About St. Martin and Sint Maarten, Caribbean
Comprising two countries (Sint Maarten belongs to the Dutch while St. Martin belongs to the French), this Caribbean island is part of the Leeward Islands, and has a population of more than 77,000 permanent residents. Liquor, jewelry, duty-free shops, a vibrant nightlife, casinos, and fusion cuisine all support this island’s economy. Tourism employs approximately 85% of the island’s workforce.
Popular Destinations in St. Martin and Sint Maarten
Looking for activities once your private jet arrives in St. Martin and Sint Maarten? This island is known for its leather goods, tobacco, liquor, jewelry, exotic food, as well as art and crafts. Numerous attractions are listed and described below:
Orient Bay: This beach is located on the island’s eastern coast. Orient Bay is popular for party-goers, as a warning it is important to note that clothing is optional. On a very regular basis, tourists partake in windsurfing, parasailing, live music events, and plenty of eating and drinking.
Loterie Farm: Tourists looking to de-stress can use the 150 acres of farmland and forest to meditate, bike or hike. Loterie Farm is located near the base of Pic du Paradis mountain. The more adventurous type can zip line through the forest for extra thrills. The Hidden Forest Cafe offers delicious fare on-site for lunch or dinner.
Dawn Beach: Tourists are encouraged to visit this beach as early in the morning as possible to experience the gorgeous sunrises (hence its name). In addition, Dawn Beach is perfect for snorkeling with its schools of fish and clear water. The beach gets increasingly busy throughout the day, so mornings are best for quiet time and serenity.
Cupecoy Beach: At the other end of the “sun spectrum” is Cupecoy Beach. This beach is famous for its stunning sunsets and is locatedon the southwestern tip of the island. Visitors are encouraged to savor the end of the day at one of the beach’s bars or shop with local vendors. Cupecoy Beach is LGBT-friendly and visitors should be aware that there is a clothing optional section at the northwest end.
Front Street: Many places on the island have great shopping, but bargains on china, electronics, jewelry, art, and more are best found on Front Street. It can get overwhelmingly crowded when the cruise ships are docked, so visitors are encouraged to time their excursions well. When they’re all shopped out, visitors may want to try the slot machines at Colosseum Casino or Rouge et Noir on the eastern end of Front Street.
Casino Royale: If gaming is on the list, visiting Casino Royale should be a primary destination. There are thirteen casinos located on the island, but Casino Royale has been voted the best of all. The decor is both gaudy and glamorous and surrounds more than twenty gaming tables with craps, baccarat, poker, blackjack, roulette, and four hundred slot machines. In addition, gamblers can enjoy a nightly show in the 800-seat Showroom Royale Theatre.
Pic du Paradis: Standing at over 1,400 feet high, Pic du Paraid offers incredible panoramic views of St. Martin and the surrounding islands. Visitors are encouraged to travel in a larger group to the mountain due to the narrow undeveloped roads and potential danger.
Luxury Lodging in St. Martin and Sint Maarten
Seeking luxury accommodations once your private jet has arrived in St. Martin and Sint Maarten? This island offers many lodging options that can make your stay a comfortable one here. Below is a list of the highly-rated accommodation facilities:
- Alamanda Resort
- Belmond La Samanna
- Sonesta Great Bay Beach Resort
- Sonesta Ocean Point
- The Westin St. Maarten Dawn Beach Resort and Spa
Airports In or Nearby St. Martin and Sint Maarten For Private Jets
There are a number of airports in and near St. Martin and Sint Maarten. This makes it easy to travel to and from the island by air. Some of the noteworthy airports include:
- Princess Juliana International Airport (SXM): Princess Juliana International Airport is the major international airport serving St. Martin and Sint Maarten. The airport typically handles around 1.5 million passengers annually, most of whom are tourists. Princess Juliana International Airport sits at an altitude of 14 feet above sea level. It has a single asphalt/concrete runway measuring 7,546 feet in length, and designated in the 10/28 direction.
- L’Espérance Airport (SFG): L’Espérance Airport is a public airport that also serves the island of St. Martin and Sint Maarten. Located in Grand Chase, the airport sits at an elevation of 20 feet above sea level and has a 3,900-foot asphalt runway designated in the 12/30 direction. The airport is meant for use by small, fixed wing aircraft. It has a passenger turnover of around 200,000 passengers a year, mostly to and from local destinations such as the surrounding islands.
- Gustaf III Airport (SBH): Located 118 miles away from St. Martin and Sint Maarten, Gustaf III Airport, also known as St Barthelemy airport, is a local public use facility in St Barthelemy. It is mainly used for general aviation purposes rather than commercial aviation. The airport has two runways measuring 5,000 and 8,000 feet in length. It also has 16,000 aircraft operations a year.
- Clayton J. Lloyd International Airport (AXA): Clayton J. Lloyd International Airport is a small, public, international airport located on the Island of Anguilla. It was formerly known as Anguilla Wallblake Airport and has been featured one of the Flight Simulator X game demonstrations. Its small terminal has a runway in the 10/28 direction measuring 5,463 feet in length. The runway has an asphalt surface.
- Robert L. Bradshaw International Airport (SKB): Formerly known as Golden Rock Airport, obert L. Bradshaw International Airport is a public airport located 46 miles from St. Martin and Sint Maarten. The airport has two asphalt runways measuring 6,500 and 4,000 feet in length, and is located at an altitude of 47 feet above sea level.