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OFFICIAL IN-ROOM PUBLICATION OF THE ST. MAARTEN HOSPITALITY & TRADE ASSOCIATION

St. Maarten/St. Martin

2020

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1970-2020

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Dear Visitor,

May-Ling Chun

Director, St. Maarten Tourism Bureau

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We’d like to extend a warm welcome to our new visitors and welcome back our loyal yearly visitors! We congratulate the St. Maarten Hospitality & Trade Association (SHTA) for its 50th anniversary! Its growth has aligned with the development of our national tourism product. The St. Maarten Tourism Bureau is looking forward to partnering closely with the association during the course of this special year and for many years to come. Person-

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ally, I’ve had the pleasure of being an active member and board member of the SHTA, and I’m proud of what the SHTA has accomplished over the years. We wholeheartedly endorse this special anniversary edition of Visit St. Maarten/ St. Martin, the official publication of the SHTA. Out of adversity came opportunity: As most of our scars from the devastating 2017 hurricane season have healed, both old and new businesses across the island are blossoming. Visit St. Maarten/St. Martin will be your guide in discovering the new and rediscovering the old.

In addition, we would like to congratulate SHTA’s longstanding member, St. Maarten Heineken Regatta — one of the most important yearly events on island — as they celebrate their 40th edition in 2020. We will keep strengthening our tourism product together with our private-sector partners and the community at large. I recommend visitors go out and explore our dual nation multicultural island and enjoy everything that St. Maarten/St. Martin has to offer. Sincerely,

May-Ling Chun

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WELCOME TO ST. MA ARTEN/ST. MARTIN


Dear Guest,

Lorraine Talmi

President, St. Maarten Hospitality & Trade Association (SHTA)

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In no other half-century in human history has change taken place as fast as in the past 50 years. St. Maarten/St. Martin has also developed like no other destination. St. Maarten/St. Martin was discovered by a coincidental US print news article in the 1960s. It was only recently that our island paradise was selected the No. 1 destination in the Dutch Kingdom by the main online travel information website, TripAdvisor, leading the Caribbean with Jamaica in that same list; and it was also listed as one of the top 20 destinations in the world. As SHTA celebrates 50 years, it has been instrumental to the popularity and splendor

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of the destination. You will read more about this on page 30 of this magazine. From a relatively unknown island with dusty Front Street roads, St. Maarten/St. Martin has developed into a culinary capital and a nautical center, where sailing, diving, kiteboarding and kayaking all abound. We have amazing hiking trails, infamous zip lines and beautiful natural pools. We can now boast that we are home to the largest regatta in the region — and we congratulate the Heineken Regatta on its own 40th anniversary this year! We chose the slogan “Celebrating Half a Century of Commitment� as our anniversary slogan because over the past 50 years many members, as well as the association itself, have been actively involved in

the development of tourism and in the community. Looking forward, SHTA wants to be an advocate for responsible growth, balancing a healthy and beautiful island, a sustainable economy and good governance, as these go hand in hand in creating the best quality of life for all our residents. Cooperation with our French neighbors for us is a selfevident ambition, as the world only seems to get smaller and the fame of tiny St. Maarten/ St. Martin keeps growing, thanks to our many great visitors like yourself. I wish you a fantastic stay, and we hope to provide you with the best in hospitality for another 50 years and beyond! Goede Vakantie!

Lorraine Talmi

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CONTRIBUTORS

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Born in The Netherlands, Ilja Botha inherited a love of nature from her parents. Her mom enjoyed pointing out and naming every plant and bird they came across, leaving her with a great interest in the natural world and the urge to preserve it. Botha worked in sales and marketing, but she quit her job in 2016 to focus on Seagrape Tours. She loves taking people out on tours. Botha speaks and writes in Dutch, English and French; and she’ll chat in German and give Spanish a go, too.

Riselle Celestina is the owner and editor of The Traveling Island Girl, a travel and island lifestyle blog. She is based on St. Maarten and is a contributor at Women Who Live on Rocks, Destination Online, Girls Gone International and Winair Inflight Magazine. Connect with her for everything St. Maarten from a local’s perspective and for Caribbean travel inspiration at thetravelingislandgirl.com.

J. Kevin Foltz is a wanderer. After having successful commercial photography studios in Nashville, Tennessee, and Lima, Peru, he began specializing in travel photography for the custom publishing industry. He also completed a six-year stint as artist-inresidence at ArtCenter South Florida. Now based in South Carolina, he continues producing art and photography projects.

Angela Gonzales is a California native that planned a visit to the Caribbean in 2005. The ocean called and she listened, and she has lived on an island ever since. Living and practicing yoga, she strives to make an impact on her community. When she’s not teaching yoga, she is a voice for animals in need.


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WELCOME TO ST. MA ARTEN/ST. MARTIN

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LOOK FOR THIS DECAL As you explore the island, if you see this special sticker in the window of retailers, restaurants and businesses, it represents their involvement with the St. Maarten Hospitality & Trade Association (SHTA) and this publication. The SHTA takes great pride in its members and respecting and honoring the tourists who come to enjoy all that St. Maarten/St. Martin has to offer. This decal indicates that the business and/or organization in which it appears is in good standing with the SHTA and strives to provide visitors with professionalism, integrity and a wonderful experience on the island.

