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St. Maarten or St. Martin’s: Where Should You Settle?

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St. Maarten or St. Martin’s: Where Should You Settle?

St. Maarten and St. Martin are two islands located in the eastern Caribbean Sea. The two islands share a name but are divided into two different countries: St. Maarten is a territory of the Netherlands, while St. Martin belongs to France. Although they share the same name, the cultures of the two islands are quite different. This can be seen in the food, music, and architecture on each island. So which island should you settle on?

That depends on what you’re looking for. If you’re looking for an island with lots of things to do, then St. Maarten is the better choice. But if you’re looking for a quieter and more relaxed environment, St. Martin is your best bet.

If you’re planning to move to Sint Maarten, get in touch with Bright Path Caribbean.

Let’s take a look at the details of each island to help you decide which one is right for you!

1.     The pros and cons of each island

There are two sides to every story, which is certainly the case for the Caribbean Island of St. Maarten/St. Martin.

St. Maarten

St. Maarten offers stunning beaches, crystal-clear waters, lush vegetation, and vibrant nightlife. It is also home to some of the best shopping in the Caribbean. St. Martin is more low-key and less commercialized than its sister island, making it perfect for those who want to enjoy its natural beauty.

On the other hand, St. Maarten is a very expensive destination, and prices for food, accommodations, and other services are among the highest in the Caribbean. St. Martin has seen increased crime recently; however, it remains relatively safe compared to many other Caribbean islands.

St. Martin

St. Martin has some of the most beautiful beaches in the Caribbean. There are miles and miles of white sand beaches with powdery, fine sand that you can walk on for hours without ever having to turn around. And while there are a few larger resorts along the island’s coasts, there are also several smaller, family-run resorts and hotels as well.

However, St. Martin is an island with two halves. The French side is where the international airport is located and has most of the best hotels and restaurants. However, St. Martin has only one decent road connecting the French side to the Dutch side, which means that if you are staying on the Dutch side, you have to take a ferry or a water taxi to get around (unless you want to drive yourself).

2.     How to choose the right island for you

If you’re looking for a Caribbean Island to call your home, there are a few things you’ll want to consider before deciding on relocating to the Caribbean. For example, are you looking for a bustling nightlife scene, or would you prefer to relax on a secluded beach? Language, culture, and location are key factors to consider when choosing between St. Maarten and St. Martin.

A beach view for people planning to move to Sint Maarten.

Are you thinking about retiring in the Caribbean? Or maybe moving to the Caribbean? You’ll need to choose between St. Maarten and St. Martin. Both islands are wonderful places to retire or do business, but each has its unique benefits and drawbacks. Contact us today to find out more about the pros and cons of each island, and we’ll help you make the right decision for your immigration needs.

Disclaimer: Our articles are not intended as (legal) advice and do not take your personal circumstances into consideration. BrightPath does not accept any liability for damages resulting from using the provided information. We highly recommend you to seek personalized advice from us or before you act or fail to act because of the content of our articles. BrightPath is a privately-owned consulting firm that assists clients with filing applications for residence permits and/or business licenses at the relevant government departments. None of our directors, employees or agents hold or have held any position with the government of Sint Maarten and our service does not provide for any preferential treatment with regards to any application. All information provided and statements made only serve to provide you with a general understanding of immigration, residence and business incorporation procedures on Sint Maarten.
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