Top ChoiceIsland in St-Martin

Îlet Pinel

This petite offshore islet is fab for a sun-soaked afternoon. Refreshingly undeveloped (it’s part of the Reserve Naturelle Saint Martin or St-Martin Nature Reserve), Pinel’s calm west-facing beach has excellent...

Top ChoiceNature Reserve in St-Martin

Loterie Farm

Loterie Farm is the brainchild of former actor Bill 'BJ' Welch who left the Hollywood rat race to turn a former plantation into a private nature reserve. You can explore the lush grounds on an easy 45-minute...

Top ChoiceBeach in Terres Basses

Baie Longue

Baie Longue embraces two splendid miles of white sand and rocky outcrops, making it a prime spot for long strolls and meditative sunsets. The impossibly clear turquoise waters are exceptionally calm. It’s 1.6km...

Beach in Friar’s Bay

Happy Bay

If you're looking for an off-the-beaten-track beach, head to the northernmost point of Friar's Bay beach and look for the dirt path that twists for 450m over a bumpy headland with great views of Anguilla to...

Beach in Anse Marcel

Petites Cayes

One of the island’s top hidden beaches, Petites Cayes is accessible via the Sentier des Froussards (Froussards Trail), a narrow, steep and rocky trail that traverses St-Martin's last unspoilt forest. Wear...

Ruins in Marigot

Fort Louis

It's a short but steep climb up to what's left of this once mighty fort, completed in 1789 under St-Martin's then-governor Jean Sebastian de Durat to protect the settlement of Marigot and its harbor warehouses...

Beach in Friar’s Bay

Friar's Bay Beach

Pretty and protected, this west-facing cove has two beach bars, chic Friar's Bay Beach Café and funky Kali’s Beach Bar, which hosts famous full-moon parties. Both rent sun chairs and umbrellas. The beach is...

Market in Marigot

Marigot Market

Although there are fewer vendors after Hurricane Irma, this colorful waterfront market is still worth a spin to browse for art, crafts and trinkets, pick up a bottle of local rum like the bark-infused Mauby or...

Beach in Anse Marcel

Anse Marcel

Protected by two large headlands, this gorgeous and wide white-sand beach with clear sapphire waters is calm and popular with families. Snorkeling is particularly good (and safe) here, especially around the...

Beach in St-Martin

Baie Nettlé

Sandy Ground is the long, narrow, curving strip of land that connects Marigot with the prestigious gated community of Terres Basses. Sandy Ground's settlement is hardly appealing (and a no-go area after dark),...

Museum in Marigot

Musée de Saint Martin

Clay figurines from 550 BC (the oldest discovered in the Antilles), Arawak-sculpted gemstones and shells and period photography are among the historical displays that bring the island's history to life at this...

Beach in Terres Basses

Baie Rouge

Named for the red-tinged color of the sand, Baie Rouge is a long, beautiful strand with good swimming. Although it's just 150m from the main road, it retains an inviting natural setting. For the best snorkeling,...

Beach in Terres Basses

Baie aux Prunes

A gently curving bay with polished shell-like grains of golden sand, Baie aux Prunes is popular for swimming and snorkeling when it's calm, and for surfing when the swell's up. There are neither facilities nor...