Each and every visit to the Caribbean is like no other. There is always something new to learn, places to go or things to do. Sculpted by nature, the islands are ever-changing and evolving. With so many islands to choose from it is never easy to decide on where to stop.
We want to introduce you to our beautifully unique islands. Make sure you stay a while, take your time! In the Caribbean there’s no rush, let’s just ‘go with the flow’.
The more you learn, the more you will want to know, so relax and discover
St. Martin is a part of the French overseas department of Guadeloupe, and therefore flies the flag of France.
The first flag depicted is the unofficial flag of St. Martin
The second flag is the ‘Unity Flag’ which is used in both the French and Dutch parts of the island. It represents the people, land, and culture of the entire island, North and South.
The coat of arms of Saint Martin is the official coat of the Collectivity of Saint Martin. It features palm leaves in front of a sun to symbolize the tropical climate, a pelican symbolizing the fauna of the island, a hibiscus symbolizing the flora, a ship symbolizing the tourism-related boating and the words “Collectivité de Saint Martin” on the top.
The French national anthem is the official anthem of St. Martin,
The entire island both the dutch and French parts use “O Sweet Saint Martin’s Land” as a local anthem.
O Sweet Martins Land Lyrics:
1. Where over the world, say where,
You find an island there,
So lovely small with nations free
With people French and Dutch
Though talking English much,
As thee Saint Martin in the sea?
O sweet Saint Martin’s Land
So bright by beach and strand
With sailors on the sea and harbors free
Where the chains of mountains green
Variously in sunshine sheen
Oh I love thy Paradise,
Nature beauty fairly nice
Oh I love thy Paradise,
Nature beauty fairly nice
2. How pretty between all green
Flamboyants beaming gleam
Of flowers red by sunlight set
Thy cows and sheep and goats
In meadows or on the roads
Thy donkeys keen I can’t forget
3. Thy useful birds in white
Their morn and evening flight
Like aircrafts-wings in unity
Their coming down for food
Then turning back to roost
Bring home to me their harmony
4. Saint Martin I like thy name
In which Columbus fame
And memories of old are closed
For me a great delight
Thy Southern Cross the night
May God the Lord protect thy coast!
Pic Paradis (paradise peak) is the highest point in St Martin, standing at 424metres high. It is the starting point for many walks and is a nature lover’s dream! As you begin to climb Pic Paradis, you will pass Loterie Farm, a former sugar plantation that was constructed in 1773. Now Loterie Farm is a private nature reserve and sanctuary, with gorgeous surroundings. One of the big attractions here is the Flyzone, a ziplining experience like no other. Carry on further up the mountain, as you reach the summit you will be presented with stunning views of the entire island and also neighbouring islands.
Built in 1789, overlooking Marigot Bay, St Martin and the beautiful island of Anguilla. It is the largest historical monument and was constructed under the order of Jean Sebastien de Durat who was the governor of St. Martin and St. Barths at the time. The fort provided one of the best views across the bay and beyond and was built to defend its surroundings. Having been restored and renovated a few times, the fort offers unrestricted views of Marigot, Simpson Bay Lagoon, Anguilla and many other areas. Bi-lingual explanatory panels can also be found scattered about the fort with important historical information.
Marigot is located on the west coast of St. Martin and is the centre of activity. It is guarded by Fort Louis, one of our other ‘Must Stops’. Marigot Market is a bustling open-air market open every Wednesday and Saturday. The bustling market is a true melting pot of colours, smells and local flavours. Local meats and fresh fish caught that day are sold under an array of open Creole huts along the water front. The market also contains stalls selling fruit, vegetables and spices. In addition to this, there are around a hundred craft stands manned by locals and foreigners. A commemorative statue in honour female market seller was erected opposite the traditional restaurants (lolos) adjoining the local market. As well as this, a beautiful fresco, was painted by a local artist on a wall opposite the market in 2006. It was also created to commemorate female market sellers.
Located on the north-eastern coast of the island, the nature reserve comprises of 8,800 acres on land and sea. It is home to a huge variety of seabirds, sea turtles and land animals such as mongoose and iguanas. As well as the amazing wildlife, the reserve contains beautiful beaches and staggering cliffs. Humpback whales can be spotted offshore between the months of February and June. Visitors can participate in diving and also hike through the park.