The most exciting caribbean island
The smallest island in the world. St. Martin/St. Maarten has been shared by the French and the Dutch in a spirit of neighborly cooperation and mutual friendship for almost 350 years. The border is imperceptible and people cross back and forth without ever realizing that they are entering a new country.
Saint Martin with his busy cruise port and bustling commercial district, has long been an active center for trade and tourism. More developed, it is very Dutch in flavor and still has strong ties with fellow compatriots in the other Netherlands Antilles. Between two different cultures in Saint Martin, tourists will be able to find every kind of activity they might want for a perfect holiday in the sun.
Located midway through the chain of islands in the Caribbean, just as the Antilles begin to curve to the south, St. Martin is sunny and warm year-round, the island is buffeted by cooling trade winds that keep things temperate all year long. Average annual rainfall comes to about 45 inches, most of which occurs around late summer and early fall.
Saint Martin, the friendly island by excellence, provides to the tourists the opportunity to enjoy three distinct cultures on one 37 square mile island. There is the delightfulness and soberness of the Dutch on one side, the savoir-faire of the French on the other, and the blending of both with exotic native heritage.
1. Getting to Saint Martin
Before you leave, make sure that you have informed yourself sufficiently on your destination, you will also find that the people of Saint Martin – fiercely proud of their “Friendly Island”, reputation – are very helpful.
You can arrive in Saint Martin by plane from Paris, Amsterdam, New York, Miami, Philadelphia, Atlanta, Toronto, Montreal and from all other Caribbean islands.
2. Accommodation in Saint Martin
The Island offers a wide choice of accommodation, from four star resorts to charming boutique hotels or authentic guest houses, each one with its own unique flavour and breathtaking location.
One of the most interesting hotels
3. Where to eat in Saint Martin
The variety of foods available on the island is vast, with fish, lobster and shellfish, succulent meats and traditional barbecues on the menu, all served up with local spices, Creole sauces or tropical fruits. Surrounded by traditional décor and authentic flavours, aromas and even the accents of the waiting staff, dining out in St. Martin can feel like taking a quick trip to a foreign country thousands of miles away.
The best restaurants on the island:
• C Le Restaurant
• Le Calypso
• Leroy’s Kfé
• Lounge Victoria’s
• Le Marché
• La Table du Marché
• L’Assiette Provençale
• Le Bellevue
• Bistrot Da Vinci
• Hold’m Restaurant
4. What to do in Saint Martin
The island has something for everyone. Whether you’re here for the swimming, sunbathing, sports or simply to relax, there’s place for everyone to find their own little corner of paradise.
The waters off the beaches of St. Martin are clear, warm and perfect for exploring the local marine life with a snorkel and mask.
In Saint Martin you can practice watersports, ecotourism, shopping, welness, boating marinas, enjoying nightlife and discover historical places.