French West Indies

5 things to do on St. Martin

December 23, 2011

things to do in st. martin1. Hike up to Fort St. Louis
Fort St. Louis, overlooking Marigot Bay, is the most significant historical destination on the island of St.Martin (in the French West Indies). The fort was originally built in 1767 to protect St. Martin from rampaging invaders including the Spanish, the English, and even privateers!

2. Meander through Marigot Market
On Wednesday and Saturday mornings an open-air market is set up along the harbour in Marigot, and it’s a great chance to buy plenty of local produce, tropical fruits and spices, and freshly caught fish.

3. Explore St. Martin Museum
This fantastic cultural destination showcases St.Martin’s rich French, African and Caribbean heritage, and includes a collection of pre-Colombian artifacts, such as  a 1,500 year old burial mound, and other treasures dating back to 1800 BC.

4. Conquer Paradise Peak
Pic Paradis towers above St. Martin. At 1,400 feet, Paradise Peak is the highest point on the whole island, providing an incredible view of the Caribbean.

5. Discover the French Quarter (Orleans)
The French Quarter, a classic Caribbean fishing village, is located on the east coast of the island just north of St.Maarten (the Dutch side), and was the first French settlement here. Some of the original seventeenth-century buildings still stand. This part of the island has not been developed much at all, so the old atmosphere of Napoleanic Europe lingers in nooks and crannies.

The Grand Case Beach Club is close to things to do in St. Martin.

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St Maarten resort

Grand Case is the perfect St Martin beach resort

St. Martin, a French possession located in the Caribbean Sea, is the perfect place to plan a family vacation or a romantic getaway for two. One community on the island, Grand Case, is located in a secluded corner of the territory, providing a secluded spot to create your own private Caribbean memories.

Grand Case is located on the northwest corner of the island. Originally a small fishing village, the town now sports pleasant shopping areas and two secluded beaches. On beach is very calm and protected, and is a perfect spot for kids, and just floating in the water. The other beach is more open to the public, and features lounge chairs and great views of Creole Rock. On the weekends there are more locals on the beach, but for the most part it is very uncrowded and quiet, even when the resort hotel is fully booked. There is plenty of space for everyone. Be sure to take advantage of the complimentary beach toys and equipment at your hotel, such as kayaks and snorkels – a snorkel trip to Creole rock is highly recommended.

From the resort, it’s a quick walk into town to eat or shop featuring eateries such as Spicy, run by Sophie and Oliver. There is also an authentic French bakery, and, across the street, a small Asian grocery store where it’s possible to buy fresh produce. Choosing a resort set up as a condo unit means it’s possible for couples and families to save by preparing meals at home.

While Grand Case is an isolated corner of Caribbean paradise, it’s easy to take sightseeing trips other parts of St. Martin and still come back to spend down time on a wonderful hotel and beach. If you are a couple you would want to spend a day at Orient Beach – very unique and not for the easily embarrassed!

– Charles Edwards frequently writes about St. Martin beach resort ideas

 

 

 

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