Top 10 things to do in St. Martin:
1. Go to a casino
There’s nothing quite as glamorous as visiting a European-style casino on St. Martin, and there are a lot of the here on both the French and Dutch sides of the islands. It’s a chance to dress up nicely, have a few drinks, and rub shoulders with the high rollers. But know when to quit.
2. Go fishing
St. Martin is one of the top fishing spots in the world. Blue Marlin, Skip Jack Tuna, Yellow Fin Tuna, Mahi Mahi, King Fish, Baracuda and so much more abound in the waters surrounding the island. There are a variety of fishing charters and game fish guides for everyone from the recreational to the most experienced fishermen.
3. Take a snorkel trip to Creole Rock
Creole Rock is very popular, and is said to be the most varied and rewarding snorkeling site in and around Grand Case area. It’s possible to swim to Creole Rock by swimming from the beach, but the distance and boat traffic make swimming out slightly risky. Instead, most snorkelers make the trip out by boat from Grand Case Beach Club with Sebastian and Ben.
4. Eat at a Lolo
“Lolo” is the local nickname for the dozens of small, independent eateries, sometimes right on the beach or side of the road on St. Martin. Never far from the water, Lolos are pleasantly informal, usually featuring nothing more than picnic tables, plastic plates and cutlery. And tremendously tasty food.
5. Go swimming at Orient Beach
One of the top attractions on St. Martin, Orient Beach is a little on the wild side with stronger breezes and more waves than the more sheltered Leeward side of St. Martin. There are many places to rent chairs and umbrellas, plus plenty of water fun, including jet skis, giant trampolines on the water, parasailing…
6. Watch the planes come in
Travel to Maho Beach and watch the planes land at the airport. Probably one of the most famous attractions on the island.
7. Visit Loterie Farm
Loterie Farm is a secret hideaway nestled in the hillside of Pic Paradis on French Saint Martin where you can wine, dine, climb, hike and glide over the treetop canopy. It is truly an eco-tourism and gastronomical experience you’re not likely to forget or find elsewhere.
8. Visit Philipsburg on the Dutch side of the island
Philipsburg may be only four streets deep and one mile long, but it contains everything that anyone, and especially a tourist, needs. All St Maarten is duty-free, but Philipsburg has shop after shop each trying to outdo the others offering electronics, alcohol, jewelry, linens, perfume, and more.
9. Take a dive trip to Saba
Saba itself, like St. Martin’s neighbor Sint Maarten, is a Dutch territory, the “smallest municipality of the Netherlands.” It lies about 50 kilometers to the southeast of the island of St. Martin, and is accessible by plane and by boat. It takes about 90 minutes to reach Saba from St. Martin. It features the best diving in the Caribbean.
10. Relax on the beach at Grand Case Beach Club
Need we say more about what to do in St. Martin?