When you think of the tropics, beautiful resorts, sandy beaches and endless sunshine probably come to mind, but the food often doesn’t. When booking an island vacation, we sometimes resign ourselves to compromising on the quality of cuisine. Seemingly taking the dissatisfaction of globe-trotting gourmands as a personal affront, one destination is serving up both the tropical sunshine you expect and the stellar meals you didn’t.
Acclaimed for leading the Caribbean in inspired culinary offerings, Saint Martin is home to more than 350 restaurants and bars, all ready to please your palate. Blending its rich French history with the spice and flare of traditional Caribbean cooking, the island’s cuisine is incredibly unique and full of flavour and technique. Saint Martin’s culinary traditions transcend its dreamy borders — the island is a melting pot of varying gourmet cuisines from all over the world. From seaside lolos (eateries serving low cost, local fare) and beach bars to fine dining restaurants, this gastronomic getaway has it all. For a taste of the island at home, try the delicious sweet potato pudding recipe below.
Between forkfuls, there’s also plenty to see, do and explore here. Beach bums will love soaking up the sun, sand and surf, while adventurers will have a heyday with the excellent hiking trails throughout the island's breathtaking nature preserves. Whether you're looking to pair your delicious dining experiences with relaxation, exploration or both, Saint Martin has it all in spades.
When it comes time to lay your head to rest after a long day spent stuffing your face with the island's top-notch fare, there's a variety of accommodations to suit every kind of traveller. Cozy up in a charming boutique hotel, get the five-star treatment at one of St. Martin's large idyllic resorts or ball out on a stunning and secluded private villa.
The smallest territory to be shared by two different nations, Saint Martin derives its unique way of life from its French and Dutch history — and the two sides of the island. More than 100 different nationalities and cultures can be found in this diverse slice of paradise. It's this inclusive, welcoming atmosphere that truly makes Saint Martin a pleasure to visit, again and again.