Nature & Hiking

NATURE

St Maarten’s lush green hills, mangrove forests and beaches know a very specific and invite to take a walk through nature:

  • ROCHER CREOLE / CREOLE ROCK
    This protected rock is one of the best places on island to go snorkeling. You will find various sailing boats anchoring at this eye catching rock just off Grand Case.
  • – TINTAMARRE
    Once a disputed island between the Netherlands and France and home to some farms, Tintamarre now is the largest uninhabited island within reach from St Maarten. A beautiful sandy beach can be found on its western tip, whereas its eastern rock formations are just as spectacular. The island temporarily had the function of airport, and remains of both the aforementioned farms and airplanes can be found in its middle.
  • – ILET DE PINEL / PINEL ISLAND
    You might know Pinel Island as an outstanding beach with great bars. When you take a ten minute strawl to the back (Atlantic side) of the island, you will understand why this island is a protected nature reserve. You are prone during your 5 minute strawl to have run into at least two iguanas, and very possibly a tortoise.
  • – ILETS DE BAIE DE L’EMBOUCHURE / EMBOUCHURE BAY
    Baie L’Embouchure near Oyster Pond is a unique nature area on St Maarten. From its European Union supported tower with panoramic view, you see mangroves to the left, shallow sandy islands right in front of you, Tintamarre, Anguilla and St. Barths at sea.

Some of St Maarten’s landmark animals and flowers are:

  • – IGUANAS
    During any visit to St Maarten’s nature, you are prone to see an Iguana. Large colonies can be seen on the road from Oyster Pond to Dawn beach near the Dawn Beach Club, on Pinel Island, and on the road from Oyster Pondtowards French Quarter.
  • – BROWN PELICAN
    The Brown Pelican is a national symbol of St Maarten. For large colonies, visit Fort Amsterdam where you are guaranteed to see these magnificent birds in full action, scooping fish from Great Bay and Little Bay.
  • SAGE FLOWER
    This beautiful yellow flower is depicted in the national emblem of Dutch side St Maarten, and in the logo of the St Maarten Hospitality & Trade Association – whose members are likely to be your host these holidays!
  • – FLAMBOYANT  TREE
    The Flamboyant tree can be found on many locations throughout the Caribbean. Its red flowers blossom from June to September and signify paradise flower. Some fine examples of the Flamboyant tree can be found in Emilio Wilson!

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HIKING

In between of its pristine beaches, St. Maarten & St. Martins hills rise majestically towards 450 meters (1470 feet) above the sea. The island knows various attractive hike routes, assembled by NGO EPIC, that helps you to find the right track.

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