Sint Maarten, or Saint Martin for the French, is an island in the Caribbean. Its territory is divided into two, one owned by the French, the other by the Dutch. It is located near Puerto Rico. With its unique political condition, it sure is interesting to get a chance to visit the island. However, since it is a territory of two European countries, make sure to secure a Schengen Visa before your departure from your home country, or check if you still need to get a visa to enter Sint Maarten.
Philipsburg is the capital of the Dutch part of Sint Maarten, located on the southern part of the island. It enjoys an advantage over the northern part as it is located very near the airport in the island. In fact, this airport can be considered as a part of the appeal of Philipsburg, as tourists enjoy artificial waves brought about by the jet blast from departing airplanes. Book for a car for hire in Sint Maarten and head on over to Maho Beach for a chance to experience these artificial waves. You have to be careful, however, as some aircrafts fly very low and have actually caused some accident to people standing too close to the shore.
It might be confusing but after a few days in the island, you’ll find it very easy to differentiate between the French and the Dutch territories in the island. Marigot, the French capital, is located on the northern part of Sint Maarten, and is known for its homey and cozy feel. Hire a car in Sint Maarten and head on over to Marigot to relax after spending a lot of time at the beach. Shop for local crafts, fruits, and souvenirs in the local markets. Enjoy some of the local delicacies in the bistros and restaurants lining the streets, and take a sip of the popular tropical drinks while watching the sunset.
You don’t really have to stay by the beach or stay in your cottage in Sint Maarten, for there are a lot more that you can do. After spending some time at the beach in Philipsburg and enjoying the cozy town life in Marigot, go for some adventure in Ile Tintamarre. Rent a car in Sint Maarten and create your own adventure. There’s also a beach if you find it too difficult to think of other things to do while enjoying the island.
Not only would you have a relaxing and rejuvenating vacation, you’ll also enjoy the best of both the French and Dutch cultures in one place. Have fun, relax and just enjoy the tide.
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