Need a writer? You are in the "write" place!

Email: breanamjohnson@gmail.com

Adventures at Home and Abroad

St. Maarten/ St. Martin Travel Guide

St. Maarten/ St. Martin Travel Guide

There is no end to the Saint Martin/ Sint Maartin activities you can enjoy! Although this lovely Caribbean island is only 37 square miles, it offers a new thing to do or see on practically every inch of its tropical paradise. Wondering what to do on Saint Martin? Well, that’s what I’m here for. I spent the last two years exploring virtually every step of this island, and I’ve recorded my adventures so you can enjoy them, too. Look no further for a list of things to do on Saint Martin! Here is everything you need to know.

 

IMG_2984
Loterie Farm

 

Places to Eat:

  • Thai Savanh’ (Cupecoy) Thai – $$
  • Bar Code (Cupecoy) Unique French and American – $$
  • Fat Tony’s (Cupecoy) Wings, burgers, fries – $$
  • Papa Dan’s Pizza (Cupecoy) Pizza – $
  • Coffee Shop (Cupecoy) Coffee, pastries, sandwiches -$
  • Ernest and Fidel (Cupecoy) Cuban and Latin – $$
  • Shanghai Brassiere (Cupecoy) French and Chinese – $$
  • Taco Macho (Maho) Mexican – $$
  • Moomba (Maho) Tapas and drinks – $$$
  • Sushitti (Maho) Sushi – $$$
  • Top Carrot (Simpson Bay) vegetarian sandwiches, delicious smoothies – $
  • White Swan (Simpson Bay) Chinese food – $
  • Little Jerusalem (Simpson Bay) Shwarma– $
  • Beirut (Simpson Bay) Lebanese – $$
  • Bamboo (Simpson Bay) Sushi – $$$
  • Avantika (Simpson Bay) Thai – $$$
  • Carousel (Simpson Bay) Ice Cream – $$
  • Buccaneer Beach Bar (Simpson Bay) Bar and restaurant at the beach – $$
  • Karakter (Simpson Bay) Bar and restaurant at the beach – $$
  • Skip Jack’s (Simpson Bay) Seafood– $$$
  • Trey Wah (Cole Bay) Chinese – $$
  • Fat Jimmy’s Roadside BBQ (Philipsburg) Chicken, ribs, and johnnycakes– $
  • Ketty’s Kich’n (Philipsburg) Caribbean food-$
  • Carts on Front Street (Philipsburg) Local fare, American, etc– $ or $$
  • Barefoot (Phillipsburg) Caribbean BBQ – $
  • Chesterfields (Philipsburg) Seafood and American – $$$
  • Cool Lime (Orient Bay) Local fare – $
  • Serafina’s (Marigot) French Bakery – $
  • Coffee Shop Club (Marigot) French Cafe -$$
  • La Ti Crepe (Marigot) French Cafe – $$
  • Talk of the town (Grand Case) Caribbean BBQ – $
IMG_2040.JPG
Local Food from Cool Lime

Places to Stay: 

    • Riu Resort is my favorite hotel on the island. It’s all-inclusive, with a big pool, a beach, and lots to do. My favorite part is the free paddleboarding in Anse Marcel Bay.
      Riu hotels, summer, holidays, deals, travels
    • Sonesta Resort is also a nice all-inclusive. I’ve been there for day trips a couple times and have seen the rooms. It’s very nice and is conveniently close to the airport.
    • The Towers is near American University of the Caribbean
    • Sapphire Resort is in Cupecoy, very close to AUC
    • Diamond Resorts
    • Divi Little Bay Resort is in Philipsburg. I love the location because it is on a peninsula between the road and old Fort Amsterdam. A good place for beachgoing, birdwatching, and nature walks.
    • Belair Resort in Philipsburg

