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St. Martin: The Dual-Nation Island


St. Martin: The Dual-Nation Island

St. Martin Vacation Rentals & Luxury Villa Rentals St. Martin

St. Martin is a two-nation island with a unique mixture of cultures. St. Martin, the French side, and St. Maarten, the Dutch side, share what is known as the most peaceful border in the world.

Besides the breathtaking views, beautiful hang out spots, the beaches, and incredible shopping, there is so much that makes St. Martin a dream destination. The rich history of the island is a goldmine for history enthusiasts, while the warm azure water will wash your cares away.

While in St. Martin, it’s only natural to indulge in water sports and get your adrenaline pumping. Try your hand at windsurfing, jet skiing, kayaking, surfing, flyboarding or sailing and discover which water activity is right for you! In addition, the deep blue waters are teeming with fish and other marine life that you can swim among while snorkeling or diving.

Several luxury Key Caribe villas are located in close proximity to St. Martin’s shimmering shores. Be sure to book your favorite before they fill up!

When you’re ready for a break from the water, discover the island’s flora and fauna on a nature hike. Climbing up Pic Paradis, the island’s highest point, may be challenging physically, but the magnificent views are worth it. Pony trekking, biking, and golfing are also favorite activities among tourists and locals.

The Best Time To Enjoy Luxury Villa Rentals in St Martin

Late May to mid-November is the rainy season in St. Martin, which means it’s the low season for tourists. Nevertheless, traveling to the Caribbean during the low season can have major perks! Temperatures remain consistent, and although it’s technically hurricane season as well, it’s rare to be caught in a major storm.

However, if you want to avoid even the slightest chance of rainy days, book your trip from December to mid-April. Just keep in mind that this is the time when crowds are at their highest.


St. Martin (French)

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It is the incredible, breathtaking French side of the island that features jaw-dropping scenery and a burst of activities.

St. Maarten (Dutch)

View Our Villas In St. Maarten (Dutch)

Excitement is very characteristic of the Dutch magical paradise that is more open than Saint Martin.



Expert Tips:

Many people wonder which side of the island is best to visit. There’s St. Martin, the French side, with its delicious French cuisine and adventure-packed activities. Then there’s lovely Dutch St. Maarten, boasting lively beach bars and a lush Botanical Garden. Here’s our suggestion: spend some time in both! Crossing the border is a cinch, and in most cases there is no need to show a passport. People and goods can travel in and out freely.


Top Regional Activities:

  • Sailing is ingrained into St. Martin’s culture. There are deep-sea fishing tournaments and sailing regattas all year long. In addition, Key Caribe can help you secure diving excursions or charter a boat.
  • Carnival celebrations take place every year on both sides of the island. In St. Martin, pre-Lent festivals begin in February, while post-Easter celebrations take place in Sint Maarten in April.
  • The beautiful, fascinating city of Simpson Bay on the Dutch side is home to a mysterious lagoon. The nearby town of Maho is a popular spot for nightlife and casinos.
  • Don’t miss Maho Beach if you’re on the Dutch side of the island. It’s famous for its proximity to the airport and the tendency of planes to fly directly over the beach, creating thrilling “plane-spotting” and picture taking opportunities.
  • Other top things to do in St. Martin include a visit to the Sint Maarten Museum for a glimpse into island history, duty-free shopping, and a trek up to Fort Louis.


Most Popular Concierge Services:

  • Vehicle rentals
  • Snorkeling & scuba diving excursions
  • Windsurfing & parasailing lessons
  • Horseback riding lessons
  • Restaurant reservations
  • Boat charters to surrounding islands
  • In-villa chef & butler service


When you book with Key Caribe, you get the keys to an exclusive, luxury Caribbean experience. We’ll make sure all the details are taken care of from start to finish, so that you can focus on enjoying your time on the island.

Your personal Villa Concierge will help you enjoy the island the way few people have the  privilege to experience it. Want to go somewhere out of the ordinary? We’ll take you there. Hoping to live it up at an island event? We’ll help you get tickets. Our mission is to make sure your vacation is more incredible than you could ever imagine.


  • Arrange your itinerary and handle changes
  • Suggest and arrange the best local experiences
  • Handle grocery shopping and provide a private chef
  • Secure transportation– car rentals, drivers, airport transfers
  • Make restaurant reservations, and so much more!

Quick Facts


French side: Euro

Dutch side: Netherlands Antillean guilder, also called the florin

US dollars are accepted at many businesses.


Princess Juliana International Airport (SXM) (located in Sint Maarten)

The Grand Case Airport, a small airport on the French side, serves smaller charter flights.


On the Dutch side, the American system of tipping is usually followed, and you should tip 10-15% of your bill. On the French side, the service charge is usually included in the price of the meal, per European standards. You can round up and leave a few euro, leave a larger tip, or leave no tip at all.

Tip porters $1 per bag, and taxi drivers $1 or more. Many hotels add a gratuity charge to your bill, so ask about this before tipping.