St. Maarten for Families
Collected by Peter Sands
St. Maarten is a mix of cultures, with Dutch and French sides of the Caribbean island. Known for its pristine beaches, translucent waters, world-class diving, duty-free shopping, gourmet dining, and sweet, yet spicy Sint Maarten Guavaberry liqueur, there's something for everyone.
Anse Marcel, St Martin
All of the 30+ beaches on the island of Sint Maarten/Saint-Martin are open to the public, but some are easier to get to than others. Anse Marcel, tucked in a beautiful bay at the northern tip is worth the effort to reach. After descending to sea...
Rue du Pic Paradis, St Martin 97150, St Martin
Loterie Farm is a true sanctuary on St. Maarten, offering a mix of nature, adventure, and gastronomy. Take a guided tropical rainforest hike, zip-line through 200-year-old mango trees (there's even an extreme course option), pair tapas and...
Fort Amsterdam, Sint Maarten
In 1631, Dutch settlers arrived to St. Maarten and claimed the island, building what we now know as Fort Amsterdam between Great Bay and Little Bay. This was a great defensive position, situated at the top of cliffs, connected to the mainland, and...
Rue du Coconut Grove, 97150
For those who love nature and wildlife, the Butterfly Farm is home to hundreds of colorful butterflies from all over the world. The numbers are steadily growing, too, as new butterflies are born each day. The best time to visit is in the morning,...
Great Bay Beach, Sint Maarten
Located on Great Bay Harbour, Great Bay Beach features soft, sugary sand, palm trees and translucent blue waters set against a backdrop of rolling hills and rugged cliffs. While one could easily spend hours taking in the view and sunbathing (beach...
7 Voorstraat, Philipsburg, Sint Maarten
Located in a converted 1800's house, the St. Maarten Museum focuses on local St. Maarten heritage through a variety of topics, like geology, industry, history, archaeology, and indigenous cultures. View important artifacts and exhibitions like...
Oyster Pond, St Martin
Situated on the dock in Oyster Pond, and walking distance to a number of resorts like the Westin St. Maarten, this chic yet relaxed island restaurant offers sweeping water views and a menu of delicious seafood. Offerings change daily based on...
Dawn Beach, Sint Maarten
Situated on Dawn Beach you'll find one of St. Maarten's most delicious and affordable restaurants: Mr. Busby's. During the day you can savor fall-off-the-bone barbecue and fresh seafood paired with a frosty Carib beer, and at night the eatery...
1 Voorstraat, Philipsburg, Sint Maarten
This popular shop has locations all over St. Maarten, although their Front Street residence is where you'll find the largest selection island-inspired wares. Shop for Guavaberry liqueur, hammocks, handmade jewelry, local sauces and spices, beachy...
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