Enjoy your stay!

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Born on the happy island of Aruba and raised on the friendly island of St. Maarten from a young age, Richard Hazel is an all-around island boy whose day job is that of an electronics engineer. In his spare time, he indulges his passion for photography at RTGH Photography. From weddings and events to plane spotting, landscape photography and everything in between, he loves capturing memories that last a lifetime.

Arun Jagtiani’s parents came to the island in 1970, and they never left. After living on St. Maarten, Jagtiani moved away to explore other places in the world and then returned in 2002. Since then, he’s worked in the local real estate market and, in the summer of 2009, he started Island Real Estate Team. They’ve become one of the largest agencies on the island and received many awards. They now have a new division, IRE Vacations, for vacation rentals.

Chris Morvan is a British writer who has been in the Caribbean region for many years and moved to St. Maarten in late 2017. During a long and varied career, he has written for newspapers and magazines in his native Guernsey (a British island off the coast of northwest France), London, Trinidad and Tobago, Turks and Caicos Islands, Suriname and for Caribbean-wide magazines and websites. A sometime contributor to The Times (UK) and the BBC, he has also had articles published in many in-flight magazines.

With a career footprint spanning more than two decades, Alita Singh is a versatile writer as comfortable in feature writing as with hard-hitting news. A senior journalist attached to St. Maarten–based newspaper The Daily Herald, Singh is also a Dutch Caribbean correspondent for several news outlets. She was recently recognized as a “Prominent Woman” for her contribution to media and was named a “Community Ambassador” by the international iChange Nations (ICN) organization.


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CALENDAR OF EVENTS What’s happening throughout the year

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WELCOME TO ST. MA ARTEN/ ST. MARTIN

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CELEBRATING 50 YEARS SHTA’s half a century of commitment

MUST-DO EXPERIENCES

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TOP 5 REASONS FOR VISITING SXM

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FAMILY FUN Activities for the little ones

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SPLENDID SHORES SXM’s best beaches

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SPLASHDOWN! Water sports and activities

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FOOD, SPIRITS AND NIGHTLIFE 100

FARE WITH FLAIR A palette of flavors

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COME TO THE PARTY ! Diverse nightlife offerings

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SMOOTH LANDINGS Adventures on land ISLAND FINDS A haven for shoppers

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WITHIN ITS 37 SQUARE MILES, YOU’LL FIND BREATHTAKING SHORELINES, R I C H H I S T O R Y, A L I V E LY A R T S A N D C U LT U R E S C E N E , E X C I T I N G AT T R A C T I O N S , WORLD-CLASS SHOPPING AND INNOVATIVE CUISINE THAT GAVE THE ISLAND

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ARTISTIC EXPRESSIONS The creative side of SXM

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HEALTH AND WELLNESS Yoga in paradise and healthy eats

STAY CO N N E C T E D Discover all the idyllic experiences of St. Maarten/St. Martin and get social with us.

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MEET THE NEIGHBORS It’s easy to go island hopping

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MARRY ME IN PARADISE Plan your destination wedding

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INVEST IN PARADISE Island living

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USEFUL INFORMATION Tips to help you navigate the island

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MAP OF ST. MA ARTEN/ ST. MARTIN

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INDEX OF ADVERTISERS Guide to shopping, dining and activities

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WITHIN ITS 37 SQUARE MILES, YOU’LL FIND BREATHTAKING SHORELINES, R I C H H I S T O R Y, A L I V E LY A R T S A N D C U LT U R E S C E N E , E X C I T I N G AT T R A C T I O N S , WORLD-CLASS SHOPPING AND INNOVATIVE CUISINE THAT GAVE THE ISLAND ITS MONIKER OF “CULINARY CAPITAL OF THE CARIBBEAN.”


CONSISTENCY AND FAMILIARITY

50 YEARS OF SHTA

By Chris Morvan

CELEBRATING 50 Y E A R S

THE ST. MAARTEN HOSPITALITY & TRADE ASSOCIATION CELEBRATES HALF A CENTURY OF COMMITMENT.

The St. Maarten Hospitality & Trade Association (SHTA) has celebrated a number of milestones over the past 50 years. Here’s a glimpse at just a handful of these moments.

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1970 The SHTA was founded as the St. Maarten Hotel Association (SHA) on St. Maarten.

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1975

In 1975 the Dutch and the French parted ways and continued working together as separate hotel associations.

1991

The SHA changed its name to SHTA (St. Maarten Hotel and Tourism Association) and was founded as a nonpolitical, nonprofit organization.


