Saint Martin, Saint Martin Vacations
Hotels in Saint Martin
Our Opinion of Saint Martin
The beautiful island of St. Martin (or St. Maarten) is encircled by 37 magnificent beaches. While some invite you to endless stretches of powder white sands shaded by palm trees, others lure you to enchanting coves or a scuba diver's dream sheltered by colorful coral reefs. The beaches in St. Maarten are never crowded, even in high season.
The smallest island (37 square miles) in the world shared by two sovereign powers, St. Maarten/St. Martin enjoys the perfect blend of two European cultures with the beauty of a Caribbean paradise. It would take under 2 hours to go around the Island. The capital of the Dutch side (south) is Philipsburg, and the capital of the French side (north) is Marigot. The main attractions are white sand beaches, casinos, and duty free shopping.
Things to know about Saint Martin, Saint Martin Vacations
Activities & Sports
Anywhere you travel on the island, you are never far away from a beach. On the Dutch side, Cupecoy beach is picture-perfect. Simpson Bay and Great Bay offer suntans and water sports. You can find excellent scuba diving, snorkeling, and deep sea fishing, as well as horseback riding, tennis, and golf.
Dining & Nightlife
St. Martin is known as the Gourmet Capital of the Caribbean, boasting 400 tantalizing restaurants, from French to Cuban, Indonesian to Creole... the gastronomic possibilities are endless! From a candlelit dinner in Philipsburg or a bistro meal in a sidewalk cafe on one of Marigot's avenues, dining in St. Martin is like dining no place else. The nightlife is nonstop: On the Dutch side, there are casinos galore (open from noon to 3 AM), and don't forget the discos and nightclubs where you can dance the night away.
One of the joys of vacationing in St. Martin is that it is duty-free. The best places to shop on the Dutch side are Philipsburg's Frontstreet and Old Street, Simpson Bay, and Maho Reef. Wherever you go, you will find clothing, leather goods, jewelry, gold, watches, perfume, china, and crystal from around the world.
Flying time from:
Toronto: Approximately 5 hours
Language: French, Dutch and English.
Currency: US dollars or Euros.
Climate: Sub-tropical with a few days of rain per month from August to October.
Electricity: Dutch side: Same as Canada and the U.S. French side: 200 volts, adapter required.
Documents: Canadians citizens entering St. Martin for 14 days or less must bring a valid passport, birth certificate with government issued picture ID, or naturalization certificate. Please contact the St. Martin Tourist Office in Toronto (#106, 703 Evans Avenue, Toronto, ON M9C 5E9 (416)622-4200) for more information.
Dutch side: www.st-maarten.com
French side: www.st-martin.org
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