Top Ten Saint Martin Attractions

Top Ten Saint Martin Attractions

        Saint Martin is an island in the northeast Caribbean, approximately 300 km (190 mi) east of Puerto Rico. The 87 square km island is divided roughly 60/40 between France (53 square km) and the Kingdom of the Netherlands (34 square km); however, the Dutch side has the larger population. It is one of the smallest sea islands divided between two nations, a division dating to 1648. The southern Dutch part comprises Sint Maarten and is one of four constituent countries that form the Kingdom of the Netherlands. The northern French part comprises the Collectivité de Saint-Martin (Collectivity of St. Martin) and is an overseas collectivity of France. On January 1, 2007 the population of the entire island was 74,852 inhabitants, with 38,927 living on the Dutch side, and 35,925 on the French side. Collectively, the two territories are known as “St-Martin / St Maarten.” Sometimes SXM, the IATA identifier for Princess Juliana International Airport (the island’s main airport), is used to refer to the island.

  1. Marigot

    Marigot is the main town and capital on the French side of the Caribbean island of Saint Martin.
    Links: Top Ten French Attractions, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marigot,_Saint_Martin,
  2. Simpson Bay

    Philipsburg is the main town and capital of the country of Sint Maarten, on a narrow stretch of land between Great Bay and the Great Salt Pond. It functions as the commercial center of Saint Martin Island, whereof Sint Maarten encompasses the southern half. As of 2006, it has 1,338 inhabitants. It was discovered by Christopher Columbus on November 11, 1493 but there was already an Arawak settlement there before he made the discovery. Philipsburg was founded in 1763 by John Philips, a Scottish captain in the Dutch navy, and soon became a bustling center of international trade. Two historic forts bear witness to Philipsburg’s strategic importance in St. Maarten’s history: Fort Amsterdam and Fort Willem. The main shopping district, Front Street, is in the heart of the city. Philipsburg has a port that is home to many cruise liners, ships like Celebrity Solstice, Crown Princess, Disney Magic and Oasis of the Seas.
    Links: Top Ten Dutch Attractions, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Philipsburg,_Netherlands_Antilles,
  3. Links: Top Ten Islands, Top Ten North American Islands, Top Ten Caribbean Islands, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Saint_Martin,