Sint Maarten Honeymoon Guide

Discover Sint Maarten on a honeymoon: this cosmopolitan Caribbean island nation encompasses the southern half of the Caribbean island of St Martin, which famously embraces two distinctly different European cultures – French (Saint-Martin); and Dutch (Sint Maarten).

Renowned for gourmet cuisine, luxury accommodation, duty free shopping, picture-perfect beaches and an astonishing array of water- and land-based activities, Sint Maarten offers all the ingredients you need for a memorable Caribbean beach holiday.


What to do and see on Sint Maarten

Discover idyllic beaches, a bustling commercial centre, duty free shopping and the busy cruise port of Philipsburg, which commands a scenic position surrounded by lush green hills facing the turquoise waters of Great Bay harbour.

Stroll the palm-fringed Great Bay Beach Promenade, lined with cast iron street lamps, benches, clock towers and a choice of inviting bars and cafes. For panoramic views of the bay, climb up to the remains of Fort Amsterdam, which dates from 1631.

Explore the narrow alleyways lined with interesting duty free shops between Philipsburg’s two main streets: Voorstraat (Front Street) and Achterstraat (Back Street).

Inland, hire a car to discover the ruins of several plantation mansions set in scenic wooded hills around Mount Flagstaff, an extinct volcano. Or hire a mountain bike to explore the coastal road and the trails around Paradise Peak.


Best Beaches in St Maarten

St Maarten offers a choice of gorgeous white-sand beaches that indent the island’s coastline.

Most beach bars and clubs are happy to rent umbrellas and sun loungers for a small fee, but may waive the charge when you order meals or drinks.

Note: Topless sunbathing is more popular on the more liberal French side of the island than on the Dutch side.

The best beaches in Sint Maarten, include…

Cupecoy Beach

Unwind on the golden sand of this 1.2km-long beach that stretches beneath picturesque multi-hued cliffs along the southwest coast of St Maarten, just southeast of Baie Longue Beach in neighbouring St Martin.

Facilities include two beach cubs with a range of facilities, as well as perfect sunset views. A steep drop-off close to shore means the beach is probably not suitable for young children.

Cupecoy is also the island's major gay beach, with a clothing-optional section at the northwestern end of the beach.


Mullet Bay Beach

East of Cupecoy sits this pretty 500m-long crescent of palm-fringed powder-white sand framed by rocky headlands and surrounded by the manicured golf links of Mullet Bay Golf Course.

Sunbathe on the usually deserted beach, snorkel the offshore coral gardens, enjoy surfing when the waves get high enough and savour a magical sunset while enjoying a cold beverage.

Facilities include a water sports kiosk and some food stands.


Maho Beach

Unwind on the soft powder-white sands of this 350m-long palm-fringed beach that lies at the end of the main runway at Queen Juliana International Airport.

In spite of the location, this gorgeous beach is popular among locals, with a choice of beachside bars and the Sonesta Maho Beach Hotel and Casino, a modern megaresort and the biggest hotel on the island.

Go swimming, snorkelling and windsurfing or dance to the beat of reggae music at one of the beach bars or at an impromptu beach barbecue.


Simpson Bay Beach

Relax on the white sands of this 2km-long beach that curves around the calm turquoise waters of Simpson Bay, scattered with anchored fishing boats and yachts.

Go swimming or beachcombing. The beach is lined with beach bars and water sports kiosks.

Simpson Bay Beach is located between Philipsburg and the airport.


Kim Sha Beach

This small beach is adjacent to Simpson Beach and offers a better range of facilities than its neighbour, including umbrellas, sun loungers and water sports equipment for hire.

The 300m-long beach is lined with a choice of bars, restaurants and resorts, including the Royal Palm Beach Resort and the Atrium Resort.


Great Bay Beach

Pick a spot to sunbathe on this 2km-long crescent of white sand that shelves into the calm and sheltered waters of Great Bay.

People-watch and admire cruise ships from an array of bars and restaurants that line the beachfront promenade flanking Front Street in Philipsburg, St Maarten’s capital.

Go swimming in crystal clear waters, snorkel the offshore reefs or enjoy strolling the beach to the hillside perch of Fort Amsterdam, from where you can savour panoramic views across the bay and the surrounding hills.


Dawn Beach

Unwind on the powder-white sands of this gorgeous 800m-long beach that shelves into reef-protected waters that are perfect for swimming, snorkelling and windsurfing.

Facilities come courtesy of the several resorts, beach clubs and bars that fringe the white sands. Visit for a day or stay longer at the luxurious Westin St Maartens or the Oyster Bay Resort.

Dawn Beach is located on the east coast of St Maarten.


Accommodation

Sint Maarten offers a range of accommodation options to suit all holiday budgets. To splash out in style, try the elegant and world class La Samanna, famously home to a signature restaurant overlooking the stunning white sands of Baie Longue.

Or check out the intimate Le Petit Hotel, a small and chic hotel facing the white sands of Grand Case Beach, just a short stroll away from a choice of fine dining restaurants.


Location

Sint Maarten encompasses the southern half of the Caribbean island of St Martin, which is part of the Leeward Group of the Lesser Antilles, lying 8km south of the British territory of Anguilla and 24km northwest of St Barts (St Barthélemy).

Sint Maarten is one of five island territories of the Netherland Antilles; the other four are Bonaire, Curaçao, Saba and St Eustatius.

Collectively the two territories are known as ‘St Martin-St Maarten’ (French: Saint-Martin; Dutch: Sint Maarten). It is the world's smallest inhabited island to be partitioned between two nations, roughly 60/40 per cent between France (53km2) and the Netherlands Antilles (34km²).

The amicable division dates to 1648 when the first European settlers divided the island. Each territory has retained much of the distinctiveness of its own national culture, although crossing the border is almost unnoticeable.


Getting there

By air, Sint Maarten's Princess Juliana International Airport (the second-busiest airport in the eastern Caribbean, after San Juan, Puerto Rico), receives daily non-stop flights from the USA, Europe and other Caribbean islands.

Find out how to get to St Maarten


Best time to visit Sint Maarten

The best time to visit Sint Maarten is during February and March, but anytime during the dry season from December through April is good, with temperatures averaging a high of 29°C (84°F), and a low of 23°C (73°F).

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Latest update: Sint Maarten: 4 January, 2023



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