St-Martin attractions

Top Choice Island in St-Martin

Îlet Pinel

This little islet just 1km offshore is a great spot to spend a sun-soaked afternoon. Refreshingly undeveloped (it’s part of the Sint Maarten Marine Park), Pinel’s calm west-facing beach has good swimming and snorkel…
Ruins in Marigot

Fort Louis

In 1767 three gun batteries were placed up on top of this hill. In 1789 Fort Louis was constructed by St-Martin's then-governor Jean Sebastian de Durat to protect Marigot's harbor warehouses storing rum, salt, coffe…
Museum in Orient Beach

Butterfly Farm

Wear bright colors to attract the butterflies fluttering around giant plants and a forested canopy at this mesh-encased farm. As practical as it is magical, here you can learn about chrysalis stages and how cocoons …
Market in Marigot

Produce Market

The twice-weekly produce market on Marigot’s waterfront has tropical fruit such as passionfruit and bananas, root vegetables, goat's meat and chicken, and freshly caught fish from the surrounding waters. Local rums …
Beach in St-Martin

Baie Nettlé

Sandy Ground is the long, narrow, curving strip of land that extends west from Marigot between the coast and Simpson Bay Lagoon. Sandy Ground's settlement is not particularly appealing (and a no-go area after dark),…
Museum in Marigot

Musée de Saint Martin Antilles

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 small…
Beach in Anse Marcel

Petites Cayes

One of the island’s top hidden beaches, Petites Cayes is accessible via a small, 2.5km-long trail that begins just south of the marina off Rue de l'Anse Marcel; follow it along the rugged headland past flowering Pop…
Beach in Terres Basses

Baie Longue

Baie Longue embraces two splendid miles of seemingly endless white sand and rocky outcrops, making it a great place for long strolls and enjoying quiet sunsets. The impossibly clear turquoise waters are exceptionall…
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, swi…
Beach in Friar’s Bay

Happy Bay

Head to the northernmost point of Friar's Bay's beach and you’ll discover a dirt path that twists for 450m over a bumpy headland to the perfectly deserted Happy Bay. Equidistant from bustling Marigot and Grand Case,…