St. Maarten for Friends
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.
Airport Rd, Simpson Bay, Sint Maarten
There's no way to accurately describe the feeling of the warm acceptance, and open armed welcome you receive when you arrive at Hilma's Windsor Castle. Hilma, originally from Dominica, greets you with an infectious smile and a genuine interest in...
La Savane, St Martin
Kali's a character and his rum infusions left to bake in the punishing West Indian sun are not to be missed! Try from a selection including guavaberry (maybe not what you're thinking), passion fruit, papaya, banana and more. Don't forget to order...
Grand Case, St Martin
Perched ever-so-perfectly in the middle of Anguilla's Rendezvous Bay, the Sunshine Shack embodies Caribbean sublimity. The shack, painted brightly in reds, greens and yellows, sits right in between the Anguilla Great House and the Cuisinart Resort...
My initial thought was, does this horse know how to swim? We started our trek from the stables, approximately a 2 mile ride to the beach. It was so peaceful going at a slow pace, down the quiet dirt roads, then finally through the brush down to...
Pelican Key, Koolbaai, Sint Maarten
With over 20 years of experience in the industry, Aqua Mania Adventures knows how to show its guests a good (and safe!) time. They offer an extremely wide array of excursions around the island. For those looking for a thrill, scuba diving,...
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...
Bobby's Marina, Philipsburg, Philipsburg, Sint Maarten
Bucket-list junkies will love this: The 12 Metre Challenge allows you to race multi-million dollar 12-metre yachts actually used in the America's Cup. You may even get to sail Dennis Conner's famous Stars & Stripes. The day begins with a sailing...
Dawn Beach, Sint Maarten
Situated on the Atlantic, Dawn Beach is renowned for its crystal waters and namesake sunrises. The waters are great for snorkeling, as the visibility allows you to clearly see more tropical fish than dreams provide. The Westin Dawn Beach Resort...
Rue de l'Escale, St Martin
Formally known as La Fregate, L'Oasis is run by the same owner—Martine—who decided to give the establishment a complete makeover. French cuisine is served in a warm setting, and it's all delicious. Think grilled duck breast in caramel pepper...
96 Voorstraat, Philipsburg, Sint Maarten
Located inside a 150-year-old Creole house, L'Escargot is the island's oldest restaurant still under the same management—French expats Joel and Sonya Morand. Menu highlights include veal cordon bleu, duck in pineapple and banana sauce, milk-fed...
Avenue du lagon, Oyster Pond 97150, St Martin
Just follow the sounds of music, laughter, and glasses clinking and you'll find the no-frills Dinghy Dock Bar, where patrons can enjoy sweeping views of Dawn Beach. Those on a budget should go between 5 p.m. and 7 p.m., to enjoy the venue's daily...
Rue du Pic Paradis, St Martin 97150, St Martin
Located at Loterie Farms, an eco-tourism and adventure sanctuary offering hiking, cycling, and ziplining—Treelounge is the perfect place to sip a strong Caribbean cocktail paired with creative small bites. Menu options include cumin lentil balls,...
Philipsburg, Sint Maarten
Built on the site of an ancient Jewish synagogue that was abandoned in 1781, this building was the governor's home before becoming the headquarters and retail shop for the famous Sint Maarten Guavaberry Emporium. Like the building, Guavaberry has...
Voorstraat, Philipsburg, Sint Maarten
For easy, duty-free shopping, head to Philipsburg and explore Front Street and Back Street. Find authentic watches and jewelry at fair prices, along with discounted electronics. Of course, there are other items, too—everything from jewelry to...