Although it’s only 424 meters high, Pic Paradis offers a beautiful panorama of the Caribbean Sea and Marigot, the main city in the French part of Saint-Martin. If you’re in the mood for a hike, you can start trekking from the base point at Loterie Farm – a natural sanctuary spanning 55 hectares. With an estimated hike time of three hours, be sure to pack a picnic and plenty of water!
If you opt for the hike, you are likely to observe not only butterflies and monkeys but also iguanas, many of which hide among the tropical trees! The path requires good footwear as it is often steep, but it is worth the endurance, winding its way through lush vegetation and leading to wide open views of the Caribbean Sea. Enjoy stunning views over Marigot, Orient Bay and even the Saint Barth island.
In 2019, St Maarten celebrated the 50th year of its annual Carnival festival – a lively, energetic and colourful celebration. Each year the festival runs for almost an entire month and continues to attract large numbers. Glamorous costumes, culture and live performances from international artists fill the streets of St Maarten each year during the April/May period. Get yourself to the Carnival Village and immerse yourself in the unmistakable Caribbean culture! Don’t worry if you’re not around this time as the French part of the island host their very own version, Carnaval, between February and March each year.
Anguilla, a British Overseas Territory just north of Saint Martin, consists of a small main island and several islets. From Marigot, take a short seven-mile boat ride north to Rendezvous Bay, Anguilla to take in superb views of Saint Martin. Complete this day trip in style from the comfort of your catamaran charter in St Maarten.
Created in 1998, the Saint-Martin National Nature Reserve covers 3,060 hectares in the north-east of the French part of the island. The marine part of the reserve, covering 2,900 hectares, is located on the sea-shelf between the island of Anguilla to the north, Saint-Martin and Saint-Barthélemy to the east. Rich in vast ecosystems such as mangroves, marine phanerogam meadows, coral reefs, coastal forests and ponds, the Saint-Martin Nature reserve is home to a diverse marine and terrestrial fauna and flora, including several protected species.
Whether you are a hiker, a partygoer, a diving or snow sports enthusiast...you will certainly find your favourite spot among the 37 beaches of Saint Martin! In a romantic mood? What better than a secluded beach to pop the question? The beaches of Saint Martin / Sint Maarten are also renowned for memorable concerts performed by renowned artists. Little Bay, in the Dutch part, was ranked in the top 25 beaches in the Caribbean by TripAdvisor (2015). With its turquoise blue waters and stunning terracotta-style villas, Little Bay is a sight to marvel. At the base of splendid rusty-orange cliffs are the beaches of Cupecoy (south-west Sint Maarten). The sunsets here are simply magnificent. Bikini, bathing shorts and sun cream at the ready, book your catamaran rental in Sint Maarten today!
For several years now, Saint Martin / Sint Maarten has been focusing on another form of tourism – a complementary, wellness, sports and cultural tourism. Spearheading many promotional campaigns, Saint Martin ‘eco-tourism’ has taken a real place in various tourist guides. Walking, horse-riding, e-cycling or quad biking… all alternative ways to discover the island of paradise and make memories full of landscapes, heritage and history.
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