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The Many Adventures of St Maarten and St Martin

by on Apr.06, 2011, under Travel

St. Maarten St Martin is the smallest twin-nation island in the world with half being French and half being Dutch governed. However, there is some dispute about that due to folklore about when the French and Dutch were fighting over the island in the 16th century during the days of pirates and tall-ships.

The folklore says that after many wars and lost men on both sides, the French leader and the Dutch leader agreed to meet and settle the dispute about where to draw the border so they could all live in peace on the same island.

Well, after many bottles of rum and no doubt a few bloody slashes later, they were still not at peace so they set each other a challenge. The challenge was to race around the island in different directions and wherever they met, that would be where they drew a line and split up the island in two.

So they drew a line in the sand, set off in the heat with their troops to walk around the island hoping to divide it up evenly between them when they reached the other side. The nostalgic version of the legend says that the Dutch, as prone to a few drinks then as they are now, had to take a nap half way round because they were too drunk, so the French had the better of the Dutch in the end – they netted 20 sq miles and the Dutch only 17 sq miles!

Despite the odd skirmish in the past, it is now a peaceful, neighborly affair which has benefited both sides tremendously and grown St. Maarten – St. Martin into the cosmopolitan, exciting, tranquil, picturesque, beautiful and inspiring island paradise it is today.

Living in the Caribbean for over 13 years and having frequented most of the other islands in the region, I can personally tell you that St. Maarten St. Martin is by a long way the best island – to visit and to live on.

There are 37 beaches for each of its square miles and with a rough hilly landscape with sweeping valleys and large open lagoons, St. Maarten St. Martin has a lot to offer in both natural beauty and exploration.

The recently built $90M Princess Juliana International Airport in St Maarten St Martin is a hub for, and largest in the region. if you’ve ever contemplated what it would be like to sit within 50 ft of a landing jumbo jet then this is for you! It’s not a cooincidence that St. Maartens’ airport was recently featured on the History Channels’ wrongly named ‘Worlds Most Dangerous Airports’ (wrong because there’s never been a serious accident here – fingers crossed).

One of the joys of St. Maarten St. Martin is its proximity to other varied and fascinating islands – you have the volcano-like Saba with its tropical rainforests and cliff-side hiking trails, there’s the completely flat Anguilla with its classy hotels and world-class beaches, and then there’s St. Barths – renowned as the chic French playground of the rich and famous. And they are all within eyesight and 10 – 20 mins by plane (which can be an experience in itself! – St Barths was also on the top ten list!).

If you like dining then you’re also in the right place – St. Maarten and especially the French side – St Martin, is regarded as the dining and gastronomic capital of the Caribbean and some of the restaurants here are in a league of their own! From Argentinian to Thai to Mexican and Creole, to the classics of French or Italian, or the budget-friendly ‘lo’lo’s’, you’ll find them all here.

Accommodation on St Maarten St. Martin is diverse – you can stay in a low-cost guest house, a high end resort, hotel or a 5- star villa replete with an entourage of cooks, maids and butlers, and an infinity pool with an ocean view!

In the timeless words of Jimmy Buffet – ‘cheeseburgers in paradise’ have never tasted so fine!

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Best Caribbean Beaches – St Martin & St Maarten.

by on Mar.31, 2011, under Vacations

Every visitor will see one of two spectacular St Maarten beaches on arrival… If you arrive by plane, you will fly less than 30 feet directly over Maho beach, site of the world famous Sunset Beach Bar voted #3 best beach bar in the world – for obvious reasons when you have a ringside seat to jumbo jets landing just yards away in dramatic fashion.

When arriving by cruise ship in St Maarten you will witness the glowing aquamarine colors of Great Bay and see the golden sands of the 2 mile crescent which is Great Bay Beach. This is the front to Philipsburg, the capital of the Dutch side of St Maarten and sister capital to Marigot from the French side, known as ‘St Martin’.

With 37 beaches in 37 sq miles, St Martin has all you could want from sunrise to sunset, from opulent to rustic or adventurous to idyllic.

Starting at sunrise, on the eastern side of the island (the French side ‘St Martin’) a brisk stroll the length of Orient beach will give you a good start to the day and should take around 1 hour end to end and back. Renowned for it’s nudity at one end of the beach, it is quiet and refreshing at dawn and full of activity and watersports later in the day.

During the day, your choices are vast – Le Galion on French St Martin, not far from Orient Bay, with little waves and shallow waters is great for small children and babies whilst Guana Bay beach on Dutch St Maarten is great for the athletic wave catchers or wet n’ wild seekers. Mullet Bay beach is a favorite to locals and tourists alike and has a mixture of shallow and wavy for those wanting variety.

There are some lesser known beaches known only to the most regular visitor or resident – these are very rarely populated and great for a private and secluded family outing for the day. One of them is Happy Bay at the western end of Grand Case on French St Martin and is off-road and not sign-posted so study a map, question a local to find it or find a rich friend to ferry you there by boat and anchor in the bay and swim ashore with your clothes over your head!

These are just a sample of some of the 37 spectacular beaches that you can find in this Caribbean Island Paradise – no wonder St Maarten – St Martin continues to gain in popularity and is rapidly being dubbed the ‘St Tropez’ of the Caribbean.

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