Saint Martin is one of the Caribbean’s most beautiful islands. The island is distinctly split into a French side and Dutch side, each offering a totally different vacation experience than the other. The French side known as Saint Martin is full of European charm and style. This side is quieter than its Dutch neighbor and offers a more peaceful, slowed down vacation experience. Here are the best things to do in Saint Martin!
Watersports at Baie Longue
Baie Longue spans two miles of beautiful beach. The beautiful white sand makes it a great spot to take a long stroll and enjoy the turquoise ocean. Water sports are a highly popular on the island, so this is a more secluded area to try out something new! Snorkelling at Baie Longue in calm water is a great activity to do with the whole family.
Shopping in Marigot
Marigot is the capital of St. Martin’s French side and a visit here is perfect for a daytime activity. The town has a charming promenade along the waterfront lined with attractions. Many luxury boutiques have opened here, including some of the world’s famous French designers. After a day of shopping there are several traditional creole restaurants to enjoy.
The National Nature Reserve of Saint Martin
The gorgeous local nature reserve is located on the island’s east coast. It’s an utterly breathtaking place covering over 3000 hectares of land and sea. The onshore portion of the reserve features beaches, cliffs, and coasts that are home to lots of wildlife. Rare tropical birds, iguanas, and sea turtles are just a few of the species roaming this beautiful haven.
The Butterfly Farm
The Butterfly Farm is one of the best things to do in St. Martin for a nature lover. This was the first greenhouse dedicated to a butterfly sanctuary in the Caribbean. Hundreds of butterflies call the 900m room home, and fly freely amongst a tropical garden, waterfalls, and ponds. The soundtrack of Japanese music creates the ultimate soothing experience.
Dining in Grand Case
Grand Case is a local village that has preserved its original authenticity. The homes have been preserved and transport you to a past century. Gourmet dining is what attracts thousands of guests to the village each year. The Boulevard de Grand Case is lined with tradition eateries and makes for a romantic nighttime activity for couples visiting the island.