Overview St. Maarten/St. Martin

Visiting St. Maarten/St. Martin

Once primarily a planation island. St. Martin’s has become a tourist’s paradise, boasting rich, clear waters, beautiful beaches and some of the best sailing in the Caribbean.

Outfits like Trade Winds Cruise Club cater to sailing lovers, offering week-long sojourns throughout the seas around St. Martin’s, stopping off at innumerable cays, bays, reefs and islands for snorkeling, swimming, lounging and dining. More family-friendly (and briefer) excursions are always possible, like 60-minute trips on the Sea World Explorer cruises, where passengers can experience all the richness of the Caribbean sea from the dry confines of the ship’s subaquatic viewing chambers.

Pinel Island is St. Martin’s tourist-beach mecca. A short water taxi from the mainland, tourists and locals alike flock to the island’s clean sand and clear waters, serviced by three different restaurant outfits that divide up the beach. Those looking for a... Read More
Once primarily a planation island. St. Martin’s has become a tourist’s paradise, boasting rich, clear waters, beautiful beaches and some of the best sailing in the Caribbean.

Outfits like Trade Winds Cruise Club cater to sailing lovers, offering week-long sojourns throughout the seas around St. Martin’s, stopping off at innumerable cays, bays, reefs and islands for snorkeling, swimming, lounging and dining. More family-friendly (and briefer) excursions are always possible, like 60-minute trips on the Sea World Explorer cruises, where passengers can experience all the richness of the Caribbean sea from the dry confines of the ship’s subaquatic viewing chambers.

Pinel Island is St. Martin’s tourist-beach mecca. A short water taxi from the mainland, tourists and locals alike flock to the island’s clean sand and clear waters, serviced by three different restaurant outfits that divide up the beach. Those looking for a bit more of an active experience can’t miss trips with snorkeling and scuba outfits like Dive Adventures, Star Clippers Sailing and Top Secret Private Excursions, which specialize in snorkeling and diving reefs populated with myriad tropical fish, eels, turtles and more.

So once you’ve booked your flight and found the right hotel, peruse our pages to create an itinerary inspired by fellow travelers to stunning St. Martin’s.    Close

Stories and Tips St. Maarten/St. Martin

Accomodations

Written by sgolin28 on 02 Sep, 2005

Avoid the Bel-Air Beach Hotel if you do not like MOTELS when you are on vacation. The rooms have doors opening to the long parking lot with 25 to 30 rental cars and staff cars. This MOTEL has leaking ceilings, large RATS, and…Read More


Detail of Week

Written by shepara on 10 Jun, 2005

The property is presented as a Gold Crown within the RCI program, which is intended to be on the par with the Sheraton, Fairfield, and Marriott level of quality and meet a "consistently superior" level of property and services. I can tell you firsthand that…Read More


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Marigot

Written by britgirl7 on 16 Apr, 2005

No matter where you stay on St Martin, you can easily reach Marigot, which is the capital of the French side. Staying in Grand Case, we just stood on the main street and flagged down the first minibus to come by. They all tend to…Read More


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Ferry to Anguilla

Written by britgirl7 on 11 Apr, 2005

There are various excursions and trips to the nearby island of Anguilla no matter where you are staying. However, we did this ourselves and it worked out great. We took the local bone-shaker bus from Grand Case into Marigot, and then caught a ferry across to…Read More


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ScoobiDoo to Prickly Pear

Written by britgirl7 on 11 Apr, 2005

This was an organized day trip to Prickly Pear Island. I booked it through the Hotel reception, though they are popular everywhere. The Catamaran, The ScoobiDoo, came to get me from my hotel beach, and as my husband had decided to not do this trip,…Read More


Further Disappointment

Written by hdegraw on 13 May, 2004

When we got to the Sea Palace, we were too early to check in, so our bags were put on the bellhop’s trolley; we were advised to go to lunch and the room would be ready when we returned. We went to lunch, but…Read More


Go Back to Philipsburg

Written by Jerri Bean on 23 Apr, 2004

When I moved to St. Maarten after graduating from college in the US, I had never been to an island before and had no idea what to expect. I assumed that everyone lived in homes thatched with palm leaves. I was quite pleasantly…Read More


St. Maarten

Written by cjkeef on 02 Mar, 2004

When planning our trip to St. Maarten, I wanted info about the island first. My wife and I love the Caribbean, but we were frustrated by the inability to travel off grounds of many of the resorts that we had been to. Because…Read More


Marcy's Mega Gym 2000 - Simpson Bay

Written by workout_lisa on 22 Jun, 2004

Marcy's Mega Gym 2000 My husband and I love to work out, and vacations are no exception. Because the workout facility at the resort was lacking, we decided to pay $30 a week per person to join Marcy's Mega Gym. The…Read More


Crazy Drivers in St. Martin

Written by workout_lisa on 22 Jun, 2004

Beware! Driving can be hazardous on the island! I had read in several reviews and online travel forums that the driving in St. Martin could be dangerous, but I didn't realize how much so until we actually visited the island. I thought…Read More


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