The Butterfly Farm is nearby. Best to go in the morning. Pay one price and it's good for multiple visits during your stay. There are nearby pizza places & rib places. Don't know about snorkle lessons, but I see many children with masks on at the beach. Give a kid a mask & they will busy for a long while! There is also a zoo in P-burg.
the zoo and the butterfly farm are both very nice for kids.
there are many restaurants on the island that are kid friendly although most do not have kids menus.
for great local food and I think a kids menu too, go to Yvette's Restaurant in Orleans..about 15 minutes away by car from your hotel.
Mama's Pizza is 5 minutes away and has great pizzas .
This is from Aquamania's website:
"PLAYSTATION 4 KIDS" It is the brainchild of owner Mike Yates, and lends some much needed entertainment on island for kids. "Playstation" is a converted catamaran that hosts swings, slides, monkey bars, paddles boats and a floating trampoline. I've personally seen it and it looks like a lot of fun. It presents quite a sight out there in Simpson Bay. Playstation operates daily from 9.30am to 5pm. The cost is $15 pp for 3 hours of play and kids 12 and under need to be accompanied by an adult."
See also this link.
My kids were 6 and 8 last summer, and loved every minute of the 3 hours on Playstation. I had at least as much fun as they did if not more.
Thanks for the useful advice! We are really excited to go for the first time to St. Martin and look forward to being able to explore it as a family. Cheers!
There are places called lolos. These are basically simple BBQ places that are as casual and inexpensive as you can get. It's almost like being in someone's backyard. As a matter of fact of of these lolos is actually in someone's yard (Johnny B Under the Tree). Since you will be staying near Oyster Bay, I suggest you go to Grand Case where there are several lolos. "Talk of Town" and "Sky's the Limit" are two of them.
BTW, don't get the idea that they only have ribs. You can get lobsters and other items there as well. And to avoid confusion, lolos is the plural. One is a lolo.
Some beaches are not suitable for 3 year olds due to surf conditions - Baie Rouge is one - but there are many that are well suited for such ages - Orient Beach, Le Galleon, Grand Case - others. I do not think a 3 year old can snorkel with safety. A three 3 old can use water gogggles and see the undersea fish just as well without the dangers - get a pair of goggles before you go. Sun is tring as well so use plenty of sunscrre or better yet, use a swim shirt (could only get them years ago from Australaia on internet but Sears has them now and they are quite comfortble) like we do to protect skin from sunburn - it can ruin a trip for a few days for a 3 year old - I speak from experience.
Thanks everyone. We got a swimsuit from Sears and huge sunhat, and as our kid is very fair skinned, we plan on putting sunscreen on every hour or so and not being out in early afternoon.
The lolos sound great - can't wait to try them. Thanks for the suggestions re: snorkeling. We'll see how it goes - I'll come back to report how it went!
The beach at Pinel is very calm with a gentle slope. Little if any surf. See kids there all the time.
Sunscreen may not be sufficient for fair skinned little persons who tend to stay in the sun most of the day - a swim shirt is highly reommernded ot use of hats and tee shirts to protect from the strong Caribbean sun