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maho bay, sint maarten

Sint Maarten is a paradise on earth, famous for its glorious nightlife, the crowded shopping centres, flashy casinos, restaurants and cafes that offer you tasteful cuisines and comfortable yet contemporary fashioned resorts.

The days here are spent under the warmth of glorious sunshine while the nights are cool and breezy; the perfect place to escape the world for a romantic vacation. Although the populated areas are quite developed, the surrounding countryside is vibrant and colourful; you can witness flaming red and orange trees and lush green grassy hills where you can hike or go horseback riding. You can also pick coconuts and mangoes from trees and treat yourself to their delicious pulp.

Sint Maarten is a beautiful island in every sense and what makes it even more special are the underwater snorkelling experiences that take you to a whole new world with tortoise, fishes and corals that you would have never seen before.

Here are some of the places you should definitely visit when you are in Sint Maarten:

  • Simpson Bay is located near the airport runway, but even then, is home to the most captivating beach with crystal clear water and some of the most adorable scenic views.
  • The capital of the Dutch side of Sint Maarten is Philipsburg and it is a small town where people flock to go for shopping cruises, especially in the arcing bay. Here you will come across modern as well as old architectural buildings but on the whole, the town is a quintessential commercial base. It has a number of jewellery shops with local ornamental designs, restaurants, duty free shops, casinos and a lot more lining the crowded paths.
  • Maho Bay (shown in the picture above) is located at the end of the Juliana airport and is a fantastic place for watching planes soaring high above you.
  • Mullet Bay‘s moon-shaped beach is one of the prettiest on Sint Maarten.

When you are in Sint Maarten, don’t forget to try some of these superb restaurants for a ravishing meal:

  • The Greenhouse Restaurant offers excellent food to recharge your batteries after an exhausting walk and window shopping. They have an exclusive happy hour from 4:30pm to 7pm, which is certainly not to be missed! Greenhouse bistros have an amazing menu filled with seafood, chicken cuisines, burgers, steaks, salads, and sandwiches.
  • For a complete menu of international cuisine, try Karakter, located between the beach and airport runaway. Here you will get a taste of wicked cocktails and some delicious tapas. They also play live music on some evenings which is a bonus.
  • Stone is a fabulous fusion restaurant which stands out from other local restaurants for two reasons: they serve all kinds of food on granite slabs, which is something you don’t get to see often. And you can also cook your steaks for as long as you like! One of their specialty is the biltong soup made with jerk beef and cheddar cheese.
  • If you are a fan of sushi, do eat out at Bamboo’s Bernie’s which specialises in Asian fusion delicacies. Their best cuisines are Saavo sushi and the sexy salmon, which by the way, are not marked on their menu.
  • Lal’s Indian Cuisine often gets overlooked due to its location amidst car rental shops, but you must try their absolutely mouthwatering butter chicken.

There are a number of fun-filled activities that you can enjoy in Sint Maarten. The clear, warm seas are perfect for water sports such as snorkelling, scuba diving, surfing and kite surfing.

If you have dreamed of racing on a yacht, with the wind blowing your hair and you seeing your reflection in the clear waters around you, here’s your chance to try it out! It’s a thrilling once-in-a-lifetime opportunity where you can try your luck at the 12 meter challenge in Sint Maarten. You can also enjoy the complimentary refreshments while you punch the stop watch or grind a winch.

For an unforgettable experience of boating and cruises with your friends and family members, there is a Sint Maarten Catamaran Snorkel Sail excursion where you can spend your entire day at sea, relax on a deserted island nearby, sip wine and contemplate the beauty of nature and watch the sun set over the horizon. Or you can plunge into the deep waters and explore the corals and vibrantly colored fishes. You will also get lunch at the very special Grand Case, the gourmet of island.

Besides, you can also enjoy private tours, guided tours and some wonderful sightseeing tours at Sint Maarten Island. You will get a chance to explore the Dutch side and the French side of the island, check out Tintamarre Island, Creole Rock, the exotic Orient and Maho beaches and shopping malls in Marigot and enjoy a champagne sunset cruise at a beautiful yacht. You can also hop onto a Double Decker bus and have a sightseeing tour on road.

For more information visit www.vacationstmaarten.com.

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