Destination Guide: Saint Martin
French-flavoured markets, secluded beaches and buzzing
Browse Marigot's fruit and vegetable market or gaze from a harbourside café with your morning espresso. Wander golden sandy beaches or take in the thrill of diving.
From classic French to tasty Creole. Feast on barbecued chicken or salt cod at a lolo(food stall), or taste Europe with an espresso and patisserie in harbourfront cafés. At Grand Case, the Caribbean's culinary capital, dress up for top seafood on the restaurant-lined seafront.
Relax at golden beaches and French markets. For France-meets-Caribbean flavour, savour Marigot's vibrant fruit and vegetable quayside market, then climb to ruined 18th-century Fort St Louis for spectacular sea views. Butterflies of myriad colours dazzle at Ferme aux Papillons. Hop over to Orient Bay for parasailing and windsurfing, or the west coast's Long Beach for seclusion.
Shop duty-free or browse boutiques. Philipsburg is the place for duty-free bargains, or for stylish shopping head to Marigot's original boutiques stocking Parisian couturiers. A bottle of Guavaberry rum or hot sauce makes a perfect island souvenir.
Sip rum punch, French wine or Dutch beer. If you're feeling lucky, head to casinos scattered on the Dutch side. Cafes and bars spill onto the quayside streets at Marigot, perfect for a leisurely sundowner. Sample the cocktails at Simpson Bay's bars to get in the mood for live Latin music.