Social Distancing Itinerary

DAY 1

Morning hike – Sentier des Froussards

In two and a half hours, the trail takes you between Anse Marcel and the beach at Grandes Cayes, via the deserted beach of Petites Cayes. Discover the last intact dry forest on the island. Contact Dream of Trail to know more about hiking on the island, you can join an event or get a guide.

Anse Marcel Beach

After the trail, you deserve a nice break on the beach! Anse Marcel is nestled in the most discreet cove of the French side. You can enjoy lunch in your isolated cabana on the beach at Anse Marcel Beach bar. The location is great for snorkeling. Jet ski rental also available.

Visit Fort Louis – Marigot

Marigot is the capital of the French side Saint Martin. From the “front de mer” (waterfront), you will find stairs to go all the way to the Fort. Fort Louis was build in 1789. You will enjoy the view, especially at sunset.

Private Chef at the villa

Marigot is the capital of the Contact us to schedule a private Chef to enjoy a dinner in the comfort of the villa.

DAY 2

French Breakfast delivery

Wake up with the smell of fresh baguette and croissants…

Tour the island (ATV/JEEP)

SXM island is small but has many different places to visit. The tour will take you to beautiful observation points, landmarks, and popular areas.

Plane watching in Maho

A must do when visiting SXM! Maho is the world famous beach for plane landing and take-off. Beware of the jet blast!

Beach and Golf: Mullet Bay

Most popular beach on the Dutch side, located along the golf course of Mullet Bay. The postcard perfect picture: a wide and flat white sand beach with a stand of palm trees and seagrapes on the fringe. On clear days, there is a fantastic view of the neighboring island of Saba.

DAY 3

Spend the day on a Charter Boat

Book a private Charter Boat for your group to take you to the uninhabited Tintamarre Island, the Creole Rock in Grand Case, Prickly Pear in Anguilla, etc.

DAY 4

Horseback ridding

The Galion ranch offers small group rides going through the natural reserve and arriving on the beach. You have the possibility to remove the saddle and go swim with the horses. A unique experience you will never forget!

Picnic at Le Galion Beach

Le Galion beach is a family-friendly beach with shallow entry to the ocean. Find some shade by the seagrape trees and enjoy lunch at the picnic table. A Surf club is available too.

Visit the Amuseum Naturalis

Free museum of the nature and heritage of St. Martin. Discover the animals that live on the island and nowhere else in the world, and the traditional building techniques that give local homes their unique charm. Take a botanic walk to learn how native trees have adapted to life on St. Martin, and enjoy three beautiful viewpoints. Find out how African and Amerindian heritage comes together in Caribbean farming and bush medicine traditions. Amuseum Naturalis is located at the historic Old House in French Quarter. 

Discover Orient Bay Beach on an electric bike

Orient Bay is the most popular beach on the French side with a colorful architecture. Ride the streets and the beach with Fat bikes or Vintage bike.

DAY 5

Aquagym/Yoga Class at the villa

Enjoy the privacy of the villa for a private class, the teacher will come to you with the equipment. Yoga, Aquagym, Pilates, Fit Fusion, etc.

Beach time and lunch in Cupecoy

Cupecoy has a unique beach with low sandstone cliffs that have been eroded in such a way that they provide a run of small semiprivate coves. Ideal to stay away from the crowd! Clothing optional.

Trou David

Natural landmark in the French side, located between Baie Rouge and Pointe du Bluff, Terres Basses. It is a natural sinkhole of about 80 feet in diameter. The reef outside the hole is filled with tropical fish and coral. At Pointe du Bluff, follow the shallow pools on the right to reach the beach of the abandoned hotel La Belle Creole, a beautiful quiet beach, ideal for snorkeling.

Photoshoot – Sunset in Terres Basses

Terres Basses has several beaches to enjoy the sunset: Baie Rouge, Baie longue, Baie aux prunes. The photographer will come to the location of your choice for a family photoshoot. We recommend Baie Rouge with the famous Heaven Stairs.

DAY 6

Spend the day on Pinel Island

Rent a kayak in Cul de Sac to reach Pinel Island. You can hike around the island where you will find a beach more secluded (clothing optional). You can find 2 restaurants next to the ferry pier, they can serve your drinks in the water and your lunch at your beach chair. Do not forget your snorkeling gear!

Open Air Live Music

Le temps des Cerises in Grand Case has created a lounge in open air on the beach, where every group has their own space, to enjoy dinner and live music while social distancing! Book in advance.


Eat and Shop Itinerary

DAY 1: Your arrival at Maho

Lunch at Maho: Plane Watching & Beach

If you land at Princess Julianna Airport, Maho is located right in front of the runway. It is famous world wide for plane landing and take off. Enjoy a lunch at Sunset Beach bar. Boutique and beach chair rental also available.

Dinner & Entertainment at Maho Village

We recommend Alina and Jax steakhouse for dinner. Across the street, you can find the nightclub We Lounge.

DAY 2: Philipsburg

Shop for Jewelry, Clothes and souvenirs

Explore the heart of Philipsburg in Front Street, Back street and old street. You will find many boutiques of souvenirs, clothing and jewelry. Do not miss Guavaberry boutique for local rhum.

Lunch on the Boardwalk

The Boardwalk is the beach front of Philipsburg, the capital of the Dutch side. You will find many restaurants and bars. For lunch, we recommend Ocean Lounge. You can spend time at the beach and rent a Jetski.

Take a local Brewery tour

Follow the entire beer making process from milling the ingredients, brewing the beers, to bottling the beers with the latest state-of-the-art technology. And to top it off taste all of the island beers at the taproom.

Ice cream

Stop for a little snack at Gelateria Milano and ask for the secret tropical garden in the back…

Cheese tasting at Amsterdam Cheese and Liquor Store

Old Amsterdam Cheese is the best seller at this quaint little shop. There are numerous varieties of cheese, with always plenty of samples and great stories about cheese history. The liquor selection is vast, they often have Wine & Cheese Pairing events that are very informative and a ton of fun. You can also find Dutch souvenirs like clogs, wooden tulips, delft blue items, and delicious Dutch treats.

DAY 3: Grand Case

Breakfast on the beach

Spend a nice time on the beach, snorkel in the clear water and enjoy a breakfast at Sunset Café or Au temps des Cerises.

