When people think of paradise one place stands out; St. Maarten. Known for its scenic beauty and vibrant personality this place in the Caribbean, is a modern paradise. St. Maarten has something for everyone from history buffs, beach bums, and lovers of nightlife.
One of the most unique features of this island is dual cultures. One side of the island is distinctly Dutch and the other is proudly French. The Dutch side offers upscale resorts with modern casinos. The French offers less development and more old world charm. While both sides have different amenities, they are equal in beauty.
For thrill seeking head over to Maho Beach; home of the Princess Juliana International Airport. You can experience an adrenaline rush as high winds blow you around created from planes only a few feet above you. Thousands of people flock here to experience planes taking off and landing. In between flights, you can enjoy a cocktail at the Sunset Bar and Grill and the beautiful beach. On the next page, we’ve provided an excellent video that captures a plane’s landing, and it shows how close they really come to the beach goers.
If you love shopping and diamonds, St. Maarten is your personal heaven. The island is known for its fabulous duty-free shopping options for fine gems and jewels. There are many shops to choose from but one place is a cut above the rest, Caribbean Gems. Their extensive inventory and knowledgeable staff will be sure to please.
If history is your passion, St. Maarten’s past is still very much alive. Fort Louis offers spectacular views of Marigot and Anguilla, a nearby island. Built by King Louis XIV it has stood the test of time. Mount Vernon Plantation brings the days of sugar making to life. Fort Amsterdam is an excellent example of ancient architecture. The Emilio Wilson Estate was home to St. Maarten’s first governor. For even more history the island is home to twelve museums.
St. Maarten is also home to relaxed night life at its best. Known for live music, excellent cuisine, and family friendly shows. There is something for every member of your group. It has been said the island truly comes to life after sunset.
The island offers some of the best snorkeling and scuba diving in the Caribbean. The clear water and warm weather is a perfect combination. Swim with sea turtles and brightly colored fish for an unforgettable experience. Seek out Soualiga Destinations for boat tours, water sports, and sightseeing. Lush plant life and indigenous birds will provide you with endless photo opportunities.
As if all this was not enough, St. Maarten is teeming with beaches. Eighteen beaches to be exact, each perfect for pleasurable relaxation and fun in the sun. Many beaches are clothing optional so be sure to check before arrival. Some of the most popular beaches with tourists are Maho Beach, Little Bay Beach, and Orient Bay. If you want to travel to ALL of the beaches -which is definitely recomended- You’ll need to have a car to get you there. For great prices, St Martin car rental offers great reliable cars. Make sure to add renting a car to your vacation checklist!