A DISTINCTIVE FUSION OF TWO IDENTITIES
As you approach from the seductive cruising grounds of the Caribbean, conical peaks rise dramatically from the deep ocean depths and gentle cerulean currents tumble landward to kiss the bleach-blonde sands of charismatic Saint Martin, also known as Sint Maarten. Its two distinct personalities and cultural infusions create an oasis of escapism and a hedonistic yacht charter destination.
Split into two halves, with the French in the north known as St. Martin and the Dutch in the south known as St. Maarten, it is the smallest island in the world under the governance of two countries. This infusion of cultures, customs and cuisines blended with the Caribbean charm and exquisite setting forms a heady and charismatic luxury yacht charter destination. Lying south of Anguilla and north of its diminutive brother St. Barts, the lush island is perfect for enjoying water sports and outdoor activities, from sailing and surfing to horseback riding along the alabaster sands.
The northern part of the island is the less developed of the two with beautifully secluded beaches and a comfortable yet elegant atmosphere with a fantastic selection of luxury hotels and gourmet restaurants. The capital town of Marigot was originally a fishing village but now plays hosts to colourful gingerbread houses and charming bistros that line its winding streets. Explore the lush nature reserve that covers the northern end, take in the views of the harbour and Anguilla from the ruins of Louis Fort and snorkel in the offshore reefs before indulging in a rum cocktail at one of the beach bars.
The dynamic Dutch southern region pulses with life, offering casinos, eateries, and a lively nightlife. Philipsburg, the main town and commercial hub, showcases exquisite colonial architecture and a significant port. With over 30 stunning white-sand beaches spanning the island, from the quintessential Caribbean vibe of Friar’s Bay to the urban allure of Simpsons Bay, choices abound. Adventurous souls find solace at Orient Bay, where parasailing, windsurfing, and other aquatic adventures await. No charter escapade is complete without exploring the petite islands of Tintamarre and Isle Pinel, where pristine beaches create a private paradise picnic setting.