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If you feel like escaping from your hotel, here's a list of 5 things to do in St. Martin:
1. Climb Up to Fort St. Louis
Fort St. Louis, overlooking Marigot Bay, is the most expansive historical site in St.Martin, French West Indies. Named after a crusading king of France, the fort was originally built in 1767 to protect Marigot from foreign invaders including the Dutch, the British and even pirates! The steep climb up to the summit provides an incredible view of the island and the sea surrounding it.
2. Stroll Through Marigot Market
On Wednesday and Saturday mornings an open-air market is set up along the harbour in Marigot, and it's a great chance to learn more about (and buy!) a colorful array of homegrown produce, tropical fruits and spices, and freshly caught fish. It is a perfect opportunity for mingling, people watching, and just sampling the food.
3. Visit St. Martin Museum
Located at the southern end of Marigot, this a museum showcases St.Martin's rich European and Caribbean history and culture, including a collection of pre-Colombian artifacts provided by Hope Estate Archaeological Society. Catch a glimpse of a 1,500 year old burial mound, as well as objects dating back to 1800 BC.
4. Scale Paradise Peak
Pic Paradis dominates the center of St. Martin. At 1,400 feet, Paradise Peak is the highest point on the whole island. At the top there are two observation decks, which provide a spectacular view of the scenery and tropical forest below.
5. Discover the French Quarter (Orleans)
The quiet little fishing village of Orleans, also called the French Quarter, is located on the eastern side of the island just north of the border with St.Maarten (the Dutch Side). It was the original settlement of the French in St.Martin and some of the original seventeenth-century structures are still preserved here. This part of the island has not been developed extensively, so much of the old atmosphere has remained unspoiled. There are only a few residences here today, together with a few small shops.
Stayed tuned for more things to do in St. Martin!