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[TABLE OF CONTENTS] Winair Airport Offices.................................................. 8 Michael Cleaver Editorial............................................ 9 Caribbean Map......................................................... 14 Winair Flight Information........................................... 17

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[ST. MAARTEN] Map of St. Maarten................................................... 21 Map of Philipsburg.................................................... 22 Map of Simpson Bay................................................ 25 Maagical St. Maarten................................................ 26 Top 10 Wold’s Most Stunning Approaches............... 32 Points of Interest....................................................... 41 Things To Do............................................................ 42 St. Maarten Heineken Regatta................................. 43 Dining....................................................................... 44 St. Maarten Carnival................................................. 49 Lodging..................................................................... 54 Useful Information.................................................... 60

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[ST. BARTHS] Map of St. Barths...................................................... 86 Map of Gustavia....................................................... 87 The Art of Being an Island........................................ 88 Points of Interest....................................................... 89 St. Barths Bucket Regatta........................................ 90 Things To Do............................................................ 92 Dining....................................................................... 94 Lodging..................................................................... 95 Useful Information.................................................... 96

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[ST. MARTIN] Map of St. Martin...................................................... 70 Map of Marigot/ Grand Case.................................... 71 The Friendly Island................................................... 72 Île Au Charme........................................................... 74 Points of Interest....................................................... 76 Things To Do............................................................ 77 Dining....................................................................... 79 Lodging..................................................................... 81 Useful Information.................................................... 82

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[SABA] Map of Saba........................................................... 100 The Unspoiled Queen............................................. 101 Things To Do.......................................................... 106 Lodging................................................................... 109 Useful Information.................................................. 110

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[ST. EUSTATIUS] Map of St. Eustatius............................................... 114 Tiny Island. Big Thrills............................................ 115 Useful Information.................................................. 121

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[NEVIS] Map of Nevis...........................................................126 Nevis Heritage Trail................................................127 Travel Essentials....................................................129 Points of Interest.....................................................131 Things To Do..........................................................133

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The Winair Inflight Magazine is published by Media Publishing International N.V. on behalf of Winair and in cooperation with Nevis Tourism Authority, Saba Tourist Bureau, Comité du Tourisme de SaintBarthélémy, Office de Tourisme de Saint-Martin, St. Eustatius Tourism Development Foundation and St. Maarten Tourist Bureau. Winair Princess Juliana International Airport, St. Maarten Tel: 1 (721) 545-4237 / 1 (866) 466-0410 E-mail: reservations@fly-winair.com St. Maarten Tourist Bureau Vineyard Building, W.G. Buncamper Rd. #33, Philipsburg, St. Maarten Tel: 1 (721) 542-2337 Fax: 1 (721) 542-2734 Website: www.vacationstmaarten.com Office de Tourisme de Saint-Martin Route de Sandy Ground, Marigot, 97150 Saint-Martin Tél: 0590 87 57 21 • Fax: 0590 87 56 43 E-mail: contact@iledesaintmartin.org Website: www.iledesaintmartin.org Comité du Tourisme de Saint-Barthélémy Quai du Général de Gaulle, Gustavia, B.P. 591 - 97133, Saint-Barthélémy Tél: 0590 27 87 27 • Fax: 0590 27 74 47 E-mail: info@saintbarth-tourisme.com Website: www.saintbarth-tourisme.com Saba Tourist Bureau P.O. Box 527, Windwardside, Saba, Dutch Caribbean Tel: 599-416-2231 / 2322 Fax: 599-416-2350 E-mail: tourism@sabagov.com Website: www.sabatourism.com St. Eustatius Tourism Development Foundation Fort Oranje, Oranjestad, St. Eustatius, Dutch Caribbean Tel/Fax: (599) 318-2433 E-mail: info@statiatourism.com Website: www.statiatourism.com Nevis Tourism Authority P.O. Box 184, Main Street, Charlestown, Nevis, W.I. Tel: 1 (869) 469-7550/1042 Fax: 1 (869) 469-7551 Website: www.nevisisland.com

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[WINAIR AIRPORT OFFICES]

St. Maarten Telephone: Fax: Address: Hours: E-mail:

1 (721) 545-4237 1 (305) 394-9209 1 (721) 545-2002 Princess Juliana International Airport, St. Maarten F-F 8:00 am – 5:00 pm winairsxm@gmail.com

Saba Telephone: Address: Hours: E-mail:

(599) 416-2255 1 (305) 395-5268 Johnson Travel Services Juancho Yrausquin Airport, Saba Daily winairsab@gmail.com

St. Eustatius Telephone: (599) 381-2381 1 (305) 395-5314 Fax: 1 (305) 395-5323 Address: 4-Piek Travel Roosevelt Delano Airport,

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Hours: E-mail:

St. Eustatius Daily winaireux@gmail.com

St. Barths Telephone: Fax: Address: Hours: E-mail:

(590) 590 27 61 01 1 (305) 395-4807 (590) 590 29 15 49 1 (305) 395-4833 Aubin Travel Service Aeroport de St. Jean St. Barths, F.W.I. Daily winairsbh@gmail.com

Nevis Telephone: Fax: Address: Hours: E-mail:

(869) 469-9333/9583 (869) 469-8532 TDC Vance Amory Int’l. Airport New Castle, Nevis W.I. Daily winairnev@gmail.com


[MICHAEL CLEAVER EDITORIAL]

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Dear Customer, All of us at Winair welcome you on your flight today, we are glad you are onboard with us, so please enjoy our in-flight magazine and it is yours to keep. We have endeavored to make it interesting and this magazine will definitely deliver some insight into Sint Maarten / St. Martin. We are very proud of our airline and a lot has happened at Winair with our transition to country status on 10/10/10, so rather than focus on future developments which we are embarking on, we would like to share with you our history. Winair was established in 1961 by two St. Barth’s pilots Capt. G. Greaux and Capt. F. Ledee with their fellow founder Mr. N.C. Wathey of Sint Maarten, their goal was to establish air connectivity from Sint Maarten / St. Martin to the surrounding islands of St. Barth, Saba, St. Eustatius. With this Winair was born over 50 years ago! Winair has experienced many highs and lows during its history, ownership changes, financial woes, fuel crisis just to name a few. Having weathered all of these storms Winair is most proud of its employees and its FIFTY YEAR plus safety record which is unequalled in the aviation industry, especially in consideration of some of the airports we fly to. Now for the upcoming 2012/2013 season, Winair will operate four twin engine 300 series DeHavilland aircraft for its scheduled service, which are crewed by two pilots, and in addition a fifth aircraft, also a 300 series DeHavilland aircraft will come online for dedicated charter services in and around St. Maarten / St. Martin. Charter aircraft contrary to public belief is available for charter locally and can be an efficient and effective mode of transportation for local groups and associations. Winair operates this aircraft type for safety and security reasons, this AC has tremendous short takeoff and landing capabilities(STOL), twin engines, professionally trained pilot and copilot and a proven track record of operating in the

Caribbean. Winair will grow our route network when it makes business sense in the region. Winair also maintains interline/code share agreements with over 13 international airlines making your connection to and from North America, Europe, and South America truly seamless and customer friendly, please check our web site at www.fly-winair.com for more details on our partners. In closing we thank you for your business and choosing Winair the National Airline of Country Sint Maarten, we look forward to seeing you on another Winair flight! Sincerely, Michael D. Cleaver, President and CEO, Winair

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Explore a History of Diverse Cultures Like No Other in the World The smallest island in the world shared by two sovereign powers, St. Maarten/St. Martin enjoys the perfect blend of two European cultures with the beauty of a Caribbean paradise. The island of St. Maarten also boasts an intriguing historical background. Christopher Columbus discovered it in 1493, on the feast day of St. Martin of Tours, and in the 140 years that followed, it changed flags many times. The Spanish, French, Dutch, and English have all claimed possession. In 1648, a treaty divided the island in two; the Dutch received 16 square miles and the French, due to a superior naval presence at the time, received 21. Today, the cosmopolitan inhabitants of this friendly island are proud of their over 350- year coexistence and, as if to prove a point, have never constructed an official border between the island’s two countries. There are historic forts to see and architectural gems to photograph Indians, pirates, smugglers, slaves, soldiers, merchants, and mariners have all left their mark here. And rumors of buried treasure still persist. Be that as it may, the island is certainly a treasure trove of history. With 37 Beaches, When It Comes to Fun, the Wetter the Better When it comes to water activities in this picturesque paradise, the recipe for fun is this: simply add water. In fact, the wetter and wilder the water sport, the better. The island offers not only the turquoise Caribbean but tranquil lagoons as well. Enthusiasts can snorkel, windsurf, waterski, sail, jet-ski, and parasail. Fishing charters for marlin, kingfish, tuna, and wahoo, plus day sails to our neighboring islands, are also readily available. The beautiful island of St. Maarten is encircled by 37 magnificent beaches. While some invite you to endless stretches of powder white sands shaded by swaying palms, others lure you to enchanting coves or a scuba diver’s dream sheltered by colorful coral reefs. Nice to know is the fact that our beaches are never crowded, even in season. So those who prefer the sensual privacy of a secluded beach in paradise can become lost in fantasy and intrigue. For those who wish not to get their feet wet, there’s horseback riding, tennis, and golf. Most hotels have tennis courts or access to them, and arrangements

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can be made for you to play golf on Mullet Bay’s 18-hole championship course. Whatever your whims, the island of St. Maarten offers more activities than imaginable to have total fun in the Caribbean sun. Nonstop Action That’s World-Class If exciting night life and gaming tickles your fancy, the Dutch side of the island can deal you a winning hand every time. Seasoned high rollers and spirited amateur shooters can try their luck at roulette, craps, baccarat, blackjack, and slots at any of our glamorous casinos. In addition to popular local hot spots, the island’s many and varied hotels also offer entertainment of their own; you will not have to look far to enjoy an evening of limbo fire dancers, folkloric, and the calypso beat of a Caribbean revue. On lively St. Maarten, disco lives! Wherever the excitement draws you, it is a sure bet that you’ll find enough Las Vegas-style entertainment and casino action to keep you rolling all night long. In the wee hours of a starry night, there’s always romance, a stroll in the surf, a balmy breeze and the scent of wild orchids. In The Gourmet Capital of the Caribbean, You’ll Find Fine European Dining Food, delicious food! While our guests may argue the merits of golf versus tennis and scuba versus snorkel, they all agree on one thing: the dining on St. Maarten is exquisite. The cuisine can be described in many ways. French, Italian Continental, Creole from beluga to zucchini mousse. St. Maarten sets a table that’s unique in the Caribbean. Where else in the world will you find a 37 square mile island boasting over 350 tantalizing restaurants. Here you can enjoy a Cuban or Mexican appetizer, a Brazilian or Indonesian entrée, and a Vietnamese dessert. Frankly, the gastronomic possibilities are endless. But of course, there’s more to dining than simply the food. There’s the ambience, the view, and the atmosphere of many different cultures. Whether you’re enjoying a candlelit dinner in a sophisticated restaurant in Philipsburg or a bistro meal in a sidewalk café on one of Marigot’s colorful avenues, dining in St. Maarten is like dining no place else. ~ Bon appétit!


