St Martin is mainly known for its consistently dry climate and sunny weather. However, not everyone knows that its wind conditions are also consistent year round and the crystal clear waters offer a wonderful playground for everybody. Half Dutch, half French, the island offers a multicultural atmosphere. You will enjoy the French fine cuisine, duty-free shops on the French side and the nightlife, casinos on the Dutch side.
Wind: 13-15 knots year round. It can blow 20 knots plus, but the average is 15 knots. Morning is always the best time to ride (until 11 am), with the wind picking up again at 3 pm. The various spots offer all conditions: flat water in the lagoon, wave riding on the reef, long swell outside of the bay and deep water for foiling. Normal wind direction: East. Average air temperature: 85 °. Average water temperature: 75°.
St Martin is a small island, so is incredibly easy to get around. Public buses are available (stop outside of town) with only $2 to go to Marigot or Philipsburg. However car rental is the best way to visit the island, though one day is enough to visit loads of spots on the island. In winter time, the traffic is pretty busy, so it's better to enjoy Orient Bay activities. You can rent cars right from your hotel or the centre for about $30-$40 per day.
Airport Arrival: You'll fly into St Martin's Juliana International Airport (SXM).
Taxis / Transfers: We suggest that you use taxi service to reach your hotel. Taxi drivers are very familiar with the location of all properties. It takes about 35 minutes and costs about $40 per taxi to the hotels along Orient Bay.
There are many beach restaurants open during the day: Kakao , Kontiki, Bikini, Orange fever (best pizzas), and on the Orient bay Village at night: Le Piment, Coté plage. Try fine French cuisine at Astrolable. Try the « Ti punch » a mix of white rum, sugar cane, syrup, and lime. You may also go at night in Grand- case, a local fisherman village.
St Martin is a Caribbean mecca for nightlife, every day has a party.
Sunday: Bikini beach and Kontiki (Orient bay, next to the school)
Monday: Rainbow Café (Grand case)
Tuesday: Lady C (Dutch side)
Wednesday : Lady’s night at Bliss (Maho, Dutch side)
Thursday: Salsa concert at Calmos Café ( Grand Case)
Friday: Soggy Dollar in Simpson bay ( Dutch side)
Saturday: everywhere on St Martin !
There are many activities on Orient bay, and also the Marine Park to discover with sea turtles, ray, even dolphins and whales in winter. You’ll find many watersports such as diving, surfing, jet skiing, parasailing, flyboarding, hiking, Hobie cats, sea kayaks, snorkelling around Orient bay, SUP and boat excursions to Anguilla, ST Barthelemy. There is also a market in Marigot with duty free shopping which is worth a visit. You can also head into the mountains to the Butterfly and Lotery Farm and wander through the trails in the mountains.
Most of the beach bars have Wifi (free at Wind Adventures).
There is a lot of accomodations available in St Martin, so here's a few suggestions: Manu Gotels in Orient Bay, LA Plantation Hotel, Palm Court Hotel, Alamanda Hotel, La Playal Hotel, Blue Beach Hotel and Esmeralda Hotel.
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