Attractions in St. Martin

Saint Martin has plenty of natural, historical, and modern attractions

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There are a plethora of incredible attractions to take in on the dual-nation island of Saint Martin and Sint Maarten. The French side of the island, St. Martin, has been through a great deal, giving it a rich history and plenty of landmarks to visit when you're not exploring its natural beauty.


Orient Beach

One can't forget the number one reason tourists visit the Caribbean islands on their vacations: the beaches! Fringing both sides of the island are 30 beaches, each with a distinct personality. No matter which beach you visit, you will experience breathtaking vistas, particularly at sunrise and sunset, and find plenty to keep you occupied. Active visitors will find opportunities to swim, wind surf, parasail, and scuba dive among other water sports; while the more relaxed vacationers can lie in the sand baking in the sun, or spend some time combing the beaches for a natural souvenir. For a real treat, plan on a diving excursion to see the wreckage of the HMS Proselyte, which sank just south of Great Bay in 1801.

There are a large selection of beaches to consider in the area. Regardless of whether you prefer people watching, or you'd rather find a more secluded spot, you should be able to find just the right beach. Click on each beach name for more information concerning that part of the coast.

A beach scene with snorkeling is Orient Beach. Orient Beach is one of St. Martin's most laid back beaches. It might be because it is a clothing optional beach.

Another good choice for those who enjoy snorkeling is Ilet Pinel. Although Ilet Pinel is on a small island off of St. Martin. It's a favorite day trip of visitors to St. Martin and has great hiking and sightseeing.

Grande-Case Beach: You can walk right up to this beach with no trouble, but you'll have to park at one of the adjacent businesses, then find your way through the beachfront shops and villas.

St. Martin has a wider range of beaches to choose from. Visit this extended discussion if you want to find some more information.

Landmark Attractions

Border Obelisk

Die-hard history buffs will find plenty to explore on this island, which changed hands quite a bit during its colonial history. For example, both the French and Dutch occupied Fort Louis, which was named for the French Emperor Louis XIV. Meanwhile, sandwiched between Orient Beach and Quartier d'Orleans is The Old House, a historic sugar plantation that is open to the public Tuesday through Sunday.

Musée de Saint-Martin is a museum The museum is open Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

If you are looking to do more sight-seeing, visit The Old House. It is found within St. Martin. There are several exhibits inside the Old House Museum that offer a broad range of information. Visitors will find exhibits showing the history of the region and the island, including the Columbus expeditions and early colonization, as well as an entire exhibit dedicated to the advertisement history of rum.

Musee Des Coquillages: One of the largest shell museums in the world, Musee Des Coquillages has over 5000 shells. They feature shells from extinct animals, general sea shells, as well as art made from some of the shells they have found.

These examples are just a few of the places worth checking out For a more comprehensive look at other enjoyable places to visit this specific topic, visit this article about other sites worth seeing in St. Martin.

Natural Attractions

Loterie Farm Nature Reserve

...hike various levels of terrain...


Nature-lovers vacationing in St. Martin can easily get outdoors and discover the wonders that Mother Nature has equipped the island with. Numerous trails allow you to hike various levels of terrain, with a trek to Paradise Peak at the top of the must-do list. Visitors may also choose between visiting a nature park, a nature reserve, and a marine reserve.

Loterie Farm Nature Reserve is one of the most enjoyable natural attractions. This protected area is the largest on the island and a prime spot for any eco-tourist that find themselves in Saint Martin. The park offers numerous eco-orientated activities that will allow guests to enjoy the more natural side of the island.

The Butterfly Farm is another outdoor attraction you might enjoy. If you are mystified by the tender and swift nature of the butterfly, then the Butterfly Farm is for you. Here, you can tour a tropical rainforest setting and interact with this creatures as they fly freely and often land right on the shoulders, hair, or hands of guests.

Of course, there are many other natural attractions. To read our detailed guide to natural attractions in and around St. Martin, go to this page.

With so many varied choices of activities, you're sure to find a way to spend your vacation on St. Martin doing exactly what you'd like. Spend a day in the sun, or stay out all night - the choice is yours.


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