St. Maarten

Two countries, one island: St. Maarten and St. Martin offer the world a lesson in sharing. With the lively Dutch Sint Maarten to the south, the laid-back French Saint Martin to the north, and no marked border in between, visiting the Friendly Island is like getting a two-for-one deal. With dozens of beaches, excellent duty-free shops, countless land and water activities, and abundant world-class dining options, this tiny island is one of the leading destinations in the Caribbean.

St. Maarten

Getting Ashore

Ships dock at the A.C. Wathey Cruise Pier in Philipsburg. Taxis and water taxis are on hand to take guests to the center of town.

Fast Fact

The 37-square-mile island of St. Maarten/St. Martin is the smallest landmass in the world governed by 2 nations.

Port Shopping

The best shopping is located along Front Street in Philipsburg, the capital of Dutch St. Maarten.

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Loterie Farm

This nature-lover’s paradise offers various hiking trails, a zip-line adventure course, and a multilevel swimming area surrounded by tropical vegetation.

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Simpson Bay Lagoon

The largest saltwater lagoon in the Caribbean has a picturesque 2-mile harbor that hosts impressive luxury yachts.

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Mount Concordia

The mountain divides the French and the Dutch sides. A monument sits here to represent the peace treaty that was signed in 1648.

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Orient Beach

Known as the French Riviera of the Caribbean, this clothing-optional beach offers a full range of amenities, including beach chairs and water sports.

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The border that divides the Dutch and French sides of the island runs across the center of Simpson Bay Lagoon.
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St. Maarten: The Friendly Island

Two countries, one island: St. Maarten and St. Martin offer the world a lesson in sharing. Its split personality is distinguished by two distinct European cultures, each with an unmistakable...
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Things to do in St. Maarten
Loterie Farm: Located about halfway up St. Maarten's highest peek, the private nature reserve offers a number of scenic photo opportunities

Active in St. Maarten

Between Marigot and Grand Case, Pic du Paradis is the island’s highest point. About halfway up the hill, Loterie Farm is a 135-acre nature reserve o...

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Market at Marigot Harbot St. Maarten

A Taste of French St. Martin

Marigot is the charming capital of French St. Martin. It’s about 15 minutes by car from Philipsburg, but the quiet village seems worlds away from it...

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Maho Beach gives beach goers close proximity views of the planes. Sean Pavone / Shutterstock.com

Best Beaches

St. Maarten is mainly known for three things: the shopping, the beaches, and the dining scene. The island is sandwiched between the Atlantic Ocean and...

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Travel the French coast to Orient Bay beach. Bask in the sun, lounge under a palm, cool off in the Caribbean. Then, head to the beach bar for lunch. On the way back, stop in Philipsburg to shop.

Take a fun-filled double-decker cruise to Marigot. Discover the charming village of Grand Case, Orient Bay beach, the Rum Factory, and Fort Louis.


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Go Dutch in Philipsburg

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Where
The best shopping is located along Front Street in Philipsburg.

What
Dozens of stores and boutiques are packed with a near-endless array of covetable goods at incredible tax-free, duty-free prices.

Currency
The Caribbean guilder replaced the Netherlands Antilles guilder in Dutch St. Maarten in 2013. The euro is the official currency in French St. Martin. US dollars are also accepted across the island.




Brands in St. Maarten

Alex and Ani

Alex and Ani

Bomberg

Bomberg

Breitling

Breitling

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Art Of Time

Bremont

Bremont

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Diamonds International

Bulgari

Bulgari

Cartier

Cartier

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Goldfinger Jewelry

Chopard

Chopard

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Art Of Time

Citizen

Citizen

Crown of Light

Crown of Light

Dancing Diamonds by MDG

Dancing Diamonds by MDG

David Yurman

David Yurman

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Art Of Time

Divina Yellow Diamonds

Divina Yellow Diamonds

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Milano Diamond Gallery

Fendi Timepieces

Fendi Timepieces

Forevermark

Forevermark

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Diamonds International

Gift Collection

Gift Collection

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Diamonds International

Hearts On Fire

Hearts On Fire

Hublot

Hublot

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Diamonds International

John Hardy

John Hardy

Kabana

Kabana

Le Vian

Le Vian

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Milano Diamond Gallery

MarahLago Larimar

MarahLago Larimar

Mark Henry Alexandrite

Mark Henry Alexandrite

Philip Stein

Philip Stein

Raymond Weil

Raymond Weil

Safi Kilima Tanzanite

Safi Kilima Tanzanite

Shinola

Shinola

Tag Heuer

Tag Heuer

TrueLove Diamonds

TrueLove Diamonds

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Majesty Jewelers

UNOde50

UNOde50

Zenith

Zenith

Did You Know?

The island of St. Maarten/St. Martin is the world’s smallest landmass governed by two nations: the Netherlands and France.