Saint Martin and St Maarten



Phillipsburg is loat on the Dutch side of the island.  The airport landing field narrowly misses beach tourists.

Simpson Bay is a popular lagoon to visit, approachable through the drawbridge. Watch for opening hours.

We also stopped at Terres Basses, or “The Lowlands,” is an area on the western tip of St. Martin, on the French side of the island. This quiet region is home to some of the island’s calmest and most gorgeous beaches, including Baie Longue Beach, Plum Bay Beach, and Baie Rouge Beach.

The island unites two separate countries, divided between its northern French side, called Saint-Martin, and its southern Dutch side, Sint Maarten. The island is home to busy resort beaches and secluded coves. It's also known for fusion cuisine, vibrant nightlife and duty-free shops selling jewelry and liquor.

We lingered to fill our bilges with imported French wines, subsidized by the French government and right up our budget!