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St Maarten Museum, Voorstraat, Philipsburg, Sint Maarten
This popular shop has locations all over St. Maarten, although their Front Street residence is where you'll find the largest selection island-inspired wares. Shop for Guavaberry liqueur, hammocks, handmade jewelry, local sauces and spices, beachy...
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Philipsburg, Sint Maarten
Built on the site of an ancient Jewish synagogue that was abandoned in 1781, this building was the governor's home before becoming the headquarters and retail shop for the famous Sint Maarten Guavaberry Emporium. Like the building, Guavaberry has...
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Voorstraat, Philipsburg, Sint Maarten
For easy, duty-free shopping, head to Philipsburg and explore Front Street and Back Street. Find authentic watches and jewelry at fair prices, along with discounted electronics. Of course, there are other items, too—everything from jewelry to...
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Boulevard de la République, Saint Martin 97150, St Martin
Housed in a beautiful marbled structure (viewed as a work of art itself) in the shopping hub of Marigot, the West Indies Mall offers three floors of luxury shopping. In addition to a wide array of restaurants and bars, and even a spa, find brands...
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At Carousel Gelateria Bar, they craft authentic Italian gelato made with natural ingredients imported from Italy (except, of course, for the fresh island fruits). Watch how it's made for a lesson in true Italian food culture, and enjoy the...
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Pelican Key, Koolbaai, Sint Maarten
With over 20 years of experience in the industry, Aqua Mania Adventures knows how to show its guests a good (and safe!) time. They offer an extremely wide array of excursions around the island. For those looking for a thrill, scuba diving,...
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Dawn Beach, Sint Maarten
For those wanting an active adventure on the water, Captain Alan's Boat Charters offers snorkeling as well as clothing-optional boat trips. Their Snorkel and Beach excursion allows you to experience four hours of snorkeling and swimming around St....
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144 Oyster Pond Road, St. Maarten, Sint Maarten
A chic yet laid-back bar in the Westin St. Maarten Dawn Beach Resort and Spa Hotel, Ocean Blu serves sophisticated cocktails, fresh sushi, and views of the pristine Dawn Beach. Drinks are strong yet well-balanced, while beer and wine provide...
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Oyster Pond, St Martin
Situated on the dock in Oyster Pond, and walking distance to a number of resorts like the Westin St. Maarten, this chic yet relaxed island restaurant offers sweeping water views and a menu of delicious seafood. Offerings change daily based on...
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Avenue du lagon, Oyster Pond 97150, St Martin
Just follow the sounds of music, laughter, and glasses clinking and you'll find the no-frills Dinghy Dock Bar, where patrons can enjoy sweeping views of Dawn Beach. Those on a budget should go between 5 p.m. and 7 p.m., to enjoy the venue's daily...
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96 Voorstraat, Philipsburg, Sint Maarten
Located inside a 150-year-old Creole house, L'Escargot is the island's oldest restaurant still under the same management—French expats Joel and Sonya Morand. Menu highlights include veal cordon bleu, duck in pineapple and banana sauce, milk-fed...
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Voorstraat, Philipsburg, Sint Maarten
For an ambient drinking experience on the water, Ocean Lounge is a must. The open-air space features beautiful views of Great Bay and the boardwalk, while live music from local musicians enhances the atmosphere. Start with a cocktail from their...
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10 Emerald Merit Rd, Sint Maarten
Known for both its entertainment and its delicious culinary offerings, Beau Beau's is a satisfying stop during a night out in St. Maarten. Located on Dawn Beach, locals and visitors alike come here to dance to Jimmy Buffet with the ocean breeze...
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Dawn Beach, Sint Maarten
Situated on Dawn Beach you'll find one of St. Maarten's most delicious and affordable restaurants: Mr. Busby's. During the day you can savor fall-off-the-bone barbecue and fresh seafood paired with a frosty Carib beer, and at night the eatery...
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Rue de l'Escale, St Martin
Formally known as La Fregate, L'Oasis is run by the same owner—Martine—who decided to give the establishment a complete makeover. French cuisine is served in a warm setting, and it's all delicious. Think grilled duck breast in caramel pepper...
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144 Oyster Pond Road, St. Maarten, Sint Maarten
Ocean is a casual, contemporary restaurant offering water views, friendly service, and delicious dishes. If it's nice out, dine on the patio overlooking the ocean and pool to enhance the ambiance. Some menu highlights include juicy steaks and...
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144 Oyster Pond Road, St. Maarten, Sint Maarten
For delicious French cuisine in a fine setting, look no further than Aura. Located in the The Westin Dawn Beach Resort and Spa, St. Maarten, the sophisticated restaurant offers stunning ocean views. Everything from the decor to the plating is...
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Bobby's Marina, Philipsburg, Philipsburg, Sint Maarten
Bucket-list junkies will love this: The 12 Metre Challenge allows you to race multi-million dollar 12-metre yachts actually used in the America's Cup. You may even get to sail Dennis Conner's famous Stars & Stripes. The day begins with a sailing...
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St Martin
Located between Friars Bay and the Bay of Grand Case, Happy Bay Beach is a secluded paradise with soft sand and warm azure waters. There is no road access, and the only way to reach the beach is by taking a 15-minute scenic hike through the hills...
