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Islands Close to St. Maarten St. Martin
On The Horizon
St Maarten/ St Martin may be in a continual state of development, but one thing never changes: Six stunning neighboring islands are permanently on the horizon, ready to be explored.
Not counting, of course, the two outlying islands of Pinel and Tintamarre, which can be reached by a short boat ride from French Cul de Sac and Orient Bay respectively and offer a welcome change of venue to soak up the sun or enjoy a gourmet lunch at the water’s edge.
Anguilla, a British Overseas Territory, is just half an hour away by ferry from Marigot or Simpson Bay Lagoon. This slender, flat island boasts some of the best beaches in the world, let alone the Caribbean, and presents a tangible change of pace and style from St Maarten/St Martin’s attractions. No wonder it’s fast becoming the in vogue destination for discerning tourists. Discover more about Anguilla in our professional articles section in our e-book.
At the other end of the spectrum, Saba (see previous post as an example of one of our articles) is unlike anywhere else in the region. Reached by a ferry from Philipsburg or Simpson Bay, ‘The Unspoiled Queen’ is a mountainous, lush part of the Netherlands Antilles which compensates for its lack of beaches with some cool, breezy hillside hideouts. Life on this tiny island moves at a slower pace, as if locals want to savor every moment.
St Barths on the other hand, has been making headlines for decades. At New Year, this is the place to be, but you can be part of the glamour all year round. A high-speed ferry from Philipsburg, and boat from Oyster Pond link this French dependency to St Maarten. Elegant fashion and jewelry boutiques line the waterfront, while some of the restaurants are the talk of style bibles and fine-dining pages from New York to Paris. Shop, dine or swim – you can’t go wrong in St Barths.
Further afield, the twin nation of St Kitts and Nevis are something of an undiscovered gem, but fast bursting onto the scene. Rich in history, blessed in natural beauty, these two mountainous islands have yet to be swamped with tourists and retain their essential Caribbean roots. You’ll find the old West Indian charm and simplicity of yesteryear infused with the vibrant, youthful energy of a country breaking into the big time.
St Maarten/St Martin would be a great destination even if it was situated in the middle of the Atlantic, but the proximity of so many varied destinations on the horizon makes it even more attractive. Whether for a day trip or an extended ‘weekend away’ from ‘The Friendly Island’ don’t overlook the possibilities the neighbors have to offer.
For on-depth articles on neighboring islands and transportation options see the Insiders Guide To St Maarten