Just back from… Saint Martin (the French side)
Trip duration: 4 days, it was supposed to be 6 but Snowstorm Stella cut it short.
Best thing I ate: French food is everywhere on the north side of the island—meaning I could get a daily croissant fix at Sarafina. Ocean82 is a great spot for a sunset meal, sit on the back deck with the waves crashing on the beach down below. When I was in need of a break from French cuisine, the cacio e pepe at Mezza Luna hit the spot.
Best thing I drank: frozen mojitos at Anse Marcel Beach Resort.
Best daytime activity: Going to the beach is my #1 priority on vacation. Thanks to a tip from a friendly taxi driver, finding the beach at Anse Marsel was definitely a trip highlight. It’s a beautiful white sand beach, bookended by green hills and felt very remote. The Anse Marcel Beach Resort has the friendliest staff, who are very accommodating to outsiders. My friends and I rented chairs on the beach for $10, and reserved a table for lunch which is served in two shifts, at 12pm and 2pm. However, there’s still lots to do on the island for those that are more activity driven— like taking a boat ride to one of the nearby islands like Pinel or Tintamarre, paddle-boarding at Grand Case, or checking out Loterie Farm which is like a spa in the jungle, but also has hikes and zip-lining.
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Best night out: Hanging at Happy Bay for the SXM Festival. The festival had an amazing lineup from DJs all over the world like Nina Kraviz, The Martinez Brothers, Lee Burridge, Black Coffee and many more—who all kept the crowd dancing into the early morning. Unlike most major music festivals, SXM feels very intimate—it’s easy to make your way all the way up to the stage to see your favorite DJ up close. Not to mention you never feel disappointed by a short set, each DJ gets about 2-3 hours of play time.
Could not leave home without: An array of French Riviera-inspired bikinis from Mikoh, Frankie’s Bikinis and Eberjey. Colorful sundresses from Mara Hoffman that are easy to thrown on go—and a Janessa Leone straw hat and Garrett Leight cay-eye sunglasses to beat the hot Caribbean sun. Michino is my go-to for vacation bags, and these Mystique denim slides go with everything.
I wish I had… time to explore the Dutch side of the island. The tiny Caribbean island, isn’t just a layover stop en route to St. Barth. The French (and Dutch) territory is known for its laid back vibe and you can rely on welcoming locals to tell you the island’s best kept secrets.