Must-Dos & Must-Sees in St. Maarten
There’s something super cool about St. Maarten compared to the other Caribbean islands. It’s a combination of many reasons but mostly it’s the fact that it’s half French/half Dutch, is conveniently located near other islands (which makes for great day trips!) and it has some of the best dining options in Caribbean. I was recently there and spoke to a few other tourists who were telling me that they had been spending most of their time in one Dutch area (the most touristy) and thought the island was “nice” but nothing spectacular. I found out that these tourists never rented a car and didn’t get around to exploring all that St. Maarten offers. SO, I’m here to rattle off a few must-see and must-do things while vacationing on the island.
Dine at L’Estaminet restaurant, owned by two lovely French women, in Grand Case.
Consider staying in the Orient Bay area. The accommodations are more low-key (think pastel colored bungalows) and there are plenty of good restaurants (and the popular Orient Bay Beach) within walking distance.
Drink and dance late night at Bikini Beach Bar on Orient Bay Beach. Folks are barefoot in the sand, there are tiki torches and fire pits and it’s like a mini Ibiza!
Watch the sunset and incoming planes at Sunset Bar on the Dutch side. Take advantage of their Happy Hour and enjoy two for $3.00 Amstel Brights (a version of Amstel only sold in the Caribbean).
Take the 20 minute boat ride from St. Maarten’s Marigot city to Anguilla. Get off the boat and ask a cabbie to drop you off at Shoal Bay Beach. Absolutely stunning!
Feel free to add in any of your suggestions if you’ve been yourself!
Posted by Brianne