St. Maarten (or St. Martin) is a half Dutch, half French island in the lower Caribbean – known for its infusion of cultures, and for offering unique experience unlike any other island in the world. With stunning topography and breathtaking clear waters, a trip to St. Maarten will not disappoint. Nicknamed “The Friendly Island,” St. Maarten’s people are as warm as the year-round 85 degree weather. Today, I’m excited to share my escape to the beautiful island through a photo diary of my time exploring!
Start your trip in Phillipsburg, the Dutch capital of the island, for stunning shorelines, shopping, and absolutely delicious food.
This port of call is a popular cruise stop, making it a fantastic destination for a day trip with various options to relax on the beach, have a taste of local rum, or simply wander the gorgeous streets.
If you’ve made your trip to the island for more than just a stop on a cruise, take a stroll along the beaches of Little Bay for breathtaking sunset views, and a chance to watch the cruise ships depart.
Another option is to head over to Maho Beach, a popular tourist spot that offers a unique chance to watch planes fly just feet above your head before landing at Princess Juliana International Airport. We opted for a sunset cruise this trip, which allowed for a similar experience, passing the famous beach by boat and getting the similar thrill of seeing planes fly overhead.
A lesser known destination, but equally worthy of a visit, is Pinel Island. Just a short ferry ride from the French side of St. Maarten, it makes the perfect destination for a day trip.
This remote island offers calm turquoise waters and gorgeous views of the mainland, making it an ideal spot for spending all day in the water.
No matter where you venture to on the island of St. Maarten/St. Martin, you are sure to find a piece of tranquil paradise that will make you fall in love. I know I did!