Gay art ? Art in the nude ? Provocative art ? These are only a few options among the
numerous artists who have chosen to live in St Martin, this so-cosmopolitan island where more than 100 different nationalities live and work, also called ‘the Friendly-island’.
Have a look at Patrick Poivre de la Freta work (who studied with Dali) whose male art is present in the Villa Rainbow gay guesthouse exquisite rooms, or any of the numerous art galeries and exhibtions (like the Art of the Nude from the Art Lovers association) and you will get a glimpse of the open-minded atmosphere of this tropical island, the closest European destination from the USA!
With the French and Dutch influences, it soon became a real gay favorite. Fantastic beaches, great food, duty free shopping, gay-friendly lounges and night life, you name it ! And you can even speak in English everywhere, and pay everything in US dollars if you want!
If you love the beaches, then the choice is yours ! 32 to choose from. The beautiful gay beach of Cupecoy is the favorite, with small cliffs, facing the sunset. There is also the famous Orient Bay with their nude beach and the gay-friendly nude resort Club Orient. And many other secluded beaches offer their treasures as well.
With such a variety of people on the island, 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 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 men underwear.
The gay life is present and active. Many gays have established themselves on the island, in all avenues. In terms of lodging, Villa Rainbow is the exclusively-gay luxury guesthouse, located on top of the island with breathtaking views on the Caribbean sea.
Perfect for relaxing and romantic male holidays.