A Secret Rum Shack in St Martin

It’s a quiet hillside residential neighborhood over looking Pinel Island. It’s not the place you’d ever expect to see a colorful, Creole-style rum shack.

But that’s what makes Ma Doudou such a pleasant surprise — because this secret rum shack in the Cul-de-Sac area of St Martin is home to the island’s best homemade rum.

And that says a lot on the French side of St Martin, where after just about any meal you’ll be handed a bottle of house-made, infused rum, or “punch,” often free of charge.

In this tiny house, you can find a host of precisely that — delicious infused rums in the great tradition of French Caribbean “punchs,” from banana-vanilla to coconut to pineapple. Also on hand are a great selection of local spices and sauces.

Here’s what it’s like: