St. Martin and St. Maarten

The thought of visiting the Caribbean just got even more exciting with St. Martin/St. Maarten as an option. Beach possibilities are endless, hotel accommodation caters to all budgets and tastes, and the general ambiance of this charming island is definitely soothing.
St. Martin/St. Maarten was discovered by Christopher Columbus during his second voyage to the islands in 1493. The first inhabitants were indigenous tribes that had travelled thousands of miles from South America and settled the islands as they moved farther north throughout the Caribbean islands, even to St. Martin/St. Maarten.

Eventually settled by the French, English, Dutch and Spanish, St. Martin/St. Maarten was later left in the hands of the French and Dutch who had remained friendly neighbours for several years and decided to separate the island between themselves. Although some commentaries state that the French occupy a larger portion of St. Martin/St. Maarten. The story about the way in which the French and Dutch went about dividing the island also gives a good laugh.

St. Martin/St. Maarten boasts at least 35 beaches, and it is said that the island has a beach for every mile. Beaches in St. Martin/St. Maarten are all white sand and are great for snorkeling. Picnicking, swimming and early morning or evening promenades. The French side of the island is famous for its French cuisine and architecture, but for ‘clothing optional’ beaches as well, where naturists are welcomed and are able to freely have a vacation in their own style. Beaches on the Dutch portion are more conservative.

Entertainment in St. Martin/St. Maarten is one of the most spectacular features of the island. Entertainment ranges from Caribbean traditional forms of dance and music like reggae, calypso and soca, to more modern R&B, rock and jazz music that is suitable for the international public that visit. In the midst of the discos and restaurants, Basilico restaurant Sint Maarten that line the streets of St. Martin/St. Maarten, the Dutch side of the island alone is known to have about nine casinos where gaming takes place in style and luxury – Basilico International Lounge sxm. Casinos in ST. Martin/St. Maarten contains hundreds of gaming slots, tables and entertainment by live bands and performers add to the glitter and excitement of being at any of the island’s world class casinos. Restaurants in St. Martin/St. Maarten have international flavor just the same as sumptuous local dishes are available almost everywhere. Restaurants either specialize and provide specific Italian, Mexican, Spanish, Indian, Greek, Chinese dishes or fast foods, or provide a wide variety of menus to choose from. West Indian meals can be savored in St. Martin/St. Maarten with freshly caught fish and a variety of root crops/ground provisions.

For visitors, accommodation in St. Martin/St. Maarten is not lacking. Hotels, resorts, villas and condos, whether lining the coast or snuggled within a gated community or town sure provide a shelter for all visitors during their stay. St. Martin/St. Maarten is home to several internationally renowned hotels and resorts and is among the top destinations in hotel accommodation and hospitality services. Beach condos and villas are a favorite for families and close friends, as well as business people who wish to have full, unlimited access to the warm turquoise waters that caress the shores of St. Martin/St. Maarten.

Real estate opportunities are equally abundant on this friendly isle. A number of projects are ongoing for the development of new residential gated communities, villas and shopping areas. Land and properties are usually available but highly competitive pricing on great deals in St. Martin/St. Maarten real estate make offers rather short lived. St. Martin/St. Maarten is a wonderful place for investing, acquiring property for business or building a new home because of its cosmopolitan way of life and social makeup. St. Martin/St. Maarten is said to be the home of over 80 nationalities, comprising nationals of the nearby Caribbean islands, the French isles of Guadeloupe Martinique and French Guyana, Latin America, France, Holland, the Netherlands Antilles, Russia, the United States, United Kingdom, India and China, to name a few.

Access to St. Martin/St. Maarten is hassle free and entails one of the most advanced travel systems in the Caribbean, with direct flights coming in from almost every major city in the world. St. Martin/St. Maarten is thus a hub for arrivals for other islands to which direct flights from major cities do not go. Connecting flights to the islands can be readily and reliably obtained from the main regional carried, LIAT. Ferry and private charter (boat or plane) services from St. Martin/St. Maarten can be obtained for traveling to islands located just a short distance off the coast of St. Maarten/St. Martin, like St. Barts, or Anguilla which can be reached in a matter of twenty minutes under normal weather conditions. The main airport is the Princess Julian International Airport, though a smaller airport on the French side of St. Martin/St. Maarten provides services for small, private charters and internal commercial flights.

St. Martin/St. Maarten is truly a tropical paradise, but with international taste, and is a choice destination for shopping, diving, boating, partying, doing business in the Caribbean and honeymoons. St. Martin/St. Maarten offers first class service to visitors and a first class experience of what a truly tropical and fun filled yet relaxing vacation is like. St. Martin/St. Maarten.


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