St. Martin

Picking a side has never been more difficult than when it comes to this dual destination. Both Dutch Sint Maarten and French St. Martin have long histories of tolerance, part of why this island is known, as a whole, as “The Friendly Island.” That nickname is in addition to a reputation as the “Gourmet Capital of the Caribbean.” The fine dining tradition of Grand Case, accessible and authentic fair at “lolo”shacks, harbor bistros, al fresco cafés, and the exciting flavors of French and Caribbean cuisine meld with island-fresh seafood that makes every meal one to look forward to.

Eating isn’t the only simple pleasure you’ll find on this laid-back island—its entertainment and beaches have been long beloved by all visitors. From border to border, you’ll find a lively nightlife best complemented with a native guava berry rum concoction, plentiful shopping in Marigot and Philipsburg, and, of late, fun novelties like drag-themed restaurants, and a stronger gay presence on its jaw-dropping beaches

Good to Know

  • No gay scene, but generally inclusive
  • Cupecoy Beach, closed in by dramatic cliffs, is a designated gay—but “straight-friendly”—beach on the Dutch side
  • Historic Creole cottage L’Escargot is the island’s only drag stop, and features cabaret and drag performances
  • Renting a car is one of the favorite ways to traverse the island and its attractions

Featured Resorts:

Grand Case Beach Club

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The Grand Case Beach Club is a laid back, intimate oceanfront hotel adjacent to the picturesque village of Grand Case. The 72-unit hotel is one of the few beachfront properties on St. Martin. Just steps away from the quaint village of Grand Case, on the French side of the island and located 8 miles from Juliana Airport and 3 miles from Marigot, the capitol city.

Belmond La Samanna

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From the moment you arrive at Juliana Airport, to be met by a hotel representative, you will be transported to another world, a place where cares pale into insignificance. At La Samanna, luxury, elegance and superb cuisine are only the beginning, because your every whim will be fulfilled by staff dedicated to making your stay the experience of a lifetime.

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