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St. Martin, also referred to as St. Maarten, is a Caribbean island regularly visited by honeymooners, cruise ship guests, and beach lovers alike who want to take advantage of its beautiful coastline and beachfront resorts. Although this island is small, there are still plenty of attractions to keep tourists and travelers entertained. You’ll never grow bored when you experience these top things to do in St. Martin.
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Loterie Farm is one of the most popular attractions on St. Martin, aside from the island’s beach and water activities. Outdoorsy tourists will enjoy all the fun activities offered at Loterie Farm, which is close to the island’s highest point Pic Paradis. Spend a day here or book a room at the lodge for an overnight jungle stay. Many people flock to Loterie Farm to enjoy the jungle zipline and obstacle course. This adventure park and resort is home to an on-site restaurant, a gorgeous swimming pool and hiking trails too.
Adult travelers should consider escaping the popular, family-friendly beaches on the island in exchange for a day at Orient Bay Beach. This beach is a clothing-optional beach, one of the most popular nude beaches in the Caribbean. You can still enjoy the clear water and yellow sand here even if you don’t bare it all.
One of the most iconic beaches in St. Martin is Maho Beach, found at the end of the island’s airport runway. Due to this beach’s close proximity to the airport, beachgoers to Maho Beach experience the unique sight of planes flying just a few hundred feet above the beach. Both thrilling and unusual, a day at this beach is definitely not boring. Snapping a picture of an airplane flying dangerously close to the beach here is truly a unique souvenir to take back home with you. A visit to Maho Beach should definitely be added to your St. Martin bucket list.
Shopaholics should flock to Philipsburg for the day. This St. Martin town is home to a number of local shops as well as great eateries, a boardwalk and nightlife options too. For those looking to take advantage of Philipsburg’s shopping, you’ll want to walk along Front Street. Other popular attractions also found in Philipsburg is the Guavaberry Emporium, Sint Maarten Museum and even a casino.
Hike to the highest point of the island to catch incredible views of the shoreline and surrounding jungle. There are a couple of trails you can take from Loterie Farm that reach the top of Pic Paradis. If you’re not much of a hiker, the top of the 1,492-foot mountain is accessible by vehicle too. Make sure to bring water and proper footwear on this 2.8-mile loop trail.
Experienced to beginner divers flock to St. Martin to explore the coral reefs found off the coast of St. Martin. There are a number of incredible dive sites, where divers can catch glimpses of colorful aquatic life within the clear, blue water. Divers can choose to explore coral reef areas or even shipwreck areas too. Experienced divers can swim the depths of the underwater oasis here, while beginner divers will be happy to know that St. Martin is home to shallow water diving too.
If you’ve grown tired of the airplane nuisance found at Maho Bay Beach, then head to Mullet Bay Beach for a quieter beach experience. This free public beach, also close to the airport, is popular among travelers coming in via plane or cruise ship. Although facilities are limited here, Mullet Bay Beach is still a popular beach on the island due to its scenic nature and proximity to Mullet Bay Golf Course.
Although not on St. Martin, a visit to Pinel Island is a popular place experienced by many St. Martin visitors. Since this island is only a five-minute ferry ride from the coast, visitors head here to snorkel, kayak and paddleboard. Pinel Island is truly a local’s paradise on the weekends since it’s a great way to escape the tourists who crowd the beaches on the mainland. The best way to explore Pinel Island is by kayak, where you can paddle your way to the number of secluded beaches here. The island isn’t completely deserted however; there are three beach bars found here too.