5 Great Ways to enjoy the Caribbean Sea

  • By Ozzy
  • 24 Apr, 2014

Can you guess our favorite?

As we all know, being on the Caribbean waters is like a dream come true. With a slight breeze in the air and a perfect stillness, the Caribbean Sea can at times feel like a lake. It is for this reason that cruising through it on a variety of different vessels, from a paddle board to a luxury yacht charter  is so satisfying. In this article we will discuss five great ways to enjoy the the warm, clear Caribbean waters, whether you are here on holiday or planning on staying for the long run.

  • Paddle Boarding: Unsurprisingly, this is a big favourite for us here at Caribbean Paddling. There are not many finer feelings in the world than paddling your way through the water at your own pace, choosing how fast you would like to go. Paddle boarding is one for anyone looking to match some time in the sun with a spot of exercise and the island of St Maarten has conditions which lends it to being a great spot for paddling! The white sand beaches of St Maarten are a great place to relax after a long session.
  • Kitesurfing: One that requires a certain amount of skill, but can also see you reach great heights and enjoy using a natural force to lift yourself metres above the water. A sport which ties in two activities (kiting and surfing) it has become very popular in the Caribbean and is a great activity on those windy days. As with paddle boarding there is a certain satisfaction felt after a long period out on the water, as kitesurfing is another one on our list which will help you keep fit!
  • Sailing: Islands such as St Maarten are begging to be explored, especially beaches such as Galion Bay, which is a veritable paradise for surfers. With shallow waters between the Caribbean islands and small coves and private beaches to be discovered, a catamaran charter may be one of the best ways to cruise through the sea. With a shallow hull, a catamaran can manoeuvre easily through small gaps and in even in the shallower waters.
  • Jet ski: The engine can sometimes be king and with many jet skis reaching top speeds of over 65 miles per hour, you may not be able to spend much time admiring the scenery. However a jet ski gives a great adrenaline rush and is not something for the faint of heart.
  • JetLev Flyer: It may look like something out of a James Bond movie, but one of the most exciting water sports toys that has come out over the past few years has to be the JetLev Flyer, which looks remarkably like a jet pack from the famous film. It lets users reach dizzying heights of up to 30 feet and hover above the beautiful Caribbean waters.

The Caribbean is a great place to come and experience some of the world’s most interesting and varied water sports, in addition to enjoying the spectacular white sand beaches of islands such as Barbados and St Maarten. Navis Yacht Charter  can help you enjoy the waters in style on a sailing yacht charter, from which you can try the above water sports from a comfortable, luxurious base.

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By Ozzy 06 Aug, 2017

Pinel Island is a well known destination for snorkeling but once you get there, it's not obvious to find the best spot. Whether you get there by kayak, paddle board or ferry, you need to take that opportunity to discover and explore the underwater world..! With its flat waters and its little to no current, the bay of Cul-de-Sac is one of the most accessible place for snorkeling, even for small kids and beginners.

So here are our top 3 recommendations:

  • Our number one spot is located at Little Key, which is the island before Pinel Island. Once on the tiny deserted beach, you can either start on the left or on the right of the beach. The left side will make you follow the shallow waters before the point of the island. That spot is interesting because of its easy access and its calm waters. All you have to do is to follow the underwater reef until the point, then you can come back (or try to find the numerous sea turtles) or keep snorkeling around the island.
By Ozzy & Fanny 05 Jul, 2017

Living in Saint-Martin has many assets to offer. And one of them is that we have Islands closed by to travel to in no time, either for a day trip or for the week end. An Island Hoping paradise for everybody: the locals and the visitors! 

Anguilla is the British Island located at the North of Saint-Martin, less than 4 miles away. It is famous for its beautiful beaches and its crystal clear water. This is the perfect Island for a relaxing getaway (beach, snorkeling, water activities…) since besides the magnificent coast, there is not much to do over there. 

Saba is located at the South West of Sint-Marteen and belongs to the Dutch. It is actually the highest land of Netherland! The landscape is the opposite from Anguilla’s (which is absolutely flat) and the particularity of this island is… It is a beachless Caribbean Island. How incredible, right? But no worries, you still have a lot to do over there, mostly sportive activities! Basically, Saba is well known for its beautiful hikes in the mountain with thousands of different plants & amazing deep dives with colorful reefs. This is a great alternative from the “beach style” vacations that most of the Caribbean Islands usually offer.

