St. Maarten, the Netherlands - St. Martin, France

Welcome to an St. maarten - St. martin, the place is so nice, they’ve named it twice.

In the heart of the Caribbean is the island filled with friendly people and enchanting beaches. A 8 to 9 hours flight from Europe will bring you to one of the most picturesque vacation spots out there. St. Maarten-St. Martin is divided between the Dutch and the French side, but both share spectacular shores. The island is home to over 37 beaches and neighbors other beautiful islands such as St. Barth, Anguilla and Saba. So many islands, so little time.

One of the biggest tourist attractions in St. Maarten is Maho beach, which lies right next to SXM airport.

As you fly into the island you will land within feet of hundreds of people waving on the sand and in the water. The beach itself is spectacular, but being able to come so close to a landing plane on the water is one of the most exhilarating experiences this island has to offer. Since St. Maarten-St.Martin is such a small island, flights are limited. Make sure to head to Maho beach around late morning or early afternoon to get a glimpse of the underbelly of a Boeing 747 while you’re holding a tropical cocktail in one hand.

What makes St. Maarten-St. Martin really stand out are the crystal clear ocean and mountain side beaches. These make perfect photo frames- try to get as much of the island as you can in one shot!

After hours laying on the beach, making memories and taking some snapshots, make sure to stay hydrated.

Try Ting, a refreshing local drink. With a tangy grapefruit citrus flavor, Ting will quench your thirst and give you that energy charge you need… for more hours of laying on the beach.

While strolling the shores of Simpson Bay Beach and walking through the marketplace in the heart of Philipsburg, you’ll inevitably come across racks of colorful cover ups, wraps, dresses and sets. Unlike some outdoor markets, trying on clothing can be a pain. Fortunately, the majority of apparel sold on this island is one size fits all. Having mostly loose, beachy clothing allows any body type to flaunt a new beach tunic. You can also find plenty of small trinkets and souvenirs to bring back to your friends. Some of our other favorite finds were bags, seashell jewelry and colorful art pieces.

While browsing the many markets, one outfit in particular captured our hearts. We’re calling it ‘The Sun Set.’ This perfect combination of a glowing orange color, red-trimmed sun patterns, cropped halter wrap top and the coolest flowing wrap pants made our jaw drops. We were lucky enough to snag the last one. With such a fun piece, we had to share it with. Although the ‘Sun Set’ is mainly beach apparel, we’re not letting that stop us! Pair the halter top with a cute set of high waisted shorts or pants and pair the flowy wrap pants with a fitted crop tank or tube top.

Whatever you decide to do in St. Maartin-St.Martin will be the right choice. This is an island that allows you to make the decisions on how to make the most of your stay. Whether you want to shop ’til you drop, dine on the island’s Caribbean, Dutch and French cuisines, find a relaxing massage on the beach, or simply enjoy the cool refreshing ocean, there will always be something that’ll bring you bliss.

And remember Necker island isn't to far from there. Could be a good jump!


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