Nature On St. Maarten
Despite being only 16 square miles in land area, St. Maarten has stunning natural profiles that continue to inspire breath-taking moments of visual perception.
Physically, the west end is an atoll of low land surrounding a lagoon while the east end is a range of conical hills.
Vegetation type differs per location so that evergreen seasonal forests are found at higher elevations in the central hills while drought deciduous and mixed evergreen deciduous thorn woodlands are abundant in the lower plains. The island has numerous bays, rocky shores and white sandy beaches with coastal vegetation and succulent evergreen shrubland. Mangroves line brackish ponds and parts of the Simpsonbay Lagoon.