A yacht charter in Saint Martin is the perfect opportunity for discovering this unique Caribbean island. It shares its sovereignty between France and the Netherlands, and is the smallest landmass in the world divided between two nations. Despite the presence of both nations, it has been shared peacefully for almost 200 years. “Saint. Martin” or “Sint Maarten” in Dutch, is at the top of the Leeward Islands chain in the northeastern Caribbean and is widely esteemed as a “tropical paradise” for its beautiful, scenic landscape, and crystalline waters which are joyful. So rent one of our crewed or bareboat yachts or catamarans and experience the holiday of a lifetime when you rent one of our charters!
St Martin was discovered in 1493 by Christopher Columbus, on his second voyage to the America. It was at this time he claimed it for Spain. He named it for the day he landed, it was later fought over by the British, French and Dutch, before eventually coming to be in its present arrangement in 1816. Today French, Dutch and a number of local languages are spoken, however English is the universal language.
So rent one of aBoatTime’s bareboat or crewed yachts or catamarans and set sail to Saint Maarten and experience everything that this Caribbean island has to offer. Visit a new marina or bay every day during your holiday, or sail to new islands every day whilst chilling on their beaches and eating in a delicious array of restaurants. So come on a sailing holiday with aBoatTime to the Dutch and French island of St Maarten and visit some of the most beautiful areas of the Caribbean and also the world like the Leeward Islands, St Barts, Marigot, Anguilla, Antigua, Saint Lucia and many more stunning islands in the area.
There is a wide variety of ports all over the coast, in which it is possible to moor the boat. Some of them are:
This marina, and has capacity to host 150 boats with a maximum draft of 3.5 meters. It’s surrounded by a large number of shops and restaurants to pass the time.
This port has also a lot of shops, restaurants and it is a very safe place.
In the east, this port has 150 berths and capacity for boats with a maximum draft of 2.5 meters.
For those interested in the local wildlife, this Caribbean isle is home to a diverse range of endemic wildlife, such as Pelicans, Egrets and a wide range of birdlife. Many of these can be found in La Reserve Naturelle, a wildlife reserve in the northeast. Another must see is the Butterfly farm, on the Route du Gallon, where hundreds of butterfly species from all over the world are housed in a 900 metre square greenhouse, and features a calm atmosphere with relaxing music and a small waterfall. There is also a number of lakes and lagoons, the most famous being Simpson Bay, where a wide variety of marine life can be found. You can see this diverse natural ecosystem up close by taking advantage of one of the many scuba diving locations, such as in Simpson Bay and the Baie de Grand Case.
Due to the favourable location in the Caribbean, the island benefits from a sunny, warm climate, with average annual temperatures of 27 degrees Celsius, with little variation between summer and winter; thus allowing you to take advantage of its fantastic bays and crystalline clean waters whenever you so please. With such sublime weather conditions, why not try one of the many watersports available in St Martin, such as windsurfing, water-skiing or deep sea fishing.
On your yacht charter you’ll find all the amenities you need to enjoy your vacation. The northern French half is famed for its luxury atmosphere, with its elegant colonial buildings and luxury boutiques, the capital of the French part. The main shopping streets boast a wide variety of shops, boutiques, restaurants and patisseries, whilst a modern designer shopping centre is in the southern part of the town.
Owing to the popularity among sailing enthusiasts, St. Martin has a number of marinas available. When you charter your yacht through aBoatTime, you’ll find your yacht moored in the main city on the island. This allows you the convenience of having access to all of the city’s amenities, whilst being able to navigate to another island at a moment’s notice. Nearby places to visit include St Kitts & Nevis, Saint Lucia, Antigua, St Barthélemy, and Anguilla, all of which feature historical towns and beautiful volcanic landscapes. Each is different, as a result of their respective varying colonial heritage.
In addition to the coastal facilities, there are many inland amenities, such as its famous casinos and lively nightlife. There are also many historical sites, such as the Hope Estate Archaeological Site, where remains of an Arawak (the original inhabitants of St Martin) were discovered. Another interesting historical site is the Loterie Farm, a former sugar plantation dating from 1773. Here you can travel back to colonial times, and take in its cool, fragrant atmosphere. The plantation also features a number of swimming pools, with waterfalls and stylish tropical cabins available for rental on a daily basis. Nearby, the coastal village of Grand-Case offers a wide range of gourmet restaurants, with a wide range of cuisine, including French, Spanish, Cajun and Caribbean.
