Oftentimes, travellers feel that they have to decide between a relaxing beach vacation or a gastronomic experience full of delicious culinary experiences. On a trip to Saint Martin this winter, you don’t have to choose.
The little island is gorgeous. In towns like Marigot, the streets are decorated with the bright colours of beautiful murals and art pieces. Thirty-seven pristine beaches dotted around the island are just waiting for sun-bathing, water activities and sunset strolls.
The gourmet capital of the Caribbean, Saint Martin is home to over 300 restaurants and bars on the French side alone. Find a unique mix of French and Caribbean flavours in their local fare, as well as a variety of cuisines from around the world including Italian, German, Thai, Surinamese, Indian, Caribbean Creole and Lebanese. Fresh seafood is the star here, but supporting roles by steakhouses and vegetarian and vegan fare provide options for every palate.
In Saint Martin, restaurants range in price and style, too. Grab a casual, delicious meal at one of the island’s many lolos. These eateries found in Marigot and Grand Case are known for their low-cost, local food. Then, when the occasion calls for it, get dressed up for a romantic, candlelit dinner with your toes in the sand at one of Saint Martin’s high-end, fine dining restaurants. Stick to your budget or go all out — in Saint Martin, options abound.
When it comes to accommodations, boutique hotels, luxurious private villa rentals, as well as an all inclusive resort all await. The island is also a hotspot for sailboats and yachts.
If you want an itinerary with more than just beach bumming and dining, Saint Martin is ripe with activities and cultural experiences. Visit Loterie Farm, a day resort and nature reserve, to explore the lush tropical forest by zipline or take a dip in the freshwater pool. Shop through the high-end stores or local markets, spy turtles while scuba diving at Tintamarre Island, saddle up and go horseback riding or check out historical sites. The island may be small, but it’s brimming with activities and culinary adventures.
Shared peacefully by two different nations, Saint Martin has a rich and unique culture from its French and Dutch history, and the two different sides to the island. Warm and welcoming with friendly people, delicious cuisine and a variety of activities, Saint Martin is the Caribbean destination of our dreams.
To start planning your trip, visit st-martin.org/us
Annual events in Saint Martin
January – April
"Les Mardis" de Grand Case
Every Tuesday, Grand Case comes alive with the largest craft market in Saint Martin.
St. Martin Carnival
Listen to live music, watch the parades and celebrate the culture.
St. Maarten Heineken Regatta
Cheer on the boats as they race in the regatta.
SXM Music Festival
Dance to electronic beats during this seven-day music festival.
May – June
Check out a variety of different weekend concerts during the Love Days.
This four-day festival features a great lineup of musical artists and DJs.
Festival de la Gastronomie
Local and international chefs come together to hold giant barbecues, tastings, classes and more as part of this delicious culinary celebration.