St Martin: The Gay-Friendly Caribbean Island with a French Flair

Marigot Bay St Martin

This tropical island is the closest European destination from the USA! Only a few hours flight! It is the smallest island in the world which is divided into 2 countries, French, and Dutch. Hence the very gay-friendly and open-minded atmosphere! This aspect developed even more with the growing tourism since the 50s. Luxury yachts, private jets, rich and famous go there and to St Barth. You can speak in English everywhere, and pay everything in US dollars if you want!

Today, it is the most cosmopolitan island in the world probably, with more than 100 different nationalities who choose to live and work there. With such a variety of people, no doubt the restaurants have followed the path, and on the French side, the village of Grand Case is also called the gastronomy capital of the Caribbean. You can taste delicious creole food, eat in tiny restaurants with romantic terraces overlooking the sea, have sea food, live lobsters in aquariums, fresh fishes, and tasty French specialties.

The beaches offer a large choice also: 32 at least, quiet and secluded, or vibrant with nautical sports, beach bars, some shady, others very long, definitely a pleasure to tan or walk, even nude : Cupecoy is the famous gay beach, with nice cliffs, and Orient Bay has a large nude beach with facilities, and hosts Club Orient, large gay-friendly nude resort.

This open-minded atmosphere, on a scenic tropical island, attracted many artists (painters, sculptors, ceramists, precious wood marqueters, photographers). You can discover their workshops easily, or visit the art galeries. Dont miss (on appointment) Patrick Poivre de la Freta, who studied with Dali!

The French side hosts Eros, the gay club with regular shows, plenty gay-friendly bars, lounges and restaurants, and is quiet, with many green areas, a natural reserve, and Pic Paradis famous Loterie Farm with their Eco Extreme Zip Line, their Hidden Forest Café and Tree Lounge. The Dutch side is more heavily built, has lots of casinos, a vibrant night life, the cruise ship terminal, etc.

Duty Free shopping is popular for liquors, watches, perfumes etc. as there are no import duties at all on the island, and the streets of Marigot, the French capital, along the Marina Royale, have many luxury boutiques, nice fashion men’s clothing and underwear.

The gay life is present and active while discreet. Many gays have established themselves on the island, in all avenues. In terms of lodging, Villa Rainbow is the exclusively-gay small luxury guesthouse, located on top of the island with breathtaking views on the Caribbean sea. Perfect for relaxing and romantic male holidays.

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