St Martin/St Maarten is a tiny island paradise with an intriguing mix of cultures and cuisine thanks to its dual Dutch/French Heritage.
The island of St Martin/St Maarten seduces you at first site with lush green hills, sun-kissed beaches, historic buildings and homes, world-class dining, duty-free shopping, red-hot casinos and clubs.
Covering just 37 square miles, St. Maarten/St. Martin proves that the best things do come in small packages! St. Maarten/St. Martin has it all — excitement, adventures and relaxation — the choice is yours.
You can windsurf, snorkel, hike, go horseback riding, dine on amazing cuisine, shop to your heart’s delight and so much more. Sunny and warm year-round, with cool balmy trade winds, it’s the quintessential island paradise.
The island is in the Caribbean Sea, located at 18.02 latitude and 63.07 longitude, 150 miles southeast of Puerto Rico. It covers 37 square miles, with Dutch St. Maarten on the South spanning 16 square miles and French Saint Martin on the North covering 21 square miles. The island is the smallest land mass to be shared by two separate governments.
Philipsburg on Great Bay is the capital of Dutch St. Maarten. Marigot is the capital of French Saint Martin.
As a part of the Netherlands Antilles and the Kingdom of the Netherlands, St. Maarten boasts 77 different nationalities. Saint Martin is an overseas territory of France.
English is spoken everywhere, but Dutch is the official language of St. Maarten and French is the official language of Saint Martin. On the Dutch side, you may also hear Spanish, Papiamentu, Italian, Hindi, Chinese and other languages. On the French side, Creole Patois is also spoken.
Sunny and warm year-round, with some cooling from trade winds. The average temperature during the winter season is 80°F and the island is a few degrees warmer, but not as humid in the summer. There are occasional showers in late summer and early fall, with the annual rainfall averaging 45 inches.