St Martin | St Maarten

Philipsburg, St. Maarten

Activities on St  Martin / St Maarten

From Shopping to Sailing, from Dancing to Dining, there are so many FUN activities on St Martin / St Maarten to keep you and the family busy! Furthermore, you should explore Scuba diving and Snorkeling.

Swordfish Jumping while deep-sea fishing. One of the activities on St Martin/St Maarten
Swordfish Jumping

Deep-Sea Fishing

The offshore waters offer a wide and challenging variety of gamefish including marlin, tuna, dolphinfish, barracuda, and kingfish. The Marlin Cup occurs in the month of May. Additionally, the Saint-Martin Billfish Tournament takes place here every year in the month of June. All year long, you may charter boats at very reasonable rates. Although some of the fish are only in season in these waters from December through March. Charters typically include bait, tackle, and some form of refreshment.

Dining & Dancing

St. Martin is perhaps most famous for its restaurants and the elegance of its cuisine. From the most sumptuous of French delicacies to the tangy blends of Creole cooking to more exotic tastes like Chinese and East Indian, the island provides a wide variety of restaurants. As well as bistros, brassieres, and barbecue shacks called lolos that delight even the most sophisticated of gourmets. The St. Martinois take a deserved pride in their cooking, which approaches something of an art form here. For dinner at most of the more fashionable dining spots, reservations are definitely recommended. Although usually, they are not necessary at lunchtime. Many places also provide music for dancing, as do the many nightclubs around the island. Bands play a variety of zouk, calypso, reggae, jazz, and pop.

St. Maarten expresses its culinary soul not by creating a single cuisine, but by giving voice to cooking styles from the far-flung corners of the globe. Diners can select from more than 300 restaurants offering French, Dutch, Caribbean, Italian, Chinese, Indonesian, Creole, and more.

Shopping at the Marigot Market in       St Martin
Shopping at the Marigot Market in St Martin

Duty-Free Shopping

One of the great attractions of the island has been the duty-free shopping available on both sides of the island. Luxury items from all over the world, are regularly offered at bargain prices. From French and Italian clothing fashions to Dutch and Japanese electronics, Indonesian batiks, and Chinese embroidery. You will find jewelry, leather, crystal, liquors, and fine porcelain, free of all taxes and customs. The French side also provides a more leisurely shopping experience since the crowds from the cruise ships tend to be attracted more to the Dutch side.

Golf, one of the activities on St Martin / St Maarten

The one 18-hole golf course on the island is located on the Dutch side of St. Maarten at nearby Mullet Bay. The course is indeed open to all visitors; call ahead to reserve a slot.


25 miles of clearly defined footpaths are waiting for those who want to experience the natural beauty of the island on foot. They run through the mountains and along the shore. Coupled with revealing some spectacular and magnificent panoramas.

Horseback Riding

The Coralita Beach Resort operates a small stable and rents out horses for a truly romantic ride along the beach.

Catamaran Moonstone will take you to activities on St Martin / St Maarten

Rent small boats, like Sunfish and Sailfish, out of many of the hotels. While chartering larger craft for longer trips is possible from several different operators around the island. Especially trips to more isolated spots like the Ilet Pinel. If so desired, sailing instructions can be included. If you are a racing enthusiast, you can partake in several regattas that are held here every year. Usually at the end of March.

Scuba Diving & Snorkeling

Visibility in the waters around the island typically extends for about 100 feet and sometimes can even reach up to 200 feet. The coral reefs offer a wide variety of sea life. Not to mention the wreck of an English battleship dating back to 1801, which is located just off the coast of St. Maarten in the Great Bay. Dive operators may be found at many of the major resorts and hotels as well as at a number of independent shops around the island. Instruction from beginner to advanced is readily available. Certified divers should remember to bring their licenses as well as their diving logs. Renting equipment is easy. And snorkeling is especially inexpensive.

Tennis & Squash

Tennis remains one of the favorite pastimes in St. Martin. You will find more than 70 courts over the whole island. You can find many of these in the hotels. Consequently, Tennis pros are on hand in several of these places to instruct for a modest fee. Also, squash is available at several sports clubs and fitness centers. But keep in mind to wear appropriate attire. Although not necessarily tennis whites.

Water Sports, one of the many activities on St Martin / St Maarten

At the more popular beaches and inland lagoons, Windsurfing, water-skiing, parasailing, and jet-skiing are activities that are regularly offered. Rental and instruction tend to be fairly inexpensive.

Enjoy all these activities on St Martin and so much more.