About St. Martin and St. Maarten

St. Martin/St. Maarten is a beautiful small island that is snuggled in the chain of Leeward Islands in the Caribbean. Despite sharing common features with many other islands in the Caribbean, such as white sand beaches, flawless blue skies and warm friendly people, St. Martin/St. Maarten is gifted with three major cultural backgrounds, which stem from Dutch, French and English presence on the island. Primarily, Dutch and French, St. Martin/St. Maarten speaks Dutch and French as its official languages, but having been inhabited as well by a large number of Americans, other Caribbean nationals and investors who come from far and wide to invest in St. Martin/St. Maarten, the island has its own degree of English influence and English is commonly spoken.

St. Martin/St. Maarten is about 37 square miles and is said to have 37 seven beaches; a beach for every mile. These St. Martin/St. Maarten beaches have attracted hundreds of thousands of tourists to its shores, where several international chains of resorts and hotels have been constructed and create the warm, luxurious ambience that St. Martin/St. Maarten offers as a tourist destination and investment hub.

Basilico International which is housed at Atlantis World Casino is home to an amazing sports bar in SXM. Basilico restaurant offers the best Italian food in St. Maarten.

St. Martin/St. Maarten is known for its nightlife, casinos, bars, restaurants, resorts and hotels. Real estate in St. Martin/St. Maarten has become a major economic activity as people increasingly buy homes and invest in vacation rentals. It is said that people of at least 80 nationalities reside in St. Martin/St. Maarten currently, meaning that St. Martin/St. Maarten has become the home of many families, investors, individuals and businesses.

St. Martin/St. Maarten was settled by the French and Dutch, who entered into conflict with Spanish settlers who also wanted to add the island to the list of countries that they had already possessed in the region. After many years of battle, the Spanish finally set sail to Puerto Rico, and left St. Martin/St. Maarten for the Dutch and French, who happily inhabited the island together. Upon signing a treaty, both nations equally divided St. Martin/St. Maarten, although it is often said that the French side of the island is larger than the Dutch, St. Maarten.

For many years, St. Martin/St. Maarten economy depended on salt production and the revenue earned from its export. Eventually, when the demand for salt declined, alternatives had to be sought, and this the French and Dutch did by investing in new activities that could stimulate the economy of St. Martin/St. Maarten. This coincided with the emergence of tourism, when large numbers of people started traveling to warm tropical islands like the Bahamas and St. Martin/St. Maarten, for example, to escape the cold and harsh weather brought on by the winter months. St. Martin/St. Maarten equipped itself by putting in place the necessary infrastructure that would facilitate the conversion from a one crop economy to a service/hospitality economy. Belonging to the French and Dutch, St. Martin/St. Maarten was therefore well positioned and smoothly transitioned into a new vacation destination for people from France, Holland and other parts of Europe. The construction of major ports in Philipsburg, as well that of Princess Juliana International Airport, were critical to that plan and transition of St. Martin/St. Maarten. With these infrastructural developments, St. Martin/St. Maarten was able to accept major cruise ships into its ports, as well as direct flights from international cities.