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[MAAGICAL ST. MAARTEN] Soft Adventures Your trip to St. Maarten offers many opportunities such as: Hiking along lush, scenic trails, Kayaking along our gorgeous beaches. Also one can enjoy our numerous cycling routes along both roads and mountainous trails. Horseback Riding The island has several stables at which persons rent horses. Arrangements for guided horseback tours can also be made at the stables. Beaches Vacation on St. Maarten and the sand will always be between your toes. We have so many wonderful beaches. On the Dutch side, Cupecoy beach is picture perfect. Mullet Bay and Maho Bay offer shimmering sands and family facilities. Simpson Bay and Great Bay offer suntans and water sports. Anywhere you travel, a beach is not far away. Water Sports The island offers excellent diving and snorkeling locations. And with so many multicolored tropical fish, you’d think Picasso had been painting them. Underwater visibility runs from 75–200 feet depending on conditions. Windsurfing, sailing, and jet skiing have enjoyed rapid growth over recent years and instructors are usually available. Charter Fishing Charters, available for half- or full-day hire, usually include tackle, bait, food, and refreshments. Your hotel will tell you where the best fishing is. Sailing Internationally renowned for hosting the famed Heineken

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Regatta and 12-metre Challenge, St. Maarten fascinates boaters of all sorts with crystal blue waters, brisk trade winds, secluded beaches, and first-rate mariners’ services. St. Maarten also offers various yacht chartering services, from day trips to neighboring islands to sunset cruises boasting the best view of the island. Duty-Free Shopping One of the joys of vacationing in St. Maarten is that it is duty free! You can get many bargains because prices are among the lowest in the region. Certainly much less than prices you pay in the U.S. and Canada. The best places to shop on the Dutch side are Philipsburg’s Front Street and Old Street, Simpson Bay, and Maho village. Wherever you go, you’ll find clothing, leather goods, jewelry, gold, watches, perfumes, cosmetics, china, and crystals from around the world. All famous brand names are well represented. St. Maarten plays hosts to a number of fascinating art galleries and studios featuring the finest local, International and Caribbean works. Casinos No vacation on this island is complete without a visit to one or more of our spectacular casinos. All are located on the Dutch side and are open from noon until 3 am. St. Maarten Tourist Bureau Vineyard Building, W.G. Buncamper Rd. #33, Philipsburg, St. Maarten Tel: 1 (721) 542-2337 Fax: 1 (721) 542-2734 Website: www.vacationstmaarten.com


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St. Maarten’s Princess Juliana International Airport makes ‘Top 10’ World’s Most Stunning Approaches Princess Juliana International Airport (PJIA), in St. Maarten ranked 10th in a global poll of 79 nominated airports to determine the most stunning approach via airplane.

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More than 1,000 travel fans from around the globe took part in the poll conducted by PrivateFly.com, the leading online booking platform for private aviation charter and winner of Flight International’s “Website of the Year 2011.” “We looked for airport locations that offer passengers a truly inspirational view on the approach – whether it be over a world-famous cityscape, stunning coastline


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[TOP 10 WORLD’S MOST STUNNING APPROACHES] or beautiful mountain views,” wrote Viv Diprose from PrivateFly.com. “We are very pleased to be in the Top 10 of this poll – this is yet another reason St. Maarten attracts more than half a million vacationers year-after-year with a picture-perfect approach from the sky,” said May-Ling Chun, Interim Director of Tourism for the St. Maarten Tourist Bureau. “We are very proud to be a favorite vacation destination that offers sun, beautiful beaches, great nightlife, and amazing culinary experiences.” In 2011, Princess Juliana International Airport welcomed 511,144 travelers who were able to experience panoramic views of St. Maarten. “It’s a very dramatic landing and take-off, and if you stand on the beach next to the runway when planes take off and land, you see it from the other perspective,” wrote one of the respondents in the poll. “PJIA has been offering a very unique, spectacular and thrilling landing and take-off experience to visitors from all over the world, and this feature has become a major and distinctive attraction as was recently highlighted in a report on ABC News,” remarked Regina Labega, managing director for Princess Juliana International Airport. St. Maarten St. Maarten is the smallest island in the world to be shared by two nations, Kingdom of the Netherlands

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and France, creating a European-influenced vibe with a Caribbean flair. As “the culinary capital of the Caribbean,” St. Maarten offers an eclectic array of cuisine fusion for food lovers with more than 365 restaurants, one for each day of the year to satisfy the tastes of every palate and pocketbook. Located at the northern end of the Lesser Antilles, the island’s 37 square miles has 37 breathtaking beaches and is home to many historical and family-oriented attractions. During the day, watersport enthusiasts can take full advantage of the island’s scuba diving and snorkeling facilities. The capital of Philipsburg offers duty-free shopping with a bustling city atmosphere, while 14 casinos and numerous nightclubs provide endless entertainment. Accommodations are varied and include elegant private villas, family oriented resorts, quaint cottages and luxury spa resorts. Air service is available to Princess Juliana International Airport from numerous U.S. and Canadian cities as well as from Europe, South America and the Caribbean. Find St. Maarten on Facebook at http://www.facebook. com/VacationStMaarten and on Twitter at http://twitter. com/StMaartenTravel. For more information, visit www.VacationStMaarten.com


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[POINTS OF INTEREST]

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Philipsburg The town of Philipsburg is the capital of St. Maarten. Suited to welcome big cruise ships, Philipsburg is particularly famous for its duty free boutiques, casinos and restaurants. Sint Maarten Park This zoological and botanical park invites you to discover 80 different species of animals. Reptiles, parrots, birds, monkey etc., are awaiting you at the Sint Maarten Park. Fort Amsterdam Located between Little Bay and Great Bay, Fort Amsterdam was built in 1631 by the Dutch and it remained the main fortification of the island. The Spanish took possession of the fort before Peter Stuyvesant tried to bring it back to the Dutch, but only managed to lose a leg in the battle. The Spanish demolished it when they left the island in 1648 and the French and Dutch troops who took over never cared to rebuild it. In 1748, part of the fort was restored by Captain John Philips who named it Fort Amsterdam. Fort Willem In order to shoot the enemy, the British built this fort in 1801. Named Fort Trigge at first, it was later renamed Fort Willem by the Dutch. Abandoned in 1846, not much is left to be seen except the greatest view on the Philipsburg Bay. The Courthouse This structure was originally built in the late 18th century. Located in the main street of Philipsburg, Front Street, this old courthouse is one of the most famous historic buildings of St. Maarten. BEACHES ------------------------------------------------Coupecoy A series of little beaches, the west side being fitted out for tourists. Great Bay Philipsburg’s main beach recently widened and redeveloped. Great view of the huge Cruise Ships! Little Bay Sheltered by the point of Fort Amsterdam and recently redeveloped by the St. Maarten Nature Foundation. Cay Bay A beautiful and very quiet beach because of its tricky access. It is mostly used by horseback riders and mountain bikers. Pelican Bay Lovely little beach facing Simpson Bay.

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WATERSPORT ACTIVTTIES ------------------------• Aqua Mania Adventures • Scuba Shop • Westport Watersports • Blue Bubbles Dive Center • Ocean Explorers • PYC SCUBA DIVING -----------------------------------------• Scuba Fun Dive Center • Dive Safaris • Scuba Shop • Blue Bubbles Dive Center

RIDING CLUBS -----------------------------------------• Lucky Stables • Horse’N Around HIKING ----------------------------------------------------• Trisport GOLF ------------------------------------------------------• Mullet Bay Golf

PRIVATE CATAMARAN CRUISES ----------------• Arawak Croisiere • Private Yacht Charter

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[ST. MAARTEN HEINEKEN REGATTA]

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The Event The St. Maarten Heineken Regatta will celebrate its 33rd edition this year from February 28 – March 3, 2013. This world renowned sailing event offers four days of World Class Racing, with trade winds coming from the North East, an average temperature of 25C and crystal clear waters, the sailing conditions in St. Maarten are spectacular. At night fantastic parties take place with live performances of local, regional and international artists, where you can enjoy a wide variety of food and ice cold drinks while standing with your feet in the sand. The combination of spectacular sailing and fun-filled parties is why this event is enjoyed by sailors and their supporters, island visitors and the local community.

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It is a truly international event, with a staggering 32 different countries being represented during the Regatta. By our ability to attract this number of different nationalities we are able to bring the island of St. Maarten to the entire world. The island of St. Maarten is divided between France and the Kingdom of the Netherlands. The St. Maarten Heineken Regatta takes pleasure in bringing the competitors to both locations to show them all what St. Maarten has to offer. Courses will take participants along coastal races from one capital to another, as well as around the island, presenting the beautiful beaches, rock formations and other scenery. On shore participants and visitors will be able to enjoy the culture, cuisine and music

from both the Dutch and French side, as the parties take place on both sides of the island as well. Sailing Everyone can participate in the St. Maarten Heineken Regatta. With participating boats like Gran Jotiti (a Volvo 70), Virago (a Swan 100), Equation (a Trans Pac 65) and

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[ST. MAARTEN HEINEKEN REGATTA] Photos by Tim Wright

Coco de Mer (Gunboat) the level of racing has reached great heights and has met the levels of international racing standards in both monohull, as well as multihull racing. The competitive cruising class is also well represented, with participants who enjoy a more leisurely race. Furthermore, approximately 70 participating boats are chartered by individuals or companies and sail in our bareboat division. This is often their vacation, part of a team building exercise, or an annual get together amongst friends. The St. Maarten Heineken Regatta hosts two pre events, the Budget Marine Match Racing Cup on Tuesday the 26th of February, 2013 and the Gill Commodore’s Cup on Thursday the 28th of February, 2013. The Budget Marine Match Racing Cup is a Match Racing event that welcomes up to eight teams to race against each other and is dedicated to the top match racers of the world. With a cash prize totaling US$ 8,000, this event has quickly become a must do on a match racer’s calendar. Match Racing is a very exciting form of sailing; with two boats racing against each other, followed by umpires who give out penalties during the actual racing, it is very attractive for spectator’s to watch. The Gill Commodore’s Cup is a race for Spinnaker Class only, racing windward leeward courses. It is an event scored separately from the St. Maarten Heineken Regatta with its own prize giving, followed by the opening party at Port de Plaisance. Gill, one of the world’s leading

sailing clothing manufacturers, is a proud sponsor of both the Commodore’s Cup and the St. Maarten Heineken Regatta, as the official technical gear supplier. Parties With a title sponsor like Heineken, which has been a part of the Regatta since the inception, the onshore events are always something to look forward to. After the first day of racing on Friday, the party is hosted in the capital of the Dutch side, Philipsburg, on the Boardwalk where food, drinks and concerts are held. Several stages boast different acts throughout the night and gave all those attending a wide variety of choices in what to listen to. On Saturday the party takes place in the capital of the French side, Marigot. This venue has a chic and European flare with its sidewalk cafes and French cuisine. The atmosphere was further enhanced by the rhythms of the Caribbean sounds of a Soca band. The last day all the sailors gather in Simpson Bay on Kim Sha Beach where the prize giving ceremony takes place for all classes, including the overall winner of the event. After prize giving the event is brought to a climax with a stellar performance by a world famous artist, performing into the late hours. The Future With over 30 years of experience the St. Maarten Heineken Regatta has established a standard that cannot be beat, but which can only get better. Organizers are working year round to ensure that the next 30 years will continue to bring St. Maarten, her beaches, culture, food and fun to the entire world through the sport of sailing. Winair Inflight Magazine

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[ST. MAARTEN HEINEKEN REGATTA] Photos by Tim Wright

Sailor or non-sailor, the St. Maarten Heineken Regatta is an event that you have to cross off your bucketlist! More information can be found on the website www.heinekenregatta.com or by contacting the regatta organization at regatta@heinekenregatta.com or by calling +1(721) 544-2079.

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Gearing up for Carnival 2013

St. Maarten is gearing up for its 44rd annual Carnival, which will take place from April 19 – May 3, 2013. The island’s largest celebration features colorful parades, pageants, musical performances and other activities culminating with the traditional Burning of King Momo. St. Maarten’s Carnival stands out among other regional celebrations due to its size and the way locals embrace participating vacationers who get swept away in the revelry.

St. Maarten is colorful to begin with – during Carnival Season the island becomes a vibrant playground and a photographer’s dream.

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[ST. MAARTEN CARNIVAL] Carnival celebrations in St. Maarten are an exciting time for locals and visitors alike.

“We are looking forward to welcoming visitors not just to the beautiful shores of St. Maarten but to witness and participate in St. Maarten’s Carnival, our largest cultural event and what is essentially the North Eastern Caribbean’s longest food and musical festival. Two weeks of pure excitement, costumes, music and foods from different nationalities.”

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TOURISM OFFICE --------------------------------------St. Maarten Tourist Bureau Vineyard Building, W.G. Buncamper Rd. #33, Philipsburg, St. Maarten Tel:1 (721) 542-2337 Fax: 1 (721) 542-2734 www.vacationstmaarten.com POPULATION --------------------------------------------aprox. 35,000 inhabitants AREA -------------------------------------------------------16 square miles CAPITAL --------------------------------------------------Philipsburg OFFICIAL LANGUAGE -------------------------------Dutch, English widely spoken CURRENCY ----------------------------------------------Antillian Guilders or US Dollars CREDIT CARDS ----------------------------------------Major credit cards accepted by most businesses.

