides fish and lobster. St Maarten’s salt was exported to all parts of the world: Holland, U.S.A., Canada and South America.

The women cleaned the salt until it became white. Men broke up the salt and put it on flat-bottomed boats (flats), and pushed the flats to the edge of the pond, where-after the women carried the salt on their heads in baskets to the big piles of salt in Backstreet Philipsburg.

Afterwards workers filled bags and the salt was put on oxcarts and taken to the beach and then to small boats, which took the salt to the schooners in the Great Bay Harbour.

The same happened in Grand Case St Martin. Sometimes there were two yields a year. All depended on the rainfall. In the 18th and 19th century sugarcane and cotton were the most important crops on the island and fields of sugarcane and cotton covered the hills. Rockwell’s built from rocks obtained when the land was cleared, divided the parcels. They can still be seen in many districts on the island, such as: Dutch and French Cul de Sac, Fort Willem Hill and Upper Princess Quarter.

There were 35 sugar mills on the Dutch Side compared to 27 on the French side.

 

St Maarten and St Martin since the end of World War II

After the 1950’s the tourist industry grew to life. First on the Dutch side of St Maarten and later on the French side of St Martin. Tourism and tourism related activities are the main source of income for the tiny Caribbean island.

Cruise tourism and St Maarten hotels resorts tourism are steadily growing. The friendly, always sunny island of St Maarten attracts many tourists yearly through the friendliness of its people, the attractive duty free shops in Philipsburg and Marigot, the luxurious hotels and casinos, the snowy white beaches and light blue crystal clear waters. 

The official currency is the Dutch Antillean guilder on the Dutch side and the Euro on the French side, but the U.S. dollar is still the most usual means of payment on both sides of the island.

 

Beach

With over 40 miles of coastline, St Maarten has plenty of spaces to offer the best beaches located either toward the Atlantic Ocean or toward the Caribbean Sea.

St Martin features some of the world’s finest seascapes. From unspoiled, quiet shores to lively hubs of activity, every single one of St Maarten beach is unique and reflects the rich diversity of the island itself.
St Maarten has 37 beaches and many of them rank among the finest and the best beach in the Caribbean.

Whether you want to see sunset or sunrise,whether you want to relax or party, whether you want to enjoy fine lunch or local food, whether you want to practice some water sports or do some snorkeling you will find a St Martin beach that correspond to your envy and mood of the day. You have the choice between 37 beach in St Maarten.

You will find below a short description of every beach in St Martin ordered by popularity :

