The ‘friendly island’ as Sint Maarten-Saint Martin is known, is the smallest land mass in the world to be shared by two different nations. Only 37 square miles are owned by France and the Netherlands Antilles.
The French territory covers about two thirds of the island and is technically a part of the European Community. The Dutch side is a member island of the Netherlands Antilles and part of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, but not considered European territory.
Foreign enough to be exotic, but English is the most common language and the US-Dollar the usual currency. A paradise for sailing addicted, most marinas, boat yards and supply stores – all duty free prices, often cheaper than in the States – will be ready for all your needs, many regattas are held here during the winter, the most important one is the Heineken Regatta every March.
For the nightlife lovers there are clubs for every taste, 12 casinos and nonstop action for the party crowd. Known as the Caribbean gourmet island, St. Maarten-St. Martin is a culinary world leader with its restaurant selection. With 37 beaches from an active sandy scene to remote stretches of sand, the island has it all; year around sunshine.
Coupled with the skilled staff from Cap Caraibes we will sort out the best property for your holiday, hotel or villa just few steps away from white sand and blue water!
Diving in St Martin
The big plateau around the island offers easy and beautiful dive sites. Not to miss ‘Fish Bowl’, ‘The Maze’ full of soft corals and sponges, a real Mecca for the macro underwater photographer and the archeological site of the HMS Proselyte, a British Man o ’War sunk in 1801 scattering on the reef three huge anchors and several cannons. Frequently spotted are eagle rays, turtles, reef sharks and dolphins. The friendly staff from Scuba Fun Diving Center will welcome you on their state of the art diving boats and make sure your diving holiday is truly unforgettable. Hurricane season is from June till October even if most of the hotels and diving operators are open all year around. Visibility from 18mt/60ft to 30mt/100ft. Water temperature from 26 to 30 degree Celsius. Depth from 5mt/15ft to 25mt/75ft.