DAY 1 – EAST SIDE OF THE ISLAND
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.
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!
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
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.
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…
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
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
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.
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
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.
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.
DAY 7 – WEST SIDE OF THE ISLAND
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.
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 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!
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)
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.
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.
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.
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!