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ike any successful organization, the St. Maarten Hospitality & Trade Association (SHTA) has flourished by adapting to the inevitable changes that life brings. The group was founded as the St. Maarten Hotel Association in 1970 by two hoteliers who proposed that hotels work together, not separately, to boost tourism throughout the whole of the Dutch-French island. Because the island is shared by two nations with distinct styles and cultures, not to mention languages, business procedures and laws, it was perhaps inevitable that tourism efforts eventually would operate independently. That is what happened in 1975, although both sides continued to cooperate for the common good. Tourism continued to grow, but it became apparent to the SHTA that the hotel aspect was not the whole picture. There were time-shares, restaurants, yacht clubs and travel links to consider. So in 1991 the organization remodeled itself to become the St. Maarten Hotel and Tourism Association, a nonpolitical, nonprofit entity. The concept was developed further in 1998 when the group renamed itself the St. Maarten Hospitality & Trade Association. This reflected the growing realization that tourism efforts must consider all aspects of life here. In 1999, SHTA launched its website, www.shta.com. In 2004, SHTA took an awareness program into the schools to give students a better understanding of the importance of tourism. Two years later came “The Vision: A Work in Progress,” which spelled out the vital elements of education, the environment, the economy, employment, cost of living, traffic and safety and security. Recent years have seen the island adapt to meet the growth of cruise tourism. Ship arrivals have not increased that much in frequency, but more and more passengers descend on the island in one fell swoop. While the history books will show that hurricanes

1998

The SHTA changes its name to St. Maarten Hospitality & Trade Association, enabling the SHTA to become a representative of the total private sector — not just a hotel association.

Casino, at Little Bay Hotel, 1967

are significant markers in our story, just as important is the response to these natural phenomena, with the unprecedented ferocity of 2017’s Irma having been matched by St. Maarten/St. Martin’s determination to rebuild quickly and come back better than ever. The development of SHTA reflects changing attitudes and an increased awareness of the responsibility we must all take for the welfare of our part of the world.

2000

SHTA’s Dollar-A-Day program was introduced. Guests at participating properties are asked to contribute $1 per day of their stay to the fund, which helps finance product development, educational and environmental programs, as well as destination marketing and research.

2005

The SHTA’s official in-room publication, Experience St. Maarten/ St. Martin (now called Visit St. Maarten/ St. Martin) was launched.

Tourism continued to grow, but it became apparent to the SHTA that the hotel aspect was not the whole picture.

2016

SHTA qualified to become a member of the Caribbean Employer Confederation (CEC) and the International Organization of Employers (IOE) at the International Labor Organization (ILO).

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50 YEARS OF SHTA

By Chris Morvan

DISCOVER ST. MAARTEN/ ST. MARTIN’S CHARMS — AGAIN AND AGAIN.

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nce upon a time there was no tourism. As strange as that might seem to us now — we of the fortunate generations who can’t wait to hop on a plane and go somewhere exotic — pleasure trips were only for the elite. The Caribbean was a place of fable where the Arawak and Carib tribes had arrived long ago from South America and the only foreigners were invaders intent on grabbing land or traders looking to profit. And pirates, of course, who did both. In the eastern Caribbean was an island called by the natives Soualiga (land of salt) or Oualichi (land of strong women). After Christopher Columbus “discovered” the island in the 15th century, he named it for St. Martin of Tours. European powers — especially France and the Netherlands — long squabbled over the rights to the island but eventually agreed to share it.

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Legend has it that a Frenchman and a Dutchman set off on foot in opposite directions to determine which country owned what. The point at which they met again was to mark the border. However it happened, 1648 saw the emergence of French St. Martin in the north and Dutch St. Maarten in the south. For centuries the salt and sugarcane trades provided a living for islanders. Then in the early 1950s, businessman Erik Lawaetz was shipwrecked near French Marigot. Enchanted by the island, Lawaetz bought large amounts of land in the Lowlands area. After he put the word out in the United States, the rich and famous took notice. Today, Lawaetz is known by many as the “Father of Tourism” in St. Maarten/St. Martin. The Dutch side, at any rate, came alive with tourism efforts. Accommodations at that time included only the Pasanggrahan and Sea View guesthouses in Philipsburg. Then developers built a big hotel at dreamy Mullet Bay, and the island became “fashion-

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able,” drawing the likes of Henry Ford II and the Shah of Iran. Hotels were built at Maho, Philipsburg (Isle Hotel - later Great Bay, Holland House) and Oyster Pond. Even after 1995’s Hurricane Luis devastated the Mullet Bay operation, development continued and the island continued to be a playground for the rich and beautiful, with hotels around the coast. Time-shares gained popularity and became the backbone of the island’s tourism industry. Cruise ships, which began operating as long ago as the 1950s, brought more and more tourists; and the island’s port facilities grew exponentially. In recent years, cruise ships have become floating palaces that bring thousands of visitors at a time. Onshore operations have grown to take visitors on tour by bus, taxi or quad bikes. Philipsburg’s Front Street, with its duty-free shops and emporiums, is a hive of activity, along with the beach at Great Bay and the Boardwalk lined with bars and restaurants. French St. Martin comes alive, too, with its world-class shops and restaurants. The adventurous can be found at the top of the island, exploring the hills beyond Mount Vernon, or down at exotic Orient Bay, where one part of the beach is reserved for naturists. A wealth of amenities has led to the island’s reputation as a classy, stylish holiday spot — and a self-regenerating destination that stands up to storms. Hotels, restaurants and shops may come and go, but the destination continues to flourish. The world keeps changing, and so does St. Maarten/ St. Martin.

