Sonesta Ocean Point Resort is located in the heart of the Maho Village, the entertainment hub of St Maarten/St Martin, with duty-free shopping, casinos and nightlife just at the door step of the resort. The resort is situated in St Maarten, the Dutch Caribbean side of the island, where English is the prevailing language and USD accepted everywhere, less than a five minute cab ride from Princess Juliana Airport.
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MAHO BEACH. As well as having white sand and crystal clear water, Maho Beach is also the ultimate location for plane spotting. Voted #3 in the world on Tripadvisor, 10 unique beaches you need to see to believe, Maho Beach is a not to be missed experience. Maho is a small beach that has it all. Swim and sun, bars and beach umbrellas, and the best view anywhere of planes landing right over your head and they make their approach to Princess Juliana International Airport (SXM).
MAHO VILLAGE. Whether its high-stakes gaming, adrenaline-pumping adventure or relaxing Caribbean diversions, the Maho Village is a “destination within a destination” that has truly redefined entertainment, dining, shopping and gaming in a vibrant resort atmosphere.
More than 40 duty-free boutiques are on offer along with a host of international restaurants, from Japanese, Thai, Italian, French and bars, cafes and lounges to suit every palate and mood. Casino Royaleis the largest on St. Maarten, boasting 21,000 square feet of gaming. Thirty gaming tables and 410 state-of-the-art slot machines tempt lady luck. Tantra Nightclub & Sanctuary sits next door, heating up the night with international DJs and a chic vibe.
ST MAARTEN/ST MARTIN. St Maarten/St Martin, ranked the fifth best island in the world in August 2014, is a tiny island paradise with an intriguing mix of cultures and cuisine thanks to its dual Dutch-French heritage. The island of St Maarten/St Martin seduces you at first site with lush green hills, sun-kissed beaches, world-class dining, duty-free shopping, red-hot casinos and night clubs.
"Sint Maarten" is the Dutch side of the of the unique Dutch-French island of St Maarten/St Martin. 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.
FACTS ABOUT ST MAARTEN/ST MAARTEN
LOCATION & SIZE. The island is in the Caribbean Sea, 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.
CAPITALS. Philipsburg on Great Bay is the capital of Dutch St. Maarten. Marigot is the capital of French Saint Martin.
NATIONALITIES. As a part of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, St. Maarten boasts 77 different nationalities. Saint Martin is an overseas territory of France.
LANGUAGE. 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.
CLIMATE. 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.
ENTRY. U.S. citizens need a valid passport or birth certificate with raised seal and photo identification and a return/continuing ticket. Naturalized citizens must show an original naturalization certificate with photo identification. Green Card holders must have a valid passport and a return/continuing ticket. Canadian and European Community citizens need a valid passport and a return/continuing ticket.
GETTING HERE. The resort is located just minutes away from Princess Juliana Airport (SXM). Air service to Princess Juliana International Airport (SXM) in Sint Maarten is provided by: American Airlines, Continental, Delta, Northwest, USAirways, JetBlue, KLM, Air France, United, LIAT, Windward Islands Airways (WINAIR) and many other major airlines.