Saint Martin

Government Overseas Collectivity of France Saint Martin / French Flag
Capital Marigot
Currency € Euro
Area 54.4km2
Population (2009) 29,820
Language French
Islands 1 (main island)
Economy Tourism (85%) and light industry/services
GDP per Capita $4,102 (n.a., France 23rd worldwide) [2008 Data]
Links CIA Factbook, Wikipedia Page

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The map at the right shows the French part of the island in green. The border between Saint Martin and the Dutch Sint Maarten is an open one, the only thing you notice when crossing is a little sign at the side of the road.

Saint Martin has a large airport with direct flights from Europe and is thus a premier vacation destination. It has casinos (on the Dutch side) and large resort hotels. Being part of France the cuisine is excellent and while the Euro is the official currency the US$ is also accepted everywhere - sometimes even at parity! I spent a long time on the French side, anchored very close to the ferry dock in Marigot.

The island has a lot to offer, particularly as both sides are declared duty free zones and it has the best prices for staple goods, luxuries as well ship's chandleries in the northern Caribbean. The town of Grand Case north of Marigot is renowned for the many restaurants serving delicacies and I tested out this reputation several times and found it well-deserved! The east coast of Saint-Martin has several nice beaches and the enclosed bay of Oyster Pond is a great anchorage.

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Immigration in Marigot This is the immigration booth at the ferry terminal in Marigot, St. Martin. I've since found out that the official in there is not official, but charges a fee for letting you clear in; this can be done for a fraction of the price at the marina around the corner Oh well.
[18°4'8.25"N 63°5'9.32"W (facing S)]
Immigration in Marigot
East coast of St. Martin East coast of St. Martin
(2009-04-18 16:33:46 DSC-N2 [f/8.0, 10/5000s] ISO 160)
East coast of St. Martin
Fort St. Louis, Marigot Fort St. Louis, Marigot
[18°4'4.96"N 63°5'11.69"W (facing N)]
Fort St. Louis, Marigot
Zanshin I anchored in Marigot Zanshin I anchored in Marigot
(2009-02-13 17:15:59 DSC-N2 [f/16.0, 10/2500s] ISO 160)
Zanshin I anchored in Marigot
La Sucriere in St. Martin My hangout in St. Martin with fresh bread and good coffee - La Sucriere in Marigot.
La Sucriere in St. Martin
Lotos schooner in Grand Case Lotos at anchor in Grand Case - notice how the wind is coming from the wrong side? This was my first time to experience that in this anchorage.
(2014-05-06 17:23:53 NIKON D7100 with a "18.0-250.0 mm f/3.5-6.3" lens. [f/6.3, 1/200s] ISO 160)
Lotos schooner in Grand Case
Dinghy mayhem at Grand Case Dinghies without stern anchors are getting underneath the dock at Grand Case on Mardi Gras.
(2014-03-04 19:51:23 NIKON D7100 with a "35.0 mm f/1.8" lens. [f/2.2, 1/60s] ISO 400)
Dinghy mayhem at Grand Case
Megayacht at Tintamarre I didn't get the name of this big ketch anchored off Ile Tintamarre as I sailed past, but she is quite elegant and pretty.
(2014-02-23 13:57:28 NIKON D7100 with a "18.0-250.0 mm f/3.5-6.3" lens. [f/6.3, 1/800s] ISO 100)
Megayacht at Tintamarre
Is it Art? For some it might be art - this colorful lot has been around for years but I've never gotten this close before.
(2014-02-22 11:59:06 NIKON D7100 with a "18.0-250.0 mm f/3.5-6.3" lens. [f/16.0, 1/80s] ISO 100)
Is it Art?
ZZ Top impression Another guitar solo, this time for ZZ Top
(2014-02-16 17:25:09 NIKON D7100 with a "18.0-250.0 mm f/3.5-6.3" lens. [f/5.6, 1/250s] ISO 400)
ZZ Top impression
Old Salt Mill in Grand Case The old salt mill from Grand Case, St. Martin on exhibit on the town's main street.
(2014-02-16 12:35:24 NIKON D7100 with a "18.0-250.0 mm f/3.5-6.3" lens. [f/11.0, 1/160s] ISO 100)
Old Salt Mill in Grand Case
Reefs and kitesurfers Pic Paradis is the highest hill on St. Martin and I took the narrow road up to (almost) the top for some nice views down the mountainside.
(2014-02-12 13:48:06 NIKON D7100 with a "18.0-250.0 mm f/3.5-6.3" lens. [f/10.0, 1/200s] ISO 100)
Reefs and kitesurfers
Two Grand Case docks Nighttime shot of the two docks in Grand Case.
(2014-02-02 19:15:41 NIKON D7100 with a "35.0 mm f/1.8" lens. [f/2.2, 1/1s] ISO 800)
Two Grand Case docks
Dancers in Grand Case Dancers at the start of their procession down the main drag of Grand Case on Tuesday.
(2013-02-26 19:46:25 NIKON D7000 with a "35.0 mm f/1.8" lens. [f/1.8, 1/60s] ISO 1000 Focus ∞)
Dancers in Grand Case
Ma Dou Dou selection Ma Dou Dou makes spiced local St. Martin rum with hand-painted bottles and their store is well-hidden away in Cul-de-Sac
[18°6'11.51"N 63°1'35.45"W (facing N)]
Ma Dou Dou selection
Top of Fort St. Louis The remains of Fort St.Louis overlooking the town of Marigot in St. Martin.
[18°4'14.65"N 63°5'8.74"W (facing E)]
Top of Fort St. Louis
Beachfront restaurants in Grand Case A shot taken as dusk was turning to dark along the beach at Grand Case in St. Martin. Most of the shorefront is filled with restaurants and bars.
[18°6'11.81"N 63°3'20.59"W (facing SW)]
Beachfront restaurants in Grand Case
Arnd at sunset Putting on the shades to see a wonderful sunset at Grand Case on St. Martin
[18°6'18.97"N 63°3'27.42"W ]
Arnd at sunset
Calmos Cafe in Grand Case A nice little cafe and bar next to the dinghy dock in Grand Case, St. Martin
[18°6'14.38"N 63°3'17.47"W (facing NW)]
Calmos Cafe in Grand Case
Anse Marcel from above Anse Marcel from above
[18°6'39"N 63°2'5.91"W (facing NW)]
Anse Marcel from above
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