Where is Saint Martin? Saint Martin is an island in the Caribbean Sea that both France and Kingdom of the Netherlands claim sovereignty over. The island is based in northeast Caribbean, nearly 300 kilometers from Puerto Rico, and is divided 60/40 between France and the Kingdom of the Netherlands.
Saint Martin is the smallest inhabited island in the world that is divided between two sovereign nations. The total area of Saint Martin is 87 square kilometers, where France claims 53 square kilometers of the area whereas the Kingdom of Netherlands claims 34 square kilometers. The entire population of Saint Martin is approximately 77,741 inhabitants as of January 2009, where 40,917 inhabitants are in the Dutch side while 36,824 are on the French side. The island is served by the Princess Juliana International Airport.
Where is Saint Martin in geography and tourism? Saint Martin is nestled in the south of Anguilla and is separated by the Anguilla Channel from the British territory and from the French territory of Saint Barthelemy by the St. Barthelemy Channel. Saint Martin along with Anguilla and Saint Barthelemy is one of the Renaissance Islands in the Leeward Island chain that was separated from British Virgin Islands by Anegada Passage.
The capital city and largest settlement in Saint Martin is Marigot in on the French side, whereas Philipsburg is the main city on the Dutch side. The largest settlement on the island is in Lower Prince’s Quarter in the Dutch side. The highest elevation point is PIc Paradis which is also one of the top places to visit in Saint Martin. The Pic Paradis is 424 meters above sea level in the center of a chain of hills on the French side of the island.
Both sides of the island feature mountain peaks forming valleys where most of the settlements are based. Saint Martin enjoys tropical monsoon weather where the weather is pleasant throughout the year while the rainy season lasts from August to December. The Dutch side of the island is known for its lavish lifestyle, festive nightlife, vibrant beaches, and casino scene.
The French side of the island boasts a variety of outdoor markets, nude beaches, and luxury accommodation. The Simpson Bay in Sint Marteen on the Dutch Side of the island is one of the top places to visit in Saint Martin for beach parties, festivals, and a lively coastal town vibe. In contrast, the Marigot coastline is known for being a secluded retreat, offering intimacy and great honeymoon resort. Philipsburg on the other hand, is a blossoming town of vibrant cultures and a growing arts and music scene.