Saint Martin is the world’s smallest area of land divided into two nations: half-French, half-Dutch. The French influence is particularly noticeable in the cooking, which is among the finest in the Caribbean.
Powder white sand beaches and crystal-clear water abound on both sides of the island. The beaches are fringed by wild jungles and offer a true sense of isolation, with nothing but the occasional thatch-roofed beach bar between you and the horizon.
The inviting sea is perfect for snorkelling, there are reefs filled with a Caribbean kaleidoscope of sea life while activities such as surfing, windsurfing and sailing are particularly popular with the locals.
From Coconut Reef you can jet off on a powerboat to snorkel alongside colourful tropical fish and turtles, before relaxing on stunning Pinel Island – home to tortoises and iguanas. Once your adventure is over, all that’s left to do is choose your sun lounger and soak up the turquoise waters, the swaying palm trees and sip an ice-cold cocktail.
When to go
Holidaying on this split island is best from November – May.