May 25, 2023
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St. Maarten

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St. Maarten (SXM)

Sint Maarten, part of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, is a country on the southern part of a Caribbean island shared with Saint Martin, a French overseas collectivity. Its natural features span lagoons, beaches and salt pans. The capital, Philipsburg, has cobblestone streets and colorful, colonial-style buildings lining its Front Street shopping area.

Size: 33.59 mi²

Languages: French, Dutch, Creole

Currency: Netherlands Antillean guilder

Cruise Port: Phillipsburg


Our time in St. Maarten! (Blog entries)

St. Maarten

St. Maarten

St. Maarten / Sint Martin We were excited about St. Maarten. St. Maarten is part of the Leeward Islands in the Caribbean Sea. It comprises 2 separate countries, Netherlands & France.We had booked an excursion

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Arriving in St. Maarten

St. Maarten is a great place to visit and I do recommend it. The island is divided into 2 halves. You have the Dutch side of the island, and you have the French side of the island. Both sides are very unique and offer different things.

One of the most popular places for people to go, is to Princess Juliana International Airport and hang out at Maho Beach. This is where the airplanes take off and land, which makes for great pictures! Here are some other great things to do in St. Maarten:

  1. Explore Phillipsburg
  2. Great Bay Beach
  3. Shop in Marigot
  4. Visit Orient Beach
  5. Visit Loterie Farm
  6. Go on the Flying Dutchman (largest zip line!)
  7. Explore on an ATV
  8. Mullet Bay Beach
  9. Maho Beach (zee planes boss, zee planes!)
  10. Friar’s Bay
  11. Go to Pinel Island (highly recommend)
  12. Rotary Lookout Point 
  13. Cupecoy Beach
  14. Shop on Front Street (Philipsburg)

Eating in St. Maarten

Like other islands, there are plenty of places to eat and St. Maarten is no different. Here are some of the more popular restaurants you should check out.

  1. La Playa (my favorite!)
  2. Sunset Cafe
  3. Lazy Lizard
  4. Maxine’s Caribbean Cafe
  5. Tortuga Maho
  6. Al Pasha
  7. Caribbean Blend
  8. Mama
  9. Tropicanna
  10. Fat Tony’s

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