Sint Maarten - Two Countries on a Small Island


by Günther Eichhorn


Sint Maarten map

In January 2018 I went on a sailing ship cruise in the Caribbean with Sail Windjammer on the S/V Mandalay. Sint Maarten was the final stop of the cruise. I spent a night in Philipsburg and rented a car to drive around the island. It is easy to see most of the island in a day.

Sint Maarten occupies the southern part of the Sint Maarten/Saint Martin island. This island is the smallest island that is divided between two countries. Sint Maarten is an overseas possession of the Netherlands, Saint Martin is an overseas possession of France.

The island was hit pretty hard by Hurricane Irma in September 2017. When I visited the island in January 2018, there was still lots of damage visible. The Princess Juliane Airport was severely damaged, the airport building will have to be completely rebuilt.

Pictures of birds are on a separate page, combined for all the islands in the Caribbean:

Caribbean Birds
Caribbean Birds

Following are a few pictures from Sint Maarten.