The island is just unbelievably beautiful. You can walk along the many public beaches, the busy ones, like Great Bay Beach in front of Philipsburg, along the board walk,


and the quiet beaches, like Petites Cayes at the Northern end of St. Martin. See our Beach Section for more information on selected beaches.


Duty and Tax Free Shopping is a big thrill for many visitors. More about saving money, when spending money in our Shopping Section.


Butterfly Farm

Close to Galion Beach on French St. Martin, you find the Butterfly Farm showing all kind of exotic butterflies.


Mountain Biking

Rent a bicycle or a mountain bike and explore the island and its great views.


Museums and old Fortresses

Philipsburg and Marigot have small museums, which feature local history since the times of the Arawaks Indians. For lovers of special effect movies, there is a very special museum of “The Yoda Guy” Nick Maley, movie make-up wizard (and EMMY nominee) of movies like “The Empire Strikes Back” and “Star Wars” to visit on Front Street in Philipsburg.

Fort Amsterdam on the Dutch side and Fort Louis on the French side are reminders to historical periods, when the colonial powers considered the Caribbean islands as of enormous strategic importance.



ATV, Go Kart, Scooter, Harley Davidson

Big choice for moving around other than in a rental car! You can rent a quad (ATV) and make a guided tour, you can race on a go-kart track in Savane near Grand Case, rent a scooter, or a Harley Davidson. Please, keep in mind, traffic on island is dense and some of these vehicles are risky on the small and windy roads with a few potholes.



A golf course is publicly accessible on the Dutch side, close to the coast at Mullet Bay. A driving range can be used on the French side.


Canopy Tour (Zip Line) at the Fly Zone

The Fly Zone at Loterie Farm near Marigot sits in a very lush tropical setting and is home of several zip lines for kids and adults. It is a great adventure and contrast to the beach life.


Horseback Riding

Several horse stables on the French and Dutch side offer horse riding along the beach and through shallow waters at Galion beach.


Walking on Mountain Trails

Fantastic views are guaranteed, either to the various low lands and beaches or to neighboring islands. Pic Paradis (1,400 ft/424 meter) is the highest mountain and can be reached by car. Rough trails allow you to walk the area.



St. Maarten has a small zoo with a few exotic animals, such as parrots, tucans, and reptiles. They have the largest playground for kids on the island. Great place to go with kids!

If you are lucky, you can even see monkeys in some island areas. They are escaped animals, which now live from fruits and what people feed.

There is so much more to do. Don’t forget the most popular island fun, spending a day on the beach, endless opportunities for every taste and budget. More information on