What to Do in Saint Martin
Saint Martin is a beautiful and unique little island in the Caribbean. Its main claim to fame is that it is the smallest island in the world that is divided into two countries! Its 37 square miles are split into a northern French half and a southern Dutch half. The border is easily crossed without any fanfare or passports, so you can visit two countries in a single day without a hassle. Besides this interesting political aspect, Saint Martin also has plenty of fun and relaxation to offer. If you’re looking for an island that has everything, look no further! Here is what you can do on Saint Martin.
Saint Martin has several hikes on both sides of the island. A few of them are hard to find, but if you get your hands on the brochure map that outlines walking paths, you’ll be good to go. The most popular hike is a trek to the highest peak on the island, Pic Paradis. Go to Loterie Farm, a repurposed plantation, to hike through this rainforest trail and get a glimpse of the wild monkeys.
No matter what kind of water sport you enjoy, Saint Martin probably offers it. Surfing is popular on the island, particularly at Le Galion Beach, where you can get lessons. There are also plenty of Jet Ski, scuba, and snorkel opportunities. Be sure to snorkel at Baie Rouge on a calm day.
Rumor has it that there are 37 beaches on the island of Saint Martin, but I’ve only counted 34. Still, that’s a lot of beaches! The most famous is the airplane beach in Maho, where you can see jets flying in for landing just above your head. Great Bay is popular for it touristy scene, while Mullet Bay is great for fun and adventure. Go to Orient Bay to relax, or take a walk to discover the hidden Petites Cayes Beach.
Nightlife and Dining
Saint Martin is known for its nightlife and dining. With food influences from all over the world, you’ll be sure to find something you love! There is also plenty to do after the sun goes down. You can party at Tantra, the most popular club on the island.
Saint Martin has some awesome duty-free shopping. Downtown Philipsburg’s Front Street is the most famous place to get jewelry, rum, and souvenirs. You can also hit up the daily market in Marigot for fresh produce and touristy items.
Historical, Cultural, and Natural Experiences
A few other interesting places to see are the Roland Richardson art gallery in Marigot, the historic forts in Marigot and Philipsburg, and the Parotte Ville Bird Park in Middle Region. Don’t forget to stop to meet the creator of Yoda at the That Yoda Guy Museum in Philipsburg!