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BANKS ----------------------------------------------------• Windward Island Bank • First Caribbean International Bank • Scotia Bank • RBTT Bank BANKING HOURS -------------------------------------8:30 am–3:30 pm, Monday–Friday. (Hours vary from bank to bank.) ATM machines are available throughout the island. POLITICAL REGIME ----------------------------------Country within Kingdom of the Netherlands. CHURCHES ----------------------------------------------Anglican (Episcopal), Baptist, Methodist, Roman Catholic. AIRPORT -------------------------------------------------Princess Juliana International Airport is located on the Dutch side near Simpson Bay. Flight Information: 1 (721) 545-5757 Information Desk: 1 (721) 545-4211 AIRLINES -------------------------------------------------The island is serviced by a number of major carriers and charter flights. CUSTOMS AND IMMIGRATION --------------------U.S. citizens entering St. Maarten for three months or less must bring a valid passport or proof of U.S. citizenship, return travel tickets, documents for next destination, and sufficient funds. Canadian citizens entering St. Maarten for 14 days or less must bring: a valid passport, birth certificate, or naturalization certificate. Return travel tickets, documents for next destination, and sufficient funds are also required. United Kingdom citizens or British protected persons entering St. Maarten for three months or less must bring a valid passport, return tickets, documents for next destination, and sufficient funds. Citizens of other countries should check with a travel agent or a St. Maarten Tourist Office on the appropriate documents necessary to enter St. Maarten.

DEPARTURE AND TAXES ---------------------------St. Maarten is a tax-free island, but before flying out, visitors having spend at least one night on the island have to pay a US$20 departure tax at the airport. CLIMATE --------------------------------------------------Annual averages: temperature, 80°F; rainfall, 40°F; water temperature, 78°F. WEATHER REPORTS ---------------------------------Available on www-sxmcyclone.com or www.windguru.cz

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[USEFUL INFORMATION] POST OFFICE -------------------------------------------Nieuwe Post N.V. Tel: 1 (721) 542-2298 TDC TRAINING & DEVELOPMENT CENTER --Serious Training for Serious People Tel: 1 (721) 542-0794 E-mail: tdcsxm@uts.an ELECTRICITY --------------------------------------------110 volts (50 cycles) EMERGENCY NUMBERS ----------------------------• Emergency - 911 • Fire Station - 120 • Police Station Emergency, Tel: 1 (721) 547-2122 CAR RENTALS ------------------------------------------One of the best and most convenient ways to see the island is to rent a car. For about $35 to $55 per day, most rental car agencies offer unlimited mileage. Pickup and delivery service is usually available. All you need to rent a car is a valid driver’s license and a major credit card or cash deposit (about $350 to $600). Also available are scooters, bikes, and Harley-Davidson rentals.

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CAR RENTAL COMPANIES -------------------------• Alamo • Avis • Best Deal • Budget • Dollar Rent a Car • Hertz • Thrifty DRIVING LICENSE -------------------------------------Both international and foreign licenses are accepted. Traffic on St. Maarten is right hand drive. BUSES -----------------------------------------------------Public transportation runs regularly between the island’s two capitals for a moderate fee. Other buses travel hourly between Mullet Bay, Simpson Bay, Cole Bay, and Grand Case. TAXIS ------------------------------------------------------Taxis on the St. Maarten are unmetered. Rates determined by the government are based on carrying two passengers per trip to their destination. Your driver will appreciate a tip of 10 to 15 percent. Taxis Stations are located on the Dutch Side at the Airport, at the Cyrus Wathey Square, at


[USEFUL INFORMATION] the Dr. A.C. Wathey Cruise & Cargo Facility, at Diamond Casino on Front Street, and also on the waterfront on the French Side. SHOPPING HOURS -----------------------------------Monday through Saturday, 9:00 am to 6:00 pm. Some shops and supermarkets are open on Sundays. WEDDINGS AND HONEYMOONS ----------------Nothing makes for a more memorable wedding day than having your ceremony presided over by the serene surroundings and azure waters of beautiful St. Maarten. Marriage licenses are easy to obtain and you can even be provided with a wedding coordinator to help facilitate your special day. For those who can’t wait to start their honeymoon, St. Maarten offers a wonderful variety of charming hotels and resorts so you can instantly be whisked off to your once-in-a-life-time rendezvous. For complete wedding and honeymoon information, contact the St. Maarten Tourist Bureau.

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Saint Martin is a friendly and authentic small island, surrounded by 36 white sandy beaches, turquoise water, cradled by the beautiful Caribbean sun.

The Friendly Island is known for its picturesque landscapes and its captivating nights but also for its charming inhabitants. This fame is also due to the coexistence of France and the Netherlands on 75 km2, in perfect harmony.

The French side is in the North and depends on Overseas Departments of France. The Dutch side is pegged to the group of Netherlands. The most common languages spoken on the island are French, English, Creole or Spanish. This small tropical island invites visitors to float in the Atlantic Ocean on the east side, and sip a cocktail in the Caribbean Sea in the west side, with many different water sports such as sailing, surfing, windsurfing or diving.

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Saint Martin welcomes guests for an unforgettable stay, in an amazing melting pot, where more than 70 nationalities live together. The traditional craft market welcomes visitors everyday, where they meet very talented local artists. Grand Case, the culinary capital offers typical and local cuisine but also French gourmet restaurants with varied atmospheres: festive, romantic, local etc.

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Marigot, which is the Capital of the French side, is ideal for shopping, relaxation and refreshment. Mount Pic Paradise, the highest pick of the island is famous for its natural activities and its wonderful rainforest. Music has a precious place in Saint Martin, soca, zouk, reggae, salsa but also soul and jazz that are the sounds that keep the island alive night and day. Despite the success of tourism, the island has preserved its authentic Creole charms: natural islets, colored wooden houses, mountains walks, all in a beautiful protected area. Carnival, Christmas or Easter are part of traditions. Melodies and dances with traditional costumes, parades, glitters and feathers, all together on the sweet rhythm of the Caribbean music. The island invites visitors to experience what we call the “Friendly Island”, for an unforgettable stay. French Saint Martin Tourist Office Route de Sandy Ground, Marigot, 97150 Saint Martin Tel: 00590(0) 87-57-21 Fax: 0590(0) 87-56-43 Email: contact@iledesaintmartin.org Website: www.iledesaintmartin.org


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L’île de Saint-Martin est une petite île au charme typiquement caribéen, bordée par 36 plages de sable blanc, de lagons d’eau turquoise, et bercée par l’incomparable soleil des Caraïbes. L’île est célèbre pour ses paysages venus tout droit d’un rêve, ses soirées enivrantes, ses délices culinaires, et son multiculturalisme. Mais cette célébrité est aussi due à la coexistence politique de la France et des Pays-Bas sur 75 km2, en parfaite harmonie. La partie française est située au Nord et dépend des départements d’Outre-mer français. La partie hollandaise, quant à elle, est rattachée au groupe des Antilles Néerlandaises. Le français, l’anglais, le créole, ou encore l’espagnol sont les langues les plus courantes sur l’île. Cette petite île des tropiques invite ses visiteurs à nager dans l’océan atlantique du coté Est, et à siroter un cocktail dans la mer des Caraïbes du coté Ouest où il est possible de pratiquer de multiples sports nautiques comme la voile, le surf, la planche à voile, la plongée…

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capitale gastronomique offre des restaurants aux saveurs antillaises et françaises, idéal pour une ambiance familiale, amicale ou romantique. Le Mont Pic Paradis, le plus haut sommet de l’île, est fameux pour ses activités en pleine nature, les balades en forêt, et l a découverte de la faune et la flore. La musique occupe une place plus qu’importante à SaintMartin, le reggae, le soca, le zouk ou encore le jazz et le blues sont les rythmes qui animent l’île jour et nuit. Même avec le succès touristique, l’île a su garder son charme créole: petits îlots naturels, maisons en bois colorées, randonnées en montagne, tout cela dans un espace respectueux de l’environnement. Des traditions locales telles que le Carnaval font l’objet de décorations et de défilés de chars à paillettes et à plumes, où l’on danse et chante au rythme endiablé de la musique antillaise. L’île invite ses visiteurs dans un environnement paradisiaque que l’on surnomme « The Friendly Island ». Office de Tourisme de Saint-Martin Route de Sandy Ground, Marigot, 97150 Saint Martin Tél: 00590(0) 87-57-21 Fax: 0590(0) 87-56-43 E-mail: contact@iledesaintmartin.org Website: www.iledesaintmartin.org


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Marigot The capital of St. Martin, Marigot, is divided into different quarters such as Agrément, Galisbay, Concordia, Sandy Ground, Saint James and Bellevue. All the administrations of St. Martin are located in Marigot. The Rue de la République, the main street of Marigot where you can still see traditional architecture, the Catholic Church built in 1941 and the “colored and spicy” marketplace. Fort Louis Built in 1789 and vestige of the French Revolution, this fort overlooks Marigot Bay. The old Marigot Prison, built the same year as the fort, is located right beside it. Mount Vernon Plantation This ancient but fully restored master’s mansion is an invitation to discover the cultivation and production of coffee, sugar cane, cotton, tobacco, manioc and certain spices. Guided tours and free tasting are offered. Spring Sugar Factory From 1772 this sugar refinery produced great quantities of sugar and rum for about a century. Some vestiges like the great chimney and the animal mill are still visible. For a trip through history, feel free to make a stop there (located south west of Marigot). Paradise Peak (Pic Paradis) The highest spot on the island, its 424 meter elevation will allow visitors a spectacular panoramic view of the island and the neighboring isles. A must for flora and fauna fans.

Lottery Farm Located at the bottom of Pic Paradis, this ancient sugar factory built in 1773 will let you discover all the plants and animal species on the island, through guided tours and an acrobatic course through the trees! Hope Estate Archeological Site This place hosts the remains of a village built by the “Arawaks”, and Amerindian tribe which came from North America in 550 B.C. Many potteries and vestiges attest to how big this village was. The Butterfly Farm In this tropical garden grown under an expansive greenhouse, you can admire hundreds of butterflies of different species from all over the world. From eggs to caterpillars, you will see the incredible metamorphosis of butterflies, some coming from enlarged species. BEACHES ------------------------------------------------Baie Aux Prunes Pleasant beach with few crowds, famous among surfers. Stretches between Pointe aux Cannoniers and the rocks of Plum Point.

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Baie Rouge Located close to Marigot with restaurants on the beach. Petite Baie A wild beach facing Marigot Bay. Access trough the path leading to Devil’s Hole. Baie Nettle A long stretch of white sand, with sections furnished with parasols and beds by hotels and restaurants. Friar’s Bay A family beach in the day time, wild party beach on the nights of the famous “Full Moon Parties”. Happy Bay Accessible via a path starting at the North end of Friar’s Bay Beach. Petite Plage Located at the end of Grand Case and facing the Rocher Creole. Anse Marcel An artificial but beautiful beach, well sheltered from the wind and waves. Petite Cayes An easy 25 min. walk away. Park your car at Cul-de-Sac. Gandes Cayes An ideal pinic site. Ilet Pinel In the heart of a State Park, this tiny island has two beaches - one often empty - and a restaurant. Frequent boat shuttles can take you there from Cul-de-Sac in just a few minutes. Orient Bay This beach is the most crowded of the island. Perfectly suited to welcome beach goers, it offers a wide range of beach restaurants and boutiques, and all sorts of water sports, from parasailing to windsurfing. Le Galion A family beach with a restaurant and water sports. Baie l’Embouchure A long stretch of sand from Le Galion to l’Etang aux Poissons. Baie Longue The longest beach on the island running from the Samana cliff to Pointe du Cannonier.


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TOURISM OFFICE --------------------------------------Office de Tourisme de Saint-Martin Route de Sandy Ground, Marigot, 97150 Saint-Martin Tél : 0590 87 57 21 Fax : 0590 87 56 43 E-mail: contact@iledesaintmartin.org Website: www.iledesaintmartin.org

AIRPORT --------------------------------------------------Esperance Grand Case Aéroport International de Grand Case 97150 Saint Martin Tel: 0590 27-11-00 Fax: 0590 27-11-01 Email: contact@aeroport-saintmartin.com Website: www.aeroport-saintmartin.com

POPULATION --------------------------------------------aprox. 33,000

IMMIGRATION PROCEDURES ---------------------A current valid passport is requested for European Union Citizens and foreigners outside the European Union. For some countries, a passport and a visa are required.

