Family-Friendly Things to Do in St. Martin
St. Martin, part of the Leeward Islands, is a French and Dutch island located in the Caribbean. It is best known for its azure waters, impressive nature sightings and planes landing directly over the public beach and at the airport. It is also an excellent choice for a vacation, with plenty of family-friendly things to do, as you indulge in many aquatic and on-land activities and experiences. From sailing to scuba diving, hiking and more, Saint Martin offers an array of things to do for your and your entire family.
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Where to stay St. Martin, Caribbean
La Samanna, A Belmond Hotel, St Martin
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Things to do St. Martin, Caribbean
Go sailing and race in a regatta
When you find yourself in this part of the world, the best way to enjoy the landscape is to get on the sea. So hop on board a 39 ft. Regatta (we went on the Stars and Stripes Sailboat from the America Cup race). Everyone onboard has a job during the sail. Once all know their jobs, the boat engages in an actual sailing race against two other sailboats. This is a fun experience for the whole family to partake in.
Scuba diving and snorkeling
Just stick your head in the water in St. Martin, and you’re sure to discover a whole underworld and many of Nemo’s friends and family. The waters here are amazing, and it is a must to go snorkeling and/or scuba diving if you prefer. Of course, freediving is also an option!
Duty-Free shopping in Philipsburg
Make sure to go to Phillipsburg when there is no cruise ship at the port. It is a well-known destination for Duty-Free shopping. Think: jewelry, camera equipment, liquor and so on.
Local crafts at Marigot
This market offers many handmade goods, from hair accessories to beach baskets, to take home as a conscious and ethical souvenir from the island.
Hike to the highest point on St. Martin
Drive up to Paradise Peak, where you can take a short hike to the island's highest point. Here, you will see magnificent views of the Caribbean and even the island of St. Barths on a clear day.
Head out to Orient Beach, one of the most spectacular beaches on the island. But don't be surprised if some people aren't wearing a bathing suit; it's clothing-optional here.
Day trips from St. Martin
Take a day trip (or even spend a few nights) on the island of Anguilla. There is a ferry that departs St. Martin and arrives in Anguilla in 25 minutes! While there, check out the stunning beaches. Stop by Bankie Banx Dune Preserve for some evening drinks on a night that Bankie Banx is playing!
Eat & drink St. Martin, Caribbean
Rialto Pizza and Pasta: Located on Maho Beach, this is the perfect outdoor pizza fix for any carby-craving.
Sunset Bar and Grill: This bar is on a stretch of beach at the end of the airport runway on Maho Beach. The end of the runway in St. Martin draws a crowd during the times different jets are taking off, and you can watch the spectacle with a cocktail in hand. (You can stand at the end of the runway on the beach and get sandblasted and even tossed down the hill to the water's edge).
Sky’s the Limit: This is a lolo (local restaurant) for some traditional Caribbean cuisine. Don't leave without trying the Journey Cake!
Spiga: Fine Italian dining that promises an exquisite and memorable meal.
La California: A trendy restaurant that offers a casual atmosphere. Stop by for a simple lunch, enticing pizza or a dinner of lobster, shrimp or salmon.
Toppers: Located in a Caribbean cottage in Simpson Bay, this restaurant has a fabulous menu of sandwiches, pasta, chicken and seafood.
Karakter: Located on one of the most beautiful beaches in St. Martin, Simpson Bay Beach, this restaurant offers a unique beach experience with lounge chairs, lots of shade and the best service. Karakter transforms into a cozy restaurant during the night time where you can enjoy Caribbean delights!
For more island fun fit for the whole family, check out Kim's Family-Friendly Travel Guide to Jamaica.
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