Maho Beach or Airport beach is world famous for its unique location right under the St Maarten Airport runway.
People enjoy the turquoise water, the beach, the restaurants and gather to watch the plane landing over their head or get the blast of the jets when the planes take off.
This is a must see and must experience ! Just be cautious ! Learn more about Maho Beach HERE.
Orient Beach is located Known as the “St Tropez of the Caribbean”. Orient beach, situated in the north eastern part of St Maarten island in Orient Bay, is one of the island’s largest and most popular beaches.
A naturist or nudist beach can be found to the extreme south of Orient beach.
Learn more about Orient Beach HERE.
Cupecoy beach has beautiful sandstone cliffs creating beautiful coves and caves, and as it faces the South West of St Maarten making it a nice spot to admire sunsets. Learn more about Cupecoy Beach HERE.
Simpson Beach is running along St Maarten Airport (Princess Juliana International Airport) and the picturesque fishing village of Simpson Bay, this undeveloped strip of fine sand runs to the foot of the “Pointe Burgeaux” rocks.
Learn more about Simpson Bay Beach HERE.
Mullet Bay Beach is very popular with locals and tourists. The beach is fine sanded and stand on the edge of the golf course.
Learn more about Mullet Bay HERE.
Pinel island is a small ilet off coast St Martin on the french side. To get there you need to take the Pinel island ferry at Cul de sac and there is a rotation every 30 minutes starting at 9.30 am
Learn more about Pinel island HERE.
Tintamarre island is an inhabited island part of the French Natural reserve. Tintamarre has 2 beaches with one very protected from the wind while the other is open to the wind and is better fitted for snorkeling St Maarten.
Learn more about Tintamarre HERE.
Anse Marcel Beach is a sheltered and well developed beach in the north of St Martin island. As the bay is protected on both sides, the water here is calm.
Learn more about Anse Marcel HERE.
Baie de l’Embouchure Beach is Swept by the trade winds and protected from the Atlantic swell by a coral reef and the rocky islands of Coconut Grove, the bay offers perfect conditions for windsurfing all year round.
Learn more about Baie de l Embouchure HERE.
Burgeaux Beach is small beach nestled between the rocks of “Pointe Burgeaux” and Maho Beach.
Learn more about Burgeaux Beach HERE.
Cay Bay Beach is a small and very pretty cove beach.
Learn more about Cay Bay HERE.
Dawn Beach is a pretty beach that is fairly well protected.
Learn more about Dawn Beach HERE.
Friars Bay Beach is a nice and very famous beach thanks to its restaurants.
Learn more about Friars Bay HERE.
Galisbay Beach is a small and extremely calm beach located in Marigot.
Learn more about Galisbay Beach HERE.
Geneve Bay Beach is a very small beach and is more known for its natural pool.
Learn more about Geneve Bay HERE.
Grand Case Beach is one of the longest beach of St Maarten island. The beach is in the heart of Grand Case, St Martin
Learn more about Grand Case Beach HERE.
Grandes Cayes Beach is a long beach in the northern part of Saint Martin island.
Learn more about Grandes Cayes HERE.
Great Bay Beach is in the heart of Philipsburg,St. Maarten the capital of the Dutch side.
Learn more about Great Bay Beach HERE.
Green Cay is a small island with a quiet beach just in front of Orient Beach.
Learn more about Green Cay HERE.
Guana Bay Beach is a nice little beach on the Dutch side of Sint Maarten island.
Learn more about Guana Bay HERE.
Happy Bay is a small beach but very popular especially among the locals.
Learn more about Happy Bay HERE.
Indigo Bay Beach is a nice beach on the Dutch side of St. Maarten island.
Learn more about Indigo Bay HERE.
Kimsha Beach is a beach just off Simpson Bay road with some nice beach bars and water sports activities.
Learn more about Kimsha Beach HERE.
Little Bay Beach is a beach just outside Philipsburg St. Maarten.
Learn more about Little Bay HERE.
Long Bay Beach is a very exclusive beach with Luxury villas and the worldwide renowned Hotel La Samanna.
Learn more about Long Bay Beach HERE.
Lovers’ Beach is a tiny beach just outside Marigot, Saint Martin. It’s called “Plage des Amoureux” in French.
Learn more about Lovers beach HERE.
Lucas Bay Beach is the last beach on the French side of St Martin before the Dutch side on the eastern part of the island. Sometimes this beach is also called Coralita Beach.
Learn more about Lucas Bay Beach HERE.
Nettle Beach is long stretch of sand outside Marigot, St Martin with plenty hotels, resorts and restaurants.
Learn more about Nettle Beach HERE.
Pelican Key Beach is composed of several little stretch of sand dispersed among villas and several hotels resorts on the Dutch side of St Maarten island. Learn more about Pelican Key Beach HERE.
Petites Cayes Beach is a small reclusive beach located on the French side of St Martin island.
Learn more about Petites Cayes Beach HERE.
Plum Bay Beach is a very exclusive beach on the French side of St. Maarten island .
Learn more about Plum Bay Beach HERE.
Red Bay Beach is a long beach located on the French side of St Martin island.
Learn more about Red Bay HERE.

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Welcome to St Martin St Maarten

St Maarten is a Caribbean island that has a lot to offer in terms of hotels resorts, villas, things to do, shopping and beaches. St Maarten or St Martin is an island divided between 2 countries but on this website you will find information on both sides. No need to look further you will find everything you need to know about St Martin on this website. And if you have a question you can always contact us and we’ll try to answer it for free.

