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While numerous Caribbean islands are still controlled by distant European powers, St Maarten or Saint Martin is the only one split between two, the smallest territory in the world to be so divided. But at the point where French Saint Martin meets Dutch St Maarten on the island's east coast, you won't find checkpoints or border guards, just the clear, calm waters of Oyster Pond. This protected cove welcomes ocean-faring yachts to a picturesque marina and it is also the berth for ferries to St Barth.

There’s no beach at Oyster Pond but nearby Dawn Beach is great for both swimming and snorkeling, with a reef just a few yards from the shore. For a change of pace, take a short drive north to the tiny fishing village of Orléans, which boasts some of the island’s oldest traces of the French colonial era as well as a popular butterfly enclosure, La Ferme des Papillons.

Practical Info

Oyster Pond is on the island’s east coast, 10 minutes’ drive from Philipsburg.

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Private St Maarten Island Sightseeing Tour, Philipsburg, null
TVRM_SORTED : true ESSENTIAL : 1 ADMISSION : 5

Private St Maarten Island Sightseeing Tour

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 32 Reviews

Uncover the magic of St. Maarten during this private 6-hour sightseeing tour. Visit some of the island’s most famous locations including Great Bay, Cole Bay ...  Read more

Location: Philipsburg, Sint Maarten
Duration: 5 hours (approx.)

From USD $370.00
4x4 Island Sightseeing Tour in St Maarten, Philipsburg, Half-day Tours
TVRM_SORTED : true ESSENTIAL : 1 ADMISSION : 5

4x4 Island Sightseeing Tour in St Maarten

Visit some of the many highlights on both the Dutch and French sides of St Maarten during this 4x4 Jeep Safari Tour! Caravan around the island and explore all ...  Read more

Location: Simpson Bay, St Maarten
Duration: 6 hours (approx.)

From USD $105.00
St-Martin and St Maarten Island Sights, Shopping and Maho Beach Tour, Philipsburg, 4WD, ATV & ... 
TVRM_SORTED : true ESSENTIAL : 2 ADMISSION : 5

St-Martin and St Maarten Island Sights, Shopping and Maho Beach Tour

4.5 star rating: Recommended 64 Reviews

This small-group tour offers guests a full overview of the French and Dutch sides of St Martin. Your journey from start to finish will be informative, fun and ...  Read more

Location: Philipsburg, St Maarten
Duration: 5 hours (approx.)

From USD $42.00

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