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A short five-minute ferry ride from St. Maarten, Pinel Island is a beautiful destination littered with laid-back restaurants, beach bars, hiking trails, and a great beach. It's part of St. Maarten's Marine Reserve, and is a popular spot for water...
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Voorstraat, Philipsburg, Sint Maarten
If you're craving unbelievably fresh seafood, head to Antoine Restaurant. Enjoy surf dishes like sauteed grouper with slices almonds, baked salmon and red snapper with mustard cream sauce, and succulent shrimp scampi. Portions are generous, so...
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Philipsburg, Sint Maarten
For those who want to do some serious shopping, the St. Rose Shopping Mall in Philipsburg is home to international chains, luxury brands, boutiques, and art galleries. Peruse stores like Cartier, Façonnable, Lalique, and Beach Avenue all in one...
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Culture enthusiasts will love this colorful market filled with tropical fruit, local foods, spices, clothing, handicrafts, artwork, jewelry, accessories, and more. The market is also a great place to sample the Caribbean's famous rum offerings,...
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Simpson Bay Beach, Sint Maarten
This secluded white sand beach is a haven for those looking for a peaceful afternoon. Unlike many of St. Maarten's popular beaches, it's not surrounded by resorts and is somehow not well-known despite its beauty. It's perfect for escaping crowds....
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Maho Beach, Sint Maarten
Located on Maho Bay, Maho Beach is known for its proximity to the Princess Juliana International Airport, with airplanes flying low over the beach. In fact, don't be surprised if you get sand-blasted, although having a plane land that close to you...
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Orient Bay, St Martin
At Orient Bay Beach, visitors can alternate between lounging on soft, white sand, photographing the surrounding mountains, cooling off with a swim in the warm turquoise waters, and taking in aerial beach views while parasailing. For those who want...
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Rue du Coconut Grove, 97150
For those who love nature and wildlife, the Butterfly Farm is home to hundreds of colorful butterflies from all over the world. The numbers are steadily growing, too, as new butterflies are born each day. The best time to visit is in the morning,...
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Dawn Beach, Sint Maarten
Situated on the Atlantic, Dawn Beach is renowned for its crystal waters and namesake sunrises. The waters are great for snorkeling, as the visibility allows you to clearly see more tropical fish than dreams provide. The Westin Dawn Beach Resort...
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Great Bay Beach, Sint Maarten
Located on Great Bay Harbour, Great Bay Beach features soft, sugary sand, palm trees and translucent blue waters set against a backdrop of rolling hills and rugged cliffs. While one could easily spend hours taking in the view and sunbathing (beach...
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Rue du Pic Paradis, St Martin 97150, St Martin
Located at Loterie Farms, an eco-tourism and adventure sanctuary offering hiking, cycling, and ziplining—Treelounge is the perfect place to sip a strong Caribbean cocktail paired with creative small bites. Menu options include cumin lentil balls,...
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Rue du Pic Paradis, St Martin 97150, St Martin
Loterie Farm is a true sanctuary on St. Maarten, offering a mix of nature, adventure, and gastronomy. Take a guided tropical rainforest hike, zip-line through 200-year-old mango trees (there's even an extreme course option), pair tapas and...
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Grand Case, St Martin
Located on St. Maarten's French side (the other side is mainly Dutch), Grand-Case has earned a reputation as the Gourmet Capital of the Caribbean. Take in beautiful views of the neighboring Anguilla as you hop from restaurant to restaurant,...
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Fort Amsterdam, Sint Maarten
In 1631, Dutch settlers arrived to St. Maarten and claimed the island, building what we now know as Fort Amsterdam between Great Bay and Little Bay. This was a great defensive position, situated at the top of cliffs, connected to the mainland, and...
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7 Voorstraat, Philipsburg, Sint Maarten
Located in a converted 1800's house, the St. Maarten Museum focuses on local St. Maarten heritage through a variety of topics, like geology, industry, history, archaeology, and indigenous cultures. View important artifacts and exhibitions like...
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144 Oyster Pond Road, St. Maarten, Sint Maarten
For a truly relaxing vacation, the beachfront Westin Dawn Beach Resort & Spa, St. Maarten features everything you need right onsite: gamble in the casino, swim in the infinity-edge swimming pool, have a drink in the pool bar, dine at one of the...
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Great Bay, Sint Maarten
I had miles to use and no time left, so I picked the first flight where I could get a seat and found myself in Sint Maarten. I found a fabulous little hotel and was lucky enough to be taken on a personal tour of the island by the owner on my first...
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Airport Rd, Simpson Bay, Sint Maarten
St. Maarten was absolutely beautiful!!! Everyday was something new...scuba diving in crystal clear water with gorgeous reefs , sailing, a butterfly garden, horseback riding in the ocean and of course I had to come as close as I could to touching...
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Sint Maarten
Where else can you visit 2 countries in one, St Maarten has a Dutch side and a French side, where you are visiting for a day off a cruise or you can stay a few more days, there is something for everyone on this island to please even the most...
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Vineyard, Sint Maarten
The beaches of St. Maarten can get very hot in the warm months. We were in transit in St. Maarten and noticed these ladies walking around the beach with hats stacked up high on their heads, trying to sell to beach-goers something to shield their...