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 About St Martin, Anguilla and St Barthelemy

Here is a little bit of information about Saint Martin / Sint Maarten and her neighbouring islands.

St Martin

Ilet Pinel, found on the French side of St Martin
Ilet Pinel, found on the French side of St Martin

St Martin is located in the North Eastern Lesser Antilles. It is divided in two between the French and Dutch, and is known as the smallest island divided by two nations.


The population is around 72 892. At around 87 square Km, the French side is slightly bigger.


The average air temperature is 28 C and sea temperature doesn't go below 29 C. The currency is Euro on the French side and USD on the Dutch side.
 

St Barts (Barthelemy)

French Government Building in Gustavia, St Barts
French Government Building in Gustavia, St Barts

St Barts is a French overseas territory. It is around a 3 hour sail from St Martin, and 21 square Km with a population of 8 398.

 


In the island's main town Gustavia you will find a wealth of super mega yachts and lots of top quality shops. The currency is Euro but USD is accepted.
 

Anguilla

Sandy Island, Anguilla
Sandy Island, Anguilla

Anguilla is British and only a 45 minute sail North away from St Martin. It's around 26 km long and 5 km wide. Anguilla means eel in Portuguese named by Christopher Columbus (because the island is long and thin).

 

It has an estimated population of around 13 500. The currency is EC (Eastern Caribbean) although USD is also accepted.
Just NW of Anguilla there are a couple of small uninhabited islands called Dog Island and Prickly Pear, perfect for one of our lunch stops.

Sandy Island, Anguilla
Sandy Island, Anguilla

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