Shop in local boutiques

Grand Case village has many little boutiques with clothings, jewelry, local crafts and souvenirs: Voila, Busco, Sexy fruits, La boutique d’Anaise, Sea You and more.

Lunch at Les Lolos

The lolos are famous local BBQ restaurants. Located on the beach front on the main street of Grand Case.

Make your own perfume at Tijon

Discover how fragrances are created & create your own at Tijon Lab in Grand Case. With assistance from Tijon’s expert Perfumologrists you’ll be mixing oils and enjoying the process of fragrance production. So bring your nose and creative ideas to partake in this rare adventure.

Try an Ice Roll

Get a snack at the Ice Cream Bar next to the activity desk. Watch the show!

Dinner in the Culinary Capital of the Caribbean

Grand case is named like that for a reason, it is home to many delicious restaurants. Try Barranco, Blue Martini or Bistrot Caraibes.

DAY 4: Simpson Bay

Breakfast at Top Carrot

Healthy food and juice bar restaurant with an ethnic boutique to shop for souvenirs!

Shop for souvenirs

Simpson Bay has several boutiques to shop for souvenirs such as Good cards, Shipwreck Shop, Ty Art and Gift and the Art Box gallery. Also visit Nectar, a shop of locally made natural cosmetics.

Lunch on the beach

Simpson Bay has many different restaurants. If you wish to eat on the beach, we can recommend Roxxy, Karakter or Buccaneer beach bar.

Visit Topper’s distillery

Topper’s has recently moved to the famous Carousel in Simpson Bay. The perfect location to visit the distillery, taste some rhum, eat a delicious ice cream and shop for souvenirs.

Dinner and Entertainment at Pineapple Pete

Pete’s Village is the site of the original Pineapple Pete Restaurant & Bar where you will have a superb dining experience with great food and great service! Adjacent to the restaurant is Pete’s Sports Bar. An entertainment area with 5 pool tables, dart boards and arcade games. Head in to Pete’s Corner Shop and Collectibles and browse through t-shirts, hats and more, handcrafted jewelry items, local rum and great memorabilia to bring home from your trip! 

DAY 5: Marigot

Breakfast on the Marina

At Croissant Royal, enjoy home-made bread & croissants for a typical French breakfast in a relaxed atmosphere by the marina.

Shopping

You will find many clothing stores on the main street of Marigot as well as in the West Indies Mall. For souvenirs, we recommend Mersea, 1863 shop, and Colombier tradition. For a break between 2 shops, we recommend visiting Roland Richardson Art Gallery and Fort Louis.

A Creole Lunch

For a typical Creole meal, go to Chez Ginette on the marina, you will love the friendly atmosphere!

Meet the oldest cigar roller

For Gérard Gorlier, rolling cigares is like second nature since he opened his first shop Cigar Don’G in Marigot in 1992. He is the oldest cigar roller, so don’t dare talk to Gérard about retirement!

Snack: indulge in chocolate

Visit Cocoa l’artisan Chocolatier for chocolates and pastries. If you prefer local ice cream, visit AV16 by Angèle Victoria.

Culinary experience at Villa Hibiscus

On the hills of Pic Paradis, you will find Villa Hibiscus. The chef Bastian and his wife welcome you for a gastronomic experience with 5 to 7 dishes. The Chef was trained with some of the most iconic Chefs in France, Joel Robuchon ** and Anne Sophie Pic ***.

DAY 6: Orient Bay + Hope Estate

Breakfast on the beach + water sports

Enjoy a breakfast on the beach at La Playa, relax on the beach chair and have fun with the many water sports available in Orient Bay.

Lunch at Bacchus

Located in Hope Estate, Bacchus restaurant is a bistrot-chic with refined menu.

Shop for gourmet food and souvenirs

We recommend visiting 3 shops for Gourmet food: Bacchus, Grape Wine and On dirait le Sud. For souvenirs, you will find Love Shop and One by K, both offering clothing well known on the island with SXM branding.

Dinner at La Place du Village

Located in the heart of Orient Bay, the Place du Village has several restaurants around a gazebo welcoming concerts and seasonal events. We recommend l’Atelier and Telegraph restaurants.

DAY 7: Cul de Sac Dutch Side + Cupecoy

Breakfast at Ital Shack

Vegan Family restaurant on Bush Road. The owner, Ras Bushman, is growing his own food on the hill around the restaurant. Ask him to see his green house, he will be happy to give you a tour!

Rainforest Adventure: zipline + Shop + Museum

Enjoy the steepest Zip line of the world! Also available, tubing and chair lift rides with views over the island. At the top of the hill, you can enjoy a drink with a view. At the bottom, you will find a free museum and a souvenir shop.

Lunch at Emilio’s

The restaurant is set within the walls of the plantation’s Sugar Cane Boiling house of the former owner of the Estate, Emilio Wilson.

Porto Cupecoy marina: shop and restaurants

Porto Cupecoy is a gated community next to the Border. You can access it and walk around the marina. You will find a few shops and restaurants. Across the street, you can access Cupecoy Beach.


Wellness Itinerary

DAY 1

Massage

Relax from your flight and start your vacation with a private massage at the villa.

Nectar: local natural products and classes

St. Maarten Nectar is a 100% Natural Skincare company, with vegan cosmetic. You can visit their facilities in Colebay to shop, visit the lab and take a class.

Lunch at Top Carrot

Healthy food and juice bar restaurant with an ethnic boutique to shop for souvenirs!

Terres Basses: beach and sunset

Terres Basses is an exclusive gated community on the French side, with 3 beaches: Baie Longue, Baie Rouge and Baie aux Prunes. Ask the security guard of the community and he will indicate the direction to reach the beach you desire. Facing West, you will have a good view on the Sunset. You can also visit Cupecoy beach on the Dutch side, nestled along the cliff.

Dinner on the marina, Porto Cupecoy

Porto Cupecoy is a gated community at the border between Cupecoy and Terres Basses. You can access the shops and restaurants and walk along the marina.

DAY 2

Aquagym class at the villa

Enjoy the privacy of the villa, the Aquagym teacher will come to you with the equipment for the pool.

Perfume making at Tijon

Discover how fragrances are created & create your own at Tijon Lab in Grand Case. With assistance from Tijon’s expert Perfumologrists you’ll be mixing oils and enjoying the process of fragrance production. So bring your nose and creative ideas to partake in this rare adventure.