AREA -------------------------------------------------------21 square miles CAPITAL ---------------------------------------------------Marigot LANGUAGE ----------------------------------------------French, English CURRENCY ----------------------------------------------Euros and US Dollars CREDIT CARDS ----------------------------------------Major credit cards accepted by most businesses. BANKS ----------------------------------------------------• Bred Banque Populaire • BDAF • Crédit Mutuel POLITICAL REGIME -----------------------------------French Overseas Community CHURCHES ----------------------------------------------Anglican (Episcopal), Methodist, Roman Catholic.

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POST OFFICE -------------------------------------------Marigot - Tel: 0590 51-07-64 ELECTRICITY --------------------------------------------220 Volts / 60 Hertz. TAXI STATIONS AND PUBLIC PHONES ---------• Marigot - Tel: 0590 87-56-54 • Aéroport de Grand Case - Tel: 0590 87-53-03 CAR RENTALS ------------------------------------------• A&K Car Rental • Avis • Europcar • First Class Cars • Lucky’s Car Rental • Nono Car Rental • Route 66 Car Rental • Thirfty Car Rental EMERGENCY NUMBERS -----------------------------• Firefighters (fires, accidents, medical emergencies) - 18 • SAMU (medical emergencies in town) - 15 • Police Rescue, Gendarmerie - 17 • SOS Doctors - 3624


[USEFUL INFORMATION] • Rescue at Sea - 0590 29-20-46 • Northern Islands Ambulance - 0590 52-00-52 DRIVER’S LICENSE ------------------------------------A valid driver’s license is required. Drive on the right side. TELEPHONE INFORMATION INQUIRY -----------118 712 HOSPITALS -----------------------------------------------• Centre Hospitalier de Saint Martin Louis-Constant Fleming, Spring Concordia, 97150 Saint Martin Tel: 0590 52-25-25 Fax: 0590 87-50-72 E-mail : p.nuty@chsaintmartin.fr • Clinique de Choisy (home care),

2 rue Paul Mingau, 97150 Saint Martin Tel: 0590 27-91-89 Fax: 0590 87-37-64 PHARMACIES --------------------------------------------• Bellevue • Caraïbes • Centrale • Concordia • Crespin • Du Port • Grand Case • La Lagune • Howell Center • Soualiga • Quartier d’Orléans

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Many people have heard of it, but aren’t sure exactly where it is. They know it’s an island, someplace in the Antilles archipelago. Do they imagine it to be hip and sophisticated, or more authentic, discreet, and laidback? This tiny rock, smaller and less populated than many villages in the French countryside, has few resources other than its charm, its perpetual sunshine, the underwater wealth of its Marine Park, and its protected landscapes. And of course, the island is an excellent tourist destination: one of the most varied and upscale, with villas, hotels, spas, some of the best restaurants in the Caribbean, a wide choice of leisure activities and nautical sports, prestigious sailing regattas, a full calendar of cultural events, and the irresistible allure of great shopping… From Christopher Columbus To The Present From its discovery in 1493 to its evolution as a French Overseas Collectivity on July 15, 2007, Saint Barthélemy was at various times under the rule of Spain, France, England, Sweden…and a refuge for fortune seekers of all nationalities. Definitively French as of March 16, 1878, the island’s multi-cultural background is reflected in its open attitude toward visitors from all four corners of the globe. Local Life and Heritage An island that has been populated for only a few hundred years and prosperous only in the past few decades, Saint Barthélemy has maintained elements from its past, such as a pride in its origins, an authentic simplicity, and an open-mindedness toward visitors from all other cultures. Caribbean influences have blended harmoniously with colonial traditions to create a singular identity that continues to thrive on an island that strives to protect its environment. Architecture: Past and Present Historic buildings, traditional houses, and contemporary architecture rarely coexist in such a harmonious manner

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as in Saint Barthélemy, where typical Creole style and local materials freely inspire the most prestigious villas. And where controlled development has preserved the harmony and serenity of coastal villages, as well as hillsides on the interior of the island’s landscape. Island Geography At a distance of 8,500 km from Paris and 2500 km from New York, this small island floats in the Caribbean Sea at 17°55 North and 62°5 West. If the island of Saint Barthélemy, also known as Saint Barth, seems miniscule with its 25 square kilometers of rugged terrain, the most recent census revealed that there are 8,398 residents, or 335 residents per km2. Considered one of the oldest volcanic islands in the Lesser Antilles chain, its dry, rocky soil does not lend itself to agriculture. But its jagged coastline encircled with sparkling white sand makes the island one of the hottest vacation spots, aside from the large tourist destinations. Neighborhoods The mountainous landscape of the island determined the creation of distinct neighborhoods, some of which encompass a beach, others offer a perfect little harbor for fishermen, or embrace the interior charm of the island. It wasn’t that long ago that the absence of roads and transportation made communication between villages difficult other than by boat, thus allowing each neighborhood to develop its own particular character. Whether one is looking for peacefulness or a lot of activity, someplace picturesque or unspoiled, there is always a neighborhood in Saint Barthélemy that suits the mood of the moment. Comité du Tourisme de Saint-Barthélémy Quai du Général de Gaulle, Gustavia, B.P. 591 97133 Saint-Barthélémy Tél: 0590 27 87 27 Fax: 0590 27 74 47 E-mail: info@saintbarth-tourisme.com Website: www.saintbarth-tourisme.com


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[POINTS OF INTEREST] Petit Cul de Sac Beach The beach in Petit Cul de Sac is the spot where friends and families often gather for picnics. Toiny Beach Those who love surfing and challenging waves utilize the beach in Toiny. Although swimming is discouraged here due to strong currents, surfing is the principal activity on this beach. Grand Fond Beach The beach in Grand Fond remains the most mysterious, and swimming is not encouraged due to the rocky coast and stones in the water. But the shoreline is the perfect place to take a long walk on the rocks with the wind in your hair. Gouverneur Beach Off the beaten path and undeveloped, the beach in Gouverneur looks like a picture postcard with its white sand, vegetation, and turquoise water. It is said that the pirate Monbars hid his treasure nearby. MUSEUMS-------------------------------------------------• The Heritage Museum - Housed in the handsome stone Wall House, whose original function remains a mystery, but has been renovated. Located in Gustavia. • The International Shell Museum - Located in Corossol. Closed for an undetermined period.

Anse des Cayes Beach The beach in Anse des Cayes is like its name suggests, as “cayes” refers to coral rocks. It is also one of the more popular beaches for surfers with its big waves rolling in. Saint Jean Beach Saint Jean is second only to Gustavia, as the most active area on the island. Its beach is split into two sections, divided by the Eden Rock Hotel. The first part is near the airport and one can see the planes taking off and landing: One must be prudent and stay out of their way! And make sure to respect the signs. The second part, on the far side of the hotel, is calmer and better suited to swimming or snorkeling. Lorient Beach The locals call it the “little pools.” It is true that the beach in Lorient is different from the other beaches on the island, with one side that is calm enough to swim safely (the little pools) and is frequented by families since the area is protected by a coral reef that offers extra security for children. The other end of the beach is popular with surfers as there are large waves that come in over the rocks and coral. Marigot Beach Time seems to have stopped along the beach in Marigot. In spite of numerous hurricanes, there is still a healthy coconut grove near the beach. Grand Cul de Sac Beach A lagoon with shallow, clear water, and home to many small fish, the beach in Grand Cul de Sac is a perfect spot for nautical activities. Winair Inflight Magazine

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In March, the Port of Gustavia hosts some of the most spectacular sailboats in the world. Every year since 1995, the St. Barth Bucket Regatta has taken place in the charming port of “the pearl of the Caribbean.” In fact there are close to 50 sailboats over 100’ in length headed for the starting line in this unique race. Among the largest of these have been the 62m Athos, launched in 2010 and built by Holland Jachtbouw (also represented by This Is Us, Windrose of Amsterdam, and Whisper), and the 60m ketch Heitaros, launched in 2011 by Baltic Yachts. The overwhelming success of the regatta, and the demand for participation, led the organizers to eventually divide the fleet into four classes in 2012 (Les Elegantes des Mers, Les Grandes Dames des Mers, Les Gazelles des Mers, and Les Mademoiselles des Mers), to make the event more competitive yet at the same time safer for all the boats out on the water. This magnificent weekend of sailing transforms the crystal-clear waters of Saint Barth into a battlefield for passionate sailors, while spectators on shore enjoy the sight of these fabulous boats, their sails unfurled to the wind. Anchors aweigh for the 2013 St. Barth Bucket!

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EXCURSIONS AT SEA --------------------------------• Océan Must • Jicky Marine Service • Master Ski Pilou • Yannis Marine • Yellow Submarine • St. Barth Sailor JET SKIS -------------------------------------------------• Jet Ski Tour • Jet World • Jicky Marine Service • Master Ski Pilou • Mat Nautic • Ouanalao Dive KAYAKS --------------------------------------------------• Carib Waterplay • Ouanalao Dive BOAT RENTALS ---------------------------------------• Boat Rental St-Barth • Bosco Yacht • Côté Mer • Fun Sea’stem • Happy Sail • Lil’E St Barth • Lone Fox • Jicky Marine Service • Master Ski Pilou • Nautica FWI • Ne Me Quitte Pas • Océan Must • St. Barth Sailor • Star Location • Top Location • Yannis Marine

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DEEP SEA FISHING ----------------------------------• Master Ski Pilou • Océan Must • Patrick Laplace • Jicky Marine Service DIVING & SNORKELING ----------------------------• Big Blue • La Bulle • Ouanalao Dive • Plongée Caraïbes • Splash • St-Barth Plongée • SURFING • Carib Waterplay • Reefer Surf Club SAILING --------------------------------------------------• Saint Barth Yacht Club WIND SURFING ----------------------------------------• Carib Waterplay KITE SURFING -----------------------------------------• 7ème Ciel GUIDED TOURS ---------------------------------------• Easy Time • Taxi Island Tour HORSEBACK RIDING -------------------------------• Galops des îles PRIVATE CATAMARAN • Catamaran Blue Cat QUAD RENTALS • St. Barth Adventure


Plongée Caraïbes Catamaran Join our team of professional, accredited instructors for great dives with air tanks, or explorations of the waters around Saint Barth with flippers and snorkel. These underwater adventures take place in the protected zones of Saint Barth’s Marine Park, where crystal clear waters vary in temperature from 78° to 86°F, and depths of 15 to 75 feet are accessible for all levels of divers and snorkelers. Blue Cat Catamaran Our 48’-long 20’-wide catamaran was specially designed for scuba diving and snorkeling expeditions. It is extremely comfortable (Toilets, shower, trampoline deck, solar awning, bar), and has two powerful motors, allowing us to rapidly reach any of the island’s best dive sites. We also provide modern, regularly serviced diving gear as well as snorkeling jackets. For your comfort and in keeping with the regulations established for dive clubs by the Marine Park, we take a maximum of 10 divers and/or snorkelers. After your dive, you can enjoy your choice of fresh fruits, sweets, cookies, and cold soft drinks. Plongée Caraïbes Training Center Affiliated with the French Federations of Underwater Study and Sports, Plongée Caraïbes is an official FFESSM/CMAS training center and PADI 5 STAR DIVE RESORT, where all diplomas can be earned from first dive to instructor status. Our state-certified and PADI instructors all speak French, English and German. Unforgettable Underwater Excursions Coral reefs, rock walls and peaks, brightly colored fish, sea turtles, nurse sharks, angelfish, tarpon, and stingrays… all live harmoniously under the sea where old shipwrecks create intriguing dive sites. And from January through May, whales and dolphins may simply come to us for a surprise visit. Departure in Gustavia - from Monday to Saturday Sunday for special request. 3 trips per day: 9am, 11am, and 2:30pm Key points: • The only dive catamaran in Saint Barth with three state-certified instructors aboard. • Unequalled comfort and outstanding service appreciated by clients. • New, high-end, well-serviced equipment Scubapro. • Dive sites rich in flora and fauna, close by and in protected waters. • Available: a professional local diving guide on your boat. Plongée Caraïbes: Thierry Balaska (Owner/ Manager/ Diving Instructor) Tel: 05 90 27 55 94 or 06 90 54 66 14 E-mail: thierry@plongee-caraibes.com Website: plongée-caraibes.com PLONGEE CARAIBES CATAMARAN YOUTUBE VIDEO: http://youtu.be/S9qQJC9EQDU?hd=1


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ST. JEAN -------------------------------------------------• La Bottega • Le Bar du Village • Chez Joe • Le Glacier • The HideAway • Le Jardin • Kiki é Mo • Maya’s To Go • Nikki Beach • On The Rocks • Le Piment • La Plage • La Rôtisserie • Le Bistroy • Sand Bar • Sayolita ANSE DES CAYES -------------------------------------• Chez Yvon • Le Fellini Ristorante SALINES --------------------------------------------------• L’Esprit Salines • Le Grain de Sel • Le Tamarin • M&P Grill POINTE MILOU -----------------------------------------• Mango • Taïno • Ti St-Barth COROSSOL ----------------------------------------------• Au Régal • La Saintoise


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TOURIST BUREAU ------------------------------------Comité du Tourisme de Saint-Barthélémy Quai du Général de Gaulle, Gustavia, B.P. 591 97133 Saint-Barthélémy Tél: 0590 27 87 27 Fax: 0590 27 74 47 Website: www.saintbarth-tourisme.com E-mail: info@saintbarth-tourisme.com

TELEPHONE --------------------------------------------To call Saint Barthelemy: • From France: the ten digit French phone number including the 0 • From the United States: 011-590-590 plus six digits for land lines 011-590-690 plus six digits for cell phones • From Europe: 00-590-590 plus six digits for land lines • From Saint Martin: 00-590-590 plus six digits for land lines

WEATHER ------------------------------------------------The air temperature only varies between 80°F in the winter and 86°F in the summer, or as high as 90°F in July and August, while ocean temperatures can rise as high as 86°F in the summer.

