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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.
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.
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