Located at the centre of the Lesser Antilles, Saint Martin has become a major boating destination, famous among other things for the Heineken Regatta that takes places there every March. Divided in two parts, a French and Dutch one, this small island is the ideal starting point for a cruise in the Antilles islands.
Holidaymakers who opt to charter a yacht in Saint Martin will have the opportunity to explore the length and breadth of this Carribean paradise, from bustling Marigot to remote beaches. You can start your trip from Maho beach, where planespotting is inevitable as it this exotic beach is located right next to an airport runway. You can also swim in the turquise waters of Great Bay Beach if you hire a boat in Saint Martin and enjoy Carribean cousine is one of the restaurants nearby.
Nature lovers shouldn't miss the opportunity to explore Simpson Bay Lagoon, an inland lagoon of outstanding beauty. With a yacht charter in Saint Martin you can explore this island in a few days and set sail for nearby Saint Barths or Dog Island, starting from the Anse Marcel Marina. Another option to dock your boat is Marina Fort Louis in Marigot or Port-La-Royale Marina.
The Dutch part of the island is famous for its vibrant nightlife, with the local beach bars saving the Carribean's best rum and guavaberry liquor. If you rent a boat in Saint Martin you can also observe from the sea the remains of Fort Amsterdam near Philipsburg, built by Dutch colonialists. The site is today a breeding colony of brown pelicans. If you are planning to hire a boat in St. Martin don't forget that there are two seasons in the Caribbean. The perfect time to sail there is from December to June, before the rainy (and hurricane) season starts.
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