It’s hardly surprising that water-based tourism is number-one on St. Martin when there is so much water to enjoy.
A magical island resting like a picture book between the Atlantic Ocean and the Caribbean Sea, Saint Martin has something for everyone. Whether you’re here for swimming, sunbathing, sports or simply to relax, there’s room for everyone to find their own little piece of paradise.
The waters off the beaches of St Martin are clear and warm and perfect for exploring the local marine life with a snorkel and mask.
Water sports are by no means the only activities available on the island, but they are by far the most numerous. With surfing, windsurfing, wakeboarding, jet-skiing, kite surfing, water skiing, kayaking, sailing and deep-sea fishing on the menu, anyone looking to try out an extreme sport will find everything they are looking for on Saint Martin.The weather, water and air temperature (averaging between 77°F and 84°F)and dependable trade winds provide ideal conditions for all types of water sports all year round.
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St. Martin’s often dry subtropical climate means that it lays claim to exceptional flora and fauna, and the island makes continued efforts to protect it.
The contrast between lush vegetation and dry scrub on the island is striking.
Cactus, bougainvillea and flamboyant grow side by side with hibiscus, coconut palms and ferns in this beautiful setting.
Along the coastline and on the edges of the mangrove swamps, terns, frigatebirds, gannets, brown pelicans and other bird species coexist, while bananaquits and hummingbirds are frequent garden visitors.
Lizards and iguanas bask nonchalantly on the island’s sunny rocks.
To protect these priceless assets, a nature reserve was set up in 1998.
Situated in the north-east of the island, the reserve covers 3060 hectares of land and sea.
The reserve has been designated a special zone for the preservation of certain species. Sea turtles, large dolphins and humpback whales have begun to adopt the area as their hunting and breeding ground of choice. It is not unusual to see these animals between January and April.
In the interests of environmental protection, St Martin has stepped up its ecotourism efforts.
Hiking, pony-trekking, mountain biking, quadbiking and kayaking are a great way to discover the island without damaging its natural resources.
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• Spring Sugar plantation
• Saint-Jean plantation
• Pic Paradis
• Loterie Farm• Tijon Parfumerie
• Hope Estate archaeological site
• Nature Reserve
• Butterfly Farm• Grand-Case
• Border obelisk
• Philipsburg• Sint Maarten Park
• Sucker Garden salt factory
• Fort Amsterdam
• Fort Willem I
St. Martin, isle of picturesque villages.
The best way to discover the way of life and customs of Saint Martin is to take a stroll through its towns and its villages.
Marigot, the cosmopolitan capital of the French side, is home to all the local government departments. Here, boutiques and trendy restaurants sit side-by-side with traditional stalls. Don’t miss the colours, smells and buzz of the local market.
A former fishing village, Grand-Case has a unique Creole charm. Along its magnificent bay you will find a large number of restaurants in traditional huts and wattle houses.
In the remote village of Colombier, which is surrounded by nature on all sides, authenticity meets identity.
Having sprung up only recently in the last ten years, Orient Bay Village is considered one of the “musts” of the Caribbean.