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Things to do in St Maarten

St Maarten is all about sun, sea and sand, with a beach for every taste: Orient Beach promises beauty, Pinel Island offers fun and water activities. Discover the underwater world on the Seaworld Explorer or join in with the highly-competitive sailing race, the St Maarten 12 Metre Challenge. Back on dry land there's The Butterfly Farm and Plantation Mont Vernon to explore. Paradise Peak provides views over the whole island.

Loterie Farm, St Martin. © C S Lewis
Plantation Mont Vernon, St Martin. Courtesy of Plantation Mont Vernon
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Plantation Mont Vernon

Island's agricultural history

Plantation Mont Vernon near Orient Beach in St Martin is a 1786 cotton plantation. The outdoor eco-museum details the historical importance of salt, rum, coffee, sugar and indigo on the island. Explore the indigenous flora and an old-fashioned rum distillery.



Cost

US$12

Opening Hours

Daily 9am-5pm

Address

Route d'Orient-Baie, Orient Beach, St Martin 97150

Transport

Taxi

Website

Plantation Mont Vernon Website

Loterie Farm, St Martin. © C S Lewis
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Loterie Farm

Rainforest for adventure lovers

Located in a pristine forest, the Loterie Farm near Paradise Peak features eco-tours, hiking, mountain biking, meditation and yoga. Tarzan wannabes can soar over the forest canopy via a series of ropes, cables, and suspended bridges in The Fly Zone.



Cost

€5 park entry; €25 for guided tour; €35 Fly Zone; €55 Fly Zone Extreme

Opening Hours

Daily all day (some activities closed Sep & early Oct each year)

Address

Route Pic du Paradis, Paradise Peak, 97150 St Martin

Telephone

+590 590 87 86 16

Transport

Taxi

Website

Loterie Farm Website

Paradise Peak, St Martin. Photo by Roberta Sotonoff
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Paradise Peak

Exotic vistas

It's a steep trek or a bumpy ride up to Paradise Peak in St Martin. At almost 424 metres (1,391 feet), it is the island's highest point. The breathtaking views take in tropical rainforest, the surrounding islands and the ocean.



Cost

Free

Opening Hours

Daily 7am-7pm

Address

Pic du Paradis Road, Paradise Peak, St Martin 97150

Transport

Taxi

Fort Louis, St Martin. Photo by Roberta Sotonoff
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Fort Louis

18th-century lookout

Built in 1767 to defend the surrounding settlement from invasion, Fort Louis in Margot, St Martin, is just a ruin nowadays. Make the short climb to the top for sweeping views over Marigot, Simpson Bay Lagoon and Nettle Bay.



Cost

Free

Opening Hours

Daily all day

Address

Marigot, St Martin 97150

Transport

Taxi

The Butterfly Farm, St Martin. © Kevin J Kenny, courtesy of The St Martin Butterfly Farm
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The Butterfly Farm

Fluttering beauties

The Butterfly Farm in the Quartier d'Orleans, is a tranquil, tropical terrarium-like sphere. Guided tours teach visitors everything there is to know about the life cycle of 40 species of fluttering creatures. Pick up butterfly-themed gifts in the gift shop.



Cost

US$12

Opening Hours

Daily 9am-3.30pm

Address

Le Galion Beach Road, Quartier d'Orleans, St Martin 97150

Telephone

+590 590 87 31 21

Transport

Taxi

Website

The Butterfly Farm Website

Seaworld Explorer, St Martin. Courtesy of Atlantis Adventures
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Seaworld Explorer

Underwater paradise

Atlantis Adventures runs the Seaworld Explorer, a glass-bottomed submarine giving guests a peek at life under the sea without getting wet. Passengers descend into its hull near Grand Case and observe coral reefs and colourful fish through glass windows.



Cost

US$30

Opening Hours

Daily. Morning and afternoon tours, times vary

Address

Pier at Grand Case, Grand Case, St Maarten and St Martin 97150

Telephone

+599 542 4078

Transport

Taxi

Website

Atlantis Adventures Website

Pinel Island, St Martin. © Christopher Ma
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Pinel Island

Sun, sea and sand

St Martin's Pinel Island, just off the French Cul de Sac, boasts pinkish sand for sunbathing, clear water for snorkelling and fashionable beach bars for socialising. Nature trails along the water's edge and into the hills make for delightful walks.



Cost

US$6 for round-trip boat to the island

Opening Hours

Daily 9am-5pm

Address

Off French Cul de Sac, Pinel Island, St Maarten and St Martin 97150

Transport

Taxi then boat

Orient Beach, St Martin. © www.st-martin-vacation.com
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Orient Beach

Popular beach holiday spot

Soft white sand, excellent snorkelling and surfing conditions and beach bars with live Caribbean music make St Martin's Orient Beach very popular. The northern end is family-oriented while the southern end has St Martin's only official nudist beach.



Cost

Free

Opening Hours

Daily all day

Address

Orient Beach, 97150 St Martin

Transport

Taxi

St Maarten 12 Metre Challenge, St Maarten. Courtesy of Roberto Ferriera
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St Maarten 12 Metre Challenge

Sailing with the best

The St Maarten 12 Metre Challenge uses the same boats as the America's Cup. Races last two to three hours and set off from Bobby's Marina in Philipsburg. Grind a winch, trim a sail or just enjoy the trip.



Cost

US$78-US$99 (seasonal)

Opening Hours

Four daily races at 8.30am, 10am, 11.45am and 1.30pm. Reservations are necessary.

Address

Bobby's Marina, Philipsburg, St Maarten

Telephone

+599 542 0045

Transport

Taxi

Website

12 Metre Website

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