Two for the Price of One
Two cultures – one 33 sq. ft. island. For over 300 hundred years, the French and Dutch have coexisted on Saint Martin/Sint Maarten, forming a tourism destination rivaled by all tropical destinations.
What to Do
Everything! Saint Martin/Sint Maarten has activities to suit everyone. From swimming, snorkeling, or sunbathing on one of the many beaches – 36 to be exact – to shopping in Phillipsburg or Marigot, the island is full of activities. Exploring a unique movie exhibit on Front Street opened by creature effects make-up artist Nick Maley, who worked on the set of Star Wars, among other major motion pictures. Enjoy water sports on Orient Beach, the island’s most popular beach. Orient Beach offers what you imagine when you think of the Caribbean: turquoise water, white sand, and beach restaurants. You can jet ski, parasail, snorkel, and more.
Where to Eat
From the French Marigot to the Dutch Phillipsburg, the cuisine on Saint Martin/Sint Maarten is unrivaled. The influences of both cultures can be felt in their food. Saint Martin’s food is gourmet. Influenced by traditional French and West Indian cooking methods, the chefs on the French side of the island use lobster, shellfish, meat, and tropical fruit skillfully. Try a lolo (similar to a kiosk) or a restaurant. You can’t go wrong.
Sint Maarten is considered the gastronomic capital of the Caribbean. Worldwide cuisine, representing the many cultures that reside there, is available. Thai, Greek, Indian, German, Indonesian – the possibilities are endless. Many dining options exist in Sint Maarten, such as roadside grills that serve the daily catch, kitschy lunch destinations, and fine dining overlooking the sea.
For more traditional palates, both sides of the island have eateries that serve traditional Italian, Chinese, and Japanese food. Fast food restaurants are also present on the island.
Contact JEK Travels today to set up your trip to Saint Martin/Sint Maarten.