St. Martin, isle of picturesque villages.

The best way to discover the way of life and customs of Saint Martin is to take a stroll through its towns and its villages.

Marigot, the cosmopolitan capital of the French side, is home to all the local government departments. Here, boutiques and trendy restaurants sit side-by-side with traditional stalls. Don’t miss the colours, smells and buzz of the local market.

A former fishing village, Grand-Case has a unique Creole charm. Along its magnificent bay you will find a large number of restaurants in traditional huts and wattle houses.

In the remote village of Colombier, which is surrounded by nature on all sides, authenticity meets identity.

Having sprung up only recently in the last ten years, Orient Bay Village is considered one of the “musts” of the Caribbean. 

Here are someof the hightlights from each Neighborhood: 

Phillipsburg (Dutch side) 

  • Dutch Capital
  • Where the cruise ships dock
  • Great duty free shopping
  • Not a lot of nightlife

 

Simpson Bay (Dutch side) 

  • The crossroads of the island
  • Has lots of restaurants and timeshare properties
  • Is central to everything
  • The major marina is here

 

Maho / Maho Village (Dutch side) 

  • Next to the airport
  • Party central for the island
  • Restaurants, casinos, bars, nightclubs
  • Lots of action, lights
  • noisy but very fun

 

Cupecoy / Lowlands (French side)

  • Dutch border on the Northwest side of the island
  • The golf course
  • Atlantis casino
  • Some good restaurants
  • Lots of expensive villas dominate this section of the island

 

Marigot (French side)

  • French Capital
  • Very Eurpoean feel with upscale shopping and dining at a more relaxed pace
  • Nice marina
  • You can catch a ferry to Anguilla, St. Barths, and other islands.

 

Grand Case (French side) 

  • Dining capital of the Caribbean; Spend $5 for local BBQ or $100 for fine French Cuisine.
  • Weekly Mardi Gras (“Mardis de Grand Case” and the Harmony Night festival)

 

Dawn Beach (Dutch side)

  • French border
  • Used to be a quiet area but is the site of major new construction.

 

Orient Bay/Orient Village (French side) 

  • On the East coast of the island
  • Has a lot of restaurants, vacations rentals, small hotels
  • Has one of the most popular beaches on the island.

 

Anse Marcel (French side) 

  • Northernmost neighbourhoos on the island

Cul-de-sac (French side)