The beautiful island of St. Martin is home to some of the most breathtaking views in the Caribbean. With both France and the Netherlands claiming a half of the island, St. Martin is an eclectic blend of Caribbean culture and European influence. As international borders re-open, St. Martin is seeing an influx of tourists visiting its beaches once again.
Before boarding the plane to your winter getaway, there are a few things to consider bringing along that’ll help you get even more out of your vacation of a lifetime. Naturally, the sun in St. Martin can be quite strong for those who are not yet accustomed to its powerful rays. Therefore, it is quite important to bring items that can help protect you from getting burned, including sunscreen, a sunhat, and soothing aloe vera. Beyond skincare, we’ve prepared an easy-to-follow checklist of small things that just might make all the difference once you’re living it up in paradise:
Step One: Bring Fun for the Whole Family
If you’re traveling with your extended family or children, you’ll have to consider the possibility (or certainty) that the younger members of your party may not find the experience of lounging on the beach as restorative as you do. For these energetic winter escapees, pack a frisbee or beach football to keep them entertained as they splash around in the crystal blue water and leave you in peace to enjoy your audiobook.
Step Two: Bring Your Appetite to St. Martin
When visiting the miraculous St. Martin, make sure to bring your appetite with you as the island has tons of different culinary experiences to offer. The heart of the food scene in St. Martin are Lolo’s, which can be found all over the island. Lolo’s are outdoor dining areas made with local ingredients giving patrons an authentic St. Martin dining experience. A visit to Grand Case is a must as there are tons of fabulous restaurants offering a breadth of different cuisines. From freshly caught seafood to gourmet foie gras, a meal in St. Martin will leave you craving for more!
Step Three: Make Memories…and Take Them With You
In exploring St. Martin, you’ll undoubtedly fall in love with the island and want to bring a part (or parts) of it back with you. Those looking to get a special present for a loved one should check out jewelry stores in the French capital of Marigot. Home to luxury brands such as Dior, Chanel and Rolex, commemorate your escape from the stresses of daily life with a little something nice for someone you care about. Liquor connoisseurs should also make sure to stop by any grocery store as alcohol is duty-free! For something uniquely St. Martin, we’d recommend the Guavaberry liqueur, crafted from the guavaberry fruit.