Saint Martin, the French side

Posted on July 21, 2010

It is one of the smallest islands of the Caribbean. But that does not stop every year to grow the number of travelers who reside in it. Nudist beaches and picturesque villages make the difference.


The first might be supposed -before llegar- is that such a small island (96 square kilometers, half of the City of Buenos Aires) is traveled fast and soon abandoned. Like almost everything required to cruise the Caribbean cruise passage, Saint Martin often has this fate.
The French side (officially Saint Martin) took just over 50 km2 and is north. The Dutch side (Sint Maarten officially) is south. Between the two, no borders or passports. Circulation is free and travelers check contrasts with his own eyes.


The "side" French

The capital of French Saint Martin called Marigot is a great town and looking out to a calm bay of blue waters. Yes, although more than six thousand people do not live, surprising the existence of modern multi-storey shopping malls.
Leaving the small capital, beaches succeed each other. All seem equally drawn and the only difference is the number of visitors. The resorts, more or less hidden, do not go unnoticed: some do not skimp on luxury (like the Radisson Blu) . The only difference with the Dutch side of the island is that there are no casinos in hotels. Not out.


That restriction is perhaps unimportant for most travelers, who are inclined to navigate rented kayak or just relax under the sun always benign these latitudes.
The more adventurous can note that Club Orient is the only nudist beach on the island.
Now we will tell you more about the Dutch side.

Written by Andrés Bacigalupo
More on Caribbean Islands in MV Experiences:
Martinique - British Virgin

8 Comments on "Saint Martin, the French side"


DAMIAN Posted on August 15, 2010

I would like to know how to go to saint marteen from Buenos Aires, Argentina without having to go through the US, and I have no US visa from the response and hope soon, thank you very much.


Araceli Posted on September 21, 2010

My experience has been to get to Saint Martin via Curacao, from Caracas. with Dutch Antilles Express. The company is lousy've accumulated 36 hours of delay fault plane and stay a day in St. Marteen but it was the only thing left in August.


Jorge Posted in November 5th, 2010

As of December 18, Copa Airlines begins operations in Buenos Aires route DIRECT FLIGHT Phillisburg (Sint Maarten).


Javier posted on January 4, 2011

I wonder if to enter Saint Martin tourist visa or passport is required only. I have not caught information. Thanks in advance for the help.


Patricia posted on July 18, 2011

In a matter of beaches, so quiet is best of French side? or Dutch?
By late May, early June that such is the climate?
Thank you


luis alberto Posted on August 30, 2011

st maarten is one of the best island in the Lesser Antilles, I have 16 years and I'm not here vivendo arepentido ,, so beautiful island with beautiful beaches that give a touch sencacional ,,,


wellington valenzuela Posted in January 14, 2012

good morning

Venezuelan kisiera soi i go com my family to this beautiful island but kiero saver if Venezuelan and Dominican as if visa is nesecita,
k and my cousins ​​live in Venezuela but Dominicans


Ponte Andres Posted on February 13, 2012

I wanted to travel in August 2012 at St Marteen. It is a fantastic place we have visited several times but never stayed cruise. Now I want to stay. Any information on how to get the most direct traveling from Argentina, welcome. idem regarding hospitality over the sea.

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