Destination Guide: Saint Martin
French-flavoured markets, secluded beaches and buzzing
Browse Marigot's fruit and vegetable market or gaze from a
harbourside café with your morning espresso. Wander golden
sandy beaches or take in the thrill of diving.
Food and Drink
From classic French to tasty Creole. Feast on barbecued
chicken or salt cod at a
lolo(food stall), or taste Europe with an espresso and
patisserie in harbourfront cafés. At
Grand Case, the Caribbean's culinary capital, dress up
for top seafood on the restaurant-lined seafront.
Sightseeing and relaxation
Relax at golden beaches and French markets. For
France-meets-Caribbean flavour, savour
Marigot's vibrant fruit and vegetable quayside market,
then climb to ruined 18th-century
Fort St Louis for spectacular sea views. Butterflies of
myriad colours dazzle at
Ferme aux Papillons. Hop over to
Orient Bay for parasailing and windsurfing, or the west
Long Beach for seclusion.
Shop duty-free or browse boutiques.
Philipsburg is the place for duty-free bargains, or for
stylish shopping head to
Marigot's original boutiques stocking Parisian
couturiers. A bottle of
Guavaberry rum or hot sauce makes a perfect island
Nightlife and Entertainment
Sip rum punch, French wine or Dutch beer. If you're
feeling lucky, head to casinos scattered on the Dutch side.
Cafes and bars spill onto the quayside streets at
Marigot, perfect for a leisurely sundowner. Sample the
Simpson Bay's bars to get in the mood for live Latin