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 ChoiceBar in Grand Case

Blue Martini

Casual and boisterous, the Blue Martini serves French Caribbean bites but is really more the perfect end-of-day destination for quick mood enhancers or dedicated drink-a-thons. The vibe kicks up a notch when...

Top ChoiceBarbecue in Grand Case

Lolos

The most famous of St-Martin's Creole lolos is a cluster of a half dozen or so open kitchens where ribs, cod fritters, lobster, chicken and stuffed crabs are fire-tickled to perfection on big grills. Sides such...

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...

Top ChoiceCreole in Marigot

Les Délices Créoles

For a down-to-earth local experience, head to this bustling kitchen that often sells out long before the official closing time. Best drop by around noon for the best selection of the daily feast that might...

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...

French in Grand Case

Le Pressoir

Named for the giant salt press outside and ensconced in a rare traditional Creole house from 1871, Le Pressoir stands for sophisticated dining with a relaxed undercurrent. Chef Alexis creates a rotating...

French in Grand Case

Le Temps de Cerises

With its rustic-elegant beach-villa vibe – complete with hanging chairs, overstuffed pillows on a wooden bench and a stilted terrace above the sand – this restaurant is almost too good-looking. Thankfully,...

Bar in Orient Beach

Stachy's Hut

Ask any St-Martin resident about Stachy's Hut and their eyes start rolling as they recall – mistily – nights spent partying at this rollicking joint on the road to Pinel Island. Larger-than-life Stachy and his...

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...

Bar in Orient Beach

Bikini Beach

The post-Irma incarnation of this long-running beach bar exudes a relaxed yet elegant vibe. Savor tropical drinks and Caribbean-French bites like snapper baked in banana leaf (mains €16 to €26) on its stone deck...

Bar in Friar’s Bay

Kali's Beach Bar

Painted in Rastafarian reds, greens and yellows, Kali's has hammocks strung between coconut palms. Renowned island-wide for potent rum punches (some using house-made bush rum), it also serves cooked breakfast,...

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...

International in Orient Beach

Kkô Beach Bar & Restaurant

The chicest of the resurrected beach clubs on Orient Bay, Kkô (pronounced 'kakao') delivers toes-in-sand bliss shaded by thatch-roofed beach beds and a thicket of cobalt-blue umbrellas. The kitchen is helmed by a...

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...