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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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 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”.
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.
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.
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.
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.