Loterie Farm (St. Martin)#4 in Best Things To Do in St. Martin - St. Maarten
Visitors can hike, lounge in a pool cabana or even take a zip line through the treetops on the 135 acres of forest and farmland located near the foot of Pic du Paradis. The farm has made a nice recovery since Hurricane Irma, though recent visitors say that the vegetation is not as lush as it used to be. That said, visitors were impressed with the amenities, service and food and pleased with how fast the farm has resumed operations.
Adventurous types can still enjoy Loterie's zip line that soars through Loterie's forest, but the obstacle course for children, Ti-Tarzan, was destroyed during the hurricane. The popular Hidden Forest Café was also damaged during the hurricane, but lunch and snacks are served by the pool in the meantime.
Loterie Farm is open Tuesday through Sunday. Prices for activities vary; be sure to browse the farm's website for more information on fees and an update on the recovery efforts. The farm is open from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday; the pool opens at 10 a.m. and closes at 5 p.m. Most cruise ship groups arrive earlier in the day, so the farm recommends non-cruise ship travelers plan their visit after noon. You'll find Loterie Farm about 30 minutes from the cruise ship terminal. Prices vary by activity, but access to the hiking trails costs 5 euros (around $6) while the zip line costs 42 euros (about $50) per person.
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#1 Sailing, Yachting and Boat Tours
Surrounded by the gorgeous Caribbean water on all sides, one of the more popular activities on the island is to get off it! Sailing, kayaking, windsurfing, snorkeling, diving and any other watersport you can imagine is easy enough to schedule, and many companies stand ready to take you out for the day. Since St. Martin is in the heart of the Lesser Antilles, it's also quite popular to visit other islands, such as Anguilla, St. Barts and Saba.
Day sails or specialty boat tours that offer everything from eco-snorkeling to party-in-the-sun itineraries are quite common. Daysailing companies that receive excellent reviews from past visitors include Soualiga Destinations Boat Tours and Captain Alan's Boat Charters.
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