Since 1648, the Treaty of Concordia has separated the island into two parts : the french part in the North (St. Martin) and the dutch part in the South (Sint-Maarten).
St. Martin is known to be the capital of duty free and gastronomy in the Caribbean. The warm hospitality of its people, its diversity and its varied cultural activities all allowed it to be nicknamed the "Friendly Island".
With a total area of 88 square kilometres, the island extends about 15km long and 13km in width.
Note that there is no border materialized between the two parts of the island. The movement of goods and people is entirely free. Only an obelisk delineates it.
Saint-Martin, the French part of the island
The North part of the island extends over 54 km². Its capital is Marigot. You can go on the market, always very lively and colorful, within a local and festive atmosphere.
Whether on the water, through its 37 beaches, on land or in the air, many activities and some privileged moments await you including:
- Water sports (jet ski, flyboard, hoverboard, diving, parasail, private yacht charters ;
- Sport : karting, multiple events on the island ;
- Island Tours : helicopter, limousine, private car with chauffeur...
The main places of interest of the French side are:
- The market, , still very lively and colorful. You can find local products (rum, spices, fabrics), in a festive atmosphere.
- The Fort-Louis, built in 1789, created to defend thewarehouses in the port of Marigot, where crops were stored (salt, coffee, sugar cane, rum).
- The Catholic Church, built on the road to the Fort Louis in 1941. The chapel adjacent to the presbytery has been fully renovated recently.
- Pic Paradis, which rises to 424 meters, is the highest point of the island. The access offers a panoramic view of the island and the surrounding islands.
- The lottery Farm. On the road of Pic Paradis, the Lottery Farm is an essential stop for any enthusiast of nature. You can relax or practice of tree climbing, in a magnificent setting, in the heart of a thriving nature. Restaurants are also at your disposal.
Considered as the capital of gastronomy in the Caribbean, the village of Grand Case has preserved all its authenticity. The many restaurants with all varied types of cuisines are installed in the small typical traditional boxes.
Animated throughout the year, the place still takes an extra dimension during the Tuesday of Grand-Case where the discovery of handicrafts and local gastronomy are exposed, punctuated by the orchestras and the Caribbean dancers.
The butterfly farm is a must for all lovers of nature. It was the first of its kind to open in the Caribbean.
At the heart of a greenhouse of 900 m², you can see a hundred butterflies from around the world, within a tropical garden consisting of a waterfall and multiple pools of water.
The Natural Reserve, located on the East part of the island is a true dedicated protected territory to the fauna and flora made up of marine part of 3,000 hectares.
The capital of the Dutch side is considered as the mainly luxury duty-free shopping place. Philipsburg always looks lively and varied with its many restaurants and its cruise ships that serve Sint-Maarten for a single stopover.
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The Sint Maarten Zoo
Located between Dutch Cul de Sac and Madame Estate, near Philipsburg, the St. Maarten Zoo is a zoological and Botanical Park, which has more than 80 species of animals including reptiles, birds, monkeys and other squirrels.
There is also the largest exhibition of exotic parrots of the Caribbean.
You will discover a place of unique entertainment. You will spend days and unforgettable evenings at Maho Beach and see an exclusive show with landings of aircraft only a few meters from the beach. The many bars and restaurants will welcome you in a festive atmosphere.
The Casino Royale, the most famous of the island, will entertain you through its numerous slot machines, its table games but also performances of dance and singing throughout the year.