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50 YEARS OF SHTA

WITH YOUR MEMORY, WE PERSEVERE Remembering Robert Dubourcq, founding member, past President and Director of the St. Maarten Hospitality & Trade Association

A ray of hope. A source of comfort. A force of passion. That was Robert Dubourcq for so many people within the hospitality industry. Dubourcq, fondly known as Bob, was the co-founder, past President and Director of the St. Maarten Hospitality & Trade Association (SHTA). Dubourcq had a remarkable vision for St. Maarten and spent years advancing its hospitality and tourism scene. He founded the Sint Maarten Hotel Association (SHA) as a young hotelier in the 1970s and in the 1990s helped develop it into the multisector association it is now. He is known for always keeping his hotels full. His endeavors resulted in hotel guests returning for more; in fact, he had the highest repeat guest percentages in St. Maarten. He was also the mind behind the association’s Dollar-A-Day program, implemented in 2000. Dollar-A-Day was started in several hotels to increase funds for training and education in the industry. Hotel guests voluntarily contributed $1 per night per occupied room. SHTA is proud of the program’s continued success, as this program was one of the many efforts made to support the hospitality industry in St. Maarten. “Bob was THE man in the hotel industry of St. Maarten, locally and regionally. He contributed to my salesmanship development in filling rooms and, most important, I learned from him how to develop loyal repeat clients,” Keith Franca, Managing Director of the St. Maarten Development Fund, wrote in The Daily Herald. “Bob’s mannerism and gentleman-ship are additional attributes that Bob possessed that I will always remember, besides his singing and dancing abilities.” Over the course of 40 years, Dubourcq steered the association toward professionalism and expansion. His dedication and love for the industry led him to win the Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association’s

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Hotelier of the Year Award in 2004 and the SHTA Lifetime Achievement Award in 2012. But that was not all. Dubourcq was a local soul and strived to make island life better for its people. He volunteered in many ways, and was recognized by Rotary as a Paul Harris Fellow for his valuable contributions. Many people in St. Maarten’s hospitality and tourism industry, as well as local residents, are aware of his contribution to the country’s advancement. Dubourcq’s time and efforts have helped make St. Maarten one of the premier destinations of the Caribbean, and the SHTA — as well as locals — will never forget all that he achieved for their beloved island.

Robert Dubourcq with his SHTA Lifetime Achievement Award (top) and winning the Hotelier of the Year Award from CHTA (bottom).


by CHRIS MORVAN

HOTELIER WITH A HEART Keith Graham stands up to tough times.

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Keith Graham is a veteran of the St. Maarten hotel world. Born in Hong Kong to British parents, he was raised and educated in the United Kingdom. Now he’s Executive Board Member and Treasurer of the St. Maarten Hospitality & Trade Association. His story exemplifies the old adage: When the going gets tough, the tough get going. Graham arrived on the island in 1983 to work as Financial Controller at the Great Bay Beach Hotel. In later years he worked as well with Divi and Maho resorts before returning to Great Bay in 1992 as Managing Director. “And that’s when my involvement with SHTA really got going,” he says. In 1995, Hurricane Luis brought considerable damage to the island’s Dutch side. Because of Great Bay’s southern beach location, the hotel bore the brunt of Luis’s Category 4 winds and swells. “Sixty percent of the hotel was badly damaged,” Graham recalls, “but we were able to rebuild in four construction months, opening again in January 1996 with half the rooms and all the public areas completed, and finally completing the rest by April 1996.” But the hurricane’s damage had long-term effects on the island’s tourism product, so an Emergency Recovery Fund was established in 1999. “That was an equal partnership of tourism, government and the private sector; and there was an environmental consideration, too,” Graham says. “We ran a marketing program for two or three years, and the SHTA appointed Emil Lee and me to be the private sector representatives.” “Things ran very smoothly,” Graham says, “because all the interested parties were on the same page. Everything geared to marketing the tourism product was evaluated, properly set up and paid for on time. “With everyone working together, we were able to cast our tourism net far and wide. We were able

ST. MAARTEN HAS EVERYTHING FOR TOURISM ONE COULD WANT FROM A TROPICAL ISLAND.

to bring in the South American charters and increase the US. and Canadian market share. We also went to Europe for summer charter flights. Frankly, we were able to work wonders.” That was the case as well in 2017, Graham says. Hurricane Irma caused even more damage than Luis, but the island quickly rebuilt and rebounded. In Graham’s view, “St. Maarten has everything for tourism one could want from a tropical island: beautiful beaches, spectacular green hills, duty-free shopping, world-class restaurants and a vibrant nightlife. And, of course, this island is two countries in one, with visitors able to pop into the French part to enjoy that distinctive culture — and you don’t even have to show your passport. With the completion of the resorts, we are proud to welcome visitors to our beautiful island.”

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DID YOU KNOW? St. Maarten/St. Martin is chock-full of interesting and fun facts.

Established in 1904, Pasanggrahan Boutique Hotel enjoys a colorful history. It has been a rooster farm, a governor’s residence and a residence for the Dutch royal family.

The Flying Dutchman zip line at Rockland Estate is the steepest in the world, dropping 1,050 feet across 2,800 feet of cable. Riders zip down over greenery at 56 miles per hour.

