Saint Martin/Sint Maarten
is one of the smallest landmasses to be shared in the world. While
Sint Maarten is part of the Netherlands Antilles, Saint Martin is
a French territory, whose capital is the town of Marigot. Nicknamed
the “Friendly Island” the beaches on Saint Martin are
truly superb with many gourmet French restaurants and excellent resorts
to be found here, all making this an excellent vacation destination.
One of the main reasons for the popularity of this tiny island
in the Caribbean is that it is easy to
get to. Add to this, inexpensive accommodations, gorgeous beaches
and an energetic nightlife and you have one of the best places to
have some fun, all the while still maintaining a kind of ‘Europe
in the Caribbean’ feel.
Even though French is the official language here, English and Spanish
are widely spoken and understood throughout Saint Martin. The US
dollar is the currency of choice and with plenty of duty-free shopping
to enjoy, this island offers something for everyone.
Marigot, the capital, has a distinctly French flavor with several
top notch restaurants and some first-rate shopping to enjoy. With
the main harbor front located here along with the ferry terminal to
Anguilla and St Barths, this town
is a hub dub of activity. Most of the shopping in Marigot
is located along the Rue du General de Gaulle with many famous boutiques
and small shops sitting side by side.
St Martin is also known for its bevy of beautiful beaches. Baie
Rogue is a wonderful place to go swimming,
while the nearby Plum Bay offers some excellent sunbathing opportunities
as well. For the more risqué, visit Orient Beach and the
Club Orient Naturist Resort. A nudist resort and the only one of
its kind on the island, here guests can enjoy a wide range of activities
from water sports to fine dining and sailing.