When planning a trip to the Caribbean, most people imagine themselves lying on the beach with the sun beating down on them and a fruity drink in hand. While this is a great way to spend your St. Martin trip, there is plenty to do for those who envision a more exciting vacation.
If you are intrigued by the idea of seeing the sights at a slower pace, you will find 8 rental agencies that can help you. Take advantage of this extended discussion regarding bike and scooter rentals if you'd like to find additional specifics.
You'll find 5 dive services and at least 17 interesting dive sites to choose from. If you'd like to get comprehensive information concerning scuba diving in this area, can do so here.
Attending an event and festival during your St. Martin vacation is a great way to experience local culture, sample local food, and purchase locally made souvenirs. For a glimpse at a celebration unique to the Caribbean, visit St. Martin during Carnaval season, which occurs in February. Click here to read more about St. Martin's events and festivals.
The waters off the coast of St. Martin are really great for deep sea, big game fishing. If you're an angler at heart, you won't want to miss the opportunity to pull in a big catch like dolphin, marlin, or wahoo. You can rent your own boat and head out on the waters on your own, or take part in a fishing tour, where the company will often cook your fish for you to eat upon your arrival back at shore.
If there are some experienced anglers vacationing with you, they're in luck -- 9 charter fishing services operate from this area. For more in formation concerning deep sea fishing in this area, click here.
If you or someone traveling with you likes to play golf you probably realize St. Martin isn't exactly paved with golf greens from end to end. Still, there's one place to be aware of. The only course in the area is CuisinArt Resort Golf Course. To learn about more golf courses throughout St. Martin and Sint Maarten Island, go to this article.
More information concerning firms that will help you get out on the water can be seen right below.
|Keloa Private Tours||(069) 088-2054||Anse Marcel, 3.2 mi. Northeast of Central St. Martin|
|SXM St. Martin Catamarans Charters||(069) 039-7457||Griselle, 3.1 mi. East-Northeast of Central St. Martin|
|Scoobidoo||(059) 029-1576||Marigot, 3.2 mi. Northeast of Central St. Martin|
|(059) 087-4345||Downtown Marigot, 1.3 mi. West of Central St. Martin|
If you'd like to read about marinas and charter operators go to this page.
Shopping in St. Martin is duty free, which means travelers are exempt from paying customs taxes on the items when they return home. There are so many great deals to be had that people often hop a ferry to the island strictly for a day of shopping when they are on vacation in other Caribbean islands.
If you're vacationing with some shopping aficionados they can "discover" a few of the area's 86 retail stores. Click to visit our article concerning shopping in St. Martin.
Another great option is simply enjoying the area's sights and natural beauty. Among other sights, the area has 7 historic sites and various other attractions of interest to travelers. Visitors who enjoy being outside frequently enjoy visiting the outdoor park and botanical garden. Those wanting to get more information about area sightseeing opportunities can do so here.
Information about a firm that can help you have a great time enjoying the local sights can be found here:
|Corail Helicopteres Tours||(0059) 0590 698181||Grand-Case, 2.1 mi. Northeast of Central St. Martin|
|(059) 087-8469||Central St. Martin|
|(059) 087-5620||Central St. Martin|
|(059) 087-9691||Downtown Marigot, 1.3 mi. West of Central St. Martin|
|(059) 087-3016||French Cul de Sac, 2.1 mi. East of Central St. Martin|
|Trisport Marigot||(059) 087-0891||Marigot|
|(059) 087-0558||Downtown Marigot, 1.3 mi. West of Central St. Martin|
|(059) 087-2561||French Cul de Sac, 2.1 mi. East of Central St. Martin|
If you like to snorkel you're in luck -- you can easily find places to do so while vacationing in St. Martin. To read more about snorkeling opportunities, read this page.
Relaxing for a few hours in a spa could be one of the most enjoyable parts of your vacation. Spa-goers will find plenty of options, since there are 7 spas located in this area. You can find out more concerning this topic can do so by clicking here.
Rather than spending the day covered in sand, another way to experience St. Martin's beaches is by getting out in the water. Swimming through the crystal clear waters of the Caribbean Sea is like nothing you'll ever experience, and many vacationers choose to take their exploration a step further. By renting some snorkeling equipment, or going on a scuba or snuba tour, you can catch a glimpse of what life under the water's surface is like. You can get an up-close and personal look at coral reef, marine life, and even a few sunken ships.
Staying active is important to many vacationers, and there are plenty of sports available in St. Martin to help them keep in shape. Hiking and biking around the island are great ways to get in some exercise, as well as see the sites. Swimming is another great option.
If you prefer to watch sports rather than participate in them, there are a number of options. St. Martin has a wide variety of athletic programs, including baseball, basketball, soccer, volleyball, and track and field teams. Regardless of when you choose to visit, there is always one sport or another in season.
If you play tennis regularly, you're in luck here as well. Many resorts on the island have tennis courts that are available to guests as part of their room cost, and some even offer a few hours of instruction. Golfers don't have quite as much luck as tennis players, as there is only one golf course on the island and it is in St. Maarten rather than St. Martin.
If you'd like to play some tennis during your visit you might want to stay at a hotel that has a tennis court. Fortunately, there are 5 properties in the area that offer tennis.
The table below highlights some key facts. Included is the number of tennis courts on-site, whether lighting is available for evening play, and a few other details. Click on each name to learn more details concerning the property.
|Property||Location||Tennis Courts||Lit Courts||Tennis Pro|
|Belmond La Samanna||Las Terres Basses, 4.0 mi. West of Central St. Martin||3|
|Hotel La Plantation||Mont Vemon, 3.0 mi. Northeast of Central St. Martin||2|
|La Plantation Orient Bay Resort||Griselle, 2.9 mi. East-Northeast of Central St. Martin||2|
|Club Orient Resort||Orient Bay, 3.3 mi. East of Central St. Martin||2|
|Marquis Boutique Hotel||Anse Marcel, 2.9 mi. Northeast of Central St. Martin||4|
For example, Belmond La Samanna is located directly on the beach, where you can go and relax between games.
Information concerning lots of other activities are listed directly below.
|Bayside Riding Club||Horseback Riding Site||(590) 557-6822||2.9 mi. East of Central St. Martin|
|Bubble Watersport||Watersports Operator||(059) 087-6043||Sandy Ground, 3.1 mi. West-Southwest of Central St. Martin|
|Go-Cart Raceways and Rentals||(069) 074-3565||Grand-Case|
|Fitness Centers and Instructors||(059) 077-1272||Marigot|
|Amusement/Theme Park||--||Central St. Martin|
|Kontiki Watersport||Watersports Operator||(059) 087-4327||Orient Bay, 3.3 mi. East of Central St. Martin|
|Movie Theater||(059) 087-7602||Sandy Ground, 2.7 mi. West-Southwest of Central St. Martin|
|Fitness Centers and Instructors||(059) 087-0086||Sandy Ground, 1.7 mi. West-Southwest of Central St. Martin|
|Wind Adventures||Watersports Operator||(059) 029-4157||Griselle, 3.2 mi. East of Central St. Martin|
And this is just the tip of the ice berg. Available activities in St. Martin extend beyond what is listed here, as you'll learn as you get out and explore the island. You may not know exactly where your vacation will take you, but with an open mind you are sure to enjoy the journey.
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