Welcome to St. Maarten—On the island of St. Maarten, boredom is a forbidden emotion. Live in the moment, explore without limits, and renew your passion for life. From the breathtaking cliffs of Cupecoy, all the hotels, restaurants, casinos, nightclubs and beaches in between; you will find the ordinary to the extraordinary, the possibilities are limitless. Often referred to as the crossroads of the Caribbean, St. Maarten is located at the northern end of the Lesser Antilles, approx. 150 miles southeast of Puerto Rico. St. Maarten was first settled by the Arawaks and was discovered by Christopher Columbus on behalf of Spain in 1493. In 1648, St. Maarten was peacefully divided between Holland and France, and today is the smallest landmass in the world to be shared by two sovereign nations.