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 seeing the sights at a slower pace, there are a variety of different rental agencies that can help make it happen. Click on this link to view our extended discussion of bike and scooter rentals.

Diving

St. Martin Diving

You'll find 5 dive operators and at least 17 interesting dive sites to choose from. To get more information about scuba diving in this area see this page.

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.

Plenty of fishermen frequent the area, as indicated by the presence of 9 charter fishing services in this area. Click to find our extended discussion of this topic.

Golf

If you or someone in your group enjoys playing golf you probably realize St. Martin isn't exactly flooded with golf greens. However, there's one place to be aware of. The only course in the area is CuisinArt Resort Golf Course. For more details about this specific topic, go to this page, about golf throughout St. Martin and Sint Maarten Island.

Sailing and Boating

St. Martin Sailing and Boating

Check out the following chart for a listing of firms that will help you enjoy some time on the water.

Boating Opportunities In St. Martin
Name Phone Location
Bubba Charters (059) 049-7980 Marigot
Caraibes Sport Boats (059) 087-8938 Marigot
Keloa Private Tours (069) 088-2054 Anse Marcel, 3.2 mi. Northeast of Central St. Martin
Scoobidoo (059) 029-1576 Marigot, 3.2 mi. Northeast of Central St. Martin
Voyager Charters (059) 087-4345 Downtown Marigot, 1.3 mi. West of Central St. Martin

If you want to find out about local marinas and charter options see 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 going to be traveling with some folks who enjoy window shopping they might enjoy visiting some of the area's 86 retail stores. Click to find our page concerning shopping in St. Martin.

Sightseeing

Border Obelisk

Yet another popular activity is simply enjoying the area's interesting sights. The area features 7 historic sites and various other attractions of interest to visitors Assuming you like being outside are likely to have a good time at the outdoor park and botanical garden. For a more comprehensive look at this specific topic, visit this article about area sightseeing opportunities and attractions.

Details concerning a firm that can show you the most interesting local sights can be seen below.

Sightseeing Services In St. Martin
Name Phone Location
Corail Helicopteres Tours (0059) 0590 698 181 Grand-Case, 2.1 mi. Northeast of Central St. Martin
Esperanza Transports (059) 087-8469 Central St. Martin
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
Van Putten (059) 087-0558 Downtown Marigot, 1.3 mi. West of Central St. Martin
Winston Sightseeing Tours (059) 087-2561 French Cul de Sac, 2.1 mi. East of Central St. Martin

Snorkeling

Corail Helicopteres Tours

If you like to go snokeling you're in luck -- you'll have plenty of chances to do so while vacationing in St. Martin. To read our full guide to local snorkeling opportunities, click here.

Spas

Relaxing for a few hours 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, since there are 6 spas located in this area. To find out about other the options, follow this link.

Sports

Maps

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'd like to play some tennis during your visit you might want to stay at a hotel that has a tennis court. Fortunately, you can choose from 5 properties in the area that offer tennis.

The information that follows can help clarify your options. You can view the number of tennis courts on-site, whether lighting is available for evening play, and some other helpful details. Click on the names to learn more about 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 example, Belmond La Samanna is located directly on the beach, where you can go and relax between games.

Other Activities

The following chart lists some key facts regarding other activities.

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
Go Karts! Amusement/Theme Park -- Central St. Martin
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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