Half-French, half-Dutch, Saint-Martin reveals its cosmopolitan face. In 1648, the colonists each peacefully allocated a section of the Antilles island to the other. The cohabitation of an array of populations over the centuries lends the island a unique character. Culture and a change of scene are at the heart of a trip to Saint-Martin.
Saint Martin - Visit
SAINT MARTIN, A COSMOPOLITAN ISLAND
From the French to the Dutch part, visiting Saint Martin means discovering a small island of 56 square miles, combining Caribbean authenticity with the international appeal of a popular tourist spot.
BEACHES AND SHOPPING
Marigot, the French capital of the island, is located on the northwest coast. Its traditional 19th century Creole houses, its pleasant waterfront and its aromatic market all add to the charm of this town. As Saint Martin is a free port, visitors also come here for its many duty-free shops. The rest of this tour of Saint Martin takes you to Pic Paradis, the highest point on the island (1392 ft) and some of the most beautiful panoramic views, accessible on foot or by car. After stopping by some superb beaches such as Friar's Bay or Happy Bay, you reach Grand Case, famous for its gastronomy. Then head to Cul-de-Sac for a trip to the islets Pinel and Tintamarre, both little rugged paradises, before reaching the chic and lively beach of the eastern bay. To really experience all the sides to Saint Martin, head to the Dutch part, not forgetting to stop by Philipsburg, the capital of this side of the island. Its duty-free shops and nightlife are the main attractions, along with Fort Amsterdam overlooking the bay.