Saint Maarten Vacations
Your St. Martin/St. Maarten vacation
Divided between the Dutch and French since 1648 and the tiniest land shared by two nations, St. Martin/St. Maarten is anything but. A mixture of European flavors, this compact Caribbean jewel offers wildly unique treasures, all within easy reach.
Hit famed casinos and shops in the Dutch St. Marteen, a popular port of call for cruise ships. For French charm and sophistication, plus the Heineken Regatta, step over to St. Martin and Grand Case -- a French culinary haven. Over 40 beaches paint the island with cerulean blue water, but the pristine (and sometimes nude) beaches of St. Martin are a favorite.
Not sure whether to go Dutch, French or both? Orbitz insiders can help you make the call with our top 10 highlights, best times to visit and insider gems.
Best time to take a vacation to Saint Maarten
Planning your St. Martin/St. Maarten vacation can be relatively easy since the island is blessed with nearly perfect, year-round temperatures, with highs in the mid 80s and lows in the mid 70s.
For lower room rates, fewer crowds and slightly warmer temperatures, visit St. Martin/St. Maarten from July through August, and during the month of October. Hurricane season spans from June through November, and many establishments close during September.
The most popular time to vacation in St. Martin/St. Maarten is December to May, with hurricane season out of the picture and celebrated events like the Heineken Regatta (March) and Carnival (April-May). Rooms and restaurants fill quickly during these months, so book your trip early.
Insider tips for Saint Maarten travel
Yvette's (St. Martin)
Dine at this historic, family-run restaurant in the French Quarter where locals come for tasty Creole dishes and good prices.
Axum Art Café (St. Maarten)
Lounge in a laid back café and art gallery with works by Ras Mosera by day, then enjoy live jazz, reggae and poetry readings by night.
Christian Dior Spa (St. Maarten)
Indulge in signature body and anti-aging treatments at the only Christian Dior Spa in the Caribbean, located at The Cliff at Cupecoy.
Freedom Fighter's Ital Shack (St. Maarten)
Spend less on generously portioned, locally and organically grown vegan dishes and juices in this cozy restaurant run by local activist, Ras Bushman.
Saba (St. Martin)
Take a day trip and ferry ride or quick plane ride to Saba for lush, secluded surroundings and a brilliant marine park.
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Saint Maarten Vacation Packages
Island Inn of Old Simpson BayLocated within the Old Simpson Bay village, the Turquoise Shell Inn is just minutes away from the beautiful Simpson Bay Beach. Guests can enjoy the activities of the island including water sports like snorkeling and scuba diving or take one of... More
Welcome to The Summit Hotel. For many years The Summit has stood, perched peacefully on a bluff, overlooking the azure blue waters of Simpson Bay Lagoon. Relaxing on our pool deck, enjoying the view over the lagoon with the lush green mountains of both Dutch and French... More
No need to rent a car in the Dutch capital of St. MaartenHolland House Beach Hotel offers the perfect locale for beach lovers who like to take a break from the sun and go shopping. Located in Dutch St. Maarten's Philipsburg, the 54-room resort is steps away from Great Bay... More
Billy Folly Road #37, Simpson Bay Map
Ocean-Front property with flexible 2 Bedroom Suites with full kitchens. The Villas at Simpson Bay Resort & Marina is ideally positioned on the beach, midway between the island's most popular night spots and shopping. There are Fine Restaurants abound to tempt... More
A taste of paradise on The Friendly Island Crystal blue water, immaculate powder-white beaches and evening skies streaked with sunset-orange clouds - it doesn't get any better than this. Take it all in from the Flamingo Beach Resort, situated at the water's edge on... More
Caribbean condo in the resort of St. MartinEnjoy the mixture of French and Dutch culture at the Royal Palm Beach Resort, a serene haven surrounded by the beautiful sandy beaches of the Caribbean. Guests can take a dip in the hotel pool and enjoy a drink at the swim up... More
Spacious condos located on Dawn Beach in St. MaartenThe Oyster Bay Beach Resort is a secluded tropical hideaway nestled on an eight-acre peninsula. Originally built as a private club on beautiful Dawn Beach and Oyster Pond, the recently renovated resort features Moorish... More
A captivating luxury retreat for complete relaxation of body & soul. The property is located in the prestigious Dawn Beach, Oyster Pond area of the island just 10 minutes away from Downtown, Philipsburg - The capital of duty free shopping and just about 10 minutes... More
*Savings based on Flight + Hotel vacation package bookings of 5 or more nights with individual calculable components on www.orbitz.com from January 1, 2014 through June 30, 2014, as compared to price of the same components booked separately. Savings will vary based on origin/destination, length of trip, stay dates, and selected travel supplier(s). Savings not available on all packages.
Saint Maarten highlights
From the French nude Orient Beach, gentle Red Bay and Jamaican-inspired Friar's Bay, to the Dutch Maho Beach, Dawn Beach in Philipsburg, and quieter Simpson Bay, find a beach to suit whether it's to sunbathe, scuba, sail or go au naturale.
Grand Case (St. Martin)
Feast in the French gourmet capital of the Caribbean at cafes, lolos, bistros and elegant restaurants with a view.
Loterie Farm (St. Martin)
Find eco adventure in this natural paradise from forest cafes and sea lounges to zip-line tours, Tarzan obstacle courses and fly zones.
The Boardwalk and Front Street (St. Maarten)
Bounce from beaches and bars to duty-free shopping and restaurants in Philipsburg, St. Maarten's historic capital.
Casinos (St. Maarten)
Gamble in the Caribbean's largest casinos, including Casino Royale, Atlantis World, Princess and JumpUp Hollywood casinos.
Maho Bay (St. Maarten)
Sip a cocktail at popular Sunset Beach Bar or watch planes fly right above Maho Beach.
Tantra Nightclub & Sanctuary (St. Maarten)
Hit the largest nightclub in the Eastern Caribbean at this posh, Asian-inspired club with DJs and live music.
Tijon Parfumerie & Boutique (St. Martin)
Visit a working Parfumerie where you can take a class to make your own scent, or buy French perfume with a tropical twist.