Sunsail’s base on St. Martin is located on the eastern side of the island at Captain Oliver’s Marina at Oyster Pond, a protected lagoon surrounded by hills and the beautiful Dawn beach. It is situated directly on the border between the Dutch and French sides of the island – the hotel is French and the restaurants and marina are Dutch and the two sides co-exist peacefully! As the story goes, about 350 years ago a group of French and a group of Dutch started out at Oyster Pond - the French walking north and the Dutch walking south.
Where they met on the other side of the island would determine the dividing border. The Dutch were drinking gin, while the French were drinking wine. The French covered more territory and so the French have the northern 21 square miles of the island while the Dutch have the southern 16 square miles. (Moral of the story: stick to the wine!) Oyster Bay is within easy reach of all the highlights of the island – Philipsburg, the Dutch capital of the island, is only 10 minutes away and Marigot, the French capital, is 25 minutes away.
The restaurant at Captain Oliver’s serves a seafood menu with French and Creole dishes and has a magnificent aquarium under its glass-bottomed floor so that you can admire the sharks, turtle and other sea-life while you eat. The marina is adjacent to Captain Oliver’s Resort, a charming, laid-back spot that has good facilities, including a fabulous swimming pool that functions as a human aquarium, and is an excellent place from which to begin your Oyster Pond yacht charter.
Things to Do:
- Visit Philipsburg and Marigot
- Relax at Dawn Beach
- Bars and restaurants