Destination guide

Live the high life from Saint Martin vacation rentals

Bring your A game – Saint Martin is one of the Caribbean's most exciting and intriguing playgrounds. Because Saint Martin is an island split into 2 nations – the Dutch Sint Maarten to the south and the French Saint-Martin to the north – visiting the island is like going on 2 trips for the price of one. The island features 2 vacation's worth of activities, too – you can put on your wetsuit to go diving, or strip to your birthday suit for a seamless tan at one of the "clothing optional" beaches. You can test your stamina while hiking with your buddies – or shopping with your girlfriends. Then, make a date with Lady Luck at a casino, or a enjoy romantic dinner at one of the island's beachfront eateries. All these opportunities and more are open to you from the comfort of Saint Martin vacation rentals.

History

The northern two-thirds of Saint Martin is French, while the remaining third is Dutch. Legend has it that a Dutchman and a Frenchman met on the beach to divide the island equally among their respective countries. However, the Dutchman was plastered with gin at the time, so the Netherlands ended up with less territory. Whether this legend has any truth to it, there are many places you can visit to learn more about the island's dual heritage. Fort Saint Louis, designed to protect Embouchure Bay, offers spectacular views of Saint-Martin's capital, Marigot. There's Fort Amsterdam, Fort Saint Louis' Dutch counterpart, standing guard over Sint Maarten's Great Bay. You can also check out La Plantation Mont Vernon, a vast plantation representing the island's agricultural wealth.

Beaches

It's plane sailing at your Saint Martin vacation rental

The island of Saint Martin might be split in terms of its French and Dutch halves, but it terms of great beaches there's nothing to divide them. Perhaps the most famous of them all is Maho Beach, where the planes pass almost within a hair's breadth of sunbathers as they come into land at Princess Juliana Airport. Elsewhere, it's just a question of whether you're looking for total seclusion or a laid-back bar; either way the views and the sunshine are as good as guaranteed.

Restaurants and bars

Forget about dieting while in Saint Martin. This island has the reputation of being one of the best foodie destinations in the Caribbean, and stuffing your face until you're about to split is the only way you can do justice to its culinary wonders. But where to do this face-stuffing? Check out these restaurants:

  • Bistrot Caraibes. This restaurant in Grand Case serves up French classics and has an extensive selection of wines from France, California, and Italy. Lobster is their signature dish.
  • Little Bamboo. An Asian food joint on Simpson Bay, Little Bamboo specialises in sushi and rolls. You can also enjoy ribeye steak, satay, and curry dishes here as well.
  • Karakter. This beach bar on Simpson Bay is a go-to for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and whatever else in between. It serves up almost anything – classic American hamburgers, vegan ratatouille, pasta Bolognese, Caribbean grilled fish, Spanish tapas, and more.

Essential info

Get to know Saint Martin before booking vacation rentals

The island of Saint Martin is on the northeastern side of the Caribbean Sea. It has a total area of 87 sq km – 53 sq km belong to the French Saint-Martin, and 34 sq km to the Dutch Sint Maarten. Saint-Martin's capital is Marigot, while Sint Maarten's is Philipsburg. Despite being smaller, Sint Maarten contains more of the island's 78,000-strong population. English and French are both official languages on the island, but an English-based creole language is more commonly used. Official currencies are the euro and the Netherlands Antillean guilder – in most cases, though, you can pay for goods and services throughout the island with the US dollar.

Where to stay near Island of Saint Martin?

Our 2019 vacation rental listings offer a large selection of 2,029 house rentals near Island of Saint Martin. From 950 Villas to 269 Houses, find unique vacation rental for you to enjoy a memorable holiday or a weekend with your family and friends. The best place to stay near Island of Saint Martin is on HomeAway.

What are the most popular destinations to visit in Island of Saint Martin?

There are many lovely places to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Island of Saint Martin. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular destinations to visit are:

  • Sint Maarten: 740 vacation rentals
  • Anguilla: 323 vacation rentals
  • Orient Bay: 918 vacation rentals
  • Simpson Bay: 743 vacation rentals
  • Saint Barthélemy: 1,816 vacation rentals

And HomeAway offers you the chance to discover many other popular destinations in Island of Saint Martin! Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available in other popular destinations.

What are the main cities to discover in Island of Saint Martin?

Whether you're travelling with family or friends, here are the cities with the largest selection of vacation rentals for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Island of Saint Martin:

  • Simpson Bay: 743 rentals
  • Philipsburg: 743 rentals
  • Cul-de-Sac: 909 rentals
  • Grand Case: 905 rentals
  • Sandy Hill: 324 rentals

For other cities, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

Can I find easy-access vacation rentals when travelling by plane to Island of Saint Martin?

Yes of course. Our owners offer a large selection of vacation rentals near airports. The airports with a large selection of lodging choices in Island of Saint Martin are:

  • Princess Juliana International Airport (SXM): 738 home rentals
  • Saint Barthelemy Airport (SBH): 1,814 home rentals
  • Wallblake Airport (AXA): 324 home rentals

For other airports, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

Near which points of interest can I spend my holiday in Island of Saint Martin?

HomeAway offers a large selection of lodging choices near lovely places in Island of Saint Martin. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Cupecoy Beach: 743 vacation homes
  • St. Jean Beach: 1,816 vacation homes
  • Maho Beach: 743 vacation homes
  • Rendezvous Bay Beach: 326 vacation homes
  • Petites Cayes Bay: 906 vacation homes

But there are many other points of interest around Island of Saint Martin listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Just write your wanted destination in our search bar and have a look at our selection.

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