St. Martin is a magical island that is shared by the French and the Dutch; the two countries share an almost indiscernible and friendly border. However, each side maintains its distinctiveness and represents its own culture.
The island has a very calm and secluded environment that makes it a perfect spot for vacationers. The fact that the island has two distinct cultures makes it an exciting place to visit. The beautiful island is warm and sunny throughout the year, the average temperature is about 82 degrees Fahrenheit.
Marigot, the capital city of St. Martin, has a vibrant French culture – it has colonial houses, bistros, pastry shops, luxurious boutiques, and European fashions. The best part is that the entire city is very accessible and vacationer-friendly because it only has four wide streets.
The figure of Fort St. Louis is a huge historical monument that is located on the side of the island and it overlooks the Marigot Bay. While you’re looking at this monument, you can get a great panoramic view of the island. At the South of Marigot, there is a museum that preserves the island’s history and culture as it has an abundance of pre-Colombian treasures and extensive displays that manifest the plantation and slavery period.
Paradise Peak is the highest point on the island, after climbing 1,400 feet to the top, you can get a magnificent view of the landscape and tropical forest. On the east of the island, there is a small village called Orleans, or French Quarter, which still preserves some of the seventeenth-century structures. Spending a day in this beautiful village is a great learning experience that you will thoroughly enjoy.
There are a ton of fun-filled activities that the great island offers. St. Martin has thirty seven stunning and unique beaches. The beach at Grand Case and the Anse Marcel beaches have vibrant local cultures and are great beaches to visit with families. Orient Bay beach is unique because it has white sand and it offers a great variety of water-sports.
Dining in St. Martin is world famous- the cuisine there ranges from French delicacies to Asian and Indian cuisine. There are plenty of renowned restaurants on this island; many of them play music for dancing as well.
Given the rich culture of St. Martin, the gorgeous beaches, the historical sites, the enjoyable activities, and the romantic and peaceful atmosphere, a trip to this beautiful island will be a magical one that you will cherish for the rest of your life!