Posted on July 21, 2010
It is one of the smallest islands of the Caribbean. But that does not stop growing year by year the number of travelers who reside in it. Nudist beaches and picturesque villages make the difference.
The first thing you might assume-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 surf 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 quiet bay of blue waters. Yes, even though more than six thousand people 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. Or outside.
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 of the island.
Now we'll tell you more about the Dutch side.