Saint Martin

 
 

The French territory covers about two thirds of the island and is technically a part of Europe and the European Community. The Dutch side is a member island of the Netherlands Antilles and part of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, but not considered European territory. There is no real border, just modest monuments and signs. The island is known as an almost perfect holiday environment; beaches and nightlife are spectacular, shopping and dining the best in the Caribbean.

The Caribbean's largest lagoon is the Simpson Bay Lagoon, landlocked with the exception of two narrow channels with draw bridges. The Lagoon is large enough to have a real sail and is home to a giant fleet of yachts, which are either berthed in one of the luxury marinas or anchored in the sheltered waters. St. Maarten has become the yachting center of the Caribbean, home port to some of the world's most outrageous megayachts.

For those who can only bear so much sun worshiping, St. Maarten/St. Martin boasts a huge array of activities to offer, for all ages and interests. Most of the island's hotels have an Activity Desk staffed by personnel who can help to arrange activities to fit your schedule and desires.

For those of you who enjoy action on the water, St. Maarten/St. Martin truly qualifies as paradise. Her crystal clear waters are host to every type of water sport imaginable. Sailing, surfing, body-boarding, wake-boarding, jet-skiing, para-sailing, windsurfing, snorkeling, diving, kayaking, and now, the latest fad, 'Kite-surfing' or 'Fly-surfing'. For those who are inexperienced but have “always wanted to try it”, lessons are available for all activities.

For those who prefer to be airborne, why not do your first parachute jump over this beautiful Caribbean island? And closer to the ground there is horseback riding, hiking, mountain biking and numerous gyms and sporting clubs.

 

On the calmer side, there are many local and historical museums, art galleries and beauty spots to visit, and excursions leave several times a day to many of St. Maarten/St. Martin's neighboring islands. Whatever you decide to do on your visit to this island paradise, you will not be disappointed – though you may be a little tired!

Shopping is one of the big attractions on St. Maarten. The island's completely Duty Free status and the complete absence of any Red Tape for importing goods, guarantees great bargains for cosmetics, jewelry, liquors, cigars, electronics and much more.





 

A fact so charming, it always has to be mentioned first: The island of Sint Maarten-Saint Martin is the smallest land mass in the world to be shared by two different nations. Only 37 square miles are owned by France and the Netherlands Antilles.

The island is known as an almost perfect holiday environment; beaches and nightlife are spectacular, shopping and dining the best in the Caribbean.