Plan Your Vacation

With plenty of relaxing accommodations to choose from, a variety of restaurants for every palate, endless thrilling activities to fill out your days, and exciting venues to party the night away, Sint Maarten is a great vacation for all. If you’re ready to make the trip, we can help! From entry requirements to getting around the island, here is everything you need to plan your ideal vacation.

Getting to Know the Island

Our island is a culturally diverse nation, famously known for being shared by the Kingdom of the Netherlands and France. The Friendly Island, as it’s affectionately referred to, is home to lush accommodations, thrilling adventures, entertaining bars and casinos, and so much more. 


Regardless of which side of the island you are visiting, you’ll most likely begin your trip traveling into Princess Juliana International Airport (PJIA). PJIA accepts flights from most major carriers from all across the globe, making it easy to arrive at the island regardless of where you are traveling from. Flying in from within the French Caribbean? Fly into L'Espérance Airport in Grand Case. Coming from one of our neighboring islands, St. Barts or Anguilla? Consider taking a local ferry to one of our smaller ports. Onboard a major cruise liner? Be sure to disembark at the Sint Maarten Harbor and head over to the island’s duty-free capital, Philipsburg.

Drive around the island in style! Take advantage of one of the many car rentals available on the island. Looking for a guide? You can book taxis or take guided tours around the island at a great price. Though the island does not have a public transportation system, the island is composed of privately-owned bus routes to many of the popular cities, including Philipsburg, Maho, Marigot, and more. 


St. Maarten is well known for being a major hub for marine vessels, whether it is cruisers or luxury yachts. St. Maarten is home to top-class marinas, provisioning companies, experienced yacht agents, and repair services. Our airport gateway connection makes St. Maarten the number one convenient location for docking and porting. Simpson Bay lagoon is a perfect place to explore all the island has to offer. Booking a boat charter? The island has many to choose from.

Travel Tips

Get all of your travel tips for visiting St. Maarten and roam like a true local! Get local insights such as knowing when the peak tourism season begins or knowing when hurricane season in the Caribbean starts, which is usually the hottest time of the year. Traveling like a local means freely moving between the island's French and the Dutch sides without any passport checkpoint, but knowing that a valid passport is needed when first arriving to the island. The Friendly Island is here to provide you with all the tips you’ll need. Be sure to read up on all our travel tips and most frequently asked questions.

Trip Ideas

Don’t let vacation planning get in the way of the relaxation you’re looking for. Check out our trip itineraries for making the most of your stay here in Sint Maarten. Whether you’re an adventure-seeker, part of a couple, or traveling with family, be sure to check out one of our custom-made itineraries for any vacation you’re craving. What are you waiting for? Book your trip to Sint Maarten!

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