St. Martin St. Maarten


Island Information and History

St. Martin / St. Maarten is the smallest island in the world to be divided between two different nations. The island is split between the Dutch and French, and the two cultures live very peacefully together on 37 sq. miles. In fact, the island's inhabitants are quite proud of their nearly 350-year history of peaceful co-existence. The island straddles the Atlantic Ocean to the northeast and the Caribbean Sea to the southwest 150 miles east of Puerto Rico.

St. Martin / St. Maarten has 37 beaches that are beautiful areas of sparkling white sand. The beaches have distinctive atmospheres, some with waves high enough for surfers and others calm enough for families with children. There are beaches between rocky cliffs secluded enough for the privacy seekers and some which seem to stretch endlessly. All kinds of water sports are available including; windsurfing, swimming, sailing, jet skiing, diving and snorkeling. Half-day or full-day sailing excursions to undeveloped beaches on nearby islands are also available.

St. Martin's / St. Maarten's climate and natural beauty make it a perfect place for other types of sports and recreation. Golf, tennis, biking, horseback riding and hiking are just some of the other activities that allow you to explore the island's natural splendor.

St. Martin / St. Maarten has the best of nightlife on both sides of the island. Casinos (on the Dutch side), nightclubs and dance bars are just some of the attractions available on the island. In addition, there are literally hundreds of fine restaurants to choose from. Evenings begin before sunset, when tourists congregate at the many cafes and beach bars to watch the sunset and listen to the music of steel drum bands. The island's most festive time is during carnival, a vibrant, two-week festival of street dancing, parties, and parades.

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