St. Maarten, located in the Caribbean, is a constituent country of the Kingdom of the Netherlands. Its population is 40,120, all contained on 14 sq. miles. The Dutch side of the island encompasses the southern 40% of the island. The other side is occupied by Saint Martin, which is a French territory. Sint Maarten’s capital is Philipsburg and the official languages are Dutch and English. The island is also home to Simpson Bay Lagoon, the largest lagoon in the West Indies.
The hilly island attracts many tourists with its alluring beaches and a plethora of fun activities and things to do. Activities ranging from butterfly gardens to zip-lining make it both a great vacation and fun-packed day stop for many of the persons who pass through the island on the many cruises that dock at its shores. St. Maarten’s economy is driven primarily by tourism with the arrival of millions of tourists to the island by cruise ships and hundreds of thousands of visitor arrivals by air. The majority of the population is in some way linked to tourism.