What a name!
There are two official ways to spell the name of our island: Sint Maarten and Saint Martin. But there are also popular misspellings: Air France is sending passengers for the past decades to St. Marteen, airlines from the US like to fly to Saint Maarten. Other popular misspellings are St. Martens, Saint Martan.
About the Island
A fact so charming, it always has to be mentioned first: The island of Sint Maarten-Saint Martin is the smallest land mass in the world to be shared by two different nations. Only 37 square miles are governed by France and the Kingdom of the Netherlands (where Dutch Sint Maarten is an independent country within the Kingdom).
SINT MAARTEN – SAINT MARTIN provides vacationers the opportunity to enjoy three distinct cultures on our tiny dot in the Caribbean sea. There is the delightfulness and soberness of the Dutch on one side, the savoir-faire of the French on the other, and the blending of both with exotic native heritage.
Add dozens of beaches and lagoons, a mountain range, luxury hotels, elegant villas, and over 300 restaurants, you’ll understand why St. Martin is the most visited of all the Leewards. All the great chefs, European, American, or Asian vie to compete in this gourmet capital of the Caribbean, creating cuisines equal to the best of Paris or New York. Shopping on the island is duty free and casinos, discos and night clubs stay open till dawn. Jumbo jets from world centers land here and charters allow visits to the smaller Leewards. There is something to satisfy every taste on St.Martin …