Alice on her paddle board, somewhere between Tintamarre and St Martin
Alice on her paddle board, somewhere between Tintamarre and St Martin

Our first standup paddle board downwind:

Today was a big day for me and Likka. We made our first standup paddle board downwind from Tintamarre island to Saint Martin. Let me tell you how it went...

We took the boat from Cul de Sac and after a 10mn ride, we reached Tintamarre's main beach. Do you know Tintamarre island? Tintamarre is a small island located off the North of Saint Martin. It is part of the Marine Park of Saint Martin. There's not much on Tintamarre, just birds, stingrays, sea turtles and boats.

We arrived at the main beach. There were only a few other boats in the water. The sea was clear and calm. After putting all of our gear on the beach, we dove into the sea. Turtle hunting was on! Armed with our snorkel gear and our GoPro we searched out stingrays and sea turtles. It wasn't a tough task .. we just put our heads under water for a few moments and ta-da! They appeared. After spending an hour in the water, we enjoyed the meals that Likka had prepared. Eating our sandwiches and watching the sea on this deserted beach was too beautiful!

Standup paddle - Tintamarre - Saint Martin - Antilles
Standup paddle - Tintamarre - Saint Martin - Antilles

Then we packed up to get ready for the day's REAL adventure... taking our standup paddle boards around the North cliff of Tintamarre island and all the way back to St. Martin's mainland. Tintamarre's North cliff is very wild. There is a small beach there at the foot of the cliffs. We swam, took some pictures and after we explored the cliffs' edges via standup paddle, we headed for Saint Martin.

The swell and light wind pushed us towards Saint Martin, which was on the horizon. Our waterproof bags placed on the deck of our standup paddle boards, we sure felt like adventurers! It was a strange feeling being in the middle of the sea with just a standup paddle board under our feet. We took our time, trying to spot marine life underneath our boards, watching the sun disappearing behind Saint Martin. After an hour of quiet paddling, we arrived at Cul-de-Sac pleased with this first standup paddle board adventure downwind from Tintamarre.

Would you be interested about this kind of trip?