About St. Maarten

Life on St. Maarten is much like AUC's academic experience—both connect you to a vibrant, friendly and intimate community.

St. Maarten is vibrant, community-minded, exciting, friendly, and intimate. Island life provides an ideal setting for one of the best caribbean medical schools. Medical school students can get away from the stresses of everyday life and focus on their classes and medical preparation.


Life on the Island 

St. Maarten is an island in the Caribbean encompassing 37 square miles and located approximately 150 miles from Puerto Rico. St. Maarten is a constituent country within the Kingdom of the Netherlands. Although English is spoken everywhere on St. Maarten and the U.S. dollar is an accepted currency, the island as a whole retains many elements of its French and Dutch culture and heritage. St. Maarten’s central mountain range is complemented by pristine beaches, winding mountain roads, and small villages.

About St. Maarten Local Culture 

Living at AUC, you will learn about St. Maarten's exciting blend of Dutch, French, African, and American culture. With residents from more than 90 different nations, art and music from around the world, and cuisine ranging from French to Vietnamese to American fast food, daily life is as diverse and vibrant as you want it to be.

About St. Maarten Recreation and other Activities

The AUC campus overlooks St. Maarten’s beautiful Simpson Bay Lagoon and is adjacent to the 18-hole championship Mullet Bay Golf Course and Mullet Bay Beach. Our campus location enables AUC medical school students and their families to access stunning beaches, excellent diving, sailing and sports activities, and countless local markets and duty-free shopping.

With 37 beaches on St. Maarten, there is a beach for every square mile on the island. Some of the more popular beaches for medical school students and their families include Sunset Beach, Mullet Bay Beach, and Orient Beach, which are popular destinations for snorkeling, jet skiing, kite surfing, wind surfing, and parasailing. St. Maarten also features movie theaters, golf, and mini-golf.
Shopping is one of the most popular aspects about St. Maarten island, thanks in large part to the island’s completely duty free status. Whether you’re strolling down Front Street in Philipsburg, in a boutique in Marigot, or at a shopping center on the Dutch side of the island, you will enjoy great bargains on anything from cosmetics and jewelry to cigars and electronics. St. Maarten offers a vibrant nightlife scene featuring live entertainment venues and nightclubs.

Enjoy Cuisine from Around the World 

With more than 400 restaurants on the island, you could eat out every day of the year and never dine at the same place twice. In fact, with cuisine offerings that include first class French fare, Italian, Tex-Mex, Thai, Vietnamese, Indian, Japanese, Chinese, as well as local BBQ ribs and chicken, St. Maarten features the widest array of cuisine and prices of any other island in the world.

More information about St. Maarten and the Island

Please visit the official St. Maarten website for further ideas on recreation.