St. Martin/St. Maarten — Two Worlds of Universal Appeal
A Caribbean jewel blessed with turquoise waters, lush landscapes, and a warm tropical climate, the 37-square-mile island of St. Martin/St. Maarten is a prime yacht charter destination. As the world’s smallest island inhabited by two countries, France and the Netherlands, guests visiting St. Martin, have the advantage of experiencing two fascinating cultures. Divided to the north and the south by the French and the Dutch respectively, both sides are equally beautiful but distinctively different. The French side of the island is casual, chic, and peaceful, whereas the Dutch side is active, robust, and vibrant. Known as the “crossroads of the Caribbean” a yachting holiday in St. Martin is pure perfection, offering something for everyone such as world-class shopping, breathtaking beaches, sightseeing opportunities galore, and fun-filled activities like diving, snorkeling, windsurfing, horseback riding and hiking. So hop aboard your charter megayacht, powerboat, sailing yacht, or catamaran and treat yourself to a yachting vacation that you will treasure forever.
The quintessentially French capital of St. Martin, Marigot is a scenic delight reminiscent of a Mediterranean ﬁshing village with a cosmopolitan twist. Meandering through this charming town, visitors will find a picturesque harbor brimming with a variety of sailing and motor yachts, lovely Parisian architecture, quaint pastel-colored homes, and streets lined with adorable cafés, chic shops, and trendy art galleries. While here, make sure to include a stop along the waterfront at the Marigot Marketplace to pick up some fresh spices or locally crafted goods. If you have a penchant for fashion, head out to Rue du Général de Gaulle where you will find über-stylish boutiques and designer outposts from Longchamp, Max Mara, Cartier, and Hermès.
Located on the northwest coast of French St. Martin, Grand Case is known as the gourmet capital of the Caribbean. Centered along a small fishing village, the town attracts gourmands from near and far and features over 30 sidewalk cafes, brasseries and bistros serving up delectable fare. Every Tuesday night from January through April, Grand Case hosts a lively evening of food, fun, entertainment, and art where guests can enjoy dancing, artisan stands, art galleries and sidewalk shopping.
If your one desire during your yachting holiday in St. Martin is to bask in the warm Caribbean sun, there is no better locale than Orient Bay or in French “Baie Orientale”. Hailed as the French Riviera of the Caribbean, it boasts of almost 2 miles of pristine white powdery sand beaches, sparkling turquoise waters, and swaying palm trees. Lending to its popularity, Orient Bay is lined with beach bars and restaurants, making it the perfect place to sit back, relax with a tropical drink in hand, soak in the splendid views and enjoy some people watching.
The Dutch capital of St. Maarten, Philipsburg is a popular cruise ship port beaming with activity and a never-ending list of attractions. In addition to the wonderful beaches, one of the main draws here is the duty-free shopping which can be found along Front Street. Great bargains can be had on jewelry, electronics, liquors, and perfume. For those interested in seeing the sights, a leisurely stroll along the beachside boardwalk offers a great opportunity to admire some of the spectacular colonial architecture and historic buildings that line the streets. With a thriving nightlife and entertainment scene, an evening spent in Phillipsburg at one of the many restaurants, bars and casinos is something not to miss.
For an enchanting holiday in the Caribbean, nothing compares to a luxurious yacht charter in St. Martin. Sail away with Sunreef Yachts Charter aboard the powerboat, sailing yacht, or catamaran of your dreams and experience the fun, relaxation and adventure that loom around every corner of this stunning tropical destination.