Biking is delightful and refreshing. Jumping over the curbs and carving corners while zooming across the streets is truly exhilarating as Ralph Cope says. The beauty of the Caribbean islands is enhanced with the myriad bicycle trails and tours that help tourists explore the Caribbean in ways they have never imagined.
Although Curacao is the best Caribbean island for biking, with its paved roads and the most loved annual bike race, St. Martin and St. Maarten are awesome when explored by a mountain bike. This friendly island is one of the most renowned tourist attractions of the Caribbean islands. It stands as one of the top 20 destinations in the world as acknowledged by TripAdvisor.
Peak Paradise at St. Martin is the highest point with its picturesque sights of the Caribbean sea, the green forest and Xtreme downhill race which traverse the entire island. With a lot of challenging trails and breathtaking views.
The loops in Bellevue are technical with well-built jumps and rocky drops that are meticulously sculpted by the biking community for better natural quick chutes are fun.
With a bike tour, you can experience and explore the city’s history by pedalling up to Philipsburg, Fort Amsterdam and St. Maarten’s oldest inn. The hilltop views of the great bay are worth all the hike and sweat.
Top 3 biking trail ideas
1.Trip advisor: Philipsburg cruise terminal – Passangrahn Hotel – Philipsburg Courthouse – Captain Hodge’s Wharf – Little bay hill – Divi little bay beach resort – Fort Amsterdam – Philipsburg Cruise terminal. Biking level: easy and takes 3 hours.
2.Viator: Ride along the beautiful coastline of St. Martin as well as St. Maarten – Orient bay – Le Galion Beach and Oyster Pond. Biking level: medium and takes 4 hours.
3.Trisportsxm: Border monument separating the French and Dutch side – Marigot – Caribbean traditional market – Fort Louis – Views of British neighbouring island of Anguilla –Cole bay- Philipsburg (Possibility to circle the lagoon). Biking level: medium and takes 3-4 hours.
World Bicycle day
To signify the versatility, reliability and sustainability as a mode of transportation, World Bicycle Day is celebrated on June 3rd. We all love bikes that help us get from place to place simultaneously offering us a healthy dose of fitness. Biking is good for the environment. We can thus avoid clog and smog up in the air that accumulates due to our fuel engines. The biking experience always comes with a sense of adventure. These are the three main advantages of biking.
In St. Martin and St. Maarten, the locals as well as cyclists from across the world celebrate World Bicycle Day. Following events like kids’ races to national tournaments are organised by Tri-Sport / SXMCF. Many other adventurous games and competitions are held to engage cycling enthusiasts. So, plan for the World bicycle day ahead, pack your gear and get set go to these mesmerising trails.
- Kids 2-hours of Bellevue MTB Bike Race on 21st May
- 3-hours of Bellevue MTB Bike Race on 22nd May
- Maarten National Championship Cycling Road Race on 19th June
Pack your bags
Please note that biking at St. Martin is not that easy. Many professional mountain bikers also cannot pull off the rocky terrain here. Bike tours and tourist organisations are currently working on promoting kids mountain bike clubs, easy circuit trails and clear maps with instructions.
One guarantee is that when you bike through these mountain trails you will feel as though you are riding on an untapped Caribbean mountain biking paradise. Don’t delay visiting this wonderful pace as it is on its way to becoming the World’s hotspot for mountain biking.