Caribbean Tourism

Sint Maarten

Sint Maarten Beaches & Watersports

The bays on the south and west shores are excellent for swimming, diving and fishing, and the beaches are of fine white sand. The most popular beach is Mullet Bay, where you can rent umbrellas, beach chairs et cetera. It can get crowded in season and all weekends. On the east side is Oyster Pond, a land-locked harbour which is difficult to enter because of...

Hurricane Luis

St Maarten was one of the islands worst hit by Hurricane Luis in Sept 1995. Six people were killed, damage of US$1bn was reported and at least 2,000 people lost their jobs in the tourist industry when hotels and about 300 yachts were smashed. The shanty towns housing Haitians and Dominicans (many of them illegal immigrants) were flattened and the Government...

Excursions in Sint Maarten

You can take a day trip round the island, visiting the ruined Fort Amsterdam overlooking Philipsburg and the French part of the island. It is well worth having lunch in one of the many French restaurants in Grand Case or the other French villages. Generally, however, there is not much of either historical or natural interest to see on the island, and most...

Golf & Other Sports in Sint Maarten

Golf There is an 18-hole championship golf course at Mullet Bay Resort, which stretches along the shores of Mullet Pond and Simpson Bay Lagoon. Tennis All the large hotels have tennis courts, many of which are lit for night play, but check availability. Running Organized by the Road Runners Club, St Maarten, with a fun run of 5-10 kilometres every Wednesday...

Food & Drink of Sint Maarten

All the major hotels have restaurants with international cuisine. Pick up a free tourist guide to choose from the myriad restaurants now open on St Maarten with food from all over the world. In Philipsburg: Le Bec Fin, Front Street 119, French, elegant, favoured by the Dutch Royal Family and winner of awards, T22976 for reservations. Highly recommended. Le...

Entertainment in Sint Maarten

There are 9 casinos, which are a major attraction, most are open from noon to 0200. The largest is Casino Royale at the Maho Beach Hotel, open 1300-0400 daily. Lightning is across from Simpson Bay Yacht Club Marina on Airport road, also sport via satellite. The Studio 7 discothèque at Grand Casino, Mullet Bay, is the most visited, entrance US$10 including...

Sint Maarten Accommodation

There is a 5-8% Government tax on all hotel bills and a 10-15% service charge. Some add an energy surcharge. Prices are high but package deals in summer can be good value if you are prepared to shop around. In 2000 several hotels were still closed or partly open after hurricane repairs. Large Resort Hotels include: LL-L Mullet Bay Resort & Casino,...

Sint Maarten Communications

Postal Services: 2 safe places for holding mail are Bobby’s Marina, PO Box 383, Philipsburg and Island Water World, PO Box 234, Cole Bay. It is not possible to send a parcel by sea, only airmail which is expensive. Telephone Services: Telephone codes for the Dutch side of the island can be bought at Landsradio telecommunications office in Cannegieter St,...

Sint Maarten - One 37-square-mile island 144 miles east of puerto rico

One 37-square-mile island 144 miles east of Puerto Rico is shared by French St. Martin and Dutch St. Maarten. With magnificent beaches, glassy calm bays and coves with crashing surf, the island is a perfect spot for all types of watersports. Its many hotels offer an assortment of accommodations to suit every tourism budget as well as excellent facilities...