I can’t believe we’re going to be in Saint Martin in five days!!! I definitely overextended myself just a teensy bit with the overlap of our busiest shipping season and the pop-up shop so this trip couldn’t be coming at a better time. I’ve been picking up a few warm weather purchases as I’ve done my Christmas shopping so I’ll be sure to snap a couple pictures for Instagram on our trip! Here are a few of the things I’m packing and a few more I wish would find their way into my suitcase…

Have any of you been to Saint Martin before? I booked the trip a couple months ago because it was honestly one of the only places in the Caribbean that had an open room that didn’t cost a million dollars so I know very little about what to expect! I did, however, have a super sweet customer email me a list of beaches and restaurants to check out and I can’t wait to do some exploring when we get there. If you’ve been before, I’d love to hear any places you think we can’t miss! Oh and don’t forget to follow along on Instagram. 😉 Merry Christmas, everyone!!!


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  1. We went to St. Martin a few years back and loved it! The water is beautiful and the beaches are some of the best I’ve visited. Although be careful with some of the taxi’s. We had been scammed and stranded several times. Other than that the trip was wonderful. Hope you have an amazing trip as well!

  2. Hii! Me and my family stayed in St. Martin last summer. It is such a nice place to be and the water/views are spectacular! I would recommend going to Grand Case for dining! We went to La Villa Restaurant located on 93 Boulevard de Grand Case and it was outstanding!! Have fun on your trip:)

  3. The best food is on the French side. Well worth it to take a day trip over to St. Barths (as someone else recommended). It’s gorgeous and you can have a cheeseburger at Le Select (in Gustavia harbor) which is the restaurant where Jimmy Buffet wrote about the “cheeseburger in Paradise.” It’s a must-see.

  4. My husband and I went on our honeymoon! We stayed at the Oyster Bay Beach Resort and loved it. Our two favorite restaurants were also on Oyster Bay, Big Fish and Canoa. We did horseback riding one day and rode rhino boats out to snorkel one day. Both were a blast. Enjoy!

  5. OH MY WORD!!! We were just there in Oct. We took a 7 night Disney Cruise to the Eastern Caribbean…so so fun!!! LOVED it there. My daughter just adored the souvenirs. Have so much fun!!!

  6. St Martin is fun! I’ve been 4 times and find something new each time. Id recommend renting a car – there are definitely ways to get around without one, but it’s much easier with one. As I’m sure you know, there’s a lot of shopping Philipsburgh on the Dutch side. There are casinos, but they’re nothing fancy to be honest. Maho beach is worth a visit, you can eat lunch there, watch the planes come in, and stay clear of the flying sand! Cupecoy beach is (or at least was) quiet and smaller – less crowds so one of my faves! Theres a beach by the golf course (blanking on the name – Mullet Bay maybe??) thats my favorite though. There’s a piano bar on Maho bay that’s fun and worth a visit for a nightcap.

    I’d also highly recommend a day trip to Anguilla. The beaches are incredible and it’s just a 30 minute ferry ride from SXM. Shoot me an email if you’re planning on it – I’ve been many times and can make some good recommendations there!

  7. You’re going to have SO much fun! Saint Marten is such a beautiful island. I think one of the most fun things we did there was rent a scooter for a day [ I think it was a total steal at $30 for the entire day] and we rode all the way around the island. We stopped at all of the lookouts, ate lunch at Sunset beach where the planes fly over super low and in general just got to see so much of the island and all of its unique features!

    There is another beach directly across from Saint Thomas that was a gorgeous beach and the snorkeling was great too if I remember!

    Have a blast and soak up the sun 🙂

  8. So funny my family comes here every other year for Christmas! Going on 25 years….ekk! Anyways SO many recommendations since you an easily get caught up in the tourist-y things.
    Best restaurant is hands down Loterie Farm, amazing location hidden up in the woods away from the hustle and bustle, almost a hidden paradise! You can also go on a fun day hike there as well, with amazing views of the island.
    Marigot Bay has all the fun shopping right on the harbour, with cute ice creams shops, etc.
    Baie Rouge is a quiet beach on the French side with amazing homes/estates that you can marvel at while walking…
    Enjoy your time there and soak up the sun 🙂

  9. Just got back from there and stayed at the Westin – love the tropical locale!
    Tips: Bring cash – he taxis don’t take credit card. It can get pricey going from point A to point B on the island since everything is government regulated. Hire a cabbie/tour guide for a 1/2 day trip. Definitely have to go to Maho/Sunset beach to watch the planes (larger planes get in around 12-3pm) and there’s a chalkboard by the restaurant there that lists expected arrival times for that day. Enjoy!

    Liz @