Sint Maarten is a country on the southern part of a Caribbean island. It’s shared with Saint Martin, the “French Side”. The island it’s known for its lagoons and beaches. Saint Martin is a boat ride away from Anguilla and St. Barthelemy which allowed us to have the best three-country tour in just 6 days. The capital of the island is Philipsburg.
Where We Stayed
We went to St. Martin to celebrate my sister’s engagement. We stayed at the Hotel Riu Palace St Martin (Now Closed) for 6 nights! It was an all inclusive package booked with cheap caribbean (pay as you go). There are many hotels in St. Martin aside from having an all-inclusive package the best part of the trip was being able to explore other countries. Hotel Riu Palace St Martin is located in Rue de l’anse Marcel, Anse Marcel 97056, St Martin which is 30 mins from the Caribbean Dream Charter a boat rental services. There are also many excursion which will take you on a catamaran to the islands. We entered Anguilla on a wonderful catamaran and visited St. Barts through a ferry ride with locals.
How to get around St. Martin (French) and St. Maarten (Dutch)
The best way to get around St. Martin and St. Maarten is in a rental car. We did not rent a car because the driver’s seat is on the opposite side of the U.S so it can be a bit confusing. St. Martin is located on the mountie side of the island so it can also be a little scary because the streets are very narrow. I don’t recommend walking unless you love to hike. To get around we used a taxi, it was easy and affordable. You will run into Traffic on both sides so plan accordingly. There are buses near the capital which I highly recommended to use, we used Taxi services!
How to get to Anguilla and St. Barts from St. Martin
You can rent a boat, book a tour excursion, or go on a ferry. For Anguilla, we booked a catamaran tour through our hotel. Anguilla is a British island in the Caribbean and about 25 minutes by boat from Saint Martin. The island is 16 miles in length and 3 miles wide. We explored Shoal Bay which is east of the island. It is one of the most beautiful islands and beaches I have EVER visited, it’s great for scuba diving, and some fun in the sun
For our trip to Saint Barthelemy, we did not book a tour. Saint Barthelemy, a French-speaking Caribbean island is known for its white-sand beaches we explored the local area of Gustavia, the popular Shell Beach and even window-shopped by in the high end stores in Gustavia. We booked a ferry and stayed one day exploring on our own. For both islands please take your passport for entry. There are many ferries you can take from St. Martin. Make sure you talk to your hotel or local guide regarding which ferry to take departure time and the best days to visit. You can also book a ferry in advance and receive e-tickets depending on which service/ boat ferry you choose.
Bring extra cash for transportation, if your renting a car make sure your hotel has parking, be friendly to the iguanas, bring lots of bathing suits, tanning oil, and room for relaxation! Take your passport everywhere you go, don’t forget to buy a travel converter for each island.