“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.”

TravelHaven Destination Information – St. Maarten/St. Martin

Part European, part Caribbean, and a world away from all your cares, Sint Maarten/Saint Martin offers lavish elegance and secluded beaches on the cosmopolitan French side and a bustling shopping center and cruise port in Dutch-hued St. Maarten. The island seduces you with lush green hills, historic homes, world-class dining, duty-free shopping, and red-hot casinos and clubs where zouk, calypso, reggae and jazz provide a background to romantic dining experiences.

All this and more are yours for the taking in just 37 square miles of tropical paradise. Taxis and jitney vans link both sides, seamlessly crossing the imperceptible border.

Dining & Nightlife

A superb variety of cuisines of unmatched quality make St. Maarten/St. Martin an island of epicurean adventures. Whether dining à deux or with family and friends, an island ringed by 37 beaches with more than 100 nationalities can make for some interesting experiences. Who would have ever thought that such a cornucopia of restaurants could exist in the middle of the Caribbean Sea and serve food equal to that of Paris or New York?


After experiencing St. Maarten/St. Martin’s rich flavors in its shops, bars and restaurants, you’ll be tempted to bring some of that home with you. The finest food and spirits shops give you an opportunity to stock your kitchen and liquor cabinet with a taste of the tropics.


There’s Fun in the Sun — and in the Water. Add adventure and pump up your adrenaline with island sports. St. Maarten/St. Martin offers an array of both land and sea options. There’s plenty of golf and tennis, as well as simply majestic views while biking, horseback riding or hiking. On the beach, in the pool or from the marinas you’ll enjoy swimming, diving, snorkeling, boating, sailing and just lying in the sun.

So come and enjoy a unique marriage of European and Caribbean cultures, a potpourri of charm and culture – the vacation of a lifetime.