AMA Jewellers boasts an authentic Amsterdam streetcar on its premises. Browse among quality gems, sip Heineken beer and enjoy a sweet Dutch treat, a freshly baked stroopwafel.

Domino’s Pizza at Princess Juliana International Airport claims the world record for delivering fresh pies to the most countries — St. Maarten, St. Martin, Saba, Statia, St. Barths and St. Kitts and Nevis — in under 45 minutes.

Caribbean Brewing Company is the first beer bottle recycler in St. Martin, with drop-offs in Point Blanche and at Meadowlands.

St. Maarten is famous for making guavaberry rum, the national spirit, from the fruit of trees that grow on the island. Tourists can find Old Man Guavaberry Liqueur in a West Indies–style shop on Front Street. You can even order a Guavaberry mojito at Tokyo Disneyland in Japan.

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Aqua Mania Adventures started out as a water-skiing and parasailing outfit with a few Jet Skis in 1987. The founders, US national skiing champions, ran a slalom course in Mullet Bay Pond and staged a water-skiing show. Today the company introduces tourists to all sorts of adventures.

As a young prince, King Willem Alexander of the Netherlands visited La Vista with his fiancée, the future Queen Máxima.

Clockwise from left: J. Kevin Foltz, Jorge Ramirez, Courtesy of Aqua Mania Adventures

Jimbo’s Rock & Blues Café has served up its share of celebrities, among them King Willem Alexander of The Netherlands, Quincy Jones, Walter Cronkite and Chris Rock.


Only 12 sailboats raced in the first St. Maarten Regatta in 1980. Three years later, Heineken International became a major sponsor and the race was renamed St. Maarten Heineken Regatta. Today the event draws competitors from around the world.

The first guests of L’Espérance Hotel, a couple from Europe, felt so much at home in paradise that they spent their days in the nude. Everyone had an unforgettable time.

Fort Amsterdam, the first fort built by Dutch settlers in the Caribbean, shares the same peninsula as Divi Little Bay Beach Resort.

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St. Maarten’s 12 Metre Regatta is the only attraction where tourists can help to crew an authentic America’s Cup yacht in a breathtaking race.

Tri-Sport SXM reopened two days after Hurricane Irma struck in 2017. But first it had to clean up the mess left at the shop by the monster storm. How to do so without clean water? The store accessed a Simpson Bay well donated years ago by the Rockefellers.

Topper’s Rhum Distillery is the best in the Caribbean, according to the 2019 USA Today 10 Best Readers’ Choice awards.

Maduro Travel, offering tours in St. Maarten since 1963, traces its roots to 1837, when SEL Maduro and Sons, N.V., began specializing in transportation by air, land and sea. VISITSTMA ARTEN.COM

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MUST-DO EXPERIENCES By Alita Singh

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NO MATTER WHAT YOUR PREFERENCE IS, THERE’S SOMETHING FOR EVERYONE IN THIS CARIBBEAN PARADISE.


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ou may not have time to take in all the sights this time around, but there are some attractions on this Dutch-French island you simply must experience before you head back home. Here are some that deserve a place on any visitor’s to-do list. Don’t worry if you can’t get around to all of them. After you’ve had a taste of St. Maarten/St. Martin, you’re sure to come back for more.

Water Works

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How about swinging on water? Random Wind is home to the Tarzan Swing, and it’s rated for everyone. But wait, this adventure has more than a swing on water. There’s sailing, swimming, snorkeling and good eats, too. Or you can nurture your competitive spirit at the St. Maarten 12 Metre Regatta. Join the crew of an authentic America’s Cup sailing yacht and race against waves, wind and, of course, other boats.

For Landlubbers

Do not leave the shores of this island paradise without experiencing what it’s like to have a large plane fly over your head. Maho Bay Beach is the place for this. Jetliners heading for Princess Juliana International Airport come in low for landing and let off a heavy stream of “jet blast” for takeoff. Hold on to your hat!

THERE ARE SOME ATTRACTIONS ON THIS DUTCHFRENCH ISLAND YOU SIMPLY MUST EXPERIENCE.

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This 37-square-mile island is surrounded by water, so it goes without saying that you’ll want to get wet at one or several gorgeous beaches. Try your hand at a water sport, then take time to soak up sun and relax on the sand. If you prefer no tan lines, opt for the clothingoptional Orient Bay or Cupecoy beaches. That’s just one way to hit the blue on St. Maarten/ St. Martin. Explore the outer isles with Aqua Mania Adventures or go beneath the water to discover a colorful world of sea creatures and coral reefs. Eagle Tours offers a leisurely and memorable sunset sail. Sip Champagne as you watch the sun journey to its nightly sleep. There are also options to sail to other islands or to just relax and enjoy the scenery. Want to meet St. Maarten’s famous ritzy neighbor? Great Bay Express can take you over to St. Barths for a day (or overnight) trip. Explore the winding roads and shell beaches in this charming seaside retreat. Be on the lookout for celebrities. Sea Trek St. Maarten will be your gateway to a whole new world under the white-capped waves. Don a helmet with a continuous supply of air to explore the ocean floor. You don’t need certification; it’s easy and fun — and your hair won’t get wet!


