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Biking on the beach Sailboarding Surfing Kayaks

ACTIVE SPORTS: Eco-vacation opportunities abound on our island. Swimming and watersports (water-skiing, parasailing, jet-skiing, snorkeling, wind-surfing, and more) surround the island and there are hiking and biking trails through the rugged mountains in the center of the island. The best sailboarding is on the eastern coast where the tradewinds provide a constant breeze. Go to Tropical Wave/Chez Pat on Galion Beach for constant winds and the calmest water in the enclosed bay. Tropical Wave/Chez Pat
The picture at the upper right was taken from the top of Pic Paradis. Action Nature (011 590 590 87 97 87) and and St Maarten National Heritage Foundation ((721) 542 4917) have more info on the trails. Tri-Sport in Simpson Bay (email | phone (721) 545 4384 | fax (721) 545 4385) rent and sell sports equipment. Many hotels and beaches have watersport rentals, notably Orient Beach, Simpson Bay, and Great Bay. Caribbean Paddling is a kayak and stand up paddle company located at Cul de Sac, St Martin. They offer rentals and tours to Pinel island. There is a lot more info on their website.

Outdoor gear (hiking shoes and clothing) can be found at

Left Lane Sports

(note the discounts).

Chez Pat/Tropical Wave on Galion Beach

Spend a day at the best beach on the island. Come to Tropical Wave on Galion Beach. We've got chairs and umbrellas and a restaurant to help you relax alongside the calmest waters on the island and a complete watersports facility if you want snorkeling, paddleboats, and windsurfing.


zipline HIKES/ZIPLINES: Loterie Farm is perched on the highest peak on the island, Pic Pardis. At one point it was a farm with a bit of fresh water, a rare commodity on SXM. Today BJ Welch has turned it into an eco-preserve with hiking trails to the peak, ziplines running through the forest, and a restaurant/lounge built into the treetops. It's great fun, even a bit healthy, and the food is quite good.

SURFING: Serious surfing on SXM requires a storm, as the normal surf is not bodacious enough. Kite surfing and sailboarding are possible at Orient Beach and Galion Beach where tradewinds blow consistently.


GOLF: Mullet Bay still has the golf course functioning even though the hotel has been closed since Hurricane Luis in 1995. Things have gotten better lately. There are more functioning carts and the course looks better because of several years without hurricanes and new equipment. The very active local golf association has been instrumental in maintaining the course. They also are the driving force behind the St Maarten Open, a tournament that raises thousands of dollars for local charities. SXM-Info has donated to their cause. That's our sign in the grass in the photo to the right.

Golf de Grand Case has an uphill driving range and visions of carving a golf course out of the rugged terrain to the east of the airport in Grand Case. Currently, they are having trouble keeping their website in operation.

St Maarten Open

HORSEBACK RIDING: Check out Lucky Stables in Cole Bay (544 5255) on the Dutch side or on the French side, look for Bayside Riding Club (87 36 64) near Orient Beach and the OK Corral (87 40 72) in Oyster Pond.

TENNIS: Many hotels have tennis courts and there are public courts in Marigot at the Alberic Richards Stadium and in Philipsburg in the Raoul Illidge Sports Complex.

Six digit phone numbers are on the French side. From the US dial 011 590 590 first.
Seven digit phone numbers are on the Dutch side. From the US dial 1 721 first.

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