To call from Saint Barthélemy: • France: the 10 digit French phone number starting with 0 • United States: 001 plus the area code and phone number • Europe: 00 plus country code and phone number • Sint Maarten: 001-721 and the phone number

LANGUAGES -------------------------------------------French. English widely spoken. CURRENCY ---------------------------------------------Euro and US Dollar. ELECTRICITY -------------------------------------------220 volts/60Hz. Most hotels and villas have 220V/110V transformers. WATER ----------------------------------------------------Saint Barthélemy is a dry island without a natural source of fresh drinking water. City water is provided through desalination of ocean water. pierreguillemot@rocketmail.com

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HOSPITAL ------------------------------------------------De Bruyn Hospital, Gustavia Tel: +590 (0)590 27 60 35 Fax: +590 (0)590 52 04 47 Emergencies: +590 (0)590 27 60 35 Admissions office: +590 (0)590 51 05 75 Medical office: +590 (0)590 51 19 57 DOCTOR ON CALL ------------------------------------Tel: +590 (0)590 90 13 13 AMBULANCE --------------------------------------------Tel: +590 (0)590 27 66 13/18


[USEFUL INFORMATION] ERIC AMBULANCE ------------------------------------Tel: +590 (0)590 29 27 37 Fax: +590 (0)590 29 29 46 ASSISTANCE --------------------------------------------Medicall - Tel: +590 (0)590 29 04 04 E-mail: medicall3@wanadoo.fr IMMIGRATION ------------------------------------------Identity Papers and Visas Citizens of the European Union must have valid passports. Citizens of the United States and Canada must have a valid passport as well as a return ticket or proof of continuation of travel. The passport must be valid for more than three months from the date of entry to Saint Barth. No other visa or paperwork is necessary for a stay of less than or equal to 90 days. Citizens of other countries, except Brazil, must have a valid passport and a tourist visa provided by the French Embassy or Consulate closest to their home with the mention “COLLECTIVITE DE ST MARTIN ET COLLECTIVITE DE ST. BARTHELEMY”. Animals All cats and dogs must be vaccinated against rabies at least 21 days before the date of their trip (those younger than three months cannot travel). Cats and dogs must be treated against parasites. Cats, dogs, and ferrets (considered domestic carnivores) must have official identification by a veterinarian. As of 2011, an identifying tattoo is no longer sufficient: a microchip implanted on the animal will also be obligatory. Plan to get a health certificate for all animals within five days before travelling. And please do not forget the animal’s health/treatment records! AIRPORT -------------------------------------------------Gustave III Airport Tél: +590 (0)5 90 27 65 41 / Fax: +590 (0)5 90 27 98 50 E-mail: aeroport@comstbarth.fr or aeroportsbh@orange.fr TAXI STATIONS Station Port de Gustavia: +590 (0)5 90 27 66 31 Station Aeroport St. Jean: +590 (0)5 90 27 75 81


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the development and preservation of the island’s natural and cultural heritage. The Foundation also encourages the preservation of historic buildings and promotes relevant scientific research and education. The Foundation is responsible for meeting the major expense of nature management and most funds are raised through private contributions.

Discovering Saba is truly a step back in time, to a simpler life, touched by progress but treasured enough to be handled with care. There are no beaches on this 5 square miles of heavenly rock where steep mountainsides sweep Up until the 10th of October up and plunge abruptly to 2010, Saba formed part of the sea, creating some of the Windward Islands of The the most memorable and Netherlands Antilles, however dramatic scenery, anywhere. on 10.10.10 the Netherlands The Sabans, all 1,560 of them, Antilles ceased to exist and live a gentle lifestyle, where Saba, along with the sister change comes slowly and with islands of Sint Eustatius and a measured pace. The island Bonaire, became known as got its full-time electricity in the BES islands and now form 1970 and it still uses the age “Special Entities” of motherland old method of cisterns to store “The Netherlands”, overseas rainwater, a precious commodity municipalities if you will…. in dry years. Neat little picturebook villages are real here, and The island is a “Dormant” the green or red shutters and redvolcano and has been so for roofed white sided houses with over 5,000 years. Columbus their gingerbread trim naturally fit spied this tiny island in 1493, in with the mountainside among g.com - www.tvc-advertisin phy togra Pho ers Cees Timm but except for the Carib Indians the lush foliage of palms, hibiscus, who may have inhabited the place around 800 AD, Saba bromeliads, wild orchids and pines. remained uninhabited until Dutch settlers arrived from St. Eustatius in 1640. Once settled, it became the focus of the The Saba ladies still produce delicate, handmade lace, French, English and Spanish, who all fought for control of and the island’s artists working in oils, pastel watercolors, the little island. History notes that Saba changed hands clay and colorful cotton, take their inspiration from their some 12 times before permanently raising the Dutch surroundings. Mt. Scenery, the island’s highest point, colors in 1816. The Island’s local administration with a mix rises to 2,855 feet, challenging hikers to try their skill and of experts from The Netherlands manages its affairs. endurance, while the surrounding sea with its Pinnacles entices divers to explore the marine life that abounds in The capital of Saba is “The Bottom” (which is thought to the blue depths. The underwater sea mounts (pinnacles) be the bottom of the volcano’s crater). The early settlers rise from the bottom of the ocean floor to varying heights lived hard lives, negotiating the rocky terrain below the and are home to some of the most pristine coral anywhere. rainforest line. In the early to mid-1800’s, most of the men went to sea, becoming highly skilled fishermen and Very conscious of its underwater treasures, Saba seamen. Their long absences made Saba known as the has strict rules which govern the protection of the “Island of Women”. The fishing and seafaring jobs brought marine environment. The Saba National Marine Park much needed cash to the local economy, a tradition was established in 1987 to preserve and manage the that endured well into the 20th century. Agriculture was island’s marine resources. This assures the health of the possible on the mountain slopes because of the soil undersea environment and sustains dive tourism which and water conditions and the 19th century inhabitants provides a major contribution to the island’s economy. developed and farmed that terrain. One of the few self-sustaining marine parks, anywhere in the world, the Saba National Marine Park raises its Life continued to be hard for the determined Sabans, revenue through very reasonable visitor fees, souvenir mostly descendants of the English and Irish, with sales and donations. The Saba National Marine Park everything that was imported being hauled up 900 steps and the Saba National Park (parks, nature trails, etc.) are from the port at Fort Bay to The Bottom. In the 1940’s, administered by the Saba Conservation Foundation, a an enterprising carpenter, Josephus Lambert Hassell, not-for-profit organization with a mission to contribute to Winair Inflight Magazine

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took correspondence courses in engineering and set out building a road. It took 25 years of determination to build “the road that couldn’t be built” and the Road, likened by many to a roller-coaster ride zigzagging up 1,968 feet and dropping down to 131 feet above sea level to the airport, serves the area to this day.

found at the lower dry elevations, whereas the secretive bridled quail dove prefers the higher rainforest region, as do the thrashers, hummingbirds and banana quits. Red tailed hawks make an appearance on the lower slopes and the pearly-eyed thrasher frequents both villages and the forest.

Shopping Saba Lace, made by the Saban ladies is an art brought to the island over a century ago and practiced to this day. Items are sold by the artists at various locales on the island, the Lace Boutique on Zion’s Hill, The Saba Artisan Foundation in The Bottom and from their homes. Saba Spice is a liqueur which packs a punch, the base of the elixir is 151-proof rum. Paintings by local artists, hand mad jewelry in glass beads as well as silver and gold, hand screened fabrics and clothing make the hunt very attractive.

Diving Diving, snorkeling and exploring the coves around Saba draws the active visitor. It is acknowledged as one of the world’s leading dive destinations. The visibility underwater is astonishing and the dive sites are alive with awesome varieties of marine life. Divers have a pick of 28 sites, with some starting within half a mile of the shore. Well-known sites like Third Encounter, a top rated pinnacle dive are recommended for advanced divers. Man of war shoals, Ladder Labyrinth, and the list goes on, are sites that scuba diving aficionados from around the world dream of someday diving.

Nightlife Each village has a series of events scheduled, which include the visitor. It is best to check the bulletin board, which often includes parties and other interesting events. A couple of lively watering holes especially on the weekends include: Swinging Doors for the best Barbeque in town, Scout’s Place for Sabaoke on Friday nights and Guido’s for pizza and weekend dance parties. Birding Saba is home to about sixty species of birds, many of which are shore birds – varieties of terns, brown noddies, tropic birds, frigate birds, brown boobies and more. The island’s diverse terrain creates the ideal environment for a wide variety of inland birds as well. Five species of doves and pigeons inhabit the island and several others are occasional visitors. The common ground dove can be

Snorkeling Snorkelers have plenty to keep them interested too. The 3 fully qualified dive operations will take snorkelers out on the boat as well, usually on the second dive of the day which is a shallower dive. Torrens Point is a favored snorkel area where reefs or rocks teaming with colorful fish and marine life can be safely explored. Saba Tourist Bureau P.O. Box 527, Windwardside, Saba, Dutch Caribbean Tel.: 599-416-2231 / 599-416-2322 Fax: 599-416-2350 E-mail: tourism@sabagov.com Website: www.sabatourism.com

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NATURE TRAILS & WALKS ------------------------The Ladder Difficulty: Strenuous Hiking time: 40 minutes one way The stairway begins near The Bottom, a short distance past the hospital. Highlights: Views of coastal bluffs, old Customs House, and ocean vistas. Crispeen Track Difficulty: Moderate Hiking time: 30 minutes to Crispeen, one hour to Ecolodge Rendez-Vous from The Bottom. The Crispeen Track begins a short distance past the dormitory in the Bottom and is well marked. Highlights: Views of The Bottom and secondary rainforest. Maskehorne Hill Train Difficulty: Moderate Hiking time: 20 minutes one way. Look for the trail head signboard on your left as you ascend Mount Scenery from Windwardside. Highlights: Views of Windwardside Mount Scenery Stairway Difficulty: Moderate-Strenuous Hiking time: 90 minutes one way. The stairway to the top of Mount Scenery begins just west of the Trail Shop in Windwardside. Highlights: Secondary rainforest, fascinating changes in vegetation along the way, abundant bird life and spectacular views of the neighboring islands. Sandy Cruz Trail Difficulty: Moderate Hiking time: 2 hours one way. The trail extends from Upper Hell’s Gate to Troy Hill. Highlights: Secondary rainforest, abundant birdlife and spectacular views. North Coast Trail Difficulty: Strenuous (must be accompanied by a guide) Hiking time: 90 minutes one way Access the North Coast Trail from the main trailhead in Lower Hell’s Gate. Highlights: Spectacular views of the ocean, ruins of Mary’s Point. All Too Far Trail Difficulty: Moderate-Strenuous Hiking time: 90 minutes one way. This trail connects the North Coast Trail with the Sandy Cruz Trail. Highlights: Transition from dry forest to rainforest. Bud’s Mountain Trail Difficulty: Moderate Hiking time: 90 minutes. From Windwardside: begin the Mount Scenery Trail and follow it to Crispeen Track. Turn

