- Destinations: 2
- Villas: 140
- Private Islands: 0
One Island, Two Destinations
St. Martin is uniquely governed by two countries: The island’s northern collectivity, Saint-Martin, is governed by France, while its southern territory, Sint Maarten, is governed by the Netherlands. Each side offers a different atmosphere, allowing you the unique opportunity to experience two destinations in one. No matter which side you stay on, you can discover the island’s breathtaking beaches, excellent snorkeling, scuba diving, deep-sea fishing, horseback riding, and more.
St. Martin villas on both sides of the island feature ultimate tropical luxuries such as clifftop ocean views, direct beach access, and large private pools.
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Enjoy the best snorkeling on the island at Captain Alan’s Snorkeling Adventure and have fun while you do it!
The Sint Maarten Museum was founded by the St. Maarten Museum Foundation. The objective of this museum is to reflect the history and culture of the island and its people from prehistoric to modern times.
The Sint Maarten Zoo focuses on plants and animals of the Caribbean basin and South American area, including a substantial reptile collection.
The island as a whole offers gorgeous beaches, as well as some of the best restaurants in the Caribbean and buzzing nightlife. Visitors will also enjoy tropical scenery and wildlife, ocean adventures like boating and snorkeling, shopping (both high-end and bargain), and much more – there is something for every Caribbean traveler.
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.
Love the ocean? St. Martin offers sailing regattas and deep-sea fishing tournaments throughout the year, as well as diving excursions, yachting and more.
When to Go
The most popular time to travel to St. Martin 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 necessarily rain every day, however, and the island’s high temperatures remain relatively consistent throughout the year. 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.
- An island of two countries: St. Martin (French) and St. Maarten (Dutch)
- One of the busiest airports in the Caribbean, direct flights to St. Martin’s Princess Juliana Airport depart from various US cities.
- USD widely accepted, along with euro and Netherlands Antilles florin