Saint Martin Luxury Yachting Guide

A dazzling piece of the shimmering necklace known as the Leeward Islands, the playground of St.Martin is a paradise of diamond white sands, balmy azure waters and an incredibly vibrant culture that is a heady mixture of French and Dutch customs, cuisine and architecture.

Visitors to this incredible island of sand and sun will find a true island idyll that is as beautiful as it is unforgettable. Lying south of Anguilla and north of its diminutive brother St.Barthélemy, the lush island of St.Martin is the smallest land mass in the world to be shared by two different nations.

Called Saint Martin by the French and Sint Maarten by the Dutch, this is clearly a locale of confused and confusing ancestry. Split into two distinct halves, the northern French side of the island clings tightly to their European roots while the southern Dutch side appeals to visitors' more hedonistic side and plays up the island attitude. The two characteristics in tandem make the sum impression of St.Martin as a whole more charismatic and incredible than the each section on its own.

Boasting a wide array of activities, the towns and villages of St.Martin offer every kind of water sport including sailing, surfing, body-boarding, wake-boarding, jet-skiing, parasailing, windsurfing and world-class snorkelling and scuba diving. Horseback riding, trekking, mountain biking, golf area all available on the island as well.

The beaches on St.Martin are part of its spectacular allure, not merely for the fact they number around thirty plus but because of the intriguing array of landscapes. The more urban beach of Simpson Bay offers the interesting juxtaposition of white sands, cerulean waters and jumbo jets screaming overhead. Simpson Bay is also home to the Caribbean’s largest lagoon, which is landlocked except for the two narrow channels with draw bridges.

Friar’s Bay offers a true Caribbean beach experience with its glittering sands meeting the gentle translucent turquoise waves and host of diverse marine life. A Rastafari safari experience could be something for the more adventurous though purist sun bathers will want to head to Orient Beach for an all natural tanning session.

The main towns on St.Martin are Philipsburg on the Dutch side and Marigot on the French side. Philipsburg is the capital of Sint Maarten and is the island’s commercial centre as well with the main shopping district, Front Street, lying in the heart of the city. Philipsburg is home to lovely colonial architecture, a major port and Princess Juliana International, the second busiest airport in the Eastern Caribbean.

Marigot was originally a fishing village named for the swamp upon which it rested and is now the capital of Saint Martin. The gingerbread houses and sidewalk bistros that line Marigot’s streets are as charming as they are typically Caribbean: this is the perfect place to find Batik wraps, fine produce and island-inspired art.

Saint Martin

Saint Martin

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