Welcome to St-Martin & Sint Maarten
A major cruise-ship port and air hub, St-Martin/Sint Maarten's number-one focus is tourism. Spread out around the island are 37 white-sand, palm-fringed beaches, from busy stretches lined with pumping bars to tranquil hidden bays and coves. Water sports from snorkeling and diving to Jet Skiing abound, along with land-based adventures like hiking and treetop ziplining.
It's a remarkable recovery for an island that has been ravaged by hurricanes. In the last two or so decades alone, it's experienced eight ferocious storms including 1995's Luis, which decimated large swathes of the island and left thousands of residents homeless, and 2014's Gonzalo. Today, you'll see signs of ongoing reconstruction as rebuilding continues.