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right at Ecolodge Rendez-Vous junction and then veer right a little further on. Highlights: Views of Windwardside, St. John’s and secondary rainforest. Sulphur Mine Track Difficulty: Moderate Hiking time: 40 minutes one way. From Windwardside, as you pass the church at Hell’s Gate, make as harp left turn at the second road to your left (which leads to the Gate House Hotel). The trail begins at the end of the road. Highlights: Views of Green Island, the Pirate Cliffs above the airport, and the steeply eroded North Coast. Seabird watching is exceptionally rewarding in this area. Flat Point Difficulty: Easy Hiking time: 15 minutes one way. A road, just before the airport building, goes down to Cove Bay and to Flat Point. At the bottom of the road, walk out to the bluff overlooking the ocean. Highlights: Tidepools and views of the remains of the sugarcane-boiling house. Spring Bay Trail Difficulty: Moderate-Strenuous Hiking time: 2-3 hours one way. From English Quarter, walk down the road to the right of the Agricultural Station. At the end of this road, the trail starts on your left. Highlights: Spectacular views of the ocean, the airport and the island. Bottom Mountain Trail Difficulty: Moderate Hiking time: 90 minutes. From the Windwardside: begin on the Mount Scenery Trail, then follow Crispeen Track to Ecolodge Rendez-Vous. At the junction take a right turn and follow the path to Troy Hill. Highlights: Secondary rainforest and The Bottom. DIVING -----------------------------------------------------• Saba Deep Dive Center • Saba Divers & Scout’s Place Dive/Hotel • Sea Saba Dive Center CALENDAR ----------------------------------------------• Good Friday - March • Easter - March • Coronation Day & Queen’s Birthday - April • Labour Day - May • Ascension Thursday - May • Saba Summer “Carnival” Festival - Last week in July • Sea & Learn - October • Saba Day & weekend - December


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• Dushi Cottage • Effie’s Cottage • Eve-Marie’s Cottage • Flamboyant Cottage • Flamingo Cottage • Flossie’s Cottage • Hibiscus Cottage • House on the Path • Iris House • The Look Out • Myrtle’s Cottage • Orchid Cottage • The Cottage Club • Ecolodge Rendez-Vous • Queen’s Gardens Resort • Saba Divers & Scout’s Place VILLAS -----------------------------------------------------• Carolina Cottage • Haiku House • Island View Villa • The Pilot House • Villa Fairview

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TOURIST BUREAU -----------------------------------Saba Tourist Bureau P.O. Box 527, Windwardside Saba, Dutch Caribbean Tel: 599-416-2231 / 2322 AREA ------------------------------------------------------5 square miles POPULATION -------------------------------------------1,200 CAPITAL --------------------------------------------------The Bottom CLIMATE -------------------------------------------------Between 70º - 85º F OFFICIAL LANGUAGE ------------------------------Dutch (English spoken all over) CURRENCY ---------------------------------------------The official currency of the island is the U.S. dollar, this became the case as of October 10th 2010 when the island obtained it’s special status. BANKS ---------------------------------------------------• RBC Bank • Windward Island Bank

Windwardside - Tel: 599-416-2221 CALLING CARDS -------------------------------------Cable & Wireless Ltd. MOBILE TELEPHONE NETWORK ---------------Windwardside - Tel: 599-416-2225 / 2399 HOW TO CALL OTHER ISLANDS ----------------Dial 00 - area code ELECTRICITY -------------------------------------------110, 220 on request CAR RENTALS -----------------------------------------• Caja’s Car Rental • ICS Car Rental TAXIS ------------------------------------------------------• Wayne’s Taxi Island Tour • Eddie’s Taxi Service NEWSPAPER --------------------------------------------The Daily Herald, St. Maarten BUSINESS CENTER / INTERNET CAFE --------Island Communication Service

CREDIT CARDS ----------------------------------------Major Credit Cards and US Traveller’s checks accepted.

SUPERMARKETS --------------------------------------• Big Rock Market • Mini Grocery • Unique Supermarket

WESTERN UNION -------------------------------------Money transfers in case of theft or loss of credit cards, traveler’s checks or airline tickets.

MUSEUM --------------------------------------------------The Harry L. Johnson Museu Windwardside

POLITICAL REGIME ----------------------------------Executive Council

EMERGENCY NUMBERS ----------------------------Airport -Tel: 599-416-2255 Police - Tel: 911 Local Police - Tel: 599-416-3237 Fire Station - Tel: 599-416-3710 / 2210 Hospital - Tel: 599-416-3288 / 3289

IMMIGRATION PROCEDURES --------------------Valid Passport TAXES AND TIPPING ---------------------------------A Government Room Tax of 5% is automatically added to your bill. 15% or customer’s choice for other services. PET REGULATIONS ----------------------------------Animals are admitted temporarily to the island with the following papers: • Health certificate, dated no more than 10 days before visit. • Record of inoculations, including rabies shot administered no more than 30 days prior to the visit. POST OFFICE --------------------------------------------

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[USEFUL INFORMATION] EMERGENCY NUMBERS (Cont’d.) ---------------Harbour Office - Tel: 599-416-3294 Marine Park Office - Tel: 599-416-3295 GETTING THERE ---------------------------------------You must first find your way to the island of Sint Maarten and most U.S. carriers, several European carriers and from South America fly into Princess Juliana International Airport. From there you can take a 12 minute Winair flight 4 or 5 times daily to Saba’s Juancho Yrausquin Airport. Ferry service from Sint Maarten runs on certain days with service being provided by the “Edge” or the DAWN II” PASSPORTS AND VISAS ----------------------------A valid passport is required to visit the island, as well as an ongoing or return ticket. Citizens of some countries require a visa which can be obtained through the Dutch Embassy in the country nearest them. WEDDINGS ON SABA --------------------------------It takes a bit of planning and preparation to get married on Saba. A couple of months before the travel date it is necessary to register via e-mail to secure a date and obtain all the required information, including the

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paperwork which needs to be completed and submitted beforehand. A letter to the Island Governor of Saba, requesting permission to be married on the island must be included with the correspondence. If the preferred venue for the ceremony is somewhere other than the Court Room at the Government building, a written request to the Lt. Governor must be submitted. Weddings are popular on Saba and most hotels are quite accommodating, provided plans are made ahead of the date. Information, tips and guidelines are obtainable on the tourist office website http://www.sabatourism.com For additional information contact the Tourist Office at Tel: + 599-416-2231 Or e-mail tourism@sabagov.nl Visit our website at www.sabatourism.com

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St. Eustatius, affectionately called Statia, was sited in 1493 by Christopher Columbus. Throughout a swaggering colonial era that followed, the island had changed hands at least 22 times. In 1636 near the close of the 80-year war between Holland and Spain, the Dutch took possession. During the 17th and 18th century, Statia was a major trading center with some 20,000 inhabitants and thousands of ships calling at her shores. It is hard for present day visitors to imagine that this tiny island once had one of the busiest ports in the region. During the latter part of the 18th century, St. Eustatius was the major supplier of arms and ammunition to the rebellious British Colonies in North America and the subject of conflict among the most powerful seafaring nations of the

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For a time, Statia was the only link between Europe and fledgling American colonies. It is a fact that Benjamin Franklin had his mail routed through Statia to ensure its safe arrival. Statia remembered as the emporium of the Caribbean, was nicknamed “The Golden Rock”, reflecting its former prosperous trading days and wealthy residents. On November 16th, 1776 the American brigantine warship, the “Andrew Doria”, sailed into Statia’s harbour firing a 13- gun salute indicating the fledling 13-States of America having achieved its long sought independence. The 11-gun salute reply, roaring from the canons at Fort Oranje under the command of Governor Johannes de Graaff, established Statia as the first nation to officially recognize the United States of America.

population is 3700 as of January 2011 and is made up mainly from people of black African descent with a pleasant nature and zeal for work. Diving Few know where the island of St. Eustatius is, let alone anything about the artificial reef there called the Charlie Brown. Good Grief! You don’t know what you are missing! First, the Charlie Brown is big, measuring over 300 feet in length from bow to stern. Once a former fiber optic cable layer for AT&T, it was actually named after one of AT&T’s former CEO’s Charles L. Brown, not the cartoon character. The ship was sunk fully intact, and now presents one of the best wreck diving opportunities in the Caribbean for all levels of divers from novice to wreck specialist and everyone in between.

As the eighteen century drew to a close, St. Eustatius gradually lost its importance as a trading center and most merchants and planters left the island leaving behind their homes and warehouses. Fortunately, in the 1960’s and 70’s, the people of Statia became increasingly aware of the cultural value of their unique heritage and initiatives were taken to preserve and maintain it. The first inhabitants of Statia were the Saladoid Indians, who arrived in great sea-going canoes from South America before the end of the 15th century.

The Charlie Brown is located on the leeward side of the island of St. Eustatius (often called Statia by the locals). The ship rests on its starboard side in 98 feet of water, with the shallowest point 50’ from the surface – an opportunistic depth for marine growth to take hold. Seven years of lying on the bottom has done the big ship a service by transforming it into a vibrant artificial reef. Pound for pound, it is one of the most populated sites on Statia for fish life. On any given day you are likely to see the wreck’s resident population of Horse-eyed Jacks – small schools of several hundred that have a habit of surrounding you while on your safety stop.

In the 1600’s, African slaves were brought to the island to cultivate the land which had more than seventy plantations. At the end of the 18th century slavery had been outlawed in the Dutch Antilles. Today, people of more than 20 nationalities live in harmony on this peaceful Dutch Caribbean Island. Statia is approximately 5 miles long and 2-/12 miles wide covering a total of 11.8 square miles or approximately 31 square kilometers. Its

Turtles and Reef Sharks often frequent the wreck, along with Charlie, the resident Barracuda, who is as big as they get and very friendly. He will let you get extremely close. The most popular dive profile is to descend to the bow along the mooring line; then, after pausing to neutralize buoyancy, cruising along the foredeck toward the “Highway.” This is a large work area that runs through the Winair Inflight Magazine

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[TINY ISLAND. BIG THRILLS.] superstructure for over 120 feet, with portholes that act like skylights, taking a dive light is optional. Most guests enjoy the way the light bounces around inside the ship and the mirror effect created by air bubbles trapped on the ceiling. Once you exit the Highway you are at the stern. Glancing up here, you will normally get a first look at the massive school of Jacks. Swimming around the aft end, a pair of propellers with a 15-foot radius appears – one in the light, good for photographs and one in the darkness caused by the overhanging ship’s stern. This shadowed area is a popular hang out for Dogtooth Snapper, Nurse Sharks and other ambush predators. By now, you will need to start ascending a bit, unless using Nitrox. Moving up to the shallow side of the hull, returning to the bow at a depth of 50 to 60 feet, you will get a good look at the ship you just penetrated. Charlie Brown was built in the day when looks mattered; there is lots of interesting structure - from life boat davits and the smoke stack and mast, with its now coral encrusted horns. As you reach the bow and the mooring line, it’s time to make your way to the surface. Looking down as you ascend provides an overview of it all. Once on the safety stop, you may think it is almost over, then here comes the Horse-eyed Jacks who surround you until your dive buddy is barely visible through them. When back on the boat, most divers have to sit and reflect on all they just took in. Commonly, the first words out of their mouths are ‘Can we do that again?’ How did a small island such as Statia end up with such a large artificial reef as the C/S Charles L. Brown? The story begins in Naples, Italy in the 50’s, which is where this large ocean cable layer was constructed. After a long and rigorous career that spanned some five decades, the ship was showing her age. As most ships approach retirement, their owners often seek one of two options – sell it off cheap and let it become some one else’s problem or decommission it to be salvaged for its steel, which isn’t always the most economic practice. Surprisingly, when the owners decided to decommission the Charlie Brown, they didn’t want to have it stripped down for its metal. They decided instead to allow it to start a new life as an artificial reef, offering it to all the islands in the Caribbean for the price of one U.S. dollar. As you might guess, almost every island wanted it, including Statia. Those of us who were involved in the local diving scene knew it would be a great drawing card to get divers to come to the island, and once here, they would find out what makes Statia special. So the dive operators and Marine Park got the government involved, and we eventually won the right to buy the vessel. Then the work started. The former owners gave us the keys and got off the ship in Curacao. It took several months to get it to Statia where it was anchored offshore.

