Marriage in St. Martin
The bride or groom must be residing on the island for at least six months prior to the wedding date. However, Ms. Lucie Davis of “I Do Bridal Center” offers a wedding package that requires a boat ride to nearby Anguilla, where a marriage license can be obtained at the magistrate’s office. The ceremony and celebration can take place back in St. Martin. Ms. Davis can also handle all wedding arrangements from rental of gowns and tuxedos to pictures, video, etc.
St. Martin is famous for its beaches. They are great in number and each distinctively attractive. To learn more about our beaches, visit St. Martin’s Beaches page.
The offshore waters offer a wide and challenging variety of game fish including marlin, tuna, dolphin fish, barracuda, and kingfish. The Marlin Cup occurs in the month of May and the Saint-Martin Billfish Tournament takes place here every year in the month of June. You can charter boats all year long, although some of the fish are only in season in these waters from December through March. Charters typically include bait, tackle, and some form of refreshment.
Diving & Snorkeling
Visibility in the waters around the island typically extends for about 100 feet and sometimes can even reach up to 200 feet. The coral reefs offer a wide variety of sea life, and just off the coast of St. Maarten in the Great Bay lies the wreck of an English battleship dating back to 1801. You can find dive operators at many of the major resorts and hotels as well as at a number of independent shops around the island. Instruction from beginning to advanced is readily available, and certified divers should remember to bring their licenses as well as their diving logs. You can easily rent equipment, and snorkeling is especially inexpensive.
The Dolphin Club is opened for children (5-12) during July & August as well as for the Christmas & Easter vacations. Your children can take any snorkeling equipment for free.
Tel: 0590 87 89 73
Fax: 0590 87 26 36
Tel: 0690 50 98 51
Fax: 0590 27 69 75
Tel: 0590 87 20 62
Fax: 0590 87 20 63
Scuba fun caraibes
Tel: 0590 87 36 13
Fax: 0590 87 36 52
You can rent small boats, like Sunfish and Sailfish, at many of the hotels. You can also charter larger craft from a number of different operators around the island for longer trips to more isolated spots like the Ilet Pinel. If desired you can also take on sailing instruction. A number of regattas are held here every year, usually at the end of March, if you are a racing enthusiast.
Regularly offered activities include windsurfing, water-skiing, parasailing, and jet-skiing at the more popular beaches and in the inland lagoons. Rental and instruction tend to be fairly inexpensive.
For those who want to experience the natural beauty of the island on foot, there are 25 miles of clearly defined footpaths running through the mountains and along the shore, revealing some truly spectacular panoramas.
The Coralita Beach Resort operates a small stable and rents out horses for romantic rides along the beach.
Tennis & Squash
Tennis remains one of the favorite pastimes in St. Martin, and there are more than 70 courts over the whole island. Many of these are to be found in the hotels, and squash is available at a number of sports clubs and fitness centers. Tennis pros are on hand in several of these places to give instruction for a modest fee. It should be kept in mind that appropriate attire, although not necessarily tennis whites, is required on nearly all of the courts.
The one 18-hole golf course on the island is located on the Dutch side of St. Maarten nearby at Mullet Bay. The course is open to all visitors; call ahead to reserve a slot.
Dining & Dancing
St. Martin is perhaps most famous for its restaurants and the elegance of its cuisine. From the most sumptuous of French delicacies to the tangy blends of Creole cooking to more exotic tastes like Chinese and East Indian, the island provides a wide variety of restaurants, bistros, brassieres, and barbecue shacks called lolos that delight even the most sophisticated of gourmets. The St. Martinois take a deserved pride in their cooking, which approaches something of an art form here. For dinner at most of the more fashionable dining spots, reservations are definitely recommended, although usually, they are not necessary at lunch time. Many places also provide music for dancing, as do the many nightclubs around the island. Bands play a variety of zouk, calypso, reggae, jazz, and pop.
One of the great attractions of the island has been the duty-free shopping available on both sides of the island. Luxury items from all over the world, French and Italian clothing fashions, Dutch and Japanese electronics, Indonesian batiks and Chinese embroidery, jewelry, leather, crystal, liquors, and fine porcelain, free of all taxes and customs, are regularly offered at bargain prices. The French side also provides a more leisurely shopping experience since the crowds from the cruise ships tend to be attracted more to the Dutch side.
French St. Martin does not have any casinos; however, just a short ride away, are eight casinos on the Dutch side. Most hotels provide round-trip transportation to the casinos.