The Caribbean island of St. Maarten boasts 37 square miles of tropical paradise. The views are spectacular and the food is spicy and delicious. With no fewer than 39 beaches this is one island where it’s possible to be lazy 24 hours a day, every day. But this is also a place to be active with plenty of opportunities for snorkeling, whizzing through the sky on zip lines and partying at any of a number of dance clubs. When it comes to vacation fun St. Maarten can truly be said to have it all.
One of the most important components of any visit to St. Maarten is the lodging. World class high rise resorts compete with chic and discreet oceanside villas. Even the economically-minded can locate an inn that will give them a great combination of amenities without putting a strain on their budget. Of course, most visitors come to St. Maarten’s with luxury in mind, so most offerings tend toward the elegant without being pretentious. This is relaxed island living at its most gratifying.
Days on St. Maarten can be filled in any number of ways. The beach is obviously an attraction for nearly every visitor. At the Baie de l’Embouchure the reef-protected waters make for ideal family swimming and snorkeling. It’s also a breezy spot that attracts windsurfers. Those who have never tried windsurfing will find this to be the perfect place to learn. Baie Longue is a popular, yet relatively secluded, stretch of beach. This may be the best place to relax on the island, but with 39 beaches it’s possible for everyone to choose a favorite.
Shopping is another favorite pastime on the island. Visitors look for luxurious duty free items in Philipsburg. Harborside is the best place to tour an authentic market where many local wares and handicrafts are sold. This is probably the best place to find a unique and memorable souvenir. St. Maarten even features a mall that is called Le West Indies Mall. Shoppers here have their choice of big name designer fashions.
St. Maarten is also a great place to get an adrenaline rush. At the Loterie Farm visitors cross rope bridges and fly through the trees on zip lines in the Fly Zone. Orient Bay offers parasailing and Jet-Skiing. All across the island tourists have chances to explore lush jungles and take exhilarating hikes. St. Maarten’s really does have it all!
When the sun goes down the party really gets started on this island nation. Bamboo Bernie’s is one of the favorites with locals and visitors. It has a little bit of something for every taste, from a climbing wall to swimsuit competitions. Everyone lets their hair down at Bernie’s. Visitors who want to try their luck won’t want to miss Casino Royale. It’s a glamorous casino, but also puts on dazzling shows and the food’s not bad either. At Cheri’s Café diners find great food served in a lively atmosphere. The entertainment is always enjoyable.
St. Maarten’s offers something for everyone. From the laid back beach bum to the hard partier this island is the ideal getaway. Great food, gorgeous lodging and plenty of fun packed into every square mile make this one of the best destinations in the Caribbean.