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Saint Martin

Background

Saint Martin

Although sighted by Christopher COLUMBUS in 1493 and claimed for Spain, it was the Dutch who occupied the island in 1631 and set about exploiting its salt deposits. The Spanish retook the island in 1633, but continued to be harassed by the Dutch. The Spanish finally relinquished Saint Martin to the French and Dutch, who divided it amongst themselves in 1648. Friction between the two sides caused the border to frequently fluctuate over the next two centuries, with the French eventually holding the greater portion of the island (about 57%). The cultivation of sugar cane introduced slavery to the island in the late 18th century; the practice was not abolished until 1848. The island became a free port in 1939; the tourism industry was dramatically expanded during the 1970s and 1980s. In 2003, the populace of Saint Martin voted to secede from Guadeloupe and in 2007, the northern portion of the island became a French overseas collectivity.

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Saint Martin

Saint MartinLa Samanna 

Baie Longue Bp 4077
Marigot 97064
Saint Martin

Price (US$): $1545 - $2245 / night

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Location. La Samanna is located on the beach in Marigot, close to Cupecoy Beach, Long Beach St. Maarten, and Maho Beach. Other points of interest near this luxury resort include Atlantis World Casino and American University of the Caribbean. Resort Features. La Samanna features a poolside bar and a bar/lounge. Room service is available 24 hours a day. The resort serves full breakfasts each morning in the restaurant (surcharges apply). Recreational amenities include an outdoor tennis court… more »

Saint MartinLe Domaine de Lonvilliers 

Rue de l'anse Marcel
Anse Marcel 97150
Saint Martin

Price (US$): $747 - $2261 / night

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Location. Le Domaine de Lonvilliers is located on the beach in Anse Marcel's Orient Bay neighborhood, close to Anse Marcel Beach, Pinel Beach, and Orient Bay Beach. Other points of interest near this luxury resort include Paradise Peak and Coconut Grove Beach. Resort Features. Dining options at Le Domaine de Lonvilliers include 2 restaurants. A bar/lounge is open for drinks. Room service is available during limited hours. The resort serves buffet breakfasts (surcharges apply). Recreational… more »

Saint MartinHotel Mercure Saint Martin & Marina 

Baie Nettle, BP 172
Marigot 97150
Saint Martin

Price (US$): $215 - $379 / night

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Location. Hotel Mercure Saint Martin & Marina is located on the beach in Marigot's Nettle Bay neighborhood, close to Mercure Beach, Maho Beach, and Marigot Market. Other points of interest near this hotel include Fort St. Louis and Rouge Bay Beach. Hotel Features. Hotel Mercure Saint Martin & Marina's restaurant serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner. A bar/lounge is open for drinks. The hotel serves a complimentary hot and cold buffet breakfast. Recreational amenities include an outdoor pool,… more »

Saint MartinThe Westin St. Maarten, Dawn Beach Resort & Spa 

144 Oyster Pond Road
Oyster Pond
Saint Martin

Price (US$): $199 - $200 / night

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Location. The Westin St. Maarten, Dawn Beach Resort & Spa is located on the beach in Oyster Pond, close to Dawn Beach, Orient Bay Beach, and Coconut Grove Beach. Other points of interest near this spa resort include Guana Bay Beach and St. Maarten Zoo. Resort Features. The Westin St. Maarten, Dawn Beach Resort & Spa features a restaurant, a poolside bar, a bar/lounge, and a swim up bar. Room service is available 24 hours a day. Recreational amenities include an outdoor pool, a spa tub, a… more »

Saint MartinRadisson Blu Resort, Marina & Spa St. Martin 

Rue de l'anse Marcel BP 581
Anse Marcel 97056
Saint Martin

Price (US$): $485 - $823 / night

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Location. Radisson Blu Resort, Marina & Spa St. Martin is located on the beach in Anse Marcel's Orient Bay neighborhood, close to Anse Marcel Beach, Pinel Beach, and Orient Bay Beach. Other points of interest near this resort include Coconut Grove Beach and Paradise Peak. Resort Features. Dining options at Radisson Blu Resort, Marina & Spa St. Martin include 2 restaurants. A poolside bar and a bar/lounge are open for drinks. Room service is available during limited hours. The resort serves a… more »

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Saint Martin

Capital
Marigot
Location

island 300 km southeast of Puerto Rico

Geographic coordinates

18 05 N, 63 57 W

Area comparative

more than one-third the size of Washington, DC

Border countries

Sint Maarten 15 km

Coastline

58.9 km (for entire island)

Climate

temperature averages 80-85 degrees all year long; low humidity, gentle trade winds, brief, intense rain showers; July-November is the hurricane season

Lowest point

Caribbean Ocean 0 m

Highest point

Pic du Paradis 424 m

Natural resources

salt

Population

30,235 (July 2010 est.)

Ethnic groups

creole (mulatto), black, Guadeloupe Mestizo (French-East Asia), white, East Indian

Religions

Roman Catholic, Jehovah's Witness, Protestant, Hindu

Languages

French (official language), English, Dutch, French Patois, Spanish, Papiamento (dialect of Netherlands Antilles)

Independence

none (overseas collectivity of France)

National holiday

Bastille Day, 14 July (1789); note - local holiday is Schoalcher Day (Slavery Abolition Day) 12 July (1848)

Chief of state

President Nicolas SARKOZY (since 16 May 2007), represented by Prefect Dominique LACROIX (since 21 March 2007)

Head of government

President of the Territorial Council Frantz GUMBS (since 5 May 2009)

Internet country code

.mf; note - .gp, the internet country code for Guadeloupe, and .fr, the internet country code for France, might also be encountered

Airports

1 (2010)

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