Overview – The St Maarten / St Martin Real Estate Market
The 37 square mile island of St Martin is the smallest island in the world to be divided between two nations. Having been shared by the French and the Dutch since 1648, the island has an exceptionally cosmopolitan and diverse feel and the 470,000 jet set tourists that visit the island each year, enjoy the best of both worlds: gourmet European restaurants, buzzing nightlife, spectacular beaches and island-wide duty-free shopping.
The real estate markets in Dutch St Maarten and French St Martin are both well established and has appeal to both European and North American property buyers. There are some beautiful villas and luxury condos for sale in St Maarten and exceptional beachfront homes for sale in St Martin.
As specialists in luxury Caribbean property, we can introduce you to the finest residential property, land for sale and commercial real estate in St Maarten / St Martin, including Baie Rouge Beach, Cupecoy, Dawn Beach, Orient Bay, Oyster Pond Estate, Simpson Bay and Terres Basses. Working in close partnership with our trusted, expert partners on the ground in St Maarten / St Martin, we can offer you unrivalled local insight into the property market and the most desirable investment opportunities.
Areas – Dutch Side of St Maarten
Discover St Maarten – Read our Guide to St Maarten Real Estate.
Discover Cupecoy – Read our Guide to Cupecoy Real Estate.
Discover Dawn Beach – Read our Guide to Dawn Beach Real Estate.
Discover Guana Bay – Read our Guide to Guana Bay Real Estate.
Discover Maho – Read our Guide to Maho Real Estate.
Discover Oyster Pond – Read our Guide to Oyster Pond Real Estate.
Discover Philipsburg – Read our Guide to Philipsburg Real Estate.
Discover Simpson Bay – Read our Guide to Simpson Bay Real Estate.
Areas – French Side of St Martin
Discover St Martin – Read our Guide to St Martin Real Estate.
Discover Anse Marcel – Read our Guide to Anse Marcel Real Estate.
Discover Orient Bay – Read our Guide to Orient Bay Real Estate.
Discover Terres Basses – Read our Guide to Terres Basses Real Estate.
How to Buy Property in St Maarten / St Martin
On both French St Martin and Dutch St Maarten real estate can be purchased fee simple or via long lease (government or private). Either way, buyers are responsible for paying a transfer tax.
On French St Martin transfer fees amount to 10%, whereas on Dutch St Maarten the transfer tax is 4% for fee simple deeds and 6% for long lease deeds. On both sides a notary is responsible for conducting a title search. The buyer is responsible for notary fees. On French St Martin there is a 33.5% capital gains tax.
Mortgages in St Maarten / St Martin
Looking for financing to fund the purchase of property in the Caribbean?
Contrary to popular misconception, it is possible for foreign nationals looking to invest in St Maarten real estate or St Martin real estate to apply for a mortgage.
Our partner – a very well respected international financial organization – offers mortgages for qualifying non-residents buying, building or improving a second home in St Maarten / St Martin.
For more information, see our page on: Caribbean mortgages.
St Maarten / St Martin – Land for Sale
Purchasing a lot of land provides you with a blank canvas and the opportunity to build your dream home in St Maarten or St Martin.
Whether you are looking for beachfront land or a centrally located plot, we offer various lots of land for sale in St Maarten and St Martin.
For larger parcels of land for commercial development, please see our commercial real estate listings.
Saving on Your Purchase
You could save money when investing in St Maarten / St Martin real estate by using a foreign exchange expert to get the best rate for your property purchase. We have partnered with Halo Financial, a specialist in foreign exchange, to help you get the best exchange rates when making one-off or regular international payments for a property purchase in St Maarten / St Martin. To see how you could save money, read more: Foreign Exchange.
There are direct international flights to St Maarten from various cities in the United States, Canada, France and the Netherlands.
International flights to St Maarten arrive at Princess Juliana International Airport near Simpson Bay and Maho Bay on the west coast of the island.
St Maarten’s Princess Juliana International Airport is one of the region’s major hubs.
From the USA, there are numerous direct flights from various cities, including Atlanta (Delta), Charlotte and Philadelphia (US Airways), Miami, New York and San Juan (American Airlines), Boston (JetBlue), Chicago and Washington (United Airlines).
From Canada, fly to the USA and take a connecting or flight or, during high season, WestJet operates direct flights from Toronto.
From Europe, Air France and KLM operate direct flights to St Maarten.
From the Caribbean, LIAT operates flights from most islands and Insel Air operates flights from the ABC Islands.
Amsterdam to St Maarten: 8 hour 40 mins
Atlanta to St Maarten: 4 hours 20 mins
Miami to St Maarten: 3 hours 05 mins
New York to St Maarten: 4 hours 07 mins
Paris to St Maarten: 9 hours 00 mins
Toronto to St Maarten: 4 hours 50 mins