Saint Martin (French: Saint-Martin; Dutch: Sint Maarten) is an island in the northeast Caribbean, approximately 300 km (190 mi) east of Puerto Rico. The 87-square-kilometre (34 sq mi) island is divided roughly 60/40 between the French Republic and the Kingdom of the Netherlands. But the two parts are roughly equal in population, with slightly more people living on the Dutch side.
It is the smallest inhabited island divided between two nations. The division dates to 1648. The southern Dutch part comprises Saint Martin and is one of four constituent countries that form the Kingdom of the Netherlands. The northern French part comprises the Collectivite de Saint-Martin (Collectivity of St Martin) and is an overseas collectivity of France.
On 1 January 2009, the population of the whole island was 77,741 inhabitants, with 40,917 living on the Dutch side and 36,824 on the French side.
Collectively, the two territories are known as “St-Martin / St Maarten”. Sometimes “SXM”, the IATA identifier for Princess Juliana International Airport (the island’s main airport), is used to refer to the island. St. Martin (the French portion) received the ISO 3166-1 code MF in October 2007. The Dutch part changed in status to a country within the Kingdom of the Netherlands in 2010 and was given the code SX.
Saint Martin Resorts
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. Days filled with sunshine, velvet soft nights and breathtaking scenery are only some of the ingredients that create the unique feel and taste that reflect Saint-Martin.
Peel back the layers of an enticing island. Explore the panoramas of our colorful scenery dominated by flaming bright red, orange and yellow flamboyant trees. Take a walk on the wild side of Saint-Martin and explore its hills on a zip line or by horse back. Pick a sun kissed mango dripping with cool juices or a coconut filled with nourishing water.