Snorkeling at Petite Plage

Located in Grand Case, Petite Plage is ideal for snorkeling and relaxing on the beach chairs available for rental.

Dinner on the water front of Grand Case

Grand Case is known as the Culinary Capital of the Caribbean. We recommend Au temps des cerises, Barranco, Blue Martini and Bistrot Caraibes.

DAY 3

Yoga class

A private teacher can come to the villa for a Yoga, Pilates or Meditation Class. If you prefer to join a class, we recommend Joga in Simpson Bay and Grace Yoga in Cupecoy.

Loterie Farm

Rent a cabana for the day in an exceptional tropical setting with pool, restaurant, zipline and hiking trails.

Pic Paradis Observation Point

Drive Pic Paradis road until the end of the road, park and continue the dirt road by foot. After about 10 minutes, you will reach the observation point on the highest point of the island

Dinner at Hibiscus

On the hills of Pic Paradis, you will find Villa Hibiscus. The chef Bastian and his wife welcome you for a gastronomic experience with 5 to 7 dishes. The Chef was trained with some of the most iconic Chefs in France, Joel Robuchon ** and Anne Sophie Pic ***.

DAY 4

Private coach / Crossfit

Start your day with a good work-out with a private coach, at the villa, on the beach or in the gym. Ask us for a private trainer or check out Crossfit SXM, Colosseum, Gymfit or the Country Club Port de Plaisance

Beach Time and golf: Mullet Bay

Most popular beach on the Dutch side, located along the golf course of Mullet Bay. The postcard perfect picture: a wide and flat white sand beach with a stand of palm trees and seagrapes on the fringe. On clear days, there is a fantastic view of the neighboring island of Saba.

Spa: Sunset Spa or Ti Spa

Jacuzzi, Sauna, Facial, Pedicure, Manicure, waxing… a well deserved time to take care of your self and relax!

Evening at the villa: Private chef

Contact us to schedule a private Chef to enjoy a dinner in the comfort of the villa.

DAY 5

Hike: Sentier des Froussards

In two and a half hours, the trail takes you between Anse Marcel and the beach at Grandes Cayes, via the deserted beach of Petites Cayes. Discover the last intact dry forest on the island. Contact Dream of Trail to know more about hiking on the island, you can join an event or get a guide.

Beach time in Anse Marcel or Happy Bay

After the trail, you deserve a nice break on the beach! Anse Marcel is nestled in the most discreet cove of the French side. You can rent a chair at Anse Marcel Beach bar and snorkle. The restaurant won a culinary prize (Gault and Millau), enjoy your lunch! You can also go to the secluded beach of Happy Bay, accessible only by foot from Friar’s Bay.

Shopping

Enjoy local products and take some back home. Visit shops offering Gourmet food, organic products, locally handmade cosmetics, etc: Jus en Folie, La Boite a thé, Grape Wine, Bacchus, On dirait le sud, Nature’s Discount

Dinner at Sol y Luna

French restaurant in a Caribbean decor, you will enjoy the calm atmosphere around the pool.

DAY 6

A day on a charter boat

Visit Pinel island, Tintamarre and the Creole Rock. Snorkeling gear, food and drinks available!

Dinner at Emilio’s

Emilio’s offers a unique combination of contemporary high-end dining in a truly beautiful historic setting.

DAY 7

Horseback ridding

The Galion ranch offers rides going through the natural reserve and arriving on the beach. You have the possibility to remove the saddle and go swim with the horses. A unique experience you will never forget!

Visit Amuseum Naturalis

Free Museum about St Martin Nature and History, located next to the Ranch. Ask the guide about local plants and their health benefits!

Beach time in Orient Bay

Most popular beach on the French side, Orient bay has many beach restaurants where you can have lunch and rent a beach chair. Many water sports are available.

Dinner at Place du Village

Located in the heart of Orient Bay, the Place du Village has several restaurants around a gazebo welcoming concerts and seasonal events. We recommend l’Atelier and Telegraph restaurants.


Party Goers Itinerary

DAY 1:

Lunch at the Lolos

The lolos are local BBQ restaurants. Located on the beach front on the main street of Grand Case.

Beach time in Grand Case

Check out the event schedule of Captain Frenchy and Rainbow for their beach parties. Chair rental available.

Dinner/Live Music at Blue Martini

Restaurant bar located in Grand Case, with games and friendly atmosphere. Check out their event schedule.

DAY 2:

Plane watching at Sunset Beach Bar

Experience the excitement on the beach watching the planes land & take off right above your head or reserve a lounge chair and enjoy the serenity of the new pool. Daily live entertainment features a rotation of DJ’s and local bands. If you want to spend time on the beach, we also recommend Mullet Beach near by.

Dinner at Pineapple Pete

Pete’s Village is the site of the original Pineapple Pete Restaurant & Bar where you will have a superb dining experience with great food and great service! Adjacent to the restaurant is Pete’s Sports Bar. An entertainment area with 5 pool tables, dart boards and arcade games. Head in to Pete’s Corner Shop and Collectibles and browse through t-shirts, hats and more, handcrafted jewelry items, local rum and great memorabilia to bring home from your trip! 

WE Lounge night club

Located in the heart of Maho village, We Lounge is a modern and chic cocktail lounge. Resident DJ Meekz spins old school tunes and sweet vibes while you inhale the sweetness from your designer hookah or dance the night away with fabulous new friends.

DAY 3:

Loterie Farm

Secret hideaway nestled in the hillside of Pic Paradis, where you can wine, dine, climb, hike, and glide over the treetop canopy. It is truly an eco-tourism and gastronomical experience you’re not likely to forget or find elsewhere. Check their schedule online to know when is the next pool party!

Dinner at 978 Sanctorum Lounge

The concept was born from the strong desire of a Saint-Martin family madly in love with their island, to open a place dedicated to the epicureans of life in Saint-Martin. Recreating the Friendly Attitude which made Saint Martin the Friendly Island , is the motto of this family which does everything to create an environment “like at home” and where tourists and locals meet to sip, chat, meet and greet. Check out their schedule online, from the Jazz Fridays to the Hooka nights.

Casino Night

The Dutch side has many casinos in Philipsburg, Simpson Bay, Maho and Cupecoy. We recommend the Princess Casino at Port de Plaisance, Colebay.

DAY 4:

Beach time at Roxxy, Simpson Bay

Indulge in amazing Sounds, warm breeze, beautiful beach, crafted cocktails, and the many flavors prepared by the culinary team. Watersports available such as jet ski and sea bobs. Check out their schedule online to know who is the next international DJ coming!

