St. Maarten is an island located in the southern part of the Caribbean. The island is a very popular cruise ship stop and has a unique combination of Dutch and French culture.
The name of the Dutch part of the island is called Sint Maarten, while the French part is called Saint Martin. Since two nations share this island, it is the smallest island in the world having this ownership!
The weather will provide visitors with wonderful warmth, but there is also a lot of heavy rainfall later in the year. This is due to the annual hurricane season that takes place in the Caribbean.
From June all the way through to November is when the hurricane season comes around, but the worst weather is experienced in the fall.
If you are planning on heading there, then it’s best to know which months are ideal. There’s no point in going during the heavy rainfall, as you will not get the same experience.
The best time of year to visit the island is in March and April. The worst is September and October(due to weather)
Even though the island is governed by two different nations, tourists are allowed to freely walk between the two territories. You won’t find any check posts or border crossings here.
St. Maarten beachfront villa rentals are a great way for the whole family to relax and enjoy their time on the island. The pristine beaches provide excellent scenic beauty to enjoy while there are plenty of duty free shops to cater for all tastes.
Nude beaches are a popular attraction on the French side of the island. Delicious French restaurants and Indian cuisines can all be sampled as well on Saint Martin.
On Sint Maarten’s side of the island, English is more freely spoken than Dutch. The nightlife is also a lot more vibrant than on the French side – as one would expect, since the Dutch are party animals.
Phillipsburg is the capital town, and hosts the islands international airport – the Princess Juliana International airport.
For those shopaholics, the Dutch side of the island has a street called “front street” which has an array of jewelry, handicraft and electronic shops on offer.
While euro currency is accepted on the Dutch side, the local currency used is the NAF (Netherlands Antilles Florins). The French side uses the euro almost exclusively.
You can now plan your vacation to St. Maarten now that you know a little more about the island.