Tourist Places to Visit in Sint Maarten, Netherlands Antilles, America
Sint Maarten is a constituent country of the Kingdom of the Netherlands geographically positioned at 18°03′ N 63°03′ W. Philipsburg is the capital and the Lower Prince’s Quarter is the largest city of Sint Maarten. American University of the Caribbean School of Medicine, University of St. Martin and Sint Maarten Courthouse are the three prime identities of Sint Maarten.
Geography of Sint Maarten:
Sint Maarten covers southern half of Saint Martin Island and the northern half is covered by Saint-Martin, a French overseas collectivity. It is spread over an area of 34 sq. km.
The major settlements of Sint Maarten are:
- Lower Prince’s Quarter
- Cul de Sac
- Cole Bay
- Upper Prince’s Quarter
- Little Bay
History of Sint Maarten:
Sint Maarten earlier had a status of the Island Territory of Sint Maarten and one of the five island territories of the Netherlands Antilles, later it was formed as a constituent country by Netherland Government, when Netherlands Antilles was disbanded on 10th October 2010.
How to reach Sint Maarten?
Sint Maarten is catered by Princess Juliana International Airport situated around 10 km away from Philipsburg, the capital of Sint Maarten with scheduled flights to and from Atlanta, New York, Miami, Boston, Amsterdam, Charlotte, Philadelphia, Paris and many other European, Caribbean and North American cities.
The major port of Sint Maarten is in Philipsburg receiving cruise ships from the neighboring French Island and many other Caribbean islands.
Taxis cost about $25 USD per person for the entire island journey and the prominent car rentals include:
- Unity Cars
- E-Z Rent-A-Car
Culture, Food and Shopping in Sint Maarten:
Sint Maarten natives speak their own English based Creole dialect and there is Sint Maarten Heineken Regatta that takes place during the first weekend in March annually.
Grand Marche and Sangs supermarkets are the major shopping options, and jewelry, cosmetics and cameras are the purchasable products in Sint Maarten.
The famous food corners in Sint Maarten are:
- Vesna Taverna & Bagel House
- Byblos Lounge SXM
- Panlaan Thai on the Bay
- Hilmas Windsor Castle
Places of interest in Sint Maarten:
Maho Bay is a very famous beach of Sint Maarten with white sand and crystal clear water. Because of its close proximity with a runway of airport, tourists can see flying flights from very short distances. Most of large flights arrive and depart during the mid-morning and mid-late afternoon.
Mullet Bay is just beyond Maho Bay renowned for food and drink shops and tourists can enjoy parasailing and other different water sports activities here.
The Loterie Farm offers different activities including hiking, eco tours and tree jumping. The Zip Line experience by The Fly Zone and Ti’ Tarzan (for kids) are other specialties of the park. Tourists can enjoy all these activities during day time only but can taste special dishes at the restaurant and lounge in the park during the evening also.
Other places of interest in and around Sint Maarten include:
- Orient Bay
- Pic du Paradis
- Fort Willem
- Yoda Guy Movie Exhibit
- Little Bay Beach
- Great Bay Beach
- Front street
- Dawn Beach
- Philipsburg Courthouse
- Wathey Square
- Maarten Zoo
- Maarten Museum
Best time to visit Sint Maarten:
Generally ending and beginning months of the year will be the most ideal time to travel Sint Maarten.
Accommodation options in Sint Maarten:
December to April is the high season in Sint Maarten, so it is advised for tourists to book hotel rooms well in advance prior to reaching Sint Maarten during this period and generally, splurge resorts charge US$100+ per night. List of major hotels and resorts in Sint Maarten is:
- Turquoise Shell Inn
- The Azure Hotel
- Pasanggrahan Royal Guesthouse
- Tamarind Hotel
- Royal Palm Beach Resort
- L’Esperance Hotel
- The Summit Hotel
- Holland House Beach Hotel
- Divi Little Bay Beach Resort
- Belair Beach Hotel
- Simpson Bay Resort & Marina
- Sonesta Great Bay Beach Resort & Casino
- Mary’s Boon Beach Resort and Spa
- Sea Palace Hotel
- Seaview Hotel & Casino