Moreover, St Maarten is set in the ideal location at the tip of the Leeward Isles, allowing you to explore the Caribbean and see a new country every day! For example, you should take your yacht charter and go sailing to exotic places like St Barts, Anguilla, St Lucia and the other Caribbean Isles. Fly to the Caribbean and land in the world famous Princess Juliana Airport where the landing is like no other in the world!
It is one of St Martin’s liveliest shorelines. During the day it’s the perfect place for swimming and sunbathing. However in the evening, the promenade becomes St Martin’s premier night time destination, with plenty of bars and clubs. Among the myriad of parties that take place every day, we recommend visiting the Full Moon Party at Kali’s Beach Bar.
The biggest on the island, it is in the west. It is partially surrounded by the hotel “La Samanna” and ends in the Pointe des Canonniers. This beach, one of the quietest, looks like a postcard: blue sea, white sand, pelicans.
This is one of the standout areas of beauty in St Martin. It’s is on the French part of the island (the Dutch must be very jealous!) in the north. Here you can sail, relax and enjoy a perfect Caribbean break.
A famous landmark because it is at one end of the landing strip of Princess Juliana International Airport. The landing of airplanes such as the 747 have become a tourist attraction in the area.
It is a long stretch of sand and mangrove under protection of the Natural Reserve. This place reunites all the conditions to become the perfect place to practice windsurf and kitesurf: It is protected from the waves by the small islands and the barrier reef.
Sint Martin has a vibrant natural wealth, with a huge variety of exotic fauna and flora located underwater as well as above it. The most important natural park is the St. Martin National Nature Reserve, located in the east and full of different species of animals and plants. It occupies an area of 150 hectares that include the surrounding islands as well.
Like this park, everything else on St Maarten is also a natural paradise with a rich heritage, so walking tours are organized in the mountains in order to discover the secrets that this place keep.
The official currency used in the French side is the Euro. However, in the Dutch side the currency is the Netherlands Antillean guilder.
Typical dishes that you’ll find on your yacht charter vacation include rice and sauces made from lush, tropic fruits such as mango, pineapple, papaya and avocado. Why not also try the seafood salads with citrus fruits and chilli. There is a multitude of restaurants that will fill any desire you have, from Caribbean, to African and to European food, St Martin will not leave you hungry!
Whether you prefer to take in the culture and history, or spend your time enjoying the useful coastal facilities and water sports, a yacht charter in St. Martin offers a calming getaway, in an unbeatable location. You could even join a flotilla and sail with others if you wish, then you could sail your bareboat or crewed yacht or catamaran and take the sailing charter to wherever you wish; a lagoon, an island or any of the beaches you like! Don’t miss the chance to visit nearby destinations like St. Barts, Marigot, Anguilla, Antigua, St. Lucia and even more islands and locations in the Caribbean.
One of the main attractions of St. Martin is its year round Caribbean climate, with the average air temperatures fluctuating between 24ºC in January and 28ºC in February and August respectively. This makes a yacht charter in St. Martin possible whenever you please which can save money and allow you to beat the crowds of the summer.
The water temperatures are also remarkably consistent with minor variations between 26ºC in winter and an extremely pleasant 29ºC in the summer.
Although the island has two different sides to it, it is only very small and therefore both experience the same weather year round.
We can find this average temperatures per month in Saint Martin during summer:
It is important to know the daily hours of sunlight in order to sail. The average daily hours of sunlight of Saint Martin during peak season are:
You can arrive on the island and begin your yacht charter holiday in St. Martin either by plane or ferry.
By plane:The island’s two airports, Princess Juliana Airport on the Dutch side (Sint Marteen) and L’Espérance Airport on the French side (St. Martin), handle all air traffic to and from the island. Princess Juliana Airport is the largest and busiest of the two and receives flights from Toronto, Miami, New York, Amsterdam, Chicago and France. L’Espérance Airport operates flights from Guadeloupe, Martinique and the nearby island of St. Barthélemy.
By boat: Regular ferry lines leave the ports of Marigot, Oyster Pond, Philipsburg, and Simpson Bay heading to Anguilla, St-Barthélemy, and Saba. Additionally, many cruise ships arrive at the ports of Philipsburg and Marigot.
We have over 10,000 boats available throughout the world, including St. Martin although you will not be able to find all of them on our web. Contact us and we will send you a budget.