sensory paradiseSt. Martin is a sensory paradise! Listen to sounds of music, ebb, and flow of waves and the laughter of happy people. Taste the unique island food, fruits, and drink. Feel the sun on your skin, sand between your toes and salt water on your body. Smell the barbeques, exotic flowers, and perfumes. Look at the rainbows of color that spring from everywhere–sky, sea, clothing, forests, and architecture. Amidst the stream of sensory delights, this two-nation Caribbean island offers two main activities to its visitors: fun and relaxation.

Even getting to St Martin is enjoyable. Travelers arrive via air over the gorgeous turquoise waters or by boat on those same waters. The Princess Juliana International Airport operates on the Dutch side at the extreme southern tip of the island. Flights arrive daily from all over the world. (Fun Fact: During the final glide in for landing, watch the startled sunbathers and note the stopped traffic as the plane comes in just a few feet above the heads and cars!) A smaller, regional airport on the French side accepts flights from other Caribbean islands and from Orly, France. Transportation from both airports to your hotel is simple also.

Those floating cities known as cruise ships also dock daily at Philipsburg and St. Maarten on the Dutch side. Ferries ply from near-by islands such as St. Barth and Anguilla. Ten island marinas handle over 2000 boats including some of the world’s biggest luxury yachts and sailing ships.

Getting around the 37-square mile island is easy. Most people walk, bike or ride motor scooters, or motor cycles. Shops at any number of locations rent the latter. Taxis charge flat rate fees to go just about anywhere. (Tourist Tip: Many taxis accept only US dollars.) You can rent a car, but note that drivers must have either French or International driver’s license. (Tourist Tip: Roads are narrow, winding and often in poor condition. Self-driving, however, is still the best way to see the sights.) St martin car rental services are very modern and trust worthy. Select the enclosed link for locations and rates. To travel like a native, use the minibus. No schedules, just flag one down when you see it! (Fun Fact: St. Martin has only one main road, Route National 7, which loops around the whole island.)

Accommodations on the island vary from four-star luxury hotels to guest houses. Condos and apartments may be rented for longer stays. (Tourist Tip: High season is December through mid-May. Off-season prices may be halved.)