St. Maarten Yacht Charter Guide

Marrying Dutch, French, Caribbean, and Creole cultures, the vibrant island of Sint Maarten has a lot to offer.

The duality of St. Maarten makes it well suited for charter clients of all types as the world’s smallest dual-nation really packs a punch. If you’re looking for an island holiday that offers it all, you’ll find it ashore here. The Dutch-governed south is known as Sint Maarten, whereas the French-governed north is referred to as Saint Martin. Together the two halves create an island unlike any other in the Caribbean. Each has a distinct personality of their mother nation, but with Caribbean charm. With various cultures, activities and cuisine, the island of St Maarten has become a popular destination for the jet set.

St Maarten’s international airport and the island’s proximity to other Caribbean hot spots in the Leeward chain of islands, such as St Barths and Anguilla, make it a fantastic location to commence a superyacht charter. Most superyachts will position themselves in Simpson Bay for embarkation, but if you plan to spend time on and around the island itself, many prefer Marigot Bay, a small town on the French half of the island. The town itself is filled with familiar French smells as the scent of fresh-baked bread and pastries wafts from the cafes and bistros.

The beaches on St Maarten can only be described as paradise — all offer fine white sands and bright turquoise waters. On both sides of the island are countless beaches where you can enjoy lazing in the sunshine and enjoying the views; some even offer great snorkeling right off the shore. Numerous dive and snorkel sites around the island can be accessed via boat.

Visit Grande Case on the northern coast, and you’ll find a charming historic fishing village that is more West Indian in style. Pick up a few souvenirs and island-chic clothing at the boutiques or enjoy a beverage or meal at one of the local bars or restaurants with stunning views.

St Maarten’s capital, Philipsburg, is a colorful hub where most of the island’s designer stores are found. It is a great place to pick up a few chic pieces before leaving the island.

There are 140 different nationalities residing on the island, and unsurprisingly this has garnered an international mix of cuisines and flavors. Sint Maarten/Saint Martin is often described as the culinary capital of the Caribbean and a handful of restaurants can boast Michelin stars. After dinner, St Maarten continues to deliver with exuberant night spots and several casinos.

If you are searching for true paradise, look no further than a yacht charter in St Maarten.

Location Highlights

  • Sint Maarten/Saint Martin enjoys a tax-free status
  • The small off-lying island of Tintamarre has an idyllic beach and a mud bath
  • For the best kitesurfing and windsurfing spot, head for Orient Bay
  • For adrenaline fans, the Sint Maarten zip line is the world’s steepest, dropping more than one thousand feet in elevation along 2,800 feet of cable and serving up spectacular views of the island the entire way down.
  • If you love golf, you’ll find an 18-hole golf course at Mullet Bay
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