Travel to St-Maarten

Trip to Saint-Martin

Part of the Lesser Antilles, the island of Saint-Martin is a unique destination of its kind. Indeed, separated into two distinct parts, either the French side, belonging to France, and the Dutch side, belonging to the Netherlands, this small Caribbean island will charm you both with its tasty gastronomic offer and its 37 sandy beaches. breathtaking white, mountainous landscapes, numerous entertainment venues and abundant cultural venues. Here is some practical information as well as some essential not to be missed if you are planning a trip to Saint-Martin.

93 square kilometers of pure beauty

Stretching over 93 square kilometers from east to west, the destination of Saint-Martin is easily accessible by car. In fact, in just a few hours, you can get around this island with its many treasures of unique beauty. If you're planning a trip to Saint-Martin, be sure to hire a car so you don't miss out on all of its charms.

The Sunset Beach Bar and Grill at Maho Beach

On the Dutch side, we are charmed by many attractions, starting with the bar at the Sunset Beach Bar and Grill, on Maho Beach, which offers tourists the opportunity to admire a sunset over the sea while sipping a delicious cocktail, but also to witness the landing of planes of various airlines at very low altitude, which offers a breathtaking spectacle that cannot be seen anywhere else in the world.

Spectacular landings

The landing strip at Princess Juliana International Airport is known to be one of the most difficult to approach, so planes have very little space to land and have to practically land their gear on the beach a few meters from the heads of tourists. A plane landing schedule is even available at the bar so that we don't miss any of these shows. To see: a landing of one of the behemoths of the KLM company!

Contrary to what many believe, seeing these planes land on the beach does not spoil the vacation of tourists; on the contrary, it improves them. So don't hesitate to rent a room at the Sonesta Maho Beach Resort and Casino for this reason. The hotel is a short walk from this bar.

Maho Beach and Mullet Bay

Besides Maho beach, which is spectacular and very pretty, but small, another seaside resort located a few minutes walk away is worth seeing. This is Mullet Bay, a beach with turquoise waters and white sand that is surrounded by an idyllic setting. The beach offers breathtaking views of the Caribbean Sea. Other beaches are worth a visit in Saint-Martin. This is the case with the beaches of Baie Rouge and Baie Longue, to name but a few.

Philipsburg, the capital

Always on the Dutch side, one is captivated by the beauty of Philipsburg, the capital, and its thousand duty-free shops lined up on the edge of a turquoise sea surrounded by mountains and carpeted with pretty small sailboats and other pleasure boats.

On the Front Street promenade, you can stop for a bite to eat in a restaurant or sip a good cocktail under the blazing sun.

In Philipsburg, there are also other tourist spots worth a visit, such as the Sint-Marteen Museum, which offers an insight into the history of the island, and The Courthouse, one of the country's most famous monuments. .

It is also in Philipsburg that the cruise ships that stop in Saint-Martin anchor, so if you are lucky, you will have the opportunity to see one dock and mingle with the large crowd of cruise passengers who will disembark in large numbers to storm the shops on the promenade.

The wonders of the French side

On the French side, many wonders await tourists in search of sublime ocean views and gourmet dinners dominated by stunning sunsets.

Grand Case

The village of Grand-Case, erected northeast of the town of Marigot, alone is worth the trip to Saint-Martin. Indeed, with its turquoise beach and dream villas, pretty sailboats and gourmet restaurants run by internationally renowned French chefs, Grand-Case is the perfect place to treat yourself to a romantic dinner. No doubt you will remember it for the rest of your life if you go!

The Old House

If you pass through Grand-Case, do not miss to visit The Old House, an old house still furnished with period furniture, and its famous rum museum. You will also have the opportunity to taste rum in a former plantation and see photos from the time of Christopher Columbus's journey when he landed on the island. Lovers of rum and history, this is the place to go if you are planning a trip to Saint-Martin!


Also on the French side, the largest city of Saint-Martin, Marigot, is a must-see. Dominated by the ruins of Fort Louis, the destination is full of terraces, restaurants and luxurious boutiques where you can stop for a bite to eat or shop.

There are boutiques in Marigot that sell some of the most luxurious jewelry in the Caribbean. There is no doubt that you will find the diamond of your dreams if you wish to ask your lover or your lover in marriage!

The forts

Besides Fort Louis, other forts such as Amsterdam and Willem 1 are also worth seeing if you are planning a trip to St. Martin.

Among the other must-see attractions in Saint-Martin, we find the Pic Paradis, the highest mountain in the country. Its summit rises to 424 meters and offers a breathtaking panoramic view of the Caribbean Sea and the surrounding mountains.

Excursions to other islands

As Saint-Martin is located near other islands, several tour operators offer excursions to other destinations for tourists. This is the case with Anguilla, which can be explored from Saint Martin by boat. Have a nice trip !

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Frequently Asked Questions

In 2019, the population of the island of Saint Maarten, on the French side, was estimated at 38,002 inhabitants, while in Saint Maarten, on the Dutch side, the population was estimated at 42,878 inhabitants.
Saint Maarten is the island 'with 37 beaches', spread over more than 70km of coastline.
In high season, it is easy to reach Saint Maarten by air by direct flight; our Canadian carriers, Air Transat, Air Canada, WestJet and Sunwing Airlines, offer all-inclusive stays, making travel plans easier. Saint Maarten is also accessible by cruise ship to the Eastern Antilles.
Saint Maarten is a destination for duty-free shopping; It is therefore easy to find the little souvenir to bring back: local products such as spices, madras, rum, coconut, rattan articles, but also luxury products such as jewelry and perfumes.
The Saint Maarten Tourist Office explains why the island is divided in two; it all started with the discovery of the island by Christopher Columbus in 1493, the very day of the feast of Saint Maarten; in the 16th century, privateers and buccaneers, both French, Spanish, Portuguese, Dutch and Flemish, coveted the island for its protected anchorages and its salt deposits. Between 1627 and 1631, the Dutch settled there to operate salt mines. In 1648, the French and the Dutch signed a treaty and thus divided the island into two parts, without physical border. In the centuries that followed, the Dutch and French had to defend themselves against relentless attacks from English settlers and privateers.
The best time of the year to go to the island of Saint Maarten is from mid-December until April, when it is the high season but also the dry season, with little of precipitation. Saint Maarten is accessible year-round, but during the low season, from May to December, rainfall and the risk of hurricanes or cyclones can be high.
Saint Maarten is first and foremost a seaside destination with multiple white sand beaches, and a cruise destination in the Eastern Antilles; Marigot, the capital, will charm you with its colorful local market; Loterie Farm, nestled in the heart of a tropical forest, offers outdoor activities for the whole family, zip lines, tree climbing, hiking, and even evening entertainment, in a chic and relaxed atmosphere. Visit Fort St-Louis, the seat of several battles between French and English, for the overview of Marigot, Anguilla and the bay, but you have to climb the 91 steps that lead there. This is the place par excellence for sunsets!
As in all the oceans and seas of the world, it is possible to see certain species of sharks inSaint Maarten. It is always a good idea to check with the authorities in place, organizations and hoteliers before diving or swimming in unsupervised places.
The Dutch part located to the south of the island is an autonomous state of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, while the French part located to the north of the island belongs to the French overseas collectivity in the same way as French Polynesia. , Saint-Barthélémy and Saint-Pierre-et-Miquelon.
It is the Spanish navigator, Christophe-Colomb, who on November 11, 1493 discovered the island of Saint Maarten. See the story of his discovery on the following site: /history
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