Saint Martin, Caribbean: where it is, when to go and what to see

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Lluis Enric Mayans

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Saint Martin or Sint Maarten is a Caribbean island divided between two territories: the southern half of the island is Dutch, while the northern part is French. Perhaps the French part is the most characteristic, with its seaside resorts and rich vegetation. On this beautiful island in the Carribean Sea you can spend some truly unforgettable moments, including long walks on the beach, relaxing in isolated bays, excursions, typical markets, duty free shopping, water sports and the lively nightlife.
So, discover with me all the information concerning St. Martin e what to see on this Caribbean island!


  1. Travel informed: useful information
  2. Where it is
  3. When to go? Info on climate and best time
  4. 10 things to see: beaches and places of interest
  5. What to do in St. Martin: excursions and tours
  6. How much does a holiday in St. Martin cost? Prices, offers and advice
  7. User questions and comments

Travel informed: useful information

  • Inhabitants: 72.892
  • Capital: Saint-Martin (France) the capital is Marigot, Saint Marteen (Netherlands) is Philipsburg
  • Languages: French and Dutch official languages, English is spoken
  • Local currency: Euro in the French part, Netherlands Antillean guilder in the Dutch part (€ 1,00 = 2,03 ANG-Netherlands Antillean guilder). US dollar is accepted everywhere (€ 1,00 = 1,15 USD-US dollar)
  • Weather: tropical climate / Average annual temperature is 27 ° C (min 17 ° C, max 35 ° C)
  • vaccinations: no vaccination required. Medical insurance is advised and precautionary measures against mosquito-transmitting viruses (chicungunya disease and "dengue fever"), such as the use of repellent products, are recommended.
  • Entry requirements: passport, return ticket. Visa not required for Italian citizens for stays of less than 90 days
  • Travel / health insurance: recommended.

    Where it is

    Saint Martin is part of the Windward Islands of the Lesser Antilles, in the Caribbean Sea. It is located about 240 km away from Puerto Rico and the smallest inhabited island divided between two different states. The southern part, known as Saint Maarten, is part of the Kingdom of the Netherlands and the northern part is an autonomous overseas collectivity of the French Republic.

    How to reach us

    • From the main European capitals: from Paris the flight is direct and lasts 9 hours with Air Caraibes or Air France. From London you have to make a stopover in New York, Philadelphia or New Yersey and, from each of these, there is approximately 4-4 hours and 30 minutes flight to St. Martin. The companies that operate are Virgin Atlantic, Delta, Lufthansa, American. From Berlin you have to make a stopover in Paris, and from there as above with Air France.

    When to go? Info on climate and best time

    • Weather: it is tropical, warm and sunny all year round. The average daily temperature is 25 ° C from January to March, 28 ° C from June to October. In the hottest period there is a bit of heat, but the breezes help to bear it. The rains are generally not very abundant, February and March are the driest months, the peaks occur from August to November. However, they are always irregular and in the form of a backhand. The sea is warm all year round, with average temperatures of 27-28 degrees.
    • Best time: from December to April, being less muggy and outside the hurricane season (June-November). In particular, the period from February to March is the least rainy.
    • Period to avoid: June-November, hurricane season
    • Advice: throughout the year, pack light and breathable clothes, a light sweatshirt and a raincoat for thunderstorms and for the evening (December to March). Bring snorkel gear, rubber soled shoes for the reef.
      I remember that the island enjoys a tax free tax regime and therefore you can indulge yourself with shopping! Allow at least a week to travel.

    10 things to see: beaches and places of interest

    1. Maho Beach, is located in the Dutch part near the airport. For this reason, it is the strangest and perhaps most dangerous beach, but it will be particularly intriguing to see and photograph the planes that land near the beach and fly over your head ... just a few meters high!
    2. Baie rouge, is located on the French side and is an enchanting and peaceful beach where soft white sand and smooth rocks alternate. All this makes the landscape really beautiful!
    3. Happy Bay, is located in the French part and can be reached through a walk from the pine forest. Here the turquoise color of the sea will strike you and you will feel like you are in a small paradise, considering that there are no sunbeds, umbrellas or refreshment points. It will be just you and nature!
    4. Orient beach (French side), it is the ideal beach for those who love water sports or running. Here the wind often blows, perfect for surfing, kiting, windsurfing and renting jet skis. There are also several clubs and restaurants.
    5. Marigot, capital of the French area, is a typical city of the Caribbean, very lively and dynamic. In addition to a colorful weekly market full of gastronomic delicacies and handicrafts, you can visit the museum where there are creations made of shells, a small marina and several beaches, such as the Simpson Bay Lagoon.
    6. Grand Case (French part), it is a beautiful village overlooking the beach and a crystal clear sea. You can dine at the typical kiosks (lolo), where you will enjoy Caribbean cuisine for a few dollars. One of the most interesting beaches is Creole Rock, where you can snorkel and dive.
    7. Pinel Island, in the French part, is a small island located off the bay of Cul de Sac and can be reached by ferry. The sand is white and the beaches are equipped with sun beds and umbrellas. Taking a short walk you can get to a point where you can go snorkeling.
    8. Little Bay Beach, is located in the Dutch part. The waters are calm and perfect for snorkeling, and there are several water sports facilities, including jetskiing, pedal boating, and paragliding. There are beach bars and restaurants.
    9. Galion, in the French part, is a long and wide beach, generally frequented by families with children. On the coast there are various green areas and tall palm trees.
    10. Cupecoy Beach (Dutch side) is a striking beach that creates a splendid golden glow on its reddish-brown rocks at sunset. There are no bars, but street vendors can be found selling cold drinks.

    What to do in St. Martin: excursions and tours

    How much does a holiday in St. Martin cost? Prices, offers and advice

    It's true, St. Martin is a heavenly destination ... but how much does a vacation cost?
    I flight prices, which are usually around € 700,00 and more a / r. A taxi ride to go to your hotel it will cost about € 18,00-20,00, while one night at the hotel it ranges from € 80,00 upwards, reaching € 150,00 in high season. The car rental, which is recommended for getting around, is about € 26,00-30,00 per day.

    I costs of food they are quite high: a fish dish can cost around € 22,00-25,00, to which drinks and 15% of the service are added. For the rest, that is water, coffee etc. the prices are more or less like here in Italy. There are obviously clubs and street foods where you can spend a little less, look hard! For the excursions the figure starts from € 100,00 upwards, then there are some "less complicated" (like a simple tour on a beach) that have prices around € 80,00.
    If you grasp the flight + hotel deals for two you could spend about € 1.800,00. So, a one-week vacation in St. Martin, considering all the expenses, costs around € 3.500,00-4.000,00. If you want to save, the rule is always one: book early flights and so on, and choose an apartment or holiday home, perhaps shared.

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