What To Do in St. Martin

Bicycles on Grand Case Beach in St. Martin

Traveling is a great way to step back and recharge creative batteries. When the temperatures drop in January, I always dream of sunny skies and sandy beaches. My most recent beach experience was a trip I took with two friends to the island of Sint Maarten. If you’re planning an island vacation, Sint Maarten is a great place to visit. Keep reading for trip highlights and recommendations.

Sint Maarten is a fascinating place, in part because the island is divided into two territories: the south side belongs to the Netherlands, while the north side (called St. Martin) belongs to France. In Sint Maarten, people primarily speak English, but in St. Martin, the preferred language is French.

 


Mullet Bay

We stayed with a friend at an apartment just a short walk from the beach at Mullet Bay. We visited all the major beaches during our time there, but Mullet Bay was my favorite because it was quiet, perfect for reading, snorkeling, and playing with our friend’s dog, Sully.

Walking to Mullet Bay from our apartment
Walking to Mullet Bay from our apartment
Our friend's dog on Mullet Bay, Sint Martin
Sully loved the beach!
Grand Case

We sought out several French beaches as well. Grand Case is a famous beach on the French side, and there were plenty of restaurants, water sports, and other tourist attractions within walking distance. We saw lots of people riding bikes through the town, fishing on the pier, and even a group of kids petting a horse in the ocean.

Bicycles on Grand Case Beach in St. Martin

Horses on the beach near Grand Case
Horses on the beach near Grand Case
Locals sell souvenirs at Grand Case
Locals sell souvenirs at Grand Case
Marigot

Marigot is the capital of the French side, and is home to the most delicious pastry shops. The menus are all in French, but most people also understand English. Banana Cafe is a great spot in Marigot for crepes and freshly made juices.

The harbor in Marigot
The harbor in Marigot
Banana Cafe in Marigot
Banana Cafe is a must-visit for crepes and juice!
Adding our dot to the map in Banana Cafe
Adding our dot to the map in Banana Cafe
Walking (getting lost) in Marigot
Walking (getting lost) in Marigot
Pic Paradis

Finally, if you’re going to St. Martin, it’s worth your time to visit Loterie Farm, located on the French side. A former sugar plantation, it has been transformed to a beautiful nature reserve with hiking, ziplining, and an on-site restaurant and pool. You can hike Pic Paradis, the highest point on the island, for a great view of the beaches and beyond.

Loterie Farm in St. Martin
Loterie Farm in St. Martin
Beautiful patterns on the trees at Loterie Farm
Beautiful patterns on the trees at Loterie Farm
Hiking Pic Paradis
Hiking Pic Paradis

Hiking Pic Paradis was the perfect end to a relaxing trip. Did I miss something in my recommendations? Are you planning any upcoming trips? I’d love to hear about them in the comments!

Published by Alex Hughes

I am a graphic designer from Dallas who loves printmaking, travel, illustration, soccer, and psychology. I love personality tests too--I'm an INFP married to an ENFJ.

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