Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Destination Tuesdays: St. Maarten/ St. Martin

St. Maarten/ St. Martin is a split-culture island which has Dutch nightlife and fabulous, duty-free French shopping - and of course, a few gorgeous beaches.

Divided into the Dutch-controlled St. Maarten and the French-ruled St. Martin, this 37-square-mile-island still manages to blend Dutch, French and Caribbean influences effortlessly. These distinct heritages each bring their own flair, whether you are looking to party like the French until dawn, take in a lively native dance show or sample Dutch-inspired cuisine. Made famous for its local airport with a landing area that barely clears the bright water, St. Martin has an endless variety of water sports, duty-free shopping, and plenty of festivals, markets, and traditions to savor on your trip.

St. Maarten is home to a number of beautiful beaches, with watersports by far the most popular way to enjoy them. Whether you want to windsurf, snorkel, sail or kayak, beaches like Mullet Bay, Orient Bay and Maho Beach are easy to enjoy.

The island is known for its water sports, so be sure to schedule a surfing lesson, kayaking excursion, or yacht trip. The beaches are also great for people-watching, so feel free to camp out with a cold tropical drink and unwind (warning- the French side beaches are swimsuit optional). With some of the best duty-free shopping in the Caribbean, it’s also difficult to resist the great buys, whether you want to bargain at an open-air market or browse the expensive boutiques in Marigot.

At night, with a party-till-dawn European attitude, you will find plenty of casinos, discos and nightclubs.

Recommended resorts:

Sonesta Maho Beach Resort and Casino is located in the heart of Maho Village. On the property are a variety of fine restaurants and a quaint village marketplace with 40 boutiques and unrivaled nightlife, including our Casino Royale, St Maarten's largest. All Inclusive option available.

  • Casino
  • 2 Swimming Pools
  • 4 Tennis Courts
  • Children's Program and Kids' club
  • Spa
  • Fitness Center
  • 4 Restaurants

Brand-New, opened this May - Riu Palace St. Martin - All Inclusive, family friendly resort.

Located in the beautiful cove of Anse Marcel brings the opportunity to enjoy a natural reserve with its unique flora and fauna and also sandy white beaches with dream-like turquoise waters, ideal for relaxing and practicing water sports. Rooms, restaurants, bars,pools and spa are at your complete disposal as part of the exclusive hotel facilities. The hotel restaurants will delight you with a wide variety of flavors from the rich and colorful Caribbean cuisine to the international dishes prepared daily by chefs. 

Credits to destinationweddings.com

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