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About St. Martin

By Victoria Harding

St Martin St. Martin is the only Island in the Caribbean shared by two European countries. It is half French and half Dutch, but the division isn't completely 50-50. The French side is 21 square miles and has a population of 35,000. The Dutch side is 16 square miles with a population around 30,000. This division is a bonus because it allows you to experience two different cultures on a Caribbean Island.

The only argument between the two sides is which side has the best beaches? The best known beach on the French side is Orient Beach. This beach runs for nearly two miles along the Baie Orientale on the Northeast side of the Island. With it's soft white sand, this beach is a common, crowded tourist spot. It is packed with vendors, snack bars, jet ski rentals and parasailing. The islands prettiest beaches are Baie Rouge and Baie aux Prunes. Here you can rent an umbrella and enjoy a day at a not so crowded beach. On the northern part of St. Martin, visit Ause des Peres and Happy Bay. Happy Bay is a charming beach where you may be the only people as far as the eye can see.


La Semanna
    -80 guest rooms
    -suites in 15 moorish-style buildings
    -patio or veranda
    -phone (800) 854-2252

Le Petit Hotel
    -10 air-conditioned rooms
    -dining area
    -satellite TV
    -private terrace on the beach
    -phone 590-29-09-65

Grand Case Beach Resort
    -42 single rooms
    -31 one and two bedroom apartments
    -full kitchen
    -phone 590-87-59-93

The Friendly Island of Sint Maarten Saint Martin is the smallest piece of land shared by two countries - Holland and France. "It's a little European with a lot Caribbean. " In the 36 square mile area, you will find yourself swept away by the breathtaking landscape, fluttering butterflies, blue turquoise waters, beautiful white sand beaches, luscious food, delightful Duty Free shopping, exciting nightlife and glorious Caribbean sunshine. St. Maarten St. Martin offers a delightful array of entertainment for families to honeymooners.

During the day, aside from catching some rays and relaxing on the beach with a good book, there are many different activities available to experience on the island. Horseback riding, snorkeling, scuba diving, parasailing, windsurfing, jet-skiing, kayaking, hiking, sailing and deep sea fishing are just a few of the popular activities to get your vacation senses excited! During the evenings, enjoy the exciting nightlife of steel bands, casinos, dance clubs, open-air cafes and incredible fine dining. What ever your tropical vacation desires, you are sure to find it on Sint Maarten Saint Martin.

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