Itinerary for a Perfect Week in St. Martin

St. Martin/ St. Maarten Itinerary

We rarely go to the same destination twice, so when we return somewhere it speaks highly of that place.  St Martin is an island where we felt safe exploring, comfortable driving, and loved the variety of activities.  The people are so welcoming and love to share their culture with visitors.  Since the island is half Dutch and half French, you feel like you’ve traveled to two islands in one trip.  Here is our itinerary for 5 full days in paradise:

DAY 1

I always spend the first full day enjoying my hotel and spending time in the sun and sand with my family.  Enjoy the pool or the beach and soak up all the sunshine!

Lunch: Kali’s Beach Bar.  This is a toes-in-the-sand restaurant.  Kids can play in the sand while you enjoy a cocktail and wait for your food.  Great burgers!

Spend the afternoon on Friar Beach (French side).  This beautiful, peaceful beach lets you relax and enjoy the sun and sand.  The water is calm so it is a great beach for families. 

Dinner:  Stop at a French market and pick up some local food.  We had a great meal with fresh fruit, French cheese, a crusty baguette, and prosciutto.  We bought a nice bottle of wine and ate by our pool.   

DAY 2

Take the 10-minute ferry ride to Pinel Island, located on the French side.  Spend the day snorkeling, swimming, playing in the sand, and enjoying cocktails on the beach. 

Lunch: The island has two restaurants so you can sit at tables located right on the sand. 

Dinner:  Pineapple Petes.  This fun restaurant is loud enough that you won’t have to worry about tired kids acting out.  Great frozen cocktails! 

 

DAY 3

Start your morning at the St. Maarten Zoo.  This small zoo has adorable animals like capybara, tamarin, tortoises, and parrots.  It’s a nice, inexpensive, place to spend a few hours.  Open daily from 9-5.  Adults $10 Kids $5

Lunch: Lee’s Roadside Grill. A casual place to eat that has the best grilled fish.  Try something local.

Spend the afternoon on Mullet Beach. 

Dinner: Karacters.  This is another feet-in-the-sand kind of restaurant. 

 

DAY 4

Charter a boat for the day! Yes, it’s expensive but it was the best thing we did while in St. Martin.  My kids still talk about it so it was a memorable experience for everyone.  Our first stop was Tintamarre Island.  Since it is accessible only by boat, there were only two other families there.  The island is loved by families because there are usually large sea turtles that swim in the area.    

Lunch:  Our boat brought us to Anguilla to have lunch at a beach bar. 

After lunch we spent some time swimming in the crystal-clear water.  We also went to a few spots to snorkel.  It was such an amazing day!

Dinner:  After having such a long day on the water, you may want to get some food and eat back at the hotel.  If your hotel has a restaurant this would be the perfect day to do it. 

DAY 5

Relax at your hotel for the morning and enjoy some Caribbean sunshine. 

Lunch:  Head over to Philipsburg and eat lunch at the Lazy Lizard. It is located right on the Boardwalk so it’s a perfect starting point.  It’s the perfect place for some beach bites.

Explore Philipsburg by walking around and peeking into all the fun shops on Front Street or Old Street. It’s a great time to buy souvenirs.

 

Walk up to Fort Amsterdam for amazing views and a bit of history.

 

Dinner: Skip Jacks.  Another casual restaurant on the beach where you can eat outside and enjoy the view! If you like seafood then this is the place to get it. 

What are favorite spots/things to do in St. Martin?. 

 

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