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Maho Bay Beach

You’ll find thrills as well at Rainforest Adventures St. Maarten at Rockland Estate, which has the world’s steepest zip line: The Flying Dutchman. Zip from hilltop to hilltop and ride a doughnut to the bottom. After your bird’s-eye view, get a glimpse into the past at the park’s Emilio Wilson Museum. History buffs also will want to spend some time at the St. Maarten Heritage Museum. In a cozy alley off bustling Front Street, the museum brings visitors face to face with facts and artifacts. Then walk over to Captain Hodge Wharf on Great Bay Beach to the World War II Monument to read the names of those brave souls from the Dutch Caribbean who gave their lives for freedom. A great way to visit historic sites — and get in a bit of exercise — is to sign up for bicycle tour with Tri-Sport ecotours. Pedal your way along beaches and through

Philipsburg for a tour that’s scenic and informative. Cycling, of course, is just one way to see the sights. Maybe you can’t make a horse drink, but you can lead one to water at Seaside Nature Park. The park offers horseback riding on the beach and along a hillside for a different perspective of the island. Also here is a pet farm where children and grown-ups alike can make friends with furry farmyard creatures. St. Maarten Nature Island Tours has various options to see another side of island life by taking an ATV Adventure or Jeep Excursion. Tours cover almost every location on the Dutch and French sides of the island. Perhaps you’d like to go on a one-of-a-kind treasure hunt by car or scooter to find all four border points on the island. The points are marked by flags, obelisks or signs. Upload a photo with one foot in France and

DO NOT LEAVE THE SHORES OF THIS ISLAND PARADISE WITHOUT EXPERIENCING WHAT IT’S LIKE TO HAVE A LARGE PLANE FLY OVER YOUR HEAD.

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another in the Kingdom of the Netherlands. You can zip around on a scooter from Johnny’s Scooter and ATV Rental or get behind the wheel at any of several car-rental agencies. Can’t decide what to do first? SXM Deals offers a variety of tour options, on land and on water. The folks there will be happy to help you find the adventure that’s right for you. With so many ways to spend your days, you’re bound to look forward to some blissful relaxation. You’ll find it at one of the island’s top-rated spas. What better way to wind down than with a massage enhanced by aromatherapy and the soothing sounds of the tropics? The Spa at Belmond La Samanna features treatment rooms opening out onto lush tropical gardens, and personalized treatments await at the Orsana Center.

Take It Home

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We’re both from Canada, but we met in 2010 at The Red Piano in Pelican and got married in 2016 at Mary’s Boon in Simpson Bay. Our Instagram is all about our love of travel, but we never miss an opportunity to showcase our beautiful island. Our favorite things about St. Maarten are the world-class restaurants, soaking up the sun on an around-the-island boat tour, the crystal-clear waters and all the rum punch you can drink. St. Maarten is an amazing place to visit, but it’s an even better place to call home.

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THESE INFLUENCERS SHARE THEIR TOP ST. MAARTEN/ST. MARTIN EXPERIENCES.

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Here’s a picture of me at my favorite beach. It’s the one spot I always take visitors to because it’s so unique and beautiful. It’s never the same under the pier in Grand Case. The time of day, roughness of the sea, the tide and the way the light enters can all have an effect on how it looks under the pier. I love everything about Grand Case, from restaurant row to the lolos, the beach and the hotels. It’s my favorite place in the world.

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I love to go on wild adventures to see the natural beauty our island has to offer. We have many amazing hiking trails that lead to different surprising spots where you can see an array of wildlife, fauna and flora. There are trails that lead to hidden beaches, natural pools or mountaintop views of the entire island! Explore our island paradise and then reward yourself with amazing international culinary experiences. I love my island so much because in one day I can combine my love for food, culture, fun and nature.

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Don’t just capture memories on your camera. Bottle them at Tijon Parfumerie. Craft your own fragrance with essences and extracts from around the world. Experts are on hand to guide you through the process. Visiting Topper’s Rhum Distillery is another must-do experience you can cap and carry home. Tour the distillery and sample a variety of flavored spirits. Then take a bottle back with you to enjoy with family and friends.


TOP 5 REASONS FOR VISITING SXM Many visitors return to St. Maarten/St. Martin again and again to enjoy the island’s 37 sunkissed beaches and all the wonders at sea. But there’s more to this scenic slice of paradise than just sun, sand and sea. St. Maarten/St. Martin is a world-class destination packed with first-rate attractions and amenities. Yet for all its sophistication, the island radiates a welcoming feel. No wonder it’s known throughout the West Indies as the “Friendly Island.” Folks feel at home here every time they visit. Here are the top five reasons to put this island on your must-visit, must-return-to list of destinations.

1. Consistency and Familiarity St. Maarten/St. Martin is well developed but by no means overdeveloped. Laze away a sunny afternoon on a pristine beach and then treat yourself to a spa massage. Resorts and other accommodations are world class, offering every sort of creature comfort. A high standard of living and dependable infrastructure make St. Maarten/St. Martin a holiday destination you’ll want to visit again and again.