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We then had to come up with a plan as to how we would prepare the ship for scuttling, with volunteers from the marine park, dives operators, fire department, harbor, and many others all being ferried back and forth from ship to shore for several months. To understand the effort that was taken, imagine a fully functioning ship in good condition with everything needed to do its job. Now transform it into something safe for divers and clean for the environment. We were in over our heads, but there was no turning back! File cabinets full of documents, a machine shop, wood shop, galley, laundry – everything you could imagine and much more – all had to go ashore. As the project manager, I was most focused on the removal of hazardous chemicals, fuel and lubrication oils and the final preparation for scuttling. We had arranged for a consultant from Holland’s world famous Smit Tug to oversee the actual processes to ensure a successful scuttling. He arrived just as we were finishing our preparations, allowing us to move directly to the next step, a controlled sinking by using the fire pumps to fill every compartment one by one. Finally with only the forward hold and the main engine room not flooded and the vessel in a very precarious state we pumped the last of the fuel oil off the vessel on to a barge and called it a day. The next morning we found the ship listing heavily to starboard and taking on water through the port holes. We had already salvaged the port hole covers, which were made of solid brass “oops!” We spent the rest of the day trying to pump water from one side to the other to right the ship, without luck. Finally at around 4:00 pm we decided we had better put it down or it might flip in the night, which was something none of us wanted. To start the final process we cleared the ship, and only those directly involved in the scuttling would remain. We opened the sea chest in the main engine room and forward hold – essentially pulling the plug. Now, with the ship sinking we had one more objective before we could get off. We made our way to the bridge, where we sounded the ship’s horn so everyone would know what was happening. Most of the island inhabitants raced to the cliff to see the vessel slip beneath the waves, set to the tone of the horns as if the ship was calling for help. R.I.P. Charlie Brown 1953 to 2003. Now resting on the bottom, the ship is making the transition from high sea work vessel to underwater habitat for countless marine creatures. The first to inhabit the ship where Sailfin Blennies, which moved in the old barnacle shells on the hull of the ship. What made this interesting to me was that the fish normally live on sandy bottoms.


[TINY ISLAND. BIG THRILLS.] They must have moved in to feed on the remains of the barnacles left from the journey to Statia. The vessel was anchored for several months over a unique dive site in the harbor where an abundance of macro life is found including the sailfin blenny. Theirs was an interesting migration from the bottom of the sea to the bottom of a ship 40’ to 50‘ft straight up! As more and more life takes hold, we have enjoyed the changes soft and hard corals sponges and tube worms – all vying for their spot on this new artificial reef. Nature The St. Eustatius National Parks protect the high biodiversity and unique tropical ecosystems present on both land and sea. The Quill/Boven National Park was pronounced the first official national park of the Netherlands Antilles in 1998 and consists of two sectors: The weathered remains of the northern extinct volcano, that includes Boven (289m), Bergje (223m), Gilboa Hill, Signal Hill and Pilot Hill. Active management currently focus on the Quill. The Volcanic cone of the Quill dominates Statia’s landscape. The highest point is Mazinga. A number of different vegetation zones vary with altitude, ranging from evergreen seasonal forest inside the crater to elfin forest on the rim. The forest in the crater is closely related to a tropical rainforest with the highest trees reaching 40m, including the Silk Cotton Tree, Yellow Plum and Trumpet Wood. Begonias and Bromeliads are common. Animals to watch out for include the endangered Antillean Iguana which feeds on flowers, fruits, leaves and eggs. The Red-bellied Racer is a small snake found only on Statia and Saba and is not poisonous to humans, feeding on small reptiles. Hikers also come across large numbers of mountain crab. Activities in the national park include creation and maintenance of a network of ten trails, display of information boards and research and monitoring. The park organizes guided hikes and visitors are requested to purchase a “trail tag”. Miriam C. Schmidt Botanical Garden This young Botanical Garden extends for 5.3ha across the southern slopes of the Quill. The garden was conceived by Miriam Schmidt in the 1990s with a vision of a sanctuary for protection of Statia’s rich biodiversity from the increasing pressures of development, animal grazing and invasive species. The Garden was created in 1998, infrastructure completed in 1999 and planting commenced in 2001. Today, the Garden provides a haven for the protection of the island’s natural flora whilst

creating an opportunity to rest in peaceful surroundings. The first phase of the Botanical Garden is complete with an educational Sensory Garden, a Palm Garden, a Lookout Garden, a Kitchen Garden and a Bird Observation trail through the forest of the rear portion of the Garden. It is hoped that the endemic flower-Statia Morning Glory (Ipomoea sphenophylla) – once declared extinct- will soon flourish in the Garden. St. Eustatius – A Public Entity of the Netherlands As of October 10, 2010, the Island Territory of St. Eustatius became a public entity of the Kingdom of the Netherlands – Dutch municipality. A process of constitutional change within the Netherlands Antilles was embarked upon starting in 2005 and came to an end on October 10, 2010 when the Netherlands Antilles as a country was dissolved. Agreements have been made between the Island Territory of St. Eustatius and the Dutch Government. An accord to finalize the new status was signed back at the Round Table Conference in Curacao on 15 December 2008. The arrangement was sealed at a final Round Table Conference on September 9, 2010. The Dutch Government takes over a number of responsibilities from the previous Netherlands Antilles Government. The Dutch have also established a Caribbean Netherlands Kingdom Service (RCN) on St. Eustatius which serves as a contact point for various Dutch ministries. The RCN is also the employer of civil servants who want to work on the island. Four areas have been identified that the Dutch Government would be responsible for are: Education, Youth & Family, Health Care and Security. Other areas that the Dutch Government will be playing a role in are: Infrastructure, Spatial Planning and the Environment, Housing and Finance. Economic Affairs The Dutch Government Ministry of Economic Affairs will contribute to a prosperous, sustainable and enterprising economy of St. Eustatius. This entails that companies receive more and more room to engage in entrepreneurial activities and innovation. Focus will also be on clean energy, maintaining postal services, a secure, safe and reliable telecommunications sector. The Dutch Government also favors a business climate that is competitive and attractive internationally. St. Eustatius Tourism Development Foundation Fort Oranje, Oranjestad, St. Eustatius, Dutch Caribbean Tel/Fax: 599-318-2433 E-mail: info@statiatourism.com Website: www.statiatourism.com Winair Inflight Magazine

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TOURISM OFFICE --------------------------------------St. Eustatius Tourism Development Foundation Fort Oranje, Oranjestad, St. Eustatius, Dutch Caribbean Tel/Fax: 599-318-2433 E-mail: info@statiatourism.com Website: www.statiatourism.com POPULATION --------------------------------------------3835 as of April 2012. CURRENCY ----------------------------------------------US Dollar only. MONEY SERVICES ------------------------------------There is no Western Union on the island but MoneyGram is available at the Post Office. POLITICAL REGIME ----------------------------------Dutch, Coalition government is formed by Independent, Lady Millicent Lijfrock and the DP (Democratic Party).

[USEFUL INFORMATION] • Reddy Car Rental • Brown Car Rental • Schmidt Car Rental • A.R.C. Car Rental • Rainbow Car Rental • JIF Car Rental • J&P Car Rental • Rivers Car Rental MOTORCYCLE RENTALS ---------------------------Scooters available from: Mr. Elvin Schmidt and Mr. Ivan Rivers TAXIS ------------------------------------------------------• Irvin Lijfrock • Mrs. Rosie Lopes • Celebrity Tours • Cancer & Son • Wade Rivers

GOVERNOR ---------------------------------------------Mr. Gerald Berkel TAXES -----------------------------------------------------Departure tax is $10 for everyone leaving the island. PUBLIC PHONES --------------------------------------No public phones available on the island. CAR RENTALS -----------------------------------------• Kethe Hendrickson Car Rental

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[USEFUL INFORMATION] SERVICE STATIONS ----------------------------------• Hookers Gas Station • Pompiers Gas station HARBOR OFFICE --------------------------------------Austin van Heiningen - Tel: 599-318-2840 PHARMACY ----------------------------------------------Golden Rock Pharmacy DOCTOR --------------------------------------------------Available at the Queen Beatrix Medical Center Tel: 599-318-2211 DENTIST --------------------------------------------------Available at the Queen Beatrix Medical Center Tel: 599-318-1669 POLICE ----------------------------------------------------Tel: 599-318-2333 or 911 FIRE STATION -------------------------------------------Tel: 599-318-2360 or 913 NON-PROFIT ORGANIZATIONS -------------------• St. Eustatius Tourism Development Foundation

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• St. Eustatius Center for Achaeological Research (SECAR) SUPERMARKETS --------------------------------------• Lady Ama’s Supermarket • Peso Supermarket SUPERMARKETS (Cont’d.) -------------------------• Duggins Supermarket • Happy City Supermarket • All Run Super Market • Food Maxx • Xiu Ling Supermarket • Golden Rock Mini Market SOUVENIRS ----------------------------------------------Arts & crafts, a variety of cheeses & fine wines, several gift items and souvenirs are available at Mazinga on the Bay. CHAMBER OF COMMERCE ------------------------Plans are to set up a Chamber of Commerce and restructure the trade register. Located at Norako Complex on L.E. Saddler Weg. Tel/Fax: 599-318-3332 Open Mon. - Fri. / 9:00 am – 1:00 pm


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[USEFUL INFORMATION] TAX AND CUSTOMS ----------------------------------The Dutch Ministry of Finance Tax and Customs Administration is responsible for levying, checking and collecting taxes and premiums. The aforementioned will also issue refunds. The administration supervises the import, export and transit of goods, and supervise the compliance with tax laws and regulations. TAX SYSTEM --------------------------------------------A simplified tax system will be introduced based on St. Eustatius own characteristics as a small island with less than 3000 persons. The system will be service and customer oriented under one roof offering entrepreneurs and investors a one-shop policy. IMMIGRATION -------------------------------------------The Dutch Immigration and Naturalization Service (IND) are responsible for the admission and deportation of aliens on behalf of the Dutch Minister of Justice. A close working relationship exists between the IND and the St. Eustatius Population Affairs Desks, St. Eustatius Department of Labour Affairs, the Police Force and other authorities. The IND coordinates matters with the Royal Military Constabulary.

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The system used for immigration control is the Foreigner Management System (FMS). Applications for admission and a work permit are based on the one-counter system in order to ensure speedy and professional service. LABOUR RELATED MATTERS ---------------------The Dutch Government Ministry of Social Affairs and Employment (SZW) has assisted the Island Government with the following matters: minimum wage, labour permits, complaints about wages, holiday regulations, working hours, field safety inspections, and illegal accommodation including of foreign employees. The Caribbean Netherlands Kingdom Service is responsible for carrying out these matters on the island. Those seeking information and assistance should visit the aforementioned office.


