Visiting nearby islands from your home base in St. Martin is easy, since many of these neighboring destinations are closeby and even visible from the island. You will find transportation convenient via charter boats, scheduled air flights or ferry service from St. Martin to St. Barts and the beautiful beaches of Anguilla, Prickly Pear, Tintamarre and Saba. Before embarking on your St. Martin vacation, plan to spend some time island hopping to get the full flavor of the Caribbean.
A sophisticated international crowd of the rich and famous is attracted to the magnificent villas, exciting nightlife and glorious beaches of St. Barts. This volcanic island is surrounded by shallow coral reefs, resulting in the scenic beauty of green mountains set against a turquoise sea. St. Barts is located approximately 20 miles southeast of St. Martin. To get to St. Barts, hop a scheduled commuter flight from one of the St. Martin airports, take the ferry or charter a private St Barts boat. Visitors to St. Barts will enjoy St Bart’s gourmet restaurants, duty free boutique shopping with a French flair, water sports like windsurfing and deep sea fishing, and glittering night life at clubs like Nikki Beach and Le Ti. Sport rental equipment, beach chairs and umbrellas are available at popular St. Jean Beach, and as an added bonus you may spot a famous celebrity enjoying the sun and surf.
There are over 30 glorious beaches on Anguilla, the British territory in the Leeward island chain located just 20 minutes north of St. Martin by boat. To visit, take the ferry from Marigot to the Blowing Point ferry terminal, charter a high speed catamaran or take the daily Winair flight. Once on Anguilla, enjoy a taxi ride on the left side of the road and take a tour of the island. Taxi drivers can take you to pristine white sandy beaches like Shoal Bay, wonderful restaurants and elaborate resorts like the famous Cap Juluca. Diving, fishing and snorkeling are popular activities, and you can join in the fun by participating in the national sport of Anguilla, boat racing. Golfers will find a magnificent Greg Norman designed championship golf course with stunning Caribbean views. Find out about events held at resort hotels around the island that are open to the public.
The tiny island of Saba is an eco paradise known for its excellent dive spots. For years the island was only accessible by boat, but now there is a small airport with service from St. Martin via Winair. Ferry service on Dawn ll and The Edge is available from St. Martin, and reservations are recommended. Divers will find and diverse marine environment rich in coral and colorful tropical fish along with grouper and jacks in the protected Saba Marine Park. Depths of 1,000 feet and more are located within a half mile of the shoreline. Lava tunnels and hot springs are the result of the volcanic start of the island, and sheer wall divers will find a variety of turtles and rays. Other eco adventures like hiking in the rain forest and birding are available on Saba.
Prickly Pear and Tintamarre
Prickly Pear Cay is just a speck of an island off the coast of Anguilla. Visitors from St. Martin can take Aqua Mania Adventures 63-foot sailing catamaran, the Lambada, or Bluebeards’s charter to the island. When you arrive, enjoy the long white sandy beach and coral reefs in the crystalline turquoise waters. Families appreciate the shallow water ideal for small children. If you dream about a deserted tropical island, visit Tintamarre. This island is a nature preserve devoid of food or rental services, so if you go to enjoy the pristine beach and translucent water make sure to come prepared with lunch, water and snorkel gear. Several charter boat companies offer service from St. Martin and our concierge will be delighted to reserve your space. Be on the lookout for local wildlife like goats, lizards, iguanas and hermit crabs when you walk around to explore.