Planning a Trip to St. Maarten + St. Martin

St. Maarten is a Dutch colony, while St. Martin is French, so the two sides of the island have their own distinctive vibe and flavor.

Sip rosé while soaking up the sun at glam French beach clubs in St. Martin. Then head over to St. Maarten to hit up the casinos and snag duty-free bling!

Planning a trip to St. Maarten and St. Martin can be a bit of a headache, thanks to its unique status as an island of two countries. Don’t fret, though. We’ve detailed all you need to know in this guide.

Best time to visit

Travel to this Caribbean island anytime from November to June, and you should have great weather.

Yes, both St. Maarten and St. Martin are quite safe for tourists—it’s even called the Friendly Island! As can be expected, there’s a bit of street crime and petty theft.

Is St. Maarten safe for tourists?

How to get to St. Maarten

Direct flights on Delta, American Airlines, WestJet, Air France, and other major airlines bring in plane loads of happy vacationers from the United States, Canada and Europe.

Getting around St. Maarten and St. Martin – no border!

Unlike most borders between different countries. You don’t have to go through immigration every time you cross from one side to the next.

Renting a car in St. Martin

Of course, you can walk around the capital cities and villages. And there are some incredible hikes. But outside of that, it’s best to rent a car.

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