Dutch St. Maarten and French Saint Martin
St. Maarten is the smallest island in the world shared by two nations, France and the Netherlands and is also home to 140 nationalities. This tiny treasure offers an irresistible blend of French, Dutch and Caribbean culture, beaches and water sports, shopping, fine dining and nightlife.
Founded on the shores of Great Bay in 1763 Philipsburg soon became an important port
A role that it maintains to this day. A major cruise ship and duty free shopping haven, this waterfront town boasts a variety of stores stocking luxury goods, jewelry, clothing and electronics. There are also restaurants, cafes, casinos, bars and night clubs. Look out for the colorful wooden houses with carved fretwork railings, eaves and shutters.
This picturesque waterfront town is a blend of Caribbean color and Continental chic
French sidewalk cafes bistros, boutiques, art galleries, gift shops and even gourmet delicatessens line the streets. The Port La Royale Marina, Rue de France (Port Road), Rue de la Republique, Rue du General de Gaulle and Le West Indies mall are the main shopping and dining districts.
Simpson Bay Resort, Marina & Spa location map
located at Simpson Bay, midway between Philipsburg, the Dutch capital and Marigot, capital of the French quarter. The Princess Juliana International Airport is a 15-minute drive away. You do not need a passport to cross the border between the territories and when you do decide to go exploring, you'll find that each one has its own charm.
Exploring the island
Sint Maarten Park
Over 60 species of mammals, birds, reptiles and fish from the Caribbean and tropical South America are on display at this forest park. They include squirrel and golden lion tamarin monkeys, bats, ocelots, parrots, macaws and toucans.
Nestled on the shores of a beautiful bay, this tiny fishing village is a must for visitors who like to indulge in the art of fine dining. Its waterfront street is lined with restaurants, many in traditional wooden houses painted in pastel colors, serving everything from seafood and Creole dishes to French, Italian, Indian and Indonesian cuisine.
Colombier is a picturesque West Indian hamlet of gingerbread houses and colorful gardens that is set in a fertile valley. The Carib Plantation, a watermelon farm open to the public is in the Colombier district. Several walking trails wind through the valley towards the hills.
Also known as the French Quarter, this fishing village is the site of the original French settlement on the island.
This former plantation and nature reserve is worth a visit. Follow eco trails through the jungle to the top of Pic Paradis and learn about the history of the state. You can also zip line through the forest canopy.