Activities in St. Martin

Get off that beach blanket and explore St. Martin

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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.

Bike and Scooter Rental

If you are considering feeling the wind on your face as you move along, there are several rental agencies that can help you. You can go to this extended discussion which is all about bike and scooter rentals if you need additional facts.

Diving

St. Martin Diving

You'll find 5 dive services and at least 17 interesting dive sites in the area. You can read this article which is all about scuba diving in this area if you want to find out additional specifics.

Events and Festivals

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.

Fishing

St. Martin Fishing

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.

Fishing is popular in this area, as indicated by the presence of 5 charter fishing services that operate from this area. Go to this page dedicated to fishing in the area if you need more information.

Golf

Hoping you can spend some time on the greens during your vacation? St. Martin isn't exactly overrun with golf greens, but there is one course in the area. The only course in the area is CuisinArt Resort Golf Course. To learn about more golf courses throughout St. Martin and Sint Maarten Island, click here.

Sailing and Boating

St. Martin Sailing and Boating

Take a moment to read the chart below for a list of local providers that can enable you to spend some time out on the open water.

Boating Opportunities In And Around St. Martin
Name Phone Location Island
Calypso Charters (246) 584-8504 6.9 mi. North of Central St. Martin Anguilla
CaptainJo Boat Charter (069) 074-7001 Grand-Case, 2.4 mi. North-Northeast of Central St. Martin the island of St. Martin and Sint Maarten
Keloa Private Tours (069) 088-2054 Anse Marcel, 3.2 mi. Northeast of Central St. Martin the island of St. Martin and Sint Maarten
Scoobidoo (059) 029-1576 Marigot, 3.2 mi. Northeast of Central St. Martin the island of St. Martin and Sint Maarten
Voyager Charters (059) 087-4345 Downtown Marigot, 1.3 mi. West of Central St. Martin the island of St. Martin and Sint Maarten

If you want to read about local marinas and charter options visit this page.

Shopping

La Boheme

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 people who love to shop they can explore a few of the 68 retail shops in the area. Click here to view our discussion of shopping in St. Martin.

Sightseeing

Border Obelisk

Another popular activity is to soak in the area's interesting sights. The area's sights include 7 historic sites and various other attractions of interest to travelers. Nature enthusiasts will probably have fun visiting the outdoor park and botanical garden. For a more detailed look at this specific topic, go to this guide, which discusses area sightseeing opportunities and attractions.

Information about a firm that can show you the most interesting local sights can be seen below.

Sightseeing Services In St. Martin
Name Phone Location
R & J Tours (059) 087-5620 Central St. Martin
Rising Sun Tours (059) 087-9691 Downtown Marigot, 1.3 mi. West of Central St. Martin
Saint Martin Evasion (059) 087-1360 Marigot
Transco (059) 087-3016 French Cul de Sac, 2.1 mi. East of Central St. Martin
Trisport Marigot (059) 087-0891 Marigot
Winston Sightseeing Tours (059) 087-2561 French Cul de Sac, 2.1 mi. East of Central St. Martin

Snorkeling

St. Martin Snorkeling

If you love to snorkel you're in luck -- you can easily find places to do so while vacationing in St. Martin. To learn more about snorkeling opportunities, click here.

Spas

St. Martin Spas

Relaxing in a spa could be one of the most enjoyable parts of your vacation. It shouldn't be hard to find a spa you like, considering that there are 7 spas that operate in this area. To read a more detailed discussion of this specific topic, go to this page, about your options for visiting a spa in this area.

Sports

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.

Tennis

Belmond La Samanna

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 like to play tennis your best bet is to stay at a hotel with a tennis court. Fortunately, you can choose from 5 properties in the area that offer tennis.

The following information may help with you make a decision. At a glance, you'll see the number of courts available, whether lighting is available for evening play, and a few other details. Click on the names to read about other aspects of the property.

Accommodations with Tennis In St. Martin
Property Location Tennis Courts Lit Courts Tennis Pro
Belmond La Samanna Las Terres Basses, 4.0 mi. West of Central St. Martin 3 check
Hotel La Plantation Mont Vemon, 3.0 mi. Northeast of Central St. Martin 2 check
La Plantation Orient Bay Resort Griselle, 2.9 mi. East-Northeast of Central St. Martin 2 check
Club Orient Resort Orient Bay, 3.3 mi. East of Central St. Martin 2 check
Marquis Boutique Hotel Anse Marcel, 2.9 mi. Northeast of Central St. Martin 4 check

For instance, Belmond La Samanna is located directly on the beach, where you can go and relax between games.

Other Activities

Information concerning many other activities are shown in the table below.

Other Activities In St. Martin
Name Type Phone Location
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
Coconut Tree's Go-Kart Go-Cart Raceways and Rentals (069) 074-3565 Grand-Case
Future Fitness Center Fitness Centers and Instructors (059) 077-1272 Marigot
Kontiki Watersport Watersports Operator (059) 087-4327 Orient Bay, 3.3 mi. East of Central St. Martin
M.J.C. Sandy Ground Movie Theater (059) 087-7602 Sandy Ground, 2.7 mi. West-Southwest of Central St. Martin
Sea Breeze Fitness Club 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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