Things to do in Saint Martin
Marigot - take an pirates adventure tour
For a great family day out take a trip on the replica 18th century schooner, Liana’s Ransom and follow in the footsteps of the many pirates that once cruised the Caribbean. The tour take place on Tuesdays and Saturdays and included in the day are a visit to the botanical gardens, Marigot Bay and Diamond Falls. If you are very lucky you may even get to fire the cannons.
Orient Bay - enjoy snorkeling at Pinel Island
Pinel island is the epitome of a Caribbean beach, with no roads or cars, just a simple beach and a long sand spit, that protects it from the surf of the powerful Atlantic. It is this that makes it ideal for families, as the shallow waters make it a safe place to bathe. There is excellent coral in the area, making it ideal for snorkelling, especially when you follow the coral trail that has been laid out to follow.
Orient Bay - unwind at Club Orient
The beach at Club Orient is renowned in the area as being a nudist beach, although clothing is optional. It is part of a 2 mile long beach of white sand, that has a gradually sloping bottom. The clear waters along the beach make it well suited for swimming and snorkelling. For those that are a little shy, move further up the beach, where there are always people wearing more clothing.
Oyster Pond - view the sea life on a diving and snorkeling trip
There are over 40 different dive sites on the island, some of them so close you can simply walk from your hotel to the beach to find some excellent sites for snorkelling. Other dive sites are accessible by boat with visibility frequently over 100 feet, as you dive down look at the corals and fish around you. Certified scuba divers can easily rent tanks but you will need to show certification and you should always dive with an experienced dive instructor.
Introduction to Saint Martin
Two distinct European cultures have peacefully existed next to each other for centuries on the Caribbean island of St Martin. French Guadeloupe controls the island’s northern half while the Dutch Netherlands Antilles claims the southern half. Visitors usually just refer to each half as the French side or the Dutch side of the island. However, regardless of which half of the island guests decide to use as their base, hotels in St Martin are notorious for their expensive cost, particularly during the winter high season between December and April. St Martin hotel costs decline during the low season, however, and visitors who ask for local rates while making advance booking for their hotels in St Martin as opposed to normal walk in rates may save even more money. There are also many more choices for hotels in St Martin other than its large amount of luxury hotels, though, including affordable villas and guesthouses which supply guests with freedom and spectacular views of the beach.