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)

  • La Réserve Naturelle (visit / hiking) - Anse Marcel - 0590 29 09 72
  • Seaworld Explorer (visit to the seabed) - Grand-Case - 001721 542 4078 / 0690 77 13 69
  • Loterie Farm (hanging / hiking / swimming pool) - Pic Paradis - 0590. 87 86 16
  • Le Ranch du Galion (horse rides) - Galion - 0690 76 96 24

Dutch Side (St. Maarten)

  • Tri Sport (Tours by kayak, bicycle, on foot) - Simpson Bay/Philipsburg - 001721 545 4384