St. Maarten

Two countries, one island: St. Maarten and St. Martin offer the world a lesson in sharing. With the lively Dutch Sint Maarten to the south, the laid-back French Saint Martin to the north, and no marked border in between, visiting the Friendly Island is like getting a two- for-one deal. With dozens of beaches, excellent duty-free shops, countless land and water activities, and abundant world-class dining options, this tiny island is one of the leading destinations in the Caribbean.

St. Maarten

Getting Ashore

Ships dock at the A.C. Wathey Cruise Pier in Philipsburg. Taxis and water taxis are on hand to take guests to the center of town.

Fast Fact

The 37-square-mile island of St. Maarten/St. Martin is the smallest landmass in the world governed by 2 nations.

Port Shopping

The best shopping is located along Front Street in Philipsburg, the capital of Dutch St. Maarten.

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Loterie Farm

This nature-lover’s paradise offers various hiking trails, a zip-line adventure course, and a multilevel swimming area surrounded by tropical vegetation.

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Simpson Bay Lagoon

The largest saltwater lagoon in the Caribbean has a picturesque 2-mile harbor that hosts impressive luxury yachts.

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Mount Concordia

The mountain divides the French and the Dutch sides. A monument sits here to represent the peace treaty that was signed in 1648.

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Orient Beach

Known as the French Riviera of the Caribbean, this clothing-optional beach offers a full range of amenities, including beach chairs and water sports.

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An inflatable motorboat is yours to command. Maneuver through the lagoon to Marigot and Fort Louis, overlooking the bay. Continue along the coastline toward Happy Bay for hiking, snorkeling, or relaxing on the beach.

Relax on a guided tour to top attractions like the old French Quarter, Orient Beach, Grand Case, and Marigot. Stop at the international lookout point for photos. End in Philipsburg to explore the Dutch capital and shop, then continue on to the dock to return to the ship.


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Where
Front Street, Philipsburg, on the Dutch side

What
Duty-free shops on a mile-long cobblestone street parallel to the boardwalk.

Currency
In 2010, the Caribbean guilder replaced the Netherlands Antilles guilder in Dutch St. Maarten. The euro is the official currency in French St. Martin. US dollars are also accepted across the island.


Food and Drink


Brands in St. Maarten

Alex and Ani

Alex and Ani

Bomberg

Bomberg

Breitling

Breitling

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Little Switzerland

Bremont

Bremont

Bulova

Bulova

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Diamonds International

Cartier

Cartier

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Goldfinger Jewelry

Citizen

Citizen

Color Diamonds By Effy

Color Diamonds By Effy

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Effy Jewelry

Crown of Light

Crown of Light

Dancing Diamonds by MDG

Dancing Diamonds by MDG

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Milano Diamond Gallery

DiVersa By Effy

DiVersa By Effy

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Effy Jewelry

Divina Yellow Diamonds

Divina Yellow Diamonds

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Milano Diamond Gallery

Effy Hematian New York

Effy Hematian New York

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Effy Jewelry

Fendi Timepieces

Fendi Timepieces

Forevermark

Forevermark

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Diamonds International

Gift Collection

Gift Collection

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Diamonds International

Hearts On Fire

Hearts On Fire

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Majesty Jewelers

Hublot

Hublot

John Hardy

John Hardy

Kabana

Kabana

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Diamonds International

Korite Ammolite

Korite Ammolite

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Diamonds International

MarahLago Larimar

MarahLago Larimar

Mark Henry Alexandrite

Mark Henry Alexandrite

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Majesty Jewelers

Philip Stein

Philip Stein

Raymond Weil

Raymond Weil

Renaissance

Renaissance

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Milano Diamond Gallery

Roberto Coin

Roberto Coin

Rolex

Rolex

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Goldfinger Jewelry

Safi Kilima Tanzanite

Safi Kilima Tanzanite

Shinola

Shinola

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Majesty Jewelers

Tag Heuer

Tag Heuer

TrueLove Diamonds

TrueLove Diamonds

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Majesty Jewelers

Unity Diamonds

Unity Diamonds

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Milano Diamond Gallery

Zenith

Zenith

Did You Know?

The island of St. Maarten/St. Martin is the world’s smallest landmass governed by two nations: the Netherlands and France.