Saint Martin

Saint Martin is the French side of the smallest dual-nation island in the world. The southern portion of this tiny island located in the Leeward Islands of the Caribbean, is Dutch Sint Maartin. These two countries have amicably shared the island for over 300 years. The island is 34 square miles in total size.  Because Sint Maarten is governed under the Kingdom of the Netherlands, and Saint Martin is a territory under the government of France, we will treat as two separate countries.  This is particularly relevant as real estate laws differ in each country.  

Although borders are gateless, each side has its own particular feel.  French St. Martin on the northern portion of the island has a lower density population than on the Dutch side. Villas and boutique hotels are abundant on French St. Martin.  There is a smaller dock for interisland ferries to St. Barts, Anguilla, Saba, and St. Eustatia located in the capital city of Marigot. Here you will find trendy European cafes, restaurant and shops. 

St. Martin is the only destination in the French West Indies that can truly lay claim to a tax-free status. With no customs duties, VAT or other indirect taxes to pay, the island offers unbeatable prices on a whole host of items including fine art

The French side of St. Martin has a more tranquil, laid back feel than its neighbours on the Dutch side of the island. Though the gateless border makes it easy to cross from side to side, there is a distinct difference as you pass through. In true French style, St. Martin has excelled at being one of the culinary capitals of the Caribbean, especially around the waterfront town of Grand Case. Even the beaches on the French side are different, including some designated for nude sun bathing.   

Of Note:   At 424 metres, Pic Paradis is the highest point on the island and the only place on the island you will find a tropical rainforest. The summit offers sweeping panoramic views over the entire island and 5 neighbouring islands.  Also located there is Loterie Farm, which is a private nature sanctuary on 135 acres with hiking trails and zip lines.  

Currency: Euro

Language: French

Culture Name: Saint Martin

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