Karaoke at Topper’s

Voted #1 international restaurant, Topper’s is set in a fun, air-conditioned, Caribbean cottage. The cozy bar is a local hangout and well known for island-style Karaoke and nightly live music. 

Lotus Night Club

Immerse yourself in the unique atmosphere of this asian-inspired look Nightclub and enjoy the night in an ambiance mixing Zen with nowadays music.

DAY 5:

Beach time in Orient Bay

Most popular beach on the French side, Orient Bay is home to many beach bars and restaurants. Water sports and beach chair rental available.

Dinner at Place du Village

Located in the heart of Orient Bay, the Place du Village has several restaurants around a gazebo welcoming concerts and seasonal events. We recommend l’Atelier and Telegraph restaurants.

Live Music at Red Piano Lounge

One of St. Maarten’s most famous nightlife locations, featuring fabulous live entertainment nightly from a host of talented international performers.

DAY 6:

A day on a charter boat

Spend a day on a speedboat or catamaran, many tours are available: to Anguilla, Tintamarre, Pinel, Creole Rock, etc. Drinks, music and good atmosphere guaranteed!

Dinner & Music at Lagoonies Bistrot & Bar

SPECIAL EVENTS

SXM Music Festival

Embark on a 5-day celebration of underground house and techno music. Come and discover the rich blended heritage, sprawling beaches and panoramic sunsets through the multiple venues and events every March! From the iconic beach party at Happy Bay to the lush oasis at the Jungle Party, to the infamous mega-Villa Party and the over-the-top Boat Parties, it’s a seamless blend of luxury and eclectic allure, wrapped in an island style celebration of life that is wild, wondrous, and unmistakably SXM.

Carnival

Happening in February on the French side and in April on the Dutch side, the carnival is an event that embodies local life. Colorful groups fill the streets to the sounds of soca, drums, and whistles. Men and women parade across town admired by dazzled spectators from St. Martin and abroad, their spirits awakened. One by one, teams come before the judges to compete for prizes like best choreography, most beautiful costume, or best performance. But there’s more: concerts, the Jouvert Morning (a parade at dawn), the children’s parade, as well as the Miss Carnival and Miss Carnival Junior competitions.

Regatta

Happening the first week of March, the Heineken Regatta is the Caribbean’s largest regatta attracting top sailors from 37 countries for 4 days of professionally-run racing in perfect Caribbean conditions. After the race, many parties and concerts with international stars take place, mainly in Simpson Bay and at the Regatta Village.


Nature Lovers Itinerary

DAY 1

Cruise: Creole Rock – Pinel – Tintamarre

Spend the day on a boat touring the best snorkeling spots: the Creole Rock in Grand Case, the uninhabited island of Tintamarre and Pinel island. Snorkeling gear included.

DAY 2

Happy Bay / Friar’s Bay

Spend the morning on the secluded beach of Happy Bay, accessible only by foot. Drive to Friar’s Bay and walk 10 minutes on the trail to Happy Bay. Look for the Iguanas! Clothing optional.

Loterie Farm

Opening at 11am, this is the perfect place to take your lunch and enjoy the afternoon. Guides are available to hike on the Pic Paradis trails. Zipline in the trees also available. Rent a cabana around the pool to relax in a beautiful tropical setting.

Pic Paradis Observation Point

Drive Pic Paradis road until the end of the road, park and continue the dirt road by foot. After about 10 minutes, you will reach the observation point on the highest point of the island.

DAY 3

Cupecoy Beach

If you’re looking for a beach that’s quiet but not totally secluded, Cupecoy is a good choice. Its white sands are backed by low sandstone cliffs that have been eroded in such a way that they provide a run of small semiprivate coves. Clothing optional. Stay until the end of the afternoon to watch the sunset. You can have lunch at the near by Porto Cupecoy Plaza, there are several restaurants on the marina.

Trou David

Natural landmark in the French side, located between Baie Rouge and Pointe du Bluff, Terres Basses. It is a natural sinkhole of about 80 feet in diameter. The reef outside the hole is filled with tropical fish and coral. At Pointe du Bluff, follow the shallow pools on the right to reach the beach of the abandoned hotel La Belle Creole, a beautiful quiet beach, ideal for snorkeling.

Sunset in Terres Basses

Terres Basses is an exclusive community with luxury villas. It is gated and guarded but you can access the beach, indicate to the guard where you want to go and he will give you the directions. Terres Basses has several beaches to enjoy the sunset: Baie Rouge, Baie longue, Baie aux prunes. Then, you can have diner at La Samana or at Porto Cupecoy Plaza.

DAY 4

Natural Pools

The hike is along the undeveloped coastline of Guana Bay and Pointe Blanche. On a sunny day, you have beautiful scenic views of St. Barth. You will come across friendly goats and perhaps even wild horses.

Parotte Ville

Walk-in bird park, home to a number of exotic birds which include sun conures, ring-neck parakeet, black headed caiques and more. The park also has a Heritage (Family) museum where visitors can see various antique items and a medicinal garden.

Whale Observatory

Cross the border towards Oyster Pond. A part of the village is in the natural reserve: Babit Point (trail and observation point) and the whale observatory at Baie de l’embouchure. On the road, it is frequent to meet goats, pigs, horses and iguanas. Do not forget to take your camera and water shoes!

DAY 5

Sentier des Froussards Trail

In two and a half hours, the trail takes you between Anse Marcel and the beach at Grandes Cayes, via the deserted beach of Petites Cayes. Discover the last intact dry forest on the island. Contact Dream of Trail to know more about hiking on the island, you can join an event or get a guide.

Anse Marcel Beach

After the trail, you deserve a nice break on the beach! Anse Marcel is nestled in the most discreet cove of the French side. You can rent a chair at Anse Marcel Beach bar and snorkle. The restaurant won a culinary prize (Gault and Millau), enjoy your lunch!

Grand Case

Grand Case is a charming village known as the culinary capital of the Caribbean. Unfortunately, hurricane Irma has hit the village and you can still notice renovation work. However, you will enjoy visiting the small shops for souvenirs, walking on the beach and snorkeling at Petite Plage. You will notice 2 BBQ restaurants on the beach, they are called “Les Lolos”. If you are looking for a gastronomic experience for dinner, our favorites are BarrancoLe Temps des Cerises or Bistrot Caraibes. Depending on the day of the week, you will find live music to enjoy your evening. During high season, come on Tuesday evening for the block party “Les Mardis de Grand Case”.

