St Martin Adventure Activities Travel Guide – Sint Maarten
Will this Caribbean destination suit the adventurer in you?
This St Martin Adventure Activities Travel Guide is essential reading for anyone planning to visit this dual-nation country. We hope it will help you decide if this destination suits the adventurer in you.
St Martin – Sint Maarten in a nutshell
The Dutch and French shared Caribbean island of St Martin & Sint Maarten gives visitors the opportunity of enjoying two very different countries on the same island. There are no borders or customs formalities between them. The island is a popular port of call for cruise ships so is very busy when the huge liners are in port. The landscape is mainly rolling hills, the highest peak reaches to around 1,390ft, and the coast features coves, bays and around 30 beaches. The island’s west end is lowland which surrounds a lagoon, while the east end of the island features the conical hills. You’ll find cattle and horses grazing on the pasture land. There are a few salt ponds dotted around – the Great Salt Pond (St Maarten) is one of few wetlands and is a habitat for shore and water birds.
St Martin, the quintessentially French section, measures 21 square miles, is stylish, offers Paris-style shopping, a naturist resort (very unusual in the Caribbean), and has lots of gourmet restaurants: the capital is Marigot and very scenic. Dutch Sint Maarten covers an area of around 16 square miles – and not all above water either. Salt ponds and lagoons are spread over around five square miles of that. The bustling capital is Philipsburg, lively and crowded by day with its great duty free shopping in over 500 shops – built in Dutch style, painted in pastel colours, and stocked with designer brand goods. Commercial Sint Maarten offers a lively night life, casinos, large resorts, fast-food chains, and a must-visit Saturday market.
Why visit St Martin – Sint Maarten
This is a chance to enjoy two holidays in one – enjoy plenty of gourmet restaurants on the French side, and lots of gambling and shopping on the Dutch side. This is a lively Caribbean island, but you can still find chic hotels tucked away on the French side with lovely beach and sea views. There are also some beautiful white sand beaches which are sheltered.
While you’re in St Martin – Sint Maarten
Duty free shopping for designer goods is a must. Climb the hill to Fort St Louis (you can go by car too) for spectacular views over Marigot town and marina to the island of Anguilla (five miles away). Go to the Saturday market in Philipsburg, and to the market by the waterside in picturesque Marigot (be warned – market stall holders often want money if you take photographs of them). Catch the ferry to explore the nearby island of Anguilla, favoured by celebs – it’s quite an ‘arty’ island, has a foodie reputation, and makes an interesting day trip.
St Martin Adventure Activities Travel Guide – other pages
On other pages attached to this St Martin Adventure Activities Travel Guide section you can check out all the things to do in St Martin – Sint Maarten, find out about hotels and accommodation, and discover St Martin – Sint Maarten wildlife either by following the links here or via the image links above. There’s a page on St Martin – Sint Maarten Carnivals, Festivals & Events too as well as a dedicated St Martin – Sint Maarten Articles & Features page.
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