Where to stay in Saint-Martin?

Planning a trip to the West Indies in the near future? Then discover the best places to stay in Saint-Martin!

Located in the Caribbean, in the north-east of the Antilles, Saint-Martin is a surprising island. Divided for 4 centuries between the French in the north and the Dutch in the south, the language most spoken by the locals is English! Multicultural and beautiful, the island of Saint-Martin is home to superb lagoons, magnificent white sand beaches and high, dry hills populated by cactus. In the south, mass tourism reigns around the casinos and Dutch resort hotels, where the Anglo-American influence is predominant. To the north of the island, in the French part, however, travellers will find the lascivious atmosphere associated with the Caribbean islands. The beaches are more beautiful, more numerous and less concreted, even if many villas and houses have been built there recently. Unfortunately, this Caribbean gem hasn’t had an easy life of late. Ravaged by Hurricane Irma in 2017, the island is slowly recovering from its wounds. So where to stay in Saint-Martin during your stay in the West Indies?

To help you prepare for your trip, we’ve put together a list of the best places to stay in Saint-Martin! You’ll have all the information you need to make the best choice of accommodation in Saint-Martin and find what you’re looking for, whatever your budget.

Cul-de-Sac

Loger à Cul de Sac, Saint Martin, Antiles

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Located in the northeast, the hamlet of Cul-de-Sac is not far from Pinel Island and Anse Marcel, another superb place to stay in Saint-Martin. In addition to the beach and lovely snorkeling and diving spots, Cul-de-Sac is home to a number of charming little restaurants and pleasant hotels, perfect for your accommodation in Saint-Martin. Lodging in Cul-de-Sac or Anse Martel is also an easy way to discover the National Nature Reserve of Saint-Martin, as well as Île Tintamarre, an uninhabited, protected area where beautiful hikes await you.

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Grand-Case

Loger à Grand-Case, Saint Martin

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Located north of Marigot, the island’s largest city, Grand-Case is undoubtedly one of the best places to stay in Saint-Martin. Facing a beautiful white sand beach, it is considered the culinary capital of the Antilles. From Grand-Case, you can easily discover the Rocher Créole, a superb underwater reserve that can be visited by glass-bottomed boat.

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Marigot

Marigot, Saint-Martin, Antilles

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Marigot is a charming town to stay in Saint-Martin. Here you can discover several of the island’s most emblematic and historic monuments, including the old Fort Saint-Louis overlooking the bay, a museum retracing the island’s history, and the ruins of the Saint-Jean plantation. Every Wednesday and Saturday is the morning market, one of the most important on the island. From Marigot, it’s easy to explore the rest of the island, including its beautiful sandy beaches.

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Quartier-d’Orléans

Orient Bay, Saint Martin

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A large town in the east of the island, Quartier-d’Orléans is home to one of the best places to stay in Saint-Martin: Orient Beach, where you’ll find one of the island’s most beautiful beaches, as well as numerous hotels and resorts. You’ll have no trouble finding accommodation in Saint-Martin on this beach or in downtown Quartier-d’Orléans. The town is also home to a charming attraction: La Ferme Des Papillons, where you can admire magnificent specimens and learn more about these majestic, colorful insects! Located not far from the French Quarter, Oyster Pond is also a charming place to stay in Saint-Martin.

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Les Terres Basses

Les Terres Basses, Saint Martin

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Not far from Marigot is a beautiful, safe place to stay in Saint-Martin. Surrounded by the sea, Terres Basses is a popular holiday resort on the French side of the island. Numerous villas and hotels have taken up residence here. Terres Basses is home to a number of remarkable sites, including Pointe-du-Bluff, Falaise-aux-oiseaux and Trou-du-diable, the ruins of the Terres Basses sugar factory and some of the island’s finest beaches.

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Philipsburg

Philipsburg, Saint Martin

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The capital of the Dutch part of the island, Philipsburg is a lively and dynamic city, famous for its Front Street, lined with bars, duty-free stores and casinos. For accommodation in St. Maarten, Philipsburg is an excellent place to stay. There are numerous hotels and resorts in and around town. From your accommodation in Philipsburg, be sure to visit the Sint Maarten Zoo, home to parrots and monkeys, or the Sint Maarten Museum, exhibiting artefacts from the indigenous Arawak people. We also recommend a visit to Guana Bay, known as one of the best surf spots on the island!

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