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Stunning sunsets, beautiful beaches, world class dining, duty-free shopping, casinos, exciting nightlife, a carnival, an international sailing regatta, all manner of watersports, a jazz festival, friendly people, and luxurious places to stay… all just some of the many great reasons to visit St Martin and St Maarten.
Half Dutch, half French with English widely spoken, St Martin / St Maarten offers a magical blend of beauty, charm, and sophistication in just 37 square miles of paradise.
The history of the island is as diverse as its beauty. Since 1632 France and the Netherlands have shared this haven of sun, sea and sand. Arawak and Carib Indians were thought to be the first inhabitants to settle the island as early as 4000 BC, and two museums, the Sint Maarten Museum in Philipsburg and the St Martin Museum in Marigot, feature a wide collection of artifacts from this culture.
St Martin / St Maarten’s diversity is evident in all aspects of island life, from its restaurants to its music, its art and its culture. The island in fact prides itself on being home to over 100 different nationalities.
Luxury St Martin / St Maarten – A Diverse Island Paradise
The island is also blessed with 36 magnificent beaches, from the famous Orient Beach (dubbed the ‘San Tropez of the Caribbean’) to its many uncrowded, more remote island affairs. Each beach boasts powder white sand and offer countless fun things to do from windsurfing and snorkeling to au natural sunbathing and swimming to quiet seclusion. And as the island is easily circumnavigated (it only takes an hour-and-a-half) you can enjoy many different beaches on your holiday.
Dining is also a pleasure here, with more than 300 restaurants to choose from. The island’s multi-cultural heritage has also resulted in its being known as the ‘Dining Capital of the Caribbean’. The Nightlife is hot and varied. It starts late and goes to the wee hours. Casinos abound on the Dutch side of the island and many resorts offer a free shuttle for their guests.
St Martin / St Maarten is also well-known as a luxury shopping destination. Here, you can shop duty free for jewelry, linens, crystal and china, electronics, fashions, the latest European fashions, Cuban cigars, along with original works of art and locally produced crafts.
To learn more about these and other great reasons to visit this beautiful tropical paradise, be sure to visit LuxuryStMartin / StMaarten often.