St Martin – St Maarten

Bespoke & Tailor Made Holidays to St Martin/St Marteen

One small island which has been peacefully split into two between France and Holland for many years, St Martin and St Maarten is part of the northern Leeward Islands in the Caribbean. The island sits southeast of Puerto Rico and south of Anguilla. So here you can experience both the French and Dutch Caribbean just by crossing the road!

The two sides of the island have different customs and laws and are different in character.  Dutch St Maarten is very lively and colourful with loads of restaurants, casinos, duty free shops and nightclubs, particularly in Philipsburg the capital. The Dutch West Indian culture is reflected in the music, dance and food here. In the capital visit the Courthouse dating from 1793 and the St Maarten Museum.

On the French side of St Martin there is comfort and elegance with lovely white sandy beaches and authentic Creole culture and some luxury resorts and hotels. Marigot is a busy town with plenty of bistros, restaurants, a twice weekly open air market is held here with colourful goods and tropical fruits and spices. Some of the best restaurants can be found amongst the pastel coloured houses of Grand Case.

Between the two sides there are 37 sandy beaches and sunbathing is a popular pastime! Dress code can be modest on the Dutch side through to nudist at the French Orient Bay.  This is one of the main sailing destinations in the Caribbean with plenty of anchorages and fully equipped marinas for visiting boats and can rent all kinds of water craft.

The highest point on the island is Pic Paradis at 1400ft surrounded by a 150 acre reserve at Loterie Farm where the Great House Mansion is used for yoga and meditation. Visit the butterfly farm at St Martin where you can walk amongst these beautiful creatures flying freely. If you want to sample the ‘local brew’ it’s a rum based cocktail mixed with wild red berries called the Guavaberry Liquer.

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Ian & Andrea Rollo – French Caribbean (Jan 2017)
February 22, 2017

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June 4, 2016

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