Book now on Viator

Safety Guidelines

  • Transportation
    • Purchase insurance for your rental vehicle
    • Never leave valuables in your car
    • Follow the rental agency’s instructions. Sometimes they ask you to leave your car empty and unlocked while you are about.
    • Buses are a safe, reliable mode of transportation. Be sure you know where you are going and where you will be dropped off before you climb aboard
    • Don’t walk around alone after dark. Avoid places such as the Maho golf course or Sandy Ground altogether at night.
    • Remember that people drive differently in different places. Be careful when driving and watch for cars, people, and cows entering the roadway without warning. Also, honking is usually considered friendly, so don’t sweat it if you get honked at!
  • Valuables
    • Pickpockets target tourists. Keep your valuables on you at all times. Wear a purse with a zipper.
    • If you plan to enjoy the water, take as few valuables as possible to the beach. Keep an eye on your stuff while you swim.
    • Keep your phone in a Ziploc bag at the beach. You don’t want to damage it with water or sand!
  • Nature and Activities
    • Be careful of poisonous and painful wildlife. St. Maarten is home to jellyfish, sea urchins, poisonous snails, and sharp coral. Watch where you step and invest in some water shoes if you plan to poke around rocky areas.
    • Be careful when on boats and kayaks. Don’t exert yourself more than you should and always drink responsibly.
    • Mosquitos can carry Zika,  Chikungunya virus or Dengue. Wear bug spray.
    • Wear sunscreen! This is the tropics.
  • Food and Drink
    • Fish: before eating fish, make sure it is not a ciguatera toxin carrier. Most fish at restaurants is OK. Before eating from a fish market or consuming a fish you caught yourself, consult a chart to be sure your fish does not have risk of ciguatera poisoning. Small herbivores are always safe, and small carnivores are often safe. Never, ever, ever eat barracuda.
    • In the grocery store, check expiration dates
    • Do not purchase perishables from small markets after extended power outages
  • Bars and Clubs
    • Be cautious. Avoid sketchy-looking bars, especially at night. I avoid even walking past them after dark.
    • Watch your drink. Drugs in drinks are a risk. In fact, I would suggest that you avoid drinking at local bars altogether. If you want a drink, go to a classy restaurant.
    • Drink responsibly. The last thing you want is to get drunk in a foreign country and wake up without your phone and wallet.
    • Drug usage is not legal. It is also not safe here (it’s never safe, but it’s especially risky in foreign countries). Don’t let anyone convince you otherwise.
    • Prostitution is legal on the Dutch side, but that doesn’t mean it’s a good idea. Here’s why:
      • The Caribbean has the second-highest HIV/AIDS rate, after sub-Saharan Africa
      • Many of the girls who work as prostitutes are not here of their own free will
      • Hiring a prostitute risks damaging your current or future relationship both emotionally and physically- you don’t want to take a regret or an STD home.
      • Although some claim that prostitution and strip clubs help St. Maarten’s economy, the truth is that it hurts the island. Casual sex hurts the island’s children and youth because it makes illicit sexual activity more common and available to young people– thus an increase in drugs, STDs, AIDS, and teen pregnancies and a decrease in grades, graduation rates, and functional families.
FullSizeRender (8)
Beware of Camouflaged Jellies

300x250 banner-1
Respect the Island

  • Clean up your trash. There is too much garbage and broken glass on the beach already.
  • Leave the environment as you found it. Removing coral and shells makes a small but negative impact.
  • Be kind. Tourists are not well-respected here because they tend to seem rude. Set a positive example!
  • Don’t set fires. You can have a grill, but fires are not allowed.
  • Check fishing rules before you go. You can fish spearfish in some areas of the French side and you can fish in most areas on the Dutch side.
  • Nudists, be courteous. Stay in the nude/topless areas of the beach and be sensitive to people who seem uncomfortable with nudity.
IMG_2446
Let the Creatures Be

Other Tips

  • Bus drivers sometimes try to over-charge you. The cost for a bus is 50 American cents per town, including both the one you left and one you stop in.
  • When you enter a bus, check into your hotel, greet a waitress, or really talk to anyone, say “Good morning!” or “Good afternoon!” depending on the time of day. This is considered the proper way to greet someone, and it will be appreciated.
  • Bank of America card holders can withdraw without fees at Scotia Bank ATMs
  • Don’t stay in the tourist areas! They’re cool, but there are even better places to be explored. Make some memories off the beaten path.
IMG_0643
Have a suggestion? Love a restaurant? Know of a great surf spot? Comment below and I’ll add your advice to this page!
Pin me!
Pin me!
Facebook Comments

Please leave a comment!

