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Saint Martin Travel Wiki

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Travel to Saint Martin

Located in the northeast Caribbean Sea, Saint Martin is the smallest inhabited island in the world that is divided between two different nations. About 37,000 people live on the side that is referred to as “Saint-Martin.” Although the countries share the island, there is no real border – just a few signs or monuments. The unique culture has children learning French, Dutch, English, and Spanish while they are in school. That makes language rarely be a barrier for anyone during a visit to the island.

Travel tends to be easier on this, the French side of the island, as it is considered part of the European Union. The Dutch side is not. A visit to the island means time at the beach is a top priority. With nearly 40 beaches in total, you’ll find a hotel or a resort on almost every single one of them. The beaches are well-developed because of this, with a café, a bar, or both located on most of them. Make sure that you keep a frozen cocktail in hand so you can stay cool on a warm day.

During the stay, try a day of adventure at Loterie Farm. It offers a restaurant and lounge on its grounds, a 150-acre preserve to explore, and ziplining through an obstacle course. Plan ahead to avoid a crush of visitors should a cruise ship be in port during your stay. You’ll find Saint Martin to be a fascinating experience, no matter which side you prefer. Come prepared to relax and the island will gladly accommodate.

Best of Saint Martin

St. Martin is a dream tropical destination with crystal clear waters and powdery sand beaches. St. Martin is the northern half of the island shared with St. Maarten to the south, and is an overseas collectivity of France. Known for its lively nightlife and rich creole culture, St. Martin attracts visitors who are looking for more than just beautiful beaches.

Luxurious resorts, chic hotels, fine shopping, and excellent restaurants make this a destination you will want to visit again and again. St. Martin’s French flare permeates throughout the island culture, making the island distinct among the many beautiful tropical islands in the Caribbean. You will immediately feel welcome and at home in this island paradise.

St. Martin is the ideal vacation destination. Situated just a short flight from the United States, St. Martin has retained its distinct European flare while remaining secluded, private, and pristine. The northern half of the island, St. Martin, is a bit quieter and less populated than her southern sister, the Dutch St. Maarten. The two sides share the island’s beautiful coves, secluded beaches, and rolling hills that offer spectacular views of the ocean.

The heart of French St. Martin is the capital, Marigot. The town has a decidedly French flare and you won’t want to miss enjoying a morning spent at one of the cafes watching the world walk by. Here you will find a vibrant art and music scene that blends Caribbean and European styles. Marigot also boasts some of the finest restaurants in the tropics or you can venture to the village of Grand Case for more excellent dining options.

In terms of beaches, Orient Bay is the best known and most beautiful. Dotted with glittering resorts, the bay spans for two miles and is separated into five beaches, Kontiki, Kakao, Bikini, Waikiki and Coco Beach. Here you can relax in a beach chair, go parasailing, or take advantage of the excellent snorkeling.

Several of the beaches are top-less and there is a naturalist beach is at the south end of the bay. Maho Beach is popular and beautiful, but best known for being in the flight path of the international airport. Airplanes pass directly overhead so close you think you could reach up and touch them.

Another big attraction is the Carnival Festival celebrated in the weeks before Lent. Like many celebrations across the Caribbean, it features vibrant dance, music, costumes, and festive cuisine.

St. Martin is small and easy to navigate. You may also want to cross over from St. Martin to the Dutch side, St. Maarten. There you’ll find casinos and a vibrant nightlife. No matter what it is you’re looking for, St. Martin is sure to be the destination of a lifetime. You will want to return again and again.

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Marigot, capital of Saint Martin

Marigot Travel Wiki Travel to Marigot Serving as the capital of the “French” side, Marigot is a city that has seen heavy levels of growth since 2006. More than 10,000 people have moved here since then and it is easy to see why. Located on the western coast of the island, the views of Simpson Bay are fantastic, the sunshine is plentiful, and the beaches are always inviting. Marigot used to be a simple fishing village, located in an island swamp. Its...

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Saint Martin Holidays

Saint Martin Public Holidays See the calendars for national Saint Martin holidays year by year. Find and just click on the year you for which you need more information about Saint Martin holidays, and the calendar for the year will open. When is the non working days for the year. Public / national days, see the calendar for the country here.

Official holidays

When are holidays and no working days in the country ?

January 1New Year's DayJour de l'An
VariableEaster MondayLundi de Pâques
May 1Labour DayFête du Travail
May 8Victory DayFête de la Victoire 1945
VariableAscension DayAscension
VariableWhit MondayLundi de Pentecôte
May 21Abolition DayAbolition de l'Esclavage
July 14National DayFête Nationale
August 15Assumption DayAssomption
November 1All Saints' DayToussaint
November 11Armistice DayArmistice
December 25Christmas DayNoël
Saint Martin
Beside the above mentioned official holidays a lot of people take days off / close shops in connection with Carnival, Mid-Lent and Good Friday, these are not official holidays