Philipsburg Mural Art by Be the Change Foundation



St. Maarten/St. Martin has a lot of loyal, returning visitors, but here are some facts about the island — and well-known icons and events — that even our biggest fans may not know about.


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As proof of the wide variety of cuisines present on St. Maarten/St. Martin, NOLA Bayou Bistro offers crocodile on its menu. NOLA stands for New Orleans, the city that inspired the restaurant with a magnificent lagoon view.



Some clients of Dazzling Gems have loyally visited this jewelry house every year since its opening 20 years ago — even during the pandemic!



Amuseum Naturalis on the French side has added a St. Maarten/St. Martin poetry exhibition in its garden in addition to its existing nature and history displays. The former plantation is open to visitors every day and is free of charge.



The two Canadian founders of Big Bastard’s Beach Bar + Patio consider their sarcastic sense of humor to be their unique selling point (next to great drinks and bites, of course!). Visitors are pre-warned on their sign, “Sarcasm is always free.” As a token of such, baby onesies adorned with “little bastard” are available for sale, too.



The Brown Pelican is the national bird of St. Maarten, among others reflected on the flag of St. Maarten and in the Dutch name of one of its craft breweries: Pelikaan Brewery. Whereas historic Fort Amsterdam is the best place to spot live brown pelicans, Seaview Beach Bar is the best place to enjoy the namesake craft beer brand.



A new wall painting series by the Be the Change Foundation and many local artists can be freely explored throughout Philipsburg. Many wall paintings tell stories about local history, culture, and nature. One of its participating artists, Zillah Duzon-Hazel, recently represented St. Maarten for the first time during New York Fashion Week.



The St. Maarten Heineken Regatta is the largest regatta in the Caribbean. Join the festivities on the first weekend of March and watch the racing from an Aqua Mania spectator boat, watch the bridge show at the Sint Maarten Yacht Club, or visit the Regatta Village at Port de Plaisance.



Due to a cooperation with local air carrier Winair and the double nationality of St. Maarten/St. Martin, Domino’s St. Maarten delivers to a record number of nations. Your pizza is still piping hot when it arrives to the Dutch or French side by car or Dutch Saba and St. Eustatius, or French St. Barths via Winair. Anguilla is also served by boat.



Even in paradise, injuries can happen. Because of its large tourism industry, St. Maarten/St. Martin offers specialized services should injuries occur. The Physical Therapists of ProPhysio SXM even use an Olympic-size pool to have visitors rehabilitate swiftly while being able to enjoy the beautiful island weather and Cole Bay hill views.



St. Maarten/St. Martin’s culinary diversity can now be sampled from your vacation spot. The SXM2GO service now delivers from many acclaimed restaurants directly to the resorts, villas, and more via its app.





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