29 comments on “St. Maarten/ St. Martin Travel Guide

I think the admin of this web site is truly working
hard in favor of his web page, for the reason that here every stuff is quality based information.

Reply

Pretty great post. I simply stumbled upon your blog and wished to say that I’ve really enjoyed browsing your blog posts. In any case I will be subscribing for your rss feed and I’m hoping you write again very soon!

Reply

I’m not that much of a online reader to be honest but your sites really nice, keep it up! I’ll go ahead and bookmark your website to come back later on. Many thanks

Reply

Great blog right here! Also your site so much up very fast! What host are you the usage of? Can I get your associate link to your host? I want my site loaded up as fast as yours lol

Reply

Hello there, You’ve done a fantastic job. I’ll definitely digg it and personally recommend to my friends. I’m confident they’ll be benefited from this site.

Reply

Thank you for another informative blog. Where else could I get that kind of info written in such a perfect way? I’ve a project that I’m just now working on, and I have been on the look out for such info.

Reply

Loving the information on this website, you have done great job on thee posts.

Reply

Simply wish to say your article is as astonishing.
The clarity in your post is just excellent and i can assume you’re an expert on this subject.
Well with your permission allow me to grab your RSS feed to keep updated with forthcoming post.

Thanks a million and please keep up the gratifying work.

Reply

Heya excellent blog! Does running a blog
like this take a great deal of work? I have no expertise in computer programming however I had been hoping to
start my own blog in the near future. Anyways, should you
have any ideas or tips for new blog owners please share.
I understand this is off subject but I simply needed to ask.
Many thanks!

Reply

“Im thankful for the article.Thanks Again. Great.”

Reply

Heya i am for the first time here. I found this board and I find It really useful & it helped me out a lot. I hope to give something back and help others like you aided me.

Reply

I simply want to mention I’m beginner to blogs and truly loved this website. Very likely I’m going to bookmark your website . You absolutely come with fabulous posts. Thanks a lot for sharing with us your web page.

Reply

I simply want to say I’m new to weblog and honestly liked this blog. Probably I’m going to bookmark your site . You certainly have remarkable posts. Many thanks for sharing your web page.

Reply

“Im grateful for the blog article.Really looking forward to read more. Awesome.”

Reply

“This is one awesome article post.Really thank you! Fantastic.”

Reply

Thanks-a-mundo for the blog article.Much thanks again. Awesome.

Reply

“Awesome post.Thanks Again. Will read on…”

Reply

“Major thankies for the post.Thanks Again. Really Great.”

Reply

“Very good blog post.Really thank you! Much obliged.”

Reply

I appreciate you sharing this post. Fantastic.

Reply

I really liked your article post.Really looking forward to read more. Really Great.

Reply

Great blog.Much thanks again. Will read on…

Reply

Awesome blog.Really thank you! Want more.

Reply

I just want to tell you that I am new to weblog and certainly enjoyed your blog site. More than likely I’m want to bookmark your blog . You surely have outstanding articles. Many thanks for sharing with us your web site.

Reply

Very neat article post.Much thanks again. Keep writing.

Reply

I am so grateful for your article.Thanks Again. Want more.

Reply

Really enjoyed this blog article.Really looking forward to read more.

Reply

I went over this website and I think you have a lot of good info , saved to my bookmarks (:.

Reply

Thanks for one’s marvelous posting! I quite enjoyed reading it, you can be a great author.I
will be sure to bookmark your blog and definitely will come back very
soon. I want to encourage you continue your great posts, have a nice evening!

Reply

Leave a Reply to check these guys out Cancel reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Like Me On Facebook!

Want to teach ESL from home? Apply to VIPKID!

Subscribe to Blog via Email

Enter your email address to subscribe to this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email.

Follow 3rd Culture Wife on WordPress.com

Follow me on Twitter