Beaches – Drinks – Watersports – Food – Shops – Fun
Whether you’re here on a cruise for a day, island hopping, or staying overnights before catching a plane, here are a some “must see” things on the island. Pro tip: rent a car if you want to zip around the island easily.
To start your day, grab a coffee and get breakfast in one of the many bakeries, like in Marigot at So Benedict. All these places are well known for the great pastries and the coffee!
If you want to start with the most famous gay beach, visit the famous Cupecoy beach. It’s a quiet stretch of beach in the Cupecoy neighborhood. Cupecoy is also a nude friendly beach. (Shhh! If you walk from Danny’s – the only bar on that beach- up to the path above the beaches, there’s a gay beach on your right-hand side. It’s the one with the concrete steps and no railing.)
On the other side of the island, the French side, you will find Orient Beach, the famous French West Indies beach that offers many great experiences. There’s a family-friendly side and a nude beach side. Hang out near Kakao beach bar on the family-friendly side and check out the Perch Bar & Grill on the nude side. Walk to the far-right side of the other section and you’ll find what is called the gay beach.
Stay all day at the beach or hop around to others you’ve researched. We have 37 beaches so more than enough to explore! Some other great options on the Dutch side are: Mullet Bay and Great Bay; on the French side: Baie Rouge, Anse Marcel and Friar’s Bay (together with the beautiful and secret nearby beach of Happy Bay). Check out our BEACHES page.
And of course you NEED to visit Maho Beach, which is the most popular site for tourists and planewatchers.
More into shopping? If you’re coming here on a cruise, then you won’t have to walk too far for some of the best high-end retail shops in the Caribbean. Walk along Front Street and the Boardwalk and you’ll find jewelers, high-end retailers, cosmetics, perfumes, souvenirs and the best pharmacy for our family members! Check out our RETAIL THERAPY page to learn about the more gay and gay-friendly business. You could spend all day on Front Street and the Boardwalk, and don’t forget to grab lunch at one of the great beach bars.
Feeling more adventurous? Find your way to the French side and enjoy the best retail therapy in Marigot. There’s plenty of men’s and women’s European fashion, cosmetics, perfumes, gifts and cafe’s popping up every day. For the most shops walk down Rue de Charles de Gaulle and Rue du President Kennedy near the Marina Port Royal. Walk all the way into the Marina to find a few more shops and restaurants like Restaurant Tropicana and fashion store Carmen C.