La Réserve naturelle de Saint-Martin est une aire marine protégée de 30km2 située au nord-est de l’île de Saint-Martin. Créé en 1998, cet espace préserve les cinq principaux écosystèmes de l’île : récifs coralliens, mangroves, herbiers de phanérogames, étangs et forêt sèche littorale. La Réserve gère également les 14 étangs du Conservatoire du littoral et ses 11 km de rivages terrestres naturels.

- Discovery trails

Four discovery paths invite hikers to walk along the main ecosystems making up the Réserve Naturelle.

The Dry forest

In two and a half hours, one can walk the 4.5-kilometer Froussards path, between Anse Marcel and the beach at Grandes Cayes, via the deserted beach of Petites Cayes and discover the last intact dry forest on the island.

Coastal Vegetation

On the island of Pinel, a path almost a mile long connects the three beaches of this islet. Information panels tell hikers and two orientation tables identify the outlying islands, with descriptions of local species of vegetation and the birds that inhabit these shores.

The mangroves

 

Along the Etang de la Barrière, in Cul-de-Sac, a 225-meter-long wooden path on stilts allows the discovery of a fascinating ecosystem between the land and the sea, dominated by mangroves, a popular spot for numerous species of birds.

Underwater World

Starting on the beach in Pinel, a path allows to discover the world of protected underwater flora and fauna. A professional guide, also marine biologist, rents equipment and accompanies divers (no air tanks).

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