DAY 6

Amuseum Naturalis

Free museum of the nature and heritage of St. Martin. Discover the animals that live on the island and nowhere else in the world, and the traditional building techniques that give local homes their unique charm. Take a botanic walk to learn how native trees have adapted to life on St. Martin, and enjoy three beautiful viewpoints. Find out how African and Amerindian heritage comes together in Caribbean farming and bush medicine traditions. Amuseum Naturalis is located at the historic Old House in French Quarter. 

Horseback Riding

The Galion ranch offers rides going through the natural reserve and arriving on the beach. You have the possibility to remove the saddle and go swim with the horses. A unique experience you will never forget!

Beach: Galion / Orient Bay

Le Galion is a family-friendly beach with shallow entry to the ocean. Find some shade by the seagrape trees and enjoy lunch at the picnic table. If you are looking for beach chairs to rent and beach restaurants, you can go to the beach near by, Orient Bay. Water sports are available.

DAY 7

Seaside Nature Park

A former plantation of 30 acres, Seaside brings back the ‘old days’ to their visitors. The (Lucky) Stables, the trails, the beach and the beach side pavilion, playground and pet farm offer a variety of activities for the whole family in a simple and unique set up. Almost all animals at Seaside are open for an encounter. Hand-feeding the ducks, petting the miniature goats, admiring the peacock or spotting the iguana, a joy for young and old.

Rainforest Adventure

Get some thrill with the steepest zipline of the world! A Chair lift will take you all the way to the observation point on top of the hill. A the bottom, you will find a free museum on slave history. You can have your lunch at Emilio’s restaurant, set within the walls of the plantation’s Sugar Cane Boiling house of the former owner of the Estate, Emilio Wilson. Finally, ask an employee to show you the trail, this 15 minute walk will present you some local trees (look for the signs).

Little Bay Beach / Fort Amsterdam

Little Bay beach has calm waters due to its ‘cove like’ nature and also the installation of solid rocky beach breaks. This makes it an ideal spot for snorkeling. Take a little walk from the beach to the Fort Amsterdam and observe the many Pelicans living on the hill.


Romantic Couple Itinerary

DAY 1

Shopping in Philipsburg

Have a drink on the boardwalk and shop in front street and back street. You will find many jewelry stores as well as clothing and souvenirs shops. Do not forget the old street and the Guavaberry boutique! If you are hungry for ice cream, go to Gelateria Milano and their secret garden.

Plane Watching at Maho

A must do when visiting SXM! Maho is the world famous beach for plane landing and take-off. Beware of the jet blast! Have lunch at Sunset Bar where you can observe the planes closely. You can also rent beach chairs.

Cupecoy Beach

If you’re looking for a beach that’s quiet but not totally secluded, Cupecoy is a good choice. Its white sands are backed by low sandstone cliffs that have been eroded in such a way that they provide a run of small semiprivate coves. Clothing optional. Stay until the end of the afternoon to watch the sunset. You can have diner at the near by Porto Cupecoy Plaza, there are several restaurants on the marina.

Entertain at the Red Piano

One of St. Maarten’s most famous nightlife locations, featuring fabulous live entertainment nightly from a host of talented international performers.

DAY 2

Loterie Farm

Rent a cabana for the day in an exceptional tropical setting with pool, restaurant, zipline and hiking trails.

Observatory at Pic Paradis

Drive Pic Paradis road until the end of the road, park and continue the dirt road by foot. After about 10 minutes, you will reach the observation point on the highest point of the island

Have a gastronomic dinner

On the hills of Pic Paradis, you will find Villa Hibiscus. The chef Bastian and his wife welcome you for a gastronomic experience with 5 to 7 dishes. The Chef was trained with some of the most iconic Chefs in France, Joel Robuchon ** and Anne Sophie Pic ***.

DAY 3

Pinel Island

Rent a Kayak (or take the ferry boat) from Cul de Sac French side to reach Pinel Island. You can enjoy the calm transparent water, an ideal spot for snorkeling. Look for the iguanas, you can touch them if you are brave enough! You can also walk around the island, follow the trail that will offer several beautiful observation spots and reach a clothing optional beach. 2 restaurants are open for lunch, we recommend making a table reservation as soon as you arrive on the island. The island closes at 5pm.

Shop for Gourmet food

On the way back from Cul de Sac, you will reach the roundabout of Hope Estate. In this commercial area, you can find 2 delicious Gourmet Shops: Grape Wine and Bacchus. Wine, Chocolate, Cheese… enjoy the French delicacies!

Dinner at Sol y Luna

Romantic French restaurant in a Caribbean decor, you will enjoy the calm atmosphere around the pool.

DAY 4

Friar’s Bay / Happy Bay

Spend the morning on the secluded beach of Happy Bay (clothing optional). Drive to Friar’s Bay and walk 10 minutes on the trail to Happy Bay. Look for the Iguanas! For lunch, come back to Friar’s Bay beach, you will find 2 beach restaurants.

Visit Marigot

Marigot is the Capital of the French side. Visit Fort Louis to get a view of the town and the bay. Discover the Richardson Art Gallery in a typical Creole house with a beautiful garden. Shop for souvenirs on the main street and the marina.

Sunset Cruise

Join the Champagne Sunset Cruise and Catamaran Sail. They sail along the island’s calmer Leeward coast listening to music and the wind. Enjoy an open bar, champagne and some very nice snacks.

Princess Casino

Known as the “Little Las Vegas of Sint Maarten”, the Princess Casino is the keystone of the Port de Plaisance resort.
Experience the excitement of slot machines with over 500 state-of-the-art machines. Make your games among the 15 tables offering Craps, Blackjack, Roulette or participate in Texas Holdem Poker Cash Game.
Be enchanted by Melvin’s crooner and vibrate on Caribbean rhythms during the weekend shows.

DAY 5

Horseback riding

The Galion ranch offers couple rides, going through the natural reserve and arriving on the beach. You have the possibility to remove the saddle and go swim with the horses. A unique experience you will never forget!

Orient Bay beach

The most famous beach on the French side with many beach bars and water sport activities (parasail, jet ski rental, etc). Beach chair rental available. Stop by the gourmet shop “On dirait le Sud” to bring back some souvenirs.

