On this island, your limits are the sky in one direction and the bottom of the sea in the other. Sail the yacht that won the America's cup. Motor a catamaran along the mythical line separating the Atlantic Ocean from the Caribbean Sea. Charter a fishing vessel and set out for giant marlin. Dive. Fish. Hike. Climb historic Mount Concordia. Do it all. See it all. For here there are no limits other than the boundaries of nature itself.
With over 50 unique dive locations, St. Maarten is truly a destination for divers of every skill level. The turquoise waters that surround the island are teeming with color and life. Here divers and snorkelers will find thousands of multicolored fish, shells and crustaceans of every shape and size, as well as a rainbow of coral, algae and marine plants.
You can explore the island by kayak and venture into its numerous secret coves and calm inlets. You can rent a Sunfast 20 and enjoy a leisurely sail in the Simpson Bay lagoon. In fact, you can rent just about any form of water transportation you can think of at most beach resorts, from Hobie Cats, to motorboats, to canoes. And for windsurfers, on the windward northeast side of St. Maarten are two beaches divided by a peninsula. On one side the flat waters of Coconut Grove are ideal for beginners, and on the other side, the wilds of Orient Beach are perfect for more advanced sailors.
Bike your way around St. Maarten and the miles will melt away faster than the passage of time. From the limestone plateau of the lowlands and the cliffs at Cupecoy, to the volcanic rock summits of Paradise Peak and the shoreline roads and the natural preserves, you will find that mountain and trail biking on St. Maarten is a magical adventure. At the St. Maarten Museum you will follow the history of the island and its inhabitants from prehistoric to modern times, and learn about cargo that was salvaged from a British man-of-war that sank off the coast in 1801. At St. Maarten Park you will learn about plants and animals that were here when the Arawaks of South America first landed on the islands of the Caribbean, and delight at the antics of the golden lion tamarins and baboons. In galleries and home studios across the island, you will be amazed at the wealth of talent that exists throughout the Caribbean, much of which is on display right here, and available for collectors and admirers alike.
Please note our new area code is +721 effective Sep. 30, 2011