We organized this website as best as we could in order for you to find easily the information you are looking for concerning St Maarten. But they are a lot to say.
You will find an extensive list of hotels resorts where to stay in St Maarten. A list of things to do in St Maarten. The complete list and description with their map of the 37 St Maarten beach. A description of the respective capital of St Martin on the French side : Marigot and the Capital of Sint Maarten on the Dutch side : Philipsburg.

St Maarten has a rich and diverse offer of Hotels, Resorts, all inclusive, Boutique hotels from Luxury to family budget. Discover all the St Maarten hotels resorts …

St Maarten has a rich and diverse offer of restaurants from “haute” gastronomy to local restaurants. Discover all the St Martin restaurants …

St Martin has a long list of things to do. Discover all the activities and things to do in St Maarten

St Maarten has 37 beaches that are each different from one to another. Discover all the St Maarten beach

St Maarten is a duty free shopping Paradise ! Between Philipsburg, Simpson Bay, Marigot, Hope Estate, Grand Case and much more places to shop you will need time ! Discover all the addresses for your St Maarten shopping …

St Maarten is a Caribbean island and as such is the Perfect Paradise to invest in Real estate ! Discover all the addresses for your St Maarten real state investment…

St Maarten Scuba Diving

St Maarten Scuba Diving Experience the spectacular underwater world of St Maarten, guided by professional scuba dive instructors with Dive Sint Maarten. The waters around St Maarten/St Martin are blessed with beautiful coral reefs which support an incredible and...

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Sail St Maarten with the Random Wind

Sail St Maarten with the Random Wind We offer the Random Wind Paradise Day Sail: This lovely day goes from 10-3 and is so much more than a boat trip. We have broken the excursion mold with cushioned seats for every guest (some in the sun and some in the shade). During...

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Paddle Boarding in St Maarten

St Maarten is the Best Caribbean island not only for its charming people but also by what it offers! Numerous beaches and plenty of things to do in St Maarten are the winning cocktail of a Great Time for your Vacation ! To discover St Martin and all its beauty you can...

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St Maarten Airport Maho Beach tour

Maho Beach is a Worldwide Famous beach thanks to its unique position next to St Maarten airport. So while you relax on bthe beach, swim the turquoise water you can experience the planes landing above your head ! A Truly unique experience. You can also have...

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St Maarten Boat tour and Snorkeling

Exploring St Maarten island through a 6 hours boat tour is always amazing ! Especially when you can also do some snorkeling in St Maarten ! This St Maarten boat tour will start at the Dock Maarten Chesterfield Wharf (10 minutes walk from the cruise ship...

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St Maarten

St Maarten is a Caribbean island and much more. Learn everything you need to Know about St Martin island on our website. And if you have a question feel free to contact us.

Where is St Maarten ?

A tiny island shared by 2 Nations, St Maarten is at the junction of the Atlantic Ocean and the Caribbean Sea ….

St Maarten weather

As a Caribbean island, St Martin St Maarten knows only one season  ….

37 Beaches in St Martin

Yes, Sint Maarten island has 37 beaches on the Dutch side and French side of the island

Marigot

Marigot is the Capital of St Martin on the French side of the island …

Philipsburg

Philipsburg is the Capital of Sint Maarten with plenty things to do …

Grand Case

Grand Case St Martin is the Gastronomy Capital of the Caribbean …

Simpson Bay

Simpson Bay is located between Philipsburg and Marigot and is the longest bay of the island …

Maho


Maho is comprised of Maho Beach and Maho village, it’s a whole mini town with restaurants, hotels, shops …

Orient Bay

Orient Bay St Martin is more than just a Beach, it’s a whole village with restaurants, hotels, shops …

Oyster Bay

Oyster Bay is at the junction of St Martin (french side) and St Maarten (Dutch side) …

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