St Martin / St Maarten

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Why St Martin
and St Maarten
are special

You experience two different cultures on a single island. The northern half is French, the southern half, Dutch.

St Martin and St Maarten
differ in 8 ways

Dining & nightlife

St Martin has the better dining, St Maarten has the better nightlife.


St Maarten wins this crown by a big margin.


St Martin speaks French, St Maarten speaks Dutch (though English is widely understood on both sides).


St Martin is a French Territory, St Maarten is part of the Netherlands Antilles.


St Maarten is slightly larger.


St Maarten has far more tourists.


St Maarten has far more tourists.


St Maarten wins by an edge.


Both sides
have good beaches

Orient is the most popular beach in St Martin while Maho Bay is the most active in St Maarten. The problem with the latter is you are noisily buzzed by low flying jet airlines landing and taking off over you.

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