One of the very first compromises newlyweds find themselves making is where to go on their honeymoon. Even if you are not looking for a romantic spot to escape after the whirlwind of a wedding day, and you just want an idyllic spot to recharge with your beloved, chances are you each have your own preferences.
Fortunately, there is cosmopolitan St. Martin (or St. Maarten if you are on the Dutch side), with its heavy European influences, its lovely scenery and its amazing range of beaches, restaurants, shops and events all making it a perfect romantic destination.
Where to Go and What to Do
While this island is full of luxurious little villas where you might find yourself lounging in a private pool, surrounded by private gardens and enjoying service or total privacy in an opulent home of your own, there are reasons to hop in the car and explore the island. Here are a few ideal suggestions for the couple visiting St. Martin/St. Maarten for a truly romantic getaway:
Toast the sunset
While you can do this from many different spots, one of the most frequently noted for its romantic atmosphere, its setting on Grand Case Beach (on the French side of the island) and its unimpeded views of the sunset and the sea is Calmos Café. You can sit right on the sand, nosh on some of the café’s signature tapas and even sway to the live music of the house salsa band.
Greet the dawn
If you want to bookend a full day, why not also get up (or stay up) at sunrise. Dawn Beach is the aptly named destination on the Dutch side of the island, and it is really one of the most flawless spots from which to take in the sun as it comes up over the Atlantic Ocean. Don’t forget to give St. Barts a salute as it also sits in the distance and is easily seen from here.
Howl at the moon
Only figuratively, of course. Every month, during the full moon, Kali’s Beach Bar in Marigot hosts an unforgettable party with live music, a charming beach bonfire lit at midnight and delicious barbecue. It is also one of the few times that guests can savor the restaurant’s homemade rum!
Ooh la crepes
The island is full of French cuisine, but what is more romantic than artisanal French pastries, crepes and classic French breakfast? Zee Best is the perfect stop after watching sunrise, this restaurant has been continually chosen as a top breakfast destination, as well as a great place for lunch, and you can savor everything from delectable omelets to melt in your mouth baked goods paired with perfect coffee. You can find them in three spots on the island, so make a point of popping in for a few snacks or meals.
Soaring above it all
Though you may never have considered parasailing as your ideal couples’ activity, the island actually is one of those rare spots with a chance for a couples’ lesson in this activity. The SXM Water Sports Center in Philipsburg is noted for its couples’ sessions and can provide the two of you with a rare chance to take in the amazing birds-eye view together.
Enjoy the beach…in privacy
Though the island is popular, Happy Bay Beach in the northern area of the island is often secluded and perpetually tranquil. Head over on a weekday and you may find that you are among only a few visitors enjoying this private paradise.
There you have several activities that will make it worth leaving your cozy villa. No matter what, any couple will want to savor at least one sunset and one sunrise on this unique island, and we’ve given you two amazing picturesque ways to do so!