In the Caribbean Sea, there is an area paradise Saint Martin. France and the Netherlands share this little landmass, which is unique among countries. The island's Dutch part, known as Sint Maarten, is a member of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, while the French side, known as Saint-Martin, is a French overseas territory.
The Lesser Antilles include Saint Martin, which is about 150 miles east of Puerto Rico. It has a population of about 40,000 people and is about 21 square miles in size. The island is well-known for its stunning beaches, which draw numerous visitors every year. With many residents employed in the service sector, tourism is the island's main source of income.
French and Dutch are Saint Martin's official languages, while English is also extensively used. The island experiences a tropical environment with year-round temperatures ranging from about 75°F to 90°F (24°C to 32°C). Saint Martin's shoreline alternates between cliffs up to forty meters high and numerous bays with white sand beaches. Uninhabited islets on the east coast are encircled by tiny coral reefs, while lagoons with sandy bottoms are home to extensive seagrass meadows. Everything in this place was designed with your comfort and enjoyment of Creole culture in mind. Don't forget to stop by the major cities like Philipsburg, the Dutch capital, and Marigot, the French capital of Saint Martin.
You can benefit from the numerous duty-free stores. The Caribbean island of Saint Martin is most known for its jovial vibe. Enjoy the calypso, zouk, merengue, and soca rhythms of Caribbean music. The best place to start renting a boat is Saint Martin, which is located in the north of the West Indies. Explore surrounding islands like the remarkable Saint Barthélémy and Anguilla, which are known for their protected coral massif. The renowned bay of Gustavia is the reason for this tiny Caribbean Saint Tropez's fame. For those who enjoy the volcanic side of the islands, Saint Kitts and its expansive plantations are the place to go.
The dry season, which lasts from December to April, is the ideal time to visit Saint Martin.
Dutch capital: Philipsburg, French capital: Marigot Languages: French, Guadeloupean Creole, Dutch, English, Spanish and Papiamento. Currency: Euros, US Dollars.
When to go: Saint Martin offers an average temperature of 25°C all year round and high humidity tempered by the trade winds. Leave without hesitation between December 15th and April 15th. Then comes the low season, with less frequent trade winds.
Our favorites: Grand case and its small colorful wooden houses, the underwater cave of Trou à Diable, the shops of Wathey Square and go for a cocktail in the port of, Oyster Pond at the French-Dutch border.
To be visited by boat: Anguilla, Saint Barthélemy
Event not to be missed: the Heineken Regatta which attracts the big names in sailing with boats that compete in a 3-day race at the beginning of March. The Carnival is surely the biggest celebration of the year. First celebrated on the French side during the week of Shrove Tuesday and then on the Dutch side during the whole month of April. Discover also the illuminations during the Christmas period.
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