Discover the French side of St. MartinSt. Martin
is an island destined exclusively for having a relaxing and fun vacation. You don’t have any choice but to spend wonderful days on one of the divine beaches covered in white sand and blessed by the waters of the Atlantic Ocean, and discover amazing attractions and corners of unspoiled nature.
The most popular resorts on the French side of the island
are undoubtedly Orient Bay
and Grand Case
. Orient Bay is the place to be if you want to meet new people and have fun at one of the famous beach bars and clubs here at the resort. The beach in Orient Bay is spectacular and equipped with all the facilities you might need for a comfortable and pleasant day in the company of the
Anse Marcel of the french Saint Martin © Jean-Marie MAILLETCaribbean
sun. It is also ideal for practicing water sports since here you can find plenty of water sport centers ready to offer you the time of your life.
On the other hand, Grand Case is the gourmet capital
of the island, so those in search for one of a kind culinary experiences should definitely include this resort in their itinerary. Grand Case also has a few wonderful beaches where you can find great vacation rentals such as bungalows, apartments
, villas and houses hidden among palm trees.
The pristine beaches of resorts such as Cul de Sac
, Plum Bay
, Friar’s Bay
or Coralita Bay
, are perfect for quiet days on the beach and romantic strolls in the sunset.
The most luxurious vacation lodgings are to be found in
The village of Grand Case, capital of gastronomy Caribbean © Jean-Marie MAILLETLowlands-Terres Basses
, a magical place that enjoys a beautiful strip of smooth, white sand hidden away from the tourist crowds.
Day trips from your St. Martin resort
A trip to St. Martin will give you the chance to visit all the attractions on the island, regardless of the place where you choose your base. Most St. Martin itineraries include a stop to Marigot
, the capital of the French side of the island. Marigot is the place where museums and landmarks can be found, and also plenty of tax free French luxury boutiques
, chic cafes and sophisticated restaurants.
If you want to discover a corner of nature that the French side has left unspoiled for visitors, you can visit the St. Martin Nature Reserve, the Butterfly Farm
Fort Louis in Saint Martin french side © Alysta
, and the Loterie Farm
, in Colombier
. You can easily get to all these attractions once you rent a car from Grand Case. You can also find car rental offices in Philipsburg
and Maho Reef
, both resorts being situated on the Dutch side of the island
The Dutch side also has plenty of attractions to offer, from the landmarks, museums and forts situated in Philipsburg, to the casinos, duty free shops and restaurants spread along this part of the island. It also has two nature reserves, St. Maarten Marine Park
and Seaside Nature Park, perfect for hiking, horse riding, snorkeling, diving and admiring the spectacular views of the island.