St Maarten Yacht Charters
Crystal clear waters, white sandy beaches and fabulous European restaurants - come experience St Maarten
Only 37 meters in length, St. Maarten is regarded for its unique position: it is the only island in the Caribbean that peacefully houses two different nations – with one half owned by France, and the other, by the Netherlands.
Head to the Dutch side for endless casinos, a vibrant nightlife, and the island’s special rum-based, guava-berry liquors. On the French side, take in the island life at a slower pace; go shopping in its outdoor markets, try delicious French pastries, and indulge in Indian Caribbean cuisine like you’ve never had before.
Despite the divide, which is recognizable to yacht charter guests only by a single obelisk that stands at its border, the island operates as one. Along its coasts, guests will find nearly 36 sandy beach retreats; each of which are known for their pure white sand, sparkling turquoise waters, colorful coral reef s, and light, island breezes. For a taste of adventure, stay towards its interior – there is enough golfing, horseback riding and hiking to keep you occupied through all your days in Paradise.
The diversity of this unique Caribbean yacht charter destination offers a myriad of sites, activities, and cuisine, all influenced by the Caribbean vibe that you want to experience.
Things to See and Do in St Maarten
Here are some of the top sites to experience during your next yacht charter to the enchanting island of St. Maarten:
Built for whimsy seekers everywhere, St. Maarten’s Butterfly Farm was the first of its kind in all of the Caribbean – and houses hundreds of colorful butterflies from all four corners of the world. Walk through its idyllic gardens, listen to its babbling brooks and waterfalls, and watch as butterflies of all shapes and sizes flutter past. Relaxing music sets the tone of the day; but either way, the locale paints a picture of taking a walk through Paradise.
When the Spanish fled St. Maarten in 1648, the Dutch and French families who had settled in the hills begged their governments to take control of the island; but neither nation wanted the other to stay there. That same year, both nations signed a treaty of collaboration on Mount Concordia; dividing the island into two parts. At its border, stands an obelisk – erected in 1948 as a symbol of 300 years of peaceful coexistence between the French and the Dutch; and the only proof visitors have that they have crossed from one side to the other.
Regarded as the gourmet capital of St. Maarten, the village of Grand Case is home to some of the island’s best restaurants; all housed in traditional huts and wattle houses stemming from its original settlements. Grand Case is particularly popular during the “Mardis de Grand Case” and the Harmony Night festival , which features Caribbean jazz bands, orchestras and parades of local crafts and cuisine.