- Locations: 22
- Villas: 141
- Private Islands: 0
One Island, Two Destinations
St. Martin is uniquely governed by two countries: The island’s northern collectivity, St. Martin, is governed by France, while its southern territory, St. Maarten, is governed by the Netherlands. Each side offers a different atmosphere, allowing you the unique opportunity to experience two destinations in one. The chic French side offers gourmet cuisine and fashionable boutiques, while the more casual Dutch side boasts fantastic nightlife.
No matter which side you stay on, you’ll have the opportunity to experience the island’s 37 breathtaking beaches, excellent snorkeling, scuba diving, deep-sea fishing, horseback riding, and more. Allow a private chef to cook up authentic French fare in the comfort of your own villa, or head to Grand Case in St. Martin, “the Gourmet Capital of the Caribbean,” where chefs from around the world serve up French cuisine with Creole, Caribbean and American touches.
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When to Visit St. Martin/St. Maarten
The most popular time to travel to St. Martin/St. Maarten is from December to the middle of April. Off-season is also rainy season (and technically hurricane season), from late May to mid-November. It doesn’t necessary rain every day, however, and the island’s high temperatures remain relatively consistent throughout the year.
In short: If you don’t want to take any chances with sunshine, travel between December and April. If you prioritize privacy above all else, travel between May and November, when crowds will be at an all-time-low.
Both sides of the island celebrate Carnival with parades, music, and feasting, though at different times; the French side celebrates pre-Lent in February, while the Dutch side celebrates post-Easter in late April.
In early March, St. Maarten hosts the Heineken Regatta, an international sailing competition that draws world-class performers, bands, and lively parties.
St. Martin celebrates Bastille Day on July 14 with colorful parades and sailboat races.