Dinner at Astrolabe

Magical place in the heart of Orient Bay offering delicious dinner by the pool or in the tropical garden.

DAY 6

Rainforest Adventure

Get some thrill with the steepest zipline of the world! A Chair lift will take you all the way to the observation point on top of the hill. A the bottom, you will find a free museum on slave history. You can have your lunch at Emilio’s restaurant, set within the walls of the plantation’s Sugar Cane Boiling house of the former owner of the Estate, Emilio Wilson.

Rhum Distillery Tour

Topper’s Rhum has recently moved to the famous Carousel location in Simpson Bay. The ideal place to visit a distillery, eat delicious ice cream, and shop for souvenirs.

Mullet Beach

Most popular beach on the Dutch side, located along the golf course of Mullet Bay. The postcard perfect picture: a wide and flat white sand beach with a stand of palm trees and seagrapes on the fringe. On clear days, there is a fantastic view of the neighboring island of Saba.

Simpson Bay

Simpson Bay is a vibrant location on the Dutch side with many activities and restaurants. You will find all types of international cuisine for Dinner. If you are there at 5pm, we recommend going to the Simpson Bay yacht Club restaurant to watch the yachts entering in the bay. At night, you will find bars with live music.

DAY 7

Get a massage at the villa

Let us know if you want to surprise your significant other, we can schedule a couple massage at the villa, as well as a breakfast delivery.

Anse Marcel Beach

Anse Marcel is nestled in the most discreet cove of the French side. You can rent a chair at Anse Marcel Beach bar and snorkle. The restaurant won a culinary prize (Gault and Millau), enjoy your lunch!

Grand Case

Grand Case is a charming village known as the culinary capital of the Caribbean. Unfortunately, hurricane Irma has hit the village and you can still notice renovation work. However, you will enjoy visiting the small shops for souvenirs, walking on the beach and snorkeling at Petite Plage. You will notice 2 BBQ restaurants on the beach, they are called “Les Lolos”. If you are looking for a gastronomic experience for dinner, our favorites are Barranco, Le Temps des Cerises or Bistrot Caraibes. Depending on the day of the week, you will find live music to enjoy your evening. During high season, come on Tuesday evening for the block party “Les Mardis de Grand Case”.


Thrill Seekers Itinerary

DAY 1

Plane take-off / landing at Maho

A must do when visiting SXM! Maho is the world famous beach for plane landing and take-off. Beware of the jet blast!

Rainforest Adventure

Enjoy the steepest Zip line of the world! Also available, tubing and chair lift rides with views over the island. Other ziplines are available at Loterie Farm (Pic Paradis) and in Pointe Blanche.

DAY 2

Harley Davidson Tour or ATV tour

Discover the best of St. Maarten as you cruise around the island on a Harley Davidson motorcycle, an ATV or a Jeep. Visit some of the island’s best viewpoints, feed local iguanas, explore the famous Maho Beach, and stop at an authentic Creole restaurant for lunch. Feel the wind in your hair and discover the hidden gems of the island during this exhilarating half-day tour.

Parasail in Orient Bay

This aerial adventure is the perfect way to add a bit of excitement to your beach day. After a safety briefing, it’s time to take to the skies. Soar over the Caribbean Sea and enjoy unbeatable 360-degree views of the island and endless blue water. Other water sports available on the beach.

DAY 3

Rent a speed boat for a day

Several companies offer daily excursions around the island, with snorkeling equipment.

DAY 4

Sky Diving

Taking off from Grand Case Airport – experience the amazing sensation of skydiving in this paradise setting, and savour the Caribbean islands from a unique viewpoint. Enjoy an out-of-this-world view of beautiful beaches and clear lagoons, mixing the blue of the sky with the blue of the Caribbean Sea….. an unforgettable experience!

Surf / Kitesurf – Le Galion

The first surf club in St. Martin was born in 1995 on the Galion beach in the heart of the nature reserve, come check in out! The stronghold of local surfers, which has become a reference in surfing learning and development. The Galion beach offers ideal conditions to discover surfing or kitesurfing.

DAY 5

Helicopter Tour

Starting from Julianna Airport or Grand Case Airport, take a tour from the air to get a unique view of the island!

Jet Ski rental

Available at several locations on the island: Nettle Bay, Marigot Marina, Anse Marcel, Orient Bay and Philipsburg.

DAY 6

Sea Trek

A unique, easy, safe and exciting way to discover the underwater world. Assisted by a safety diver, you go down a ladder to reach the concrete track on the ocean floor, 20 ft down. The underwater time is approximately 25-30 minutes. There are several safety divers with you underwater at all times.  After the trek, you climb up the same ladder.  You will have some time to snorkel/swim if you want- gear is included. 

The Pirate Experience

The Rusty Parrot is a new attraction on Sint Maarten. Experience the true story of captain Jack Rackham, a true Pirate Experience.

Hoverboard/ Flyboard

Exciting extreme water sport that will literally take you to new height. Attached to the instructor’s Jetski, just hop on and the water will propelled beneath your feet.


Art Lovers Itinerary

DAY 1

Visit the Art Box Gallery

Zdenka – Originally from Croatia this powerful woman who sailed across the Atlantic in 1995, designs and handcrafts fine jewelry on St Maarten. The pieces are in silver and gold, with gems and freshwater or South Sea pearls. Each piece is unique and easy to wear. Zdenka runs The Art Box Gallery and next to her own work she displays the fine arts and crafts of more than a dozen other St Maarten and Caribbean artists.

Location: Simpson Bay

Take a class at the Art Craft Café

Tessel Verheij was born in The Netherlands, she lived, studied and worked in Holland for 31 years before travelling. Tess has been fascinated with art since a young age; including the history of art. She has been especially influenced by Surrealism and the Arts and Crafts movement (art nouveau, Jugendstil) and artists such as Gustav Klimt and Mucha. Her travels ended in Sint Maarten where she opened her own art gallery to share her artwork with locals and tourists but also to teach art classes daily, sharing her knowledge to groups differing from young to old.

Location: Philipsburg

Attend a show at Axum Art Café

Unique café featuring artists from all over the Caribbean. Check out their schedule on their website or Facebook page, from the art gallery to the stage.