And the last, but not the least: Saint-Barth . We are sure that you have already heard of it, isn’t it? ☺ Saint-Barth is located at the west of Saint-Martin, and is accessible either by ferry (30 minutes of ferry ride), by charter plane (12 minutes of flight), with a helicopter (10 minutes of flight) or by private boat. This island is a pure gem! Famous to be the destination for the famous and rich people, this French island has everything to satisfy everybody’s tastes (but still pricey)! Hilly landscapes with amazing point of views of the deep blue & turquoise Caribbean sea, white sand beaches, great shopping (!!), 5 stars resorts or charming casual ones, gastronomic restaurants, hikes on the wild side, natural pools… And of course, all the water activities you can think of!

By Ozzy 16 Jun, 2017

Are you thinking of going to Pinel Island during your stay on Saint-Martin?

First, this is definitely a great idea that should be at the top of your “to do list”. Pinel is a must see, and spend the day over there is a guarantee of an unforgettable experience. 

Second, there is nothing easier! 

In Cul de Sac ferry station, the boats are departing everyday (except if the weather condition does not allow it) and at a very frequent times: every 30 minutes.

Basically, during high season, the ferries run from Monday through Sunday, from 9h30am until 5:00pm (same opening hours as Caribbean Paddling all year long ;)). During low season, the last ferry back from Pinel Island leaves at 4:00pm and you’d better not miss it if you do not want to spend the night with our favorite iguanas!

To sum up, in low season, renting your gear through us to spend the day on Pinel gives you an extra hour in P.A.R.A.D.I.S.E.

More time to enjoy the sun, the white sand beaches, the turquoise water, some snorkelling & paddling in the bay, and why not one last homemade cocktail? ;)

You will find bellow the ferry schedule to go to Pinel Island, according to the time of the year you will be visiting our friendly island. 

By Ozzy 12 Jun, 2017
By Ozzy 26 May, 2017
The Caribbean are well known for the warm sun, white sand and shimmering turquoise water. When you visit Saint-Martin, the most important thing you want to do is to spend a day on one of the 37 beaches of this little paradise! … But when it is raining, getting wet on a beach a chair is not really attracting! Here are our recommendations to fully enjoy your day, despite the bad weather.
By Ozzy 25 Apr, 2017

A lot of people ask this question: how can I reach you and/or Pinel Island? For us residents of St Martin - St Maarten, this is quite simple: just follow the road! It really is simple since there is only one road on our island! But, for everyone else, it's not as easy.

There are three possible places you might be starting from...

  • a cruiseship.
  • somewhere on St Maarten.
  • somewhere on St Martin.
By Ozzy 01 Mar, 2017
Hey guys, while surfing the web lastly, I've found this great footage of St Maarten. That video was shot from a DJI Phantom drone over our beautiful landscapes. I let you watch the short movie and I hope you will enjoy it.
By Ozzy 18 Jan, 2017
I frequently do some research on the web, trying to find the best content over the billion pages of Internet. Sometimes you find interesting content like this video below. It is quite amazing how a different perspective can definitely change the look of the place you live or work every day.
By Ozzy 15 Jan, 2017

This week, Mother Nature sent us a gift by providing us with a strong swell coming from storm Alex located in the Atlantic. That was the opportunity for us to test our brand new F-One Madeiro  paddle boards in real conditions. My good friend Johann was in the party, and Likka  was on the beach for the pictures.

After checking the swell at Baie aux Prunes, we finally ended at Anse des Pères for some nice take-off.

By Ozzy 01 Jan, 2017

Today , I met my new friend Barry and his girlfriend for another trip to St Martin! The meeting point: Maho Beach at the end of the runway of the airport Juliana !

There are 2 years , Barry had hired me 2 paddle boards had been already photographed at Maho Beach . His picture was even selected as picture of the year by the magazine SUPconnect.com  ! That was in 2011. This year, he returns by St Martin with his friends, and gave me a call about doing another photo shoot. There was just to bring 3 standup paddle boards before heading to the beach . After drinking a beer together at the legendary Sunset Cafe , it was time to get to the water.

After a beach start , we paddled 50m and we are aligned with the runway , we had only to wait for the aircrafts, hoping to see big ones! I 've been here several times with friends to Maho to watch planes from the beach , but never ON the water .. Barry gave me the opportunity this year and it was amaaazing !

The gallery below is my own selection with my GoPro  . I expect pictures of Barry to complete this super afternoon stand up paddle in Maho !

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