North of Orient Bay Beach
, the French-colonial mansion of St. Martin's mayor is nestled in the hills. Little red-roof houses look like open umbrellas tumbling down the green hillside. The area is peaceful and good for hiking. There's construction, however, as the surroundings are slowly being developed. From the beach here, shuttle boats make the five-minute trip to Ilet Pinel
, an uninhabited island that's fine for picnicking, sunning, and swimming.