Location: Philipsburg

DAY 2

Visit Roland Richardson Gallery

Sir Roland Richardson – Impressionist with oils and also creates detailed engravings. You will both admire his paintings of St Martin’s national tree the red flowering Flamboyant, as well as this artist’s flamboyant character. Roland Richardson’s Art Gallery is not open on Sundays and the master himself can only be met on Thursdays. Do not miss the garden in the back of the gallery!

December 2020 update: While in Marigot, stop by the POP UP SHOP of ESPA next to La Boite à Thé store.

Location: Marigot

Meet with Ruby Bute

Dame Ruby Bute – Born in the Dutch Caribbean and a wonderful story teller, poet and painter. Her colourful paintings depict life on St Martin as she remembers it from when she was small. Ruby Bute is always happy to share the story behind whichever painting you prefer, in the Silk Cotton Grove Art gallery next to her home. The gallery houses a permanent exhibition original art works, books, prints, ceramic art souvenirs and art jewelry.

Location: Friar’s Bay

Visit Minguet Gallery

Alexandre Minguet – The vibrant watercolor paintings and handmade lithographs of the late Alexandre Minguet are shown in his former studio, by his daughter Catherine. Postcards of his most famous paintings are available, easy to bring back in your suitcases!

Location: Rambaud Hill

DAY 3

Buy a souvenir at Busco

Art and craft store featuring local artisans, some of them creating their pieces live in the store.

Location: Grand Case

Visit Tropismes Gallery

Antoine Chapon – Light and airy watercolors of St Martin seascapes in different hues of blue are Antoine Chapon’s trademark. Antoine was born in France in 1952 and sailed to St Martin in 1981, he’s lived at the foot of the hills in Colombier and now creates his wonderful works at his home in the bay of the French Cul de Sac. This Art Gallery also displays other artists like Paul Elliott Thuleau. 

Location: Grand Case

Attend an exhibition at Noco Art Studio

The artists Corinna Trimborn, Mark Tempelton and Norma Trimborn showcase their latest artworks in this magnificent art gallery and studio. Together with the surrounding sculpture garden it stands as a testimony of the artists chosen media of paint, wood and metal. Check out their Facebook page for events.

Location: Terres Basses

DAY 4

Drive around the island: Street Art

After hurricane Irma hit the island, many local artists brought some joy on the walls of SXM. You can find their art along the roads, especially in Marigot, Philipsburg and Mullet Bay. Some of them can offer an art tour, contact @mashinart

Eat at Hommage

Hommage hotel (former Mercure Hotel) pays tribute to local and international artists in an exceptional museum garden and all over the property. You cannot miss it when you drive in Nettle Bay, the wall of the property is covered of beautiful murals. Enjoy a meal at the restaurant and take this opportunity to visit the garden! You will discover the new art pieces from Luís Guerreiro et Virginie Planques. These 2 artists were present on the island for the SXM Music Festival when the lockdown started. They established their residency at the hotel and during 5 months they upcycled materials to transformed them into amazing sculptures.

Location: Nettle Bay


Happy Kids Itinerary

DAY 1 – EAST SIDE OF THE ISLAND

Parotte Ville

Walk-in bird park, home to a number of exotic birds which include sun conures, ring-neck parakeet, black headed caiques and more. The park also has a Heritage (Family) museum where visitors can see various antique items and a medicinal garden. Finally, kids will enjoy the playground while parents are enjoying a smoothy at the snack bar. Visitors receive a guided tour of 30 minutes.

Whale observatory

Cross the border towards Oyster Pond. A part of the village is in the natural reserve: Babit Point (trail and observation point) and the whale observatory at Baie de l’embouchure. On the road, it is frequent to meet goats, pigs, horses and iguanas. Do not forget to take your camera and water shoes!

Amuseum Naturalis

In French Quarter, free museum of the nature and heritage of St. Martin. Discover the animals that live here and nowhere else in the world, and the traditional building techniques that give local homes their unique charm. Take a botanic walk to learn how native trees have adapted to life on St. Martin, and enjoy three beautiful viewpoints. Find out how African and Amerindian heritage comes together in Caribbean farming and bush medicine traditions.

Le Galion Beach

This family-friendly beach is ideal for younger kids as there is a shallow entry to the ocean. The waters are calm and the white-sandy beach is large so families have ample space to play and splash. Picnic tables available.

DAY 2 – PHILIPSBURG

Trolley tour

Take a 1.5 hour trip around the Dutch capital of St Maarten, Philipsburg, on an open air trolley train. Enjoy commentary from your local guide and observe the beautiful island scenery pass by as you travel through the island capital on a hop-on and hop-off trolley train. Cruise down front street and hop-off to explore the Sint Maarten museum. Or decide to stay on and admire the views as you pass through front street and the 19th century First Methodist church. Stop for great photo opportunities as you walk through the island style open air market or visit the historic Fort Amsterdam. 

Yoda Guy Movie Exhibit

The most surprising enterprise in the Caribbean. Who would expect to find Darth Vader, Pinhead from HELLRAISER and Riddley Scott’s ALIEN in St Maarten?This is a private collection from Nick Maley, the creator of Yoda, which contains many replicas, figurines, props, and holograms from the Star Wars movies and other movies he’s worked on.

Boardwalk: Ice cream and playground

Enjoy a walk on the boardwalk, shopping in Front street and stop for a little snack at Gelateria Milano. They have delicious ice cream, a playground on the beach and a secret tropical garden in the back…

Pirate Experience

The Rusty Parrot is a new attraction on Sint Maarten. Experience the true story of captain Jack Rackham, a true Pirate Experience. Because it’s an immersive experience, it can impress the little ones, we recommend 5 year old minimum.

DAY 3 – PINEL ISLAND

Beach time and hiking

From Cul de Sac French side, take a 5 minute ferry boat or rent a kayak to reach Pinel Island. You can enjoy the calm transparent water, an ideal spot for snorkeling. Look for the iguanas, you can touch them if you are brave enough! You can also walk around the island, follow the trail that will offer several beautiful observation spots. 2 restaurants are open for lunch, we recommend making a table reservation as soon as you arrive on the island.

DAY 4 – LITTLE BAY/ST JOHN’S

Rainforest Adventure

Located in St John’s, this attraction will be enjoyed by the entire family: Zip lining, tubing, chair lift rides with views over the island, plus a museum on slave history. The restaurant Emilio’s at the bottom of the zipline is set within the walls of the plantation’s Sugar Cane Boiling house of the former owner of the Estate, Emilio Wilson.