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Visiting the historic sites of Nevis is no longer a mystery. Just hit the trail—The Nevis Heritage Trail, that is. As you travel around the main road, and up and down side roadways, notice the color green and blue trail marker signs, punctuated by the well known green vervet monkey. The trail directional signs will lead you to 25 of the island’s premier heritage sites---each with its own informative blue interpretative sign. The trail begins in Charlestown, circumnavigates and island, and ends not far from where you began. By following the trail, it is possible to understand the history of Nevis and its many aspects from the English settlers to the enslaved West Africans who were brought to Nevis. The trip around the island will tell the story of the slave trade, the religious development, and the military activity that was related to the protection of the sugar that was being exported from the island. In Charlestown, beginning at the port, there is a map of the town displayed near the ferry ticket booths. Created by artist Howard Pain, a Canadian who has lived many years on Nevis, the map illustrates the many historic Georgianstyle and vernacular buildings in the town. Many religious sites are on the trail, including three in Charlestown:

the Charlestown Methodist Church, St. Paul’s Anglican Church and School, and the Jewish Cemetery most of which can be seen on foot. While on aventure in Charlestown, note the Nevis Slave Market where 7,000 enslaved persons were traded for 15 years, beginning in 1674. Driving out of town, travel up Government Road to see the Alexandra Hospital, once the Queen’s House; and farther up, the Hamilton Estate, one of the most complete sugar estates remaining in the Caribbean. Heading south out of Charlestown is Fort Charles, the largest fort on Nevis, built to defend the capital city of Charlestown. Not far away is the famous Bath Hotel, the site of the hot thermal springs which attracted travelers and invalids to the island for treatment. Continuing your motoring trip southward, the next attraction is St. John’s Anglican (Figtree) Church, where the original certificate was once located for the marriage of British Naval Admiral Horatio Nelson and his bride, the widow Fanny Nisbet. A diversion off the main road will take you up to both Montpelier Plantation Inn and the Hermitage Estate. Another right turn off the main road leads up to Saddle Hill Fortress, which served as Nelson’s lookout to watch for enemy ships. Another plantation inn, the Old Manor Hotel is next on the left off the main road. The village of Gingerland is the home to two exquisite churches, both the Gingerland Methodist and St. George’s

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[NEVIS HERITAGE TRAIL] Anglican. It is also the location of the Golden Rock Hotel, a well-known sugar estate that was converted into a hotel in 1958. Farther along the main road are the New River and Coconut Walk Estates, with the largest windmill on the island and the remnants of the last functioning sugar factory. Continuing, on the left you’ll reach the Eden Brown Estate, the genesis of Nevis’ own ghost story. St. James Anglican Church is the next site, where one of three black crucifixes in the Caribbean is located. At the north tip of the island you’ll reach Nisbet Plantation. Now an active beachfront hotel, it was the home of Fanny Nisbet, who married Horatio Nelson. Beginning down the west coast of the island, past the airport, is a turn-off to the Cottle Church, built by an English planter so that his family and slaves could worship together. The remnants Fort Ashby are located along the waterfront on the west coast near the former town of Jamestown, which supposedly vanished after a huge tidal wave in 1680. Not far from there is Nelson’s Spring, where Nelson watered his ships in the 18th century. The final church on the trail is the most well known, St. Thomas Anglican Church, the oldest active Protestant Church in the Caribbean, dating back to 1643. Just south of the Four Seasons Resort is a notable Baobab Tree, the largest on the island, which also marks the entrance to Montravers Estate, built by English planter John Pinney. From there, you’ll head back into Charlestown. The sites on the heritage trail provide a taste of the history of the island, but there are many more. The history can be explored more fully at one of two museums on the island—the Museum of Nevis History. The idea for the trail stemmed from the Nevis Historical and Conservation Society, and the Nevis Planning Unit quickly joined in the efforts. At first, the plan was to just create a trail with signs and a brochure. Then the program grew to include materials to help teachers utilize the trail in their studies, a DVD about the sites, and plans to clean up the historic sites and equip many of them with benches. The trail signs and development was financed grants from the Organization of East Caribbean States (OECS) and the British High Commission. Many contributed to the success of the venture, including go to Nevis homeowner and artist Pia Lamb for her design of the Heritage Trail logo; Howard Pain who created the Historic Charlestown map; David Robinson, John Guilbert, and Suzanne Gordon of the Nevis Historical and Conservation Society, who designed the trail, signs, and brochure; Mrs. Pandora Coverly, a retired teacher who created the teacher’s

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study guide and DVD; Wendy Elliott, formerly with the planning department; the public works and agricultural departments, the Nevis Public Library, the Girl Guides, and the Education Department. St. Kitts and Nevis HTA


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Nevis is the smaller of the two islands which make up the Federation of St. Kitts and Nevis. Capital: Charlestown Airport: Vance W. Amory International Airport Location: Latitude 17.10 degrees North, Longitude 62.35 degrees West Area: 36 sq. miles/ 93 sq. km. Population: 12,000 Ethnic Breakdown: 94.9% Afro-Caribbean, 5.1% Mixed/ White/East Indian BANKS ------------------------------------------------------• First Caribbean International Bank • The Bank of Nevis Ltd. • Bank of Nova Scotia • Nevis Credit Union • Royal Bank of Trinidad & Tobago (RBTT) • St. Kitts-Nevis National Bank Banks are open Monday-Thursday 8:00am - 2:00pm; Friday 8:00am - 4:00pm ATM 24 Hour Service (Cirrus and Plus Systems generally accepted): • First Caribbean International Bank • The Bank of Nevis Ltd. • Bank of Nova Scotia • National Bank • Nevis Credit Union • Royal Bank of Trinidad & Tobago (RBTT) • V W Amory Airport (National Bank) • X-Petrol Station, Camps (Bank of Nevis) CABLE TV -------------------------------------------------About 80 stations are available, including pay movie stations (HBO, Cinemax, The Movie Channel and Disney). Prices range from US$22 – US$66 per month. CHURCHES -----------------------------------------------There are a number of different churches on Nevis. Worship services are primarily held on Sundays and Saturdays but some churches do meet during the week for prayer and bible services. Any of the churches warmly welcome visitors. CREDIT CARDS -----------------------------------------Most hotels, restaurants, and businesses accept credit cards, but it’s best to check ahead before relying on just credit cards. Bank ATM machines will give EC funds through some credit cards. CURRENCY -----------------------------------------------The currency is East Caribbean dollars or “EC”, which can be obtained at any bank. Most stores and businesses will accept U.S. dollars or travelers’ checks, but change will be

[TRAVEL ESSENTIALS] given in E.C. Coins from the U.S. are not accepted—only paper bills. The current rate, which does not fluctuate, is $1 US equals $2.67 EC. ECONOMY ------------------------------------------------The economy of Nevis is based on tourism, agriculture, fishing, and the offshore industry. (www.nevisfinance. com) The government is a significant employer in Nevis as public employment is expanded to provide jobs for its people. With the surge in up-market tourism, the private sector is expected to be the dominant employer of its human resource. Tourism development plays a major role in the economic growth of the country. EMERGENCY NUMBERS ----------------------------• Dial 9-1-1 • Police 469-5391 • Alexandra Hospital 469-5473 • Fire Services 469-5391 IMMIGRATION REQUIREMENTS -------------------U.S. and Canadian citizens are required to present a passport or a birth certificate with a photo ID to enter the island. All other visitors must present a passport. Visitors may stay for a maximum of six months, but extensions may be requested at the immigration office in Charlestown. Visitors must enter with a return ticket. Departure tax when leaving the island is $20.50 US or $55 EC, which includes an environmental levy. LANGUAGE & EDUCATION --------------------------The official language of the island is English. The island has a 98% literacy level and its CXC and GCE results are among the highest in the Caribbean. MONEY -----------------------------------------------------The East Caribbean (EC) dollar is used on Nevis. The exchange rate is pretty steady at $2.67 EC = $1 U.S. Most all stores accept U.S. cash, but many will give change back in EC. Neither banks nor stores will accept U.S. coins, only paper money. Most banks will give a cash advance on VISA or MasterCard for a $100 U.S. minimum and bank fee. POST OFFICE --------------------------------------------The General Post Office, located in Charlestown, is open Monday – Friday from 8:00am – 3:30pm. Closed on Saturday. TELEPHONES --------------------------------------------Nevis’ modern telecommunications system permits smooth and prompt telephone, telex, facsimile, and Internet connections throughout the world. To make an overseas call, dial 3-5-5 and follow the instructions to making a call using a credit card. Land line service is provided by LIME, the telephone company. Cellular Winair Inflight Magazine

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[TRAVEL ESSENTIALS] HISTORY --------------------------------------------------The written history of Nevis begins with the account recorded by Columbus when he sailed by Nevis in 1493. The name Nevis is derived from “Nuestra Senora de Las Nieves” which means “Our Lady of the Snows,” because of the cloud capped mountain reminding Columbus of snow.

service is provided by LIME, DIGICEL and CHIPPIE. Internet service is available through LIME and Cable TV. TIME ZONE -----------------------------------------------Nevis is on Eastern Standard Time, but does not change for daylight savings. TIPPING ---------------------------------------------------Service charge of 10% is generally included in restaurant bills, but it’s best to ask (and more is welcome, of course!). Hotels add 22% to their bills, including 10% service and an 12% government room tax. TOURIST INFORMATION ----------------------------The Nevis Tourism Authority office is open Mon-Fri, 8:00am - 5:00pm in Charlestown. Brochures about many of the island’s activities and businesses are available there. For information, call 869-469-7550. From USA 407 287-5204, from Canada 403 770-6697, from UK 001305233107 TRAVEL AGENCIES -----------------------------------• TDC Airlines Service (Nevis) Ltd. • Claxton Services UTILITIES -------------------------------------------------Most hotels and homes use 110 volts but 220 lines are sometimes available. Check with your hotel to be sure. WATER ----------------------------------------------------Drinking water is pure and safe to drink, but if you are sensitive to food and water changes, you may prefer commercially bottled water. Bottled water is sold in stores, restaurants, and hotels. Boiling water is recommended when staying in homes that use cisterns for their water supply.

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Prior to the Columbus saga, Nevis was named Dulcina “Sweet Island” by the Arawaks and later Oualie “land of beautiful waters” by the Caribs. Later in the 18th century Nevis became known as “Queen of the Caribees.” Evidence of preceramic people finely crafted stone tools and intricately coloured pottery found. Over the years Nevis has made a number of significant contributions to the Caribbean and the World. Two men who played part in international history were Alexander Hamilton and Lord Horatio Nelson. Hamilton, one of the founding fathers of America and its first Secretary of the Treasury was born on Nevis on, January 11, 1757. Nelson, Britain’s most famous admiral, used Nevis as a base of operations in the mid 1780’s and married a Nevisian; Frances Nisbet in 1787. Nevis continued to be part of the British colonial holdings until 1967 when it achieved Associated Statehood with St. Kitts. In 1983 September 19, Nevis became part of an independent nation and form part of the sovereign democratic state of St. Christopher and Nevis. It has the unique constitutional arrangement of being part of the Federal Parliament while having a separate parliament of its own and its own Nevis Island Administration headed by a Premier. For more information about Nevis visit the website: www.nevisisland.com Nevis Tourism Authority P.O. Box 184, Main Street, Charlestown, Nevis W.I. Tel: 1 869-469-7550/1042 From USA: 1 407-287-5204 From Canada: 1 403-770-6697 From UK: 001 305-233107 Fax: 1 869-469-7551 Email: info@nevisisland.com Website: www.nevisisland.com


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Alexander Hamilton House Birthplace of Alexander Hamilton, and houses the Alexander Hamilton Museum. St. Thomas’ Anglican Church Oldest Anglican Church on Nevis -1643 Cottle Church Built in 1824 by John Cottle for his slaves. St. James Anglican Church Church having an unusual black crucifix. Eden Brown Estate Dual between Maynard – groom and Huggins – best man at the wedding of Julia Huggins. Nelson Wedding Site On Montpelier Estate – Silk cotton tree remains where Lord Nelson married Nevisian Fanny Nisbet. Hermitage Plantation Sugar Plantation – Oldest wooden structure in the Caribbean (1600’s). Now houses Hermitage Plantation Inn. Horatio Nelson Museum Dedicated to Lord Nelson and depicts life on Nevis during the time of Nelson and other changing exhibitions relating to History and Culture of Nevis.

Bath Hotel First hotel built in the Caribbean (1778) The Bath Stream & Spring House Thermal Springs known to cure many ailments. Jewish Cemetery Tombstones dating back to 1679. Memorial Square Cenotaph for Nevisians killed in World War 1 & 2. Historic Charlestown 19th Century Caribbean Georgian styled buildings.

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NATURE TRAILS & HIKING --------------------------• Sunrise Tours • Earla’s Eco Tours • Hebs Nature Tours GOLF --------------------------------------------------------• 18-hole Robert Trent Jones Golf • Course at the Four Seasons Resort • Cat Ghaut Chip’n Putt HORSEBACK RIDING ---------------------------------• Nevis Equestrian Centre • Hermitage Plantation Inn

OTHER ATTRACTIONS -------------------------------• Nevisian Heritage Village • The Botanical Gardens of Nevis • Peak Haven at Herbert Heights • Funky Monkey 4x4 Off Road Tours BOATING & WATERSPORTS ------------------------• Deep Venture • Leeward Island Charters • Nevis Yacht Charters • Scuba Safaris Dive & Snorkel • Star Charters • Venture ll • Windsurfing Nevis

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