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.
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 number of beaches to enjoy in the area. Whether you prefer being around other people, or you prefer having more of the sand to yourself, you should find some appealing options. Click on the name of each beach for a detailed review of that section of the coast.
A nice beach where snorkeling is popular is Orient Beach. On the east side of the island, this beach is heavily developed and the best way to access this beach is to park at one of the restaurants that line the shore.
Another good option for snorkelers is Ilet Pinel. Bring your mask and fins because this is a great beach for snorkeling. Beautiful paths wind through the inland side of the beach and umbrellas abound for enjoying shade on the shoreline.
Grande-Case Beach: This gently sloping beach popular for its great snorkeling spots, especially near Creole Rock. It is a heavily developed area near the airport, so you can't forget about civilization here.
St. Martin includes many other beaches to choose from. To read our page about beaches, visit this page.
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 Musee de Saint-Martin provides visitors with the opportunity to learn about the history of St. Martin. Exhibits begin with a discussion of how life was on the island for the Arawak people, and moves towards how that all changed when Europeans discovered the island.
Another interesting landmark worth visiting is The Old House. It is found in St. Martin. While the Museum is closed on Monday and Saturday, it is open on the other five days of the week from 10:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m.
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 are only a few of the options worth consideration If you need to obtain more information concerning other interesting places to visit in St. Martin by going to this page.
Do you hope to enjoy more of your vacation out in the fresh air? You may be happy to learn the area has a nice nature preserve available.
Loterie Farm Nature Reserve is a popular nature preserve found in the heart of St. Martin. 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.
|Loterie Farm Nature Reserve||Nature Sanctuary/Wildlife Reserve||Central St. Martin||the island of St. Martin and Sint Maarten|
Although most vacationers have heard about the beaches, those aren't the only way to enjoy the natural wonders available. Areas near St. Martin multiple options, including two caves.
The following table shows some details concerning caves.
|Cave||10.0 mi. North-Northeast of Central St. Martin|
|Cave||14.6 mi. North-Northeast of Central St. Martin|
Vacationers can visit the local park, as well as a botanical garden in and around St. Martin.
If you enjoy tropical vegetation, you might want to visit The Butterfly Farm, which is found within St. Martin. The most important part of your visit at the Butterfly Farm will be a guided tour, which shows the evolutionary cycle of the butterfly, how they live, and what they do. Tours last for 15 to 20 minutes are are available all day.
The parks and gardens you'll be able to find are displayed right below.
|Park||The Valley, 9.9 mi. North of Central St. Martin||Anguilla|
|The Butterfly Farm||Botanical Garden||Orient Bay, 2.9 mi. East of Central St. Martin||the island of St. Martin and Sint Maarten|
If the idea of spending part of a day surrounded by animals tickles your fancy, you should visit The Butterfly Farm. Explore the beautiful colors of the Saint Martin butterflies and plants at this unique and magical attraction. You will find the enclosed area full of caterpillars, cocoons, and butterflies of all sizes.
|The Butterfly Farm||Zoo||2.9 mi. East of Central St. Martin||the island of St. Martin and Sint Maarten|
Another idea is to go see some of the more popular naturally occurring land formations. Other types of natural attractions in St. Martin are summarized right below.
|Bay||3.3 mi. North-Northeast of Central St. Martin|
|Bay||3.4 mi. West of Central St. Martin|
|Bay||Las Terres Basses, 5.2 mi. West of Central St. Martin|
|Bay||1.9 mi. North of Central St. Martin|
|Bay||Sandy Ground, 2.7 mi. West of Central St. Martin|
|Bay||Las Terres Basses, 4.1 mi. West of Central St. Martin|
|Bay||Marigot, 1.8 mi. West of Central St. Martin|
|Rock Formation||3.1 mi. North of Central St. Martin|
|Bay||French Cul-de-Sac, 3.6 mi. Northeast of Central St. Martin|
|Bay||Grand-Case, 2.0 mi. North of Central St. Martin|
|Bay||1.8 mi. North of Central St. Martin|
|Bay||Marigot, 1.8 mi. West of Central St. Martin|
|Point||2.0 mi. North of Central St. Martin|
|Bay||Griselle, 3.2 mi. East-Northeast of Central St. Martin|
|Mountain||Central St. Martin|
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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