Little Bay Beach

The waters are generally calm due to its ‘cove like’ nature and also the installation of solid rocky beach breaks. This makes it an ideal spot for children and snorkeling. Do not forget to take a little walk from the beach to the Fort Amsterdam!

DAY 5 – PIC PARADIS AND FRIAR’S BAY

Loterie Farm

Secret hideaway nestled in the hillside of Pic Paradis with pool, zipline, hiking, and restaurant. It is truly an eco-tourism and gastronomical experience you’re not likely to forget or find elsewhere.

Observation Point

Drive Pic Paradis road until the end of the road, park and continue the dirt road by foot. After about 10 minutes, you will reach the observation point on the highest point of the island.

Friar’s Bay Beach

Quiet beach, calm waters, shade from the palm trees… the ideal beach for the family. You can also take the 10 minute hike to reach Happy Bay, a secluded beach. Look for the Iguanas on the way there!

DAY 6 – GRAND CASE & ORIENT BAY

Petite Plage

Quiet family friendly beach in Grand Case with possibility to rent chairs. Great spot for snorkeling too. For breakfast, try the crepes at the Sunset café.

Les “lolos”

The lolos are local BBQ restaurants. Located on the beach front on the main street of Grand Case. You will also enjoy souvenir shops on this street.

Water sports in Orient Bay

Orient Bay is one of the most popular beach on the island with many restaurants, beach bars and water sports such as banana boat, parasail, jets, etc. The Sun beach bar has a bouncy castle every Sunday.

DAY 7 – WEST SIDE OF THE ISLAND

Marigot

This is the capital of the French side Saint Martin. On the “front de mer” (waterfront), you will find a market in the morning. Then climb the hill to reach Fort Louis, where you will have a beautiful view of the city. You can shop at the West Indies Mall, the marina and the main street (rue du General de Gaulle). Do not miss the gallery of Roland Richardson and its little garden.

Simpson Bay

Popular for the tourists, Simpson Bay has many international restaurants, shops and activities. You can rent a boat at Rhino Safari, take a catamaran cruise, rent a kayak, etc. Check out the hours for the closing of Simpson Bay bridge so you can watch the yachts entering the marina, quite a nice event during the Regatta. If you want to spend time at the beach, go to Karater beach restaurant.

Topper’s

Topper’s distillery has moved to the famous Carousel location in Simpson Bay. A great stop for the entire family, with delicious ice cream for the kids, a distillery tour for the parents and a shop for souvenirs!

Maho

A must do when visiting SXM! Maho is the world famous beach for plane landing and take-off. Beware of the jet blast!

Sunset in Terres Basses

Terres Basses is an exclusive community with luxury villas. It is gated and guarded but you can access the beach, indicate to the guard where you want to go and he will give you the directions. Terres Basses has several beaches to enjoy the sunset: Baie Rouge, Baie longue, Baie aux prunes. Then, you can have diner at La Samana or at Porto Cupecoy Plaza.

ON A RAINY DAY (INDOORS ACTIVITIES)

Submarine

Explore the beautiful coral reefs in a spacious, air-conditioned semi-submarine that will partially submerge itself in the crystal clear waters to provide you with breathtaking views of some of the most diverse marine life. 

Indoor Playground

Kids Zone has an indoor playground with trampolines, rock wall, foam pit, slides, ball pit & ball guns! Outdoor splash zone is also available as well as the restaurant.

Art Class

Art Craft Café in Philipsburg Dutch side, and Pinky Chich’Atelier in Hope Estate French side, offer painting classes for the entire family (book before).

SPECIAL EVENTS

Christmas House

Located in Cripple gate, you will not be able to miss it during the Holiday period! The owner of the house decorates it every year and opens her doors to visitors. Every room will be an extraordinary discovery filled with Christmas decorations.

Fri-nally

Every Friday starting 5pm, the Seaside nature Park in CayBay invites you to the farm: Bouncy house, pony rides, cuddle animals, beach, BBQ and camp fire!


Healthy Eaters Itinerary

DAY 1

Breakfast at Market Garden

Supermarket located in Simpson Bay, open from 6am to 9pm everyday. If you need to shop to cook at the villa, they have vegan, gluten free and organic food. Their Double Dutch Café serves freshly made coffee, juices, smoothies, pastries, sandwiches and more. Ideal to start the day with a good breakfast!

Lunch at Ital Shack

Vegan Family restaurant on Bush Road, Philipsburg, open Sunday to Friday for breakfast and lunch. The owner, Ras Bushman, is growing his own food on the hill around the restaurant. Ask him to see his green house, he will be happy to give you a tour!

Diner at Gigi’s

Organic Restaurant and juice bar located in Simpson Bay, open from 7am to 9:30pm, Tuesday to Sunday (hours may differ in low season). The Chef sources fresh ingredients from local farmers’ markets to serve organic and vegan dishes.

DAY 2

Breakfast at Fit Foods

Restaurant located in Philipsburg, open from 7am to 3pm, Monday to Friday. The menu consists of real nutrition; fresh fruits and vegetables, healthy fats and lean proteins that are free of hormones and antibiotics. You will find a wide range of items to suit every palate from the strictest Vegan, the Caveman meat eater, the Energetic Keto, to the Sweet tooth indulgers.  All the bakes and treats are Vegan and Gluten Free, and are made with flours that are plant and nut based, and sweetened only with natural honey, pure maple syrup and coconut sugar.

Lunch at Natural Café

Located on the Marina in Marigot, open from 9am to 4pm, Monday to Saturday. Organic restaurant and juice bar serving vegetarian and vegan dishes, made with mostly local products.

Diner at Avantika

Authentic Thai Restaurant located in Simpson Bay, open until 11pm everyday. The menu has several vegan and vegetarian options, ask your waiter.

DAY 3

Breakfast at Top Carrot

Located in Simpson Bay, open from 7:30am to 5pm, everyday. Vegetarian friendly restaurant and juice bar, with gluten free options. While your food is getting ready, explore their ethnic boutique!

Lunch at Vital ByO

Located on the waterfront of Marigot, open from 8:30am to 7pm, Monday to Saturday. Organic restaurant and juice bar serving mostly local products.

Diner at Beirut SXM

Located in Simpson Bay, open from 11am to 12am, everyday. Lebanese restaurant serving several vegetarian and vegan options.

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