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Sample Itinerary: St Martin - Sint Maarten

Thank you to Lisa Larsen for this itinerary (2013-05-01)

There are many variations to this sample itinerary. Your charter will be customized to fulfill the dreams of your charter party. That's the beauty of a crewed charter yacht vacation.

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St. Martin is ideal for first time charter clients seeking a gentle experience that features the excitement of an ocean voyage without ever losing site of land. Your individually customized itinerary is designed to perfectly suit your charter party. Charter guests of all ages will want to spend time on the stunning beaches, snorkeling, swimming and enjoying the local beach barbecues and island music. Family charters with children will be delighted with the diversity of on shore activities that give everyone a chance to stretch their sea legs.

Saint Martin on the French side, Sint Maarten on the Dutch side, visitors to this island paradise enjoy the cultural intrigue of visiting two island colonies in the same 37 square miles. Sint Maarten/Saint Martin’s exotic fusion of Caribbean, French and Dutch cultures are paralleled by its physical diversity: cosmopolitan centers and seaside towns, lowlands and mountains, rainforests and white sand beaches. St Martin is a place where you can do it all, or do nothing at all, and the ultimate way to experience the island is aboard a private, luxury charter yacht.

Day 1:  Marigot

Board your private charter yacht in Marigot, the picture postcard French capital that is ringed by delightful restaurants, charming boutiques and duty-free shops.

Fine art collectors and admirers should visit the gallery of Sir Roland Richardson, world famous for his colorful impressionist works. There’s a small local market every morning by the waterside where you can buy local spices, clothes with bright Caribbean colors and motifs, and other trinkets for authentic souvenirs.

If time permits, visit Fort Louis, a bit of a climb  is rewarded by spectacular, panoramic views of the island.

Day 2: Grand Case

This enchanting French seaside town features a beachside road lined with excellent restaurants, galleries and boutiques. The famous Calmos Café on Grand Case Beach is a long time favorite of yacht charter guests and crew. This funky Franco-Caribbean beach bar and restaurant offers live music a couple of nights a week. Yachts anchor offshore to revel in the lively jazz or reggae while guests enjoy cocktails and dinner on deck.

 

Loterie Farm is an enchanting shore excursion by taxi, departing either from Marigot or Grand Case. This unique farm that once cultivated sugar cane is now the ecological showcase of a Californian philanthropist. Hike on nature trails through the “hidden forest” with splendid views towards the Caribbean Sea, Marigot, and the island of Anguilla. The Fly Zone is a zip line along ropes from tree to tree. The higher and more challenging tour is for adults and youngsters over 4 ft. tall. The lower and easier tour is for small children. The Treetops restaurant showcases estate grown produce and features gourmet French-Caribbean cuisine. Rent a lounge or cabana to enjoy the Jacuzzi and spring fed pool.

Day 3: Anse Marcel and Pinel Island

Anse Marcel is a tropical, upscale beach, positioned at the northernmost part of the island, is ideal for couples and families. Nestled in a quiet bay, protected from swells, the white sand beach has shallow, calm water.  Here, two large hotels with sprawling landscaped grounds offer excellent amenities. The Marina Port de Lonvilliers is located at the northern side of Anse Marcel, facing the island of Anguilla. Facilities at the marina include a tiny handful of boutiques, shops and a restaurant.

Pinel Island, or in French Ilet Pinel, is a tiny island gem on the north end of St. Martin off the shores of French Cul de Sac. Located in the heart of the Marine Park of St Martin, the beach has calm, crystal clear water and is a very popular weekend spot for families with children. Enjoy an afternoon swim along the snorkel trail protected and maintained by the Marine Park.  Then head for the beach to relax on a lounge chair and bathe in the gentle surf.

 

Located on the far left side of the beach, Le Karibuni Restaurant and Beach Bar offers fantastic Caribbean cuisine. Yellow Beach restaurant, located straight in front of the dock is known for its amazing BBQ and tropical Tiki huts. For a lovely walk and a bit more seclusion, take the path across the island and you’ll end up on a pristine beach and likely have it all to yourselves.  Please be aware that Pinel Island is a clothing optional beach, especially the north side.

Day 4: Le Galion Beach

This slice of paradise features a northern end of brilliant sands and calm water so shallow you can wade out thirty yards without getting your suit wet, perfect for toddlers, children and non-swimmers. Le Galion is also a popular hangout for surfing, kite-boarding, and windsurfing enthusiasts. In front of the former “Le Galion Hotel” great surfing results from trade winds along the Atlantic coast.