2. Activities and Attractions Small in size, St. Maarten/St. Martin towers over other islands when it comes to recreation. Your options are practically unlimited. You can play the day away on water and on land, try your luck at a casino table, meet up with pals at a beach bar or simply tap your toes to a beguiling island beat.

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3. Food, Spirits and Nightlife The island’s reputation as the “Culinary Capital of the Caribbean” is well deserved, especially in towns like Grand Case, on the French side. Top chefs from around the world come to the island to stir the melting pot and blend the diverse flavors brought here by its settlers. Book a table or fill a picnic basket with a round of Gouda imported from the Netherlands and a fine wine brought in from France.

4. Caribbean and Cosmopolitan Since the 17th century, the island has been shared by The Netherlands and France, and each side reflects the distinctive ambience of its mother country. To sample the culture of both countries, just cross the border. No passport is required. In addition, St. Maarten/St. Martin is a melting pot of cultures. More than 120 nationalities are represented here.

5. Location, Location, Location It’s easy to reach this crossroads in the Leeward Islands, where the northeastern Caribbean Sea meets the western Atlantic Ocean. It’s a neighbor of regional transportation hub Puerto Rico, and several airlines fly directly to Princess Juliana International Airport from France, the Netherlands, the United States and Canada. St. Maarten/ St. Martin is also a favorite port of call for most major cruise lines and makes a great base for island hopping.

THERE’S MORE TO THIS SCENIC SLICE OF PARADISE THAN JUST SUN, SAND AND SEA.

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Family Fun

By Alita Singh

FAMILY FUN PARENTS ALIKE MAKE HAPPY MEMORIES ON ST. MAARTEN/ ST. MARTIN.

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vacation on St. Maarten/ St. Martin is all about fun — for grown-ups and kids alike. With a variety of fun activities and attractions, this multifaceted island has attracted families for generations. Most resorts offer activities to keep children busy on property, but it’s well worth the effort to head out and explore. Here are few top-notch things to do that will please the kids — and every other family member.

Sea Trek

Walking on water may be tricky, but how about walking underwater? Sounds too much like Jules Verne’s Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea? At Sea Trek, the air pressure inside your helmet keeps water at around shoulder height. You can wear prescription glasses, and your hair stays dry. Suit up and go below the waves to explore the Dutch side’s marine park and peek into some “fish condos,” sunken materials now inhabited by sea creatures. There are cannons, a submarine, helicopter, plane and more.

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Rainforest Adventures

Did you know this island is home to the steepest zip line in the world? The Flying Dutchman zip line is the ultimate challenge for adventurers. Also, take the Sky Explorer chairlift to the highest point on the Dutch side, Sentry Hill, for excellent views of the island. For even more of a rush, tuck into The Schooner, a fast tube ride, down the hillside. Don’t forget to check out the on-site museum.

D-Boat

This retired tanker has been converted to a water park and party boat, and all ages are welcome. It’s moored between Kim Sha Beach and Simpson Bay Beach and offers waterslides, a trampoline, rope swing, dive platforms and more. Soak up the sun and enjoy lunch while gazing at mega-yachts moored in the lagoon and planes landing at Princess Juliana International Airport.

Carousel Gelateria

Chat about your adventures and plan for new ones while savoring delicious handcrafted ice cream. Gelatos are bursting with flavors giving you the taste of the island in every lick. Why not add a little “horseback riding” on the antique carousel that overlooks Simpson Bay Lagoon? It makes for one sweet treat!

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Buccaneer Beach Bar

This family-friendly eatery has a fun and diverse atmosphere. Every day is excellent to take your clan to Buccaneer Beach Bar, but for even more, head there on Friday nights for blazing fireballs on the beach. There are children’s movies on a big screen, and a host DJ who plays a collection of lively music. You’re just steps from the water, so be swim-ready!

Tri-Sport Bike Tour

Get on a bike from Tri-Sport to see the island from a different angle. Biking is great for sightseeing, exploring and a bit of exercise. This option also lends itself to some healthy competition. Why not see who is the G.O.A.T. (Greatest of All Time) of your family? Book a tour package or go off-road to conquer hills and coastlines.

Seaside Nature Park

The early adventurers took to horseback, and so can you to conquer the hillside trails of the island. End a great and exhilarating

ride by taking the horses for a swim to cool them and you off in the ocean. There are also kayaks, a playground and a petting zoo here in Cay Bay. The park covers 30 acres of a former plantation. Nature-loving children will find a lot to discover here.

Sand Dollar Adventure

Ahoy, mateys! Become the commander of the waves on this tour boat. Fun-filled halfday trips to Creole Rock on the French side are designed for snorkeling and sightseeing. Your captain is well versed in the best snorkeling spots and will happily sail you there. The coastline of the island is also spectacular to behold from a boat.

WasteFactory

Learn the fundamentals of recycling, reducing and reusing items that would otherwise be trash at WasteFactory. Turn a back-issued magazine into a stylish purse. Transform a soda can into earrings and create flowers out of plastic bottles. The goal is to teach everyone

how they can make the planet less burdened by waste.

Loterie Farm/Fly Zone

Fly through and above the trees on the Fly Zone for a heady rush. Hike up to the highest point on the island — Pic Paradis (Paradise Peak) — and you’ll be rewarded with amazing views of Marigot and Anguilla.

