St. Martin’s often dry subtropical climate means that it lays claim to exceptional flora and fauna, and the island makes continued efforts to protect it.
The contrast between lush vegetation and dry scrub on the island is striking. Cactus, bougainvillea and flamboyant grow side by side with hibiscus, coconut palms and ferns in this beautiful setting.
Along the coastline and on the edges of the mangrove swamps, terns, frigatebirds, gannets, brown pelicans and other bird species coexist, while bananaquits and hummingbirds are frequent garden visitors. Lizards and iguanas bask nonchalantly on the island’s sunny rocks.
In the interests of environmental protection, St Martin has stepped up its ecotourism efforts. Hiking, pony-trekking, mountain biking, quadbiking and kayaking are a great way to discover the island without damaging its natural resources.
French Side (St. Martin)
- Dream of Trails (hiking) - Marigot - 0690 41 17 07
- La Réserve Naturelle (visit / hiking) - Anse Marcel - 0590 29 09 72
- Loterie Farm (hanging / hiking / swimming pool) - Pic Paradis - 0590. 87 86 16
- Le Ranch du Galion (horse rides) - Galion - 0690 76 96 24
- SXM E-bike (electrical bikes) - Grand-Case - 0690 28 84 99
Dutch Side (St. Maarten)
- Parrot Ville (bird sanctuary) - +1 721 5808516
- Rain Forest Adventure Park (zip-lining / park) - +1 721 5431135
- Sea Grape Tours (art / history / bird tour) - +1 721 5860297
- Seaside Nature Park (horseback riding / petting zoo) - +1 721 5445255
- Tri Sport (tours by kayak, bicycle, on foot, biking / hiking tours) - Simpson Bay/Philipsburg - +1 721 5454384