Le Galion Beach is next to bustling Orient Beach. The area offers lots of exciting attractions. The Butterfly Farm (La Ferme des Papillons) contains a beautifully landscaped garden, waterfall, pond, Japanese fish and tranquil music. As you wander through this serene atmosphere, some of the world’s most exotic butterflies fly around you, laying eggs and performing courting dances. Early each morning the butterflies emerge from their chrysalis to take their first flight. There are guided tours, and a gift shop and refreshment stand. Nearby, the Bayside Riding Stables offer horse (and pony) riding for all ages and skill levels on trails through the Marine Reserve and along the beach.

Day 5: Phillipsburg, Frontstreet, and Great Bay Beach

Phillipsburg is the Dutch Capital, which has now become the independent country of Sint Maarten. Old renovated buildings, and typical Antillean architecture characterize this bustling seaside city.

Frontstreet and Backstreet are the main roads, bisected by little alleyways crammed with retail shops. Old Street is dotted with gift stores and art galleries, and Back Street has a colorful local market, souvenir shops, and inexpensive clothing. History buffs will enjoy the Sint Maarten National Heritage Foundation which is a small museum in a converted 1800s house, with exhibits covering the culture, history, flora and fauna of the island, and reference and video libraries.

Great Bay beach is just steps away and offers a lovely respite from shopping. The sand is white, the sea a lovely shade of turquoise and the boardwalk is lined with places to eat, drink and shop. There are plenty of places to rent chairs, access wifi, get cold brews, and rent Jet Skis or banana boat rides.

Day 6: Simpson Bay

While most of the bay is home to private residences there is plenty for visitors to do here. Pelican Beach, part of the Pelican Resort, has one of the most interesting little reefs to snorkel. The small beach has a favorite children’s attraction, the Playstation 4 Kids. Anchored right off the beach, the “Playstation” was formerly a catamaran converted into a platform with ladders, Tarzan swings, kids swings and two types of slides. Pelican Beach is on the eastern side and most boats anchor here for the night. Buccaneer Beach bar often has live music and games for kids. The airport is on the western side and next to it, housed in a converted bus is the Karakter beach bar, which features great food on a nice beach with a view of the planes.

 

For an interesting family walking tour, meander past the many retail and restaurants establishments down to the St Maarten Yacht Club on Simpson Bay to watch boats large and small make their way through the lift bridge at 4.30 and 5.30 pm. Then continue on to the Carousel Ice Cream Bar where a real indoor carousel whirls children around on gaily-painted horses. For family evening entertainment, enjoy a film at the movie theatre opposite.

Day 7: La Samanna, Terre Basses, Marigot

Set sail along the western coast, past the airport,  where you may witness some of the low flying airplanes during take off or landing. Head to La Samanna Hotel to enjoy lunch on the terrace at the casual beach bar, take a dip in the sea or   take advantage of good snorkeling. spot. Back on board, sail around the headland of Terre Basses or Lowlands in view of some of St. Maarten’s largest and most impressive villas built on 4 acres lots.

Day 8: Marigot

Return to Marigot and prepare to bid farewell to your beautiful yacht and endearing crew and consider your plans for your next family yacht charter vacation.


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Remember, there are many variations to this sample itinerary. Your charter will be customized to fulfill the dreams of your charter party. That's the beauty of a Virgin Islands crewed charter yacht sailing vacation.

If you want to scuba dive, there are boats that specialize in this activity. They will be well-equipped and have a divemaster or dive instructor aboard and will make sure you dive on some spectacular spots. Another possibility is to do a "rendezvous" dive. This is where a yacht will coordinate with shore-based dive operators to take you on a dive.

Or maybe you want to spend more time sailing than at anchor and improve your sailing skills at the same time. Your experienced captain will be happy to oblige your wishes.

Whether you want an active nightlife visiting local hot spots or just enjoy the pleasure of quiet, secluded anchorages, a charter yacht in the Virgin Islands can accommodate your desires.

And, of course, if your idea of the ideal vacation is no itinerary at all, then a crewed yacht charter vacation is the perfect choice. You can decide each morning over coffee in the cockpit what you want to do that day (even if it's nothing at all), and it's OK to change your mind, too!

OUR PROFESSIONAL CREWS WILL MAKE SURE EACH CHARTER GUEST EXPERIENCES THE PERFECT PERSONALIZED ITINERARY FOR THEIR SAILING VACATION.



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