What to see in St Maarten And St Martin

St Maarten And St Martin Attractions

A popular port of call and travel destination in the Caribbean, there are many attractions in St Maarten and St Martin that visitors can enjoy.

The beaches of St Maarten and St Martin are undoubtedly the island's main attraction, and there are plenty to choose from. The sandy southwest coast stretches all the way from Philipsburg to Simpson Bay, and includes popular beaches like Cay Bay, Mullet Bay, the nudist beach at Cupecoy, and the beach resorts at Maho Bay. There are also some good beaches around Marigot, including Orient Beach, Prune Beach, and Rouge Beach. Each beach on St Maarten and St Martin has its own distinctive characteristics, and caters for different activities such as swimming, snorkelling, scuba diving, surfing, and other water sports.

The towns of St Maarten and St Martin also offer unique charms. French capital Marigot is the shopping heart of the island, while many of the most interesting historical attractions are found in the Dutch capital of Philipsburg. Grand Case, in the north, is the culinary capital of the island, and has some of the best restaurants.

Those looking for active pursuits will enjoy numerous hiking trails and scenic vistas, on both the French and Dutch sides, including the stunning Paradise Peak, which offers views all the way to Anguilla.

There are plenty of attractions for children in St Maarten and St Martin as well. Kids will love visiting the exotic animals at the St Maarten Zoo, and playing on the pirate ship-themed playground there. Loterie Farm offers exciting zipline canopy tours, with several gentle routes designed especially for children. Even the youngest child will love interacting with thousands of brightly-coloured butterflies at the Butterfly Farm.

Grand Case

Fronted by a sweeping curve of beach, the little fishing village of Grand Case, at the northern tip of St Martin, is…

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Historic Forts

The town of Philipsburg boasts the remains of two historic forts that bear witness to its one-time strategic importance…

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Marigot Archaeological Museum

Next to the Marina Port la Royale, on the southern end of Marigot, is a worthwhile archaeological museum, dedicated to…

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Paradise Peak

Paradise Peak, St Martin's highest point, rises from the centre of the island to a height of 1,390 feet (424m), and is…

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Philipsburg Voorstraat

The Voorstraat (Front Street) faces south onto the ocean, running about half a mile (1km) east to west, and is the main…

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St Maarten Beaches

Dutch St Maarten's prime popular beach resorts extend as a series of sandy bays from Philipsburg along the southwest…

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St Martin Beaches

There are a number of good beaches on the French side of the island that are very popular with tourists. Orient Beach,…

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The Butterfly Farm

A popular family attraction in St Maarten, The Butterfly Farm is a large greenhouse housing more than 40 different varieties…

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