St. Maarten/St. Martin Journals

Dual Personality Island

A March 2006 trip to St. Maarten/St. Martin by skeptic

Dining in Grand Case Photo, St. Maarten/St. Martin, Caribbean More Photos
Quote: Two countries, one small island. Separate languages, separate currencies, separate cultures—visitors benefit.

Dual Personality Island

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Overview

Dining in Grand Case Photo, St. Maarten/St. Martin, Caribbean
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Possibly Christopher Columbus sighted it on November 11 in 1493. True or not, the island was named after St. Martin of Tours, whose day that is. The Spanish didn’t settle the island, but the French and Dutch did, and after getting Spain to call it quits in 1644 they divvied up the 37 square miles between them. The Dutch call their southern share Sint Maarten, and the northern part is Saint Martin.Visitors get the advantage of both cultures, although the Dutch has been diluted to almost non-existent. At some point during World War II the American military realized that both France and the Netherlands were under control of the Germans, and in 1943 they built an air base on the Dutch side. This s...Read More

Simpson Bay Resort & Marina

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Hotel | "Pelican Resort"

Simpson Bay Resort & Marina  Photo, St. Maarten/St. Martin, Caribbean
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Best Things Nearby:Casino, on the property. Beach on the property.Best Things About the Resort:Modern, well-equipped units with full kitchens. Convenient to Princess Juliana Airport and Phillipsburg.Resort Experience:The resort is 342 units in several buildings over 12 acres, on a steep hill nestled up against the beach. There is ample free parking, tennis courts, three pools, and small shops and restaurants and bars on the premises. Sea charters and inter-island ferries depart from the resort's waterfront. Units have balconies facing the sea with a view of Saba island in the distance. The balcony is also a great place to enjoy tremendous su...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on June 3, 2006

Simpson Bay Resort & Marina
Billy Folly Road
St. Maarten, Saint Martin