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 thinking about sightseeing at a more leisurely pace, you will find 8 rental agencies that can help. Click on this link to see our page about bike and scooter rentals.
There are 5 dive operators and at least 17 interesting dive sites to choose from. If you need to get more information concerning diving opportunities in this area, can do so on this page.
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 you have some avid anglers traveling with you, they'll be pleased to know they can fish with one of the 9 charter operators in this area. To read more about this specific topic, read this guide, which discusses fishing in this area.
Enjoy playing golf? St. Martin isn't quite a golfer's paradise, but the area does have a course. The only course in the area is CuisinArt Resort Golf Course. For a more comprehensive look at golfing throughout St. Martin and Sint Maarten Island navigate to this page.
The following table provides you with information on local providers that can help you get out on the water.
|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're interested in learning about local marinas and charter options navigate 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 going to be traveling with some folks who enjoy shopping they might enjoy exploring a few of the 86 retail shops in the area. Click on this link to view our page regarding shopping in St. Martin.
Yet another great option for visitors is experiencing the area's sights and natural environment. The area has 7 historic sites and various other attractions of interest to visitors Travelers who enjoy natural surroundings frequently enjoy spending some time at the outdoor park and botanical garden. Those wanting to learn more about area sightseeing opportunities can do so by visiting this page.
Information about a firm that will help you have a great time sightseeing can be seen directly below.
|Corail Helicopteres Tours||(059) 069-8181||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 the idea of going snorkeling you'll be pleased to know you'll have the chance during your vacation in St. Martin. Click here to find our page about local snorkeling opportunities.
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 7 spas located in this area. You can obtain more information concerning this topic can do so 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 make your reservations at a hotel that has a tennis court. Fortunately, you can choose from 5 properties in the area that offer tennis.
The following list can help with your decision making process. At a glance, you can see the number of tennis courts on-site, whether lighting is offered, and some other details. Click on each name to read more about 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 instance, Belmond La Samanna is located directly on the beach, where you can go and relax between games.
Information about lots of other activities are summarized here:
|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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