Sint Maarten

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October 23

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Saint-Martin is an island divided between the French territory of Saint-Martin and the Dutch Sint-Martin. Naming can be confusing, and this is quite normal. The island itself is the smallest piece of land, divided into two parts. Moreover, both parts quite peacefully coexist like friends, and the border between them is purely symbolic.

The administrative center of the Dutch Sint Maarten is the city of Philipsburg. This part of the island has recently been actively rebuilt, attracting more and more tourists to their resorts. Especially a lot of Americans come here. All for the sake of beautiful beaches and real European style.

Princess Juliana International Airport, SXM

This unusual airport is one of the ten most dangerous in the world. Which sounds scary and interesting at the same time. The thing is that takeoff and landing require pilots experience and confidence. In addition, the runway ends almost in the ocean, so that planes fly almost 10 meters above the heads of vacationers. An exciting experience that absolutely all tourists celebrate.

But the main danger is weather conditions. In the Caribbean, devastating hurricanes and earthquakes occur regularly. For example, in 2017, Hurricane Irma severely damaged Princess Juliana's Sint Maarten Airport. Despite the fact that the new airport building, opened in the early 2000s, was built taking into account this weather conditions. So, going to the Caribbean, it is better to know in advance about weather and avoid the hurricane season.

How to get from the airport to the city center?

As the smallest inhabited Caribbean island, Sint Maarten can be easily and quickly driven around from one end to the other. And you can even walk from the airport to the beach. Still, the planes land almost on the beach. And normal public transport you won't find here. Feel free to catch minibuses on the parking lots and speak to driver if he can take you to the place. Usually they are ready to give tourists a lift for a couple of bucks.

The easiest way to get to your hotel is to arrange a transfer. It is better to agree on this in advance. But you can find special buses right at the airport. If you share the cost of the trip with other passengers (and this is welcome here), you can get to the place for about 9 dollars. Or take a taxi and comfortably get where you need to. The trip will cost about 25-30 dollars.

Quick facts about Sint Maarten

Car rent
from $ 11 per day
Hotel booking
from $ 20 64 per night
Currency
ANG
Netherlands Antilles Guilder

Reference average prices in Sint Maarten

🌭 Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant
$ 20
🍕 Meal for 2 People, Mid-range Restaurant, Three-course
$ 77,5
🍺 Domestic Beer (0.5 liter draught)
$ 3,08
🚌 One-way Ticket (Local Transport)
$ 1
🏠 Apartment rent per month (1 bedroom in City Centre)
$ 1133

Best time to visit Sint Maarten

Best season to travel:
Prices
Hotel from $64
Temperature
The average temperature during the year ranges from 21°C to 30°C
Precipitation
The average rainfall per year is 1045 mm
Weather

The weather on Sint Maarten is actually ideal all year round. And the temperature practically does not change all the time. Nevertheless, to avoid difficult weather conditions and at the same time book a hotel at an affordable price plan a trip in late spring and early winter.

Sint Maarten Sightseeings

The Dutch part of the island of Saint-Martin is especially famous for its beaches. It is believed that from this side it is more pleasant to swim and more comfortable to sunbathe, and in general it is better to relax. There are a little less than forty thousand local residents, and twice as many tourists at almost any time of the year. Is there anything else to do besides a beach holiday? Lets see.

Zip-line

Sint Maarten has the coolest zip-line in the world. It starts at an altitude of 550 meters, where you can get by the cable car. At the top tourists put on insurance, they are attached then to a cable and released in free flight to the very bottom. If you open your eyes for a second, you can see the wonderful beautiful landscapes of the whole island. In the distance you can even see some neighboring islands. So it's even better (and faster) than a yacht tour around the Caribbean islands.

Maho Beach

Airplanes land literally 20 meters above this beach. Scary and breathtaking. There is even a special information board on this beach on which the flight schedule is written so that tourists know exactly when to prepare cameras and catch impressive shots. You can also relax here peacefully between flights, but the main entertainment is in any case the aircraft’s landing gear that opens overhead.

Mallet Bay

But if you want to enjoy a relaxing beach holiday without the noise of motors, you need to go to the Mallet Bay. It is considered one of the best beaches in Sint Maarten. Here you will find absolutely white sand, brilliant azure water and the complete absence of waves create comfortable conditions for any tourist. At the same time, palm groves begin right behind the beach. The situation is as similar as possible to some commercial about holidays.

Philipsburg

Colorful vibrant Philipsburg is a typical Dutch city, which is quite difficult to imagine among palm trees and Caribbean beaches. This is also the main port of the Dutch part of the island, where giant cruise ships come. In Philipsburg you need to walk along the promenade, eat delicious ice cream, take fantastic photos and ... go shopping. One of the features of Philipsburg is the abundance of duty-free shops outside the airport. You can buy various goods at a very pleasant price.

Sunset under the sails

There are not many worthwhile excursions on Sint Maarten. The island is small, and there are not many attractions. But one excursion is definitely worth spending time and money on it. Depart to the port of Philipsburg in the late afternoon and board one of the pleasure boats. Often on such boats dinners and cocktail parties are arranged. All this happens at the time of sunset over the horizon, when the sky is painted in all shades of red. An unforgettable experience is guaranteed.

Nearby Islands

If you are completely bored on Sint Maarten, go explore the neighboring islands of the Caribbean. Many companies organize one-day yacht tours here. Most of the islands are just a few minutes away. For example, you can swim to Anguilla with its beach activities, or go up a thousand meters above sea level to a mountain on the island of Saba and look around, or get to St. Barnes, where world stars and rich people from different countries constantly rest.

What to eat in Sint Maarten

On the Dutch side of Saint-Martin, because of the abundance of Americans, you can find almost any popular fast-food restaurant: McDonald's, Burger King, Pizza Hut, Subway, Dominos, KFC. These famous names are found everywhere in Philipsburg. Not very authentic, but at least any tourist knows exactly what to expect from such an institution anywhere in the world.

If you want to save money, look for places where only locals eat. This applies, for example, to many Chinese restaurants. There are more than forty of them on Sint Maarten. Often these are inexpensive eateries where you can eat a typical Chinese noodle or steam bun very quickly.

Typical local food with a Caribbean flavor must be found in roadside shops. As always, there is nothing better than street food to get to know the local gastronomic culture. On these counters sell a variety of soups, fried chicken, pastries and much more.

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