St. Maarten / St. Martin - The Friendly Island

Island Information


St. Maarten / St. Martin is a truly unique tropical island. It is the smallest piece of land in the world shared by two nations – Holland and France. Dutch St. Maarten is one of the most popular vacation / second home destinations in the world, mainly because of its diversity of attractions and people.

The island is very cosmopolitan; of the estimated population of 100,000, there are over 100 different nationalities living together harmoniously. St. Maarten’s logo is “the friendly Island”. It is also one of the most affluent islands in the Caribbean.

St. Maarten is easily accessible, by air or sea. Princess Juliana airport is the second busiest in the Caribbean and there are regular flights from several North American cities, as well as  from Europe. The Philipsburg cruise terminal is one of the busiest in the Caribbean. During peak season, the many marinas in Simpson Bay Lagoon are home to dozens of Mega yachts, and hundreds of smaller yachts.

St. Maarten ‘has it all’. It is famous for its food, shopping, beaches, nightlife, and wide variety of available activities.

St. Maarten is known as the gourmet capital of the Caribbean, with hundreds of restaurants on both sides of the island to choose from. Grand Case, on the French side, has a strong reputation for fine dining.

Duty Free shopping is concentrated in Philipsburg, the capital of St. Maarten, and also in Maho, Blue Mall, and of course Marigot – the capital of St. Martin.

There are 37 stunning caribbean beaches, from the very long, well-known Orient Beach, to tiny secluded beaches like Cupecoy Cliffs.  Equally beautiful beaches are a day trip away, in French St. Barths, or British Anguilla.

For nightlife, there are many casinos, nightclubs, and bars, with a wide selection of live music.

All forms of sports are readily available; from all water sports to golfing, hiking and horseback riding.

Although the official languages are French and Dutch, English is commonly spoken on both sides of the island. US dollars are accepted almost everywhere.