The first essential stop is the beautiful stretch of the sandy Orient Bay, on the north coast, facing the Atlantic Ocean. There, far from the tranquillity of the Caribbean Sea, giant waves smash against the rocks. Split into two, the beach is nudist for the most part.
And then there is the smallest of the 37 beaches of Saint Martin, well hidden in a cove and protected from view, the aptly named Lovers Beach. They say it owes its nickname to its size, so small that it can only accommodate two people at a time. Next is Happy Bay, which well deserves its name. Arriving on this stretch of soft, fine white sand, you won't want to be anywhere else, for anything, ever again.
Other marvels await us, especially on the side of Crowl Rock, near Grand-Case Bay. Here, it is time to don flippers, mask, and snorkel and dive into the warm crystal waters among shoals of clownfish. If you are lucky you might see stingrays and turtles (but if you really want to swim with turtles, it is best to go to the tiny island of Tintamarre, a wonderfully wild and protected site on the northeast corner of Saint Martin).