Seagrape Tours

Go off the beaten track and delve into the island’s nature, history and art. Guided tours can be customized to suit your group and interests. What’s your interest? Birdwatching? Forts? You can learn more on one of Seagrape’s adventures.

Le Galion Beach

Popularly called “baby beach” for its shallow wading and calmness, this is the perfect stretch of shore for a family picnic. Pack a basket and blanket and head out for hours of fun in the sun. Feeling sporty? Indulge in water sports, such as kitesurfing.

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SPLENDID SHORES By Jeff rey Dollar Laign

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THE BEACHES OF ST. MAARTEN/ST. MARTIN OFFER SO MUCH MORE THAN SAND AND SURF.


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un, sand and sea. Of course we love the beach — it’s in our nature. Now a growing number of neuroscientists are suggesting that our brains are programmed to sense calmness and comfort in the presence of lapping waves. Perhaps that’s why so many visitors come back to St. Maarten/St. Martin again and again. There’s something magical about the waters that kiss the sugar-sand beaches of this multifaceted island. St. Maarten/St. Martin is blessed with 37 magnificent beaches, and each offers something special for shore lovers of every sort. Here are some of the best spots to make the most of this Dutch/French island’s superlative coast.

Best for Couples St. Maarten Cupecoy Beach: Dramatic ochre-colored cliffs

embrace a richly carpeted coral-sand shore at the southwestern corner of the island. Magnificent sunsets wash across cave-peppered sandstone formations towering 20 feet above the surf. If you’re lucky, you may catch a glimpse of the fabled Green Flash as the sun sinks below the horizon. Legend has it that those who spot this fleeting atmospheric phenomenon will enjoy everlasting love. St. Martin Lovers’ Beach: Duh … It’s called Lovers’ Beach because

Best for Solitude Seekers St. Maarten Guana Bay Beach: Picturesque and unspoiled, this quiet, secluded beach northeast of Philipsburg hugs a long, wide bay. Supply yourself with sundries. There are no amenities here, but you’ll get a great view of St. Barths, just 15 miles away. St. Martin Baie Lucas/Lucas Bay: Exposed to Atlantic swells and

strong winds, this white-sand beach on the southeastern coast draws few visitors, even though it’s not that far from urban development. Snorkelers will enjoy coral and rock formations in water sometimes shallow enough to permit walking to a small island offshore.

Best for People Watchers St. Maarten Maho Beach: Carry a camera or use your phone to

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ST. MAARTEN/ST. MARTIN IS BLESSED WITH 37 MAGNIFICENT BEACHES, AND EACH OFFERS SOMETHING SPECIAL FOR SHORE LOVERS OF EVERY SORT. here in late afternoon when jumbo jets fly right over you as they touch down at adjacent Princess Juliana International Airport. Hang on to your hat or lose it to the blowing blast of a Boeing or Airbus taking off. St. Martin Baie Orientale/Orient Beach: You also may want to snap away if you visit the northeastern “St. Tropez of the Caribbean,” a Riviera-like stretch of white powder that tends to attract celebrities and jet-setters. But bag the camera if you decide to venture to the far southern end of the two-mile-long beach, where unclothed sun worshippers like to hang out.

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it’s barely big enough to accommodate more than one couple at a time. To reach this small stretch of sand on the northeastern edge of the island, you have to follow a trail and amble down a steep incline; but the secluded ambience is a mood enhancer.


Best for Families St. Maarten Little Bay Beach: The Fort Amsterdam

peninsula separates Little Bay from Great Bay, making the waters of this southwestern beach calm and kid friendly. The powdery, white-sand beach offers several sporting options, such as paddleboating, jet-skiing and parasailing. You’re also close to the shops, restaurants and historic attractions of Philipsburg. St. Martin Le Galion/Galion Beach: Local parents

and kids flock to this eastern beach for holiday celebrations. The beach, whose shallow water is protected from rough ocean currents, features all sorts of activities for grown-ups and kids alike, including kayaking, canoeing and windsurfing.

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Best for Foodies St. Maarten Simpson Bay Beach: More than a mile long, this wide, flat, white-sand beach has a secluded feel but is within close range of

a number of restaurants, bars and casinos. It’s in the southwest, near Princess Juliana International Airport, but not under the flight path of noisy jets coming in for a landing. St. Martin Plage de Grand Case/Grand Case Beach:

You won’t go hungry on the French northern end of the island, which is famed the world over for its wealth of gourmet restaurants and local grills known as lolos. Eateries line Grand Case Boulevard at the heart of a picturesque fishing village. Walk the mile-long beach and work up an appetite as you take in the sunset and spectacular views of Anguilla.

Best for Shoppers St. Maarten Great Bay Beach: Just four streets deep

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St. Martin Anse Marcel: You’re in no danger of maxing out your

credit card if you visit this white-sand beach on the northwestern coast. But the full-service marina here is worth a stroll for its café, convenience store and handful of boutique shops.

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Kim Sha Beach: This short, wide stretch is more

than just an extension of the shore at Simpson Bay. It’s outside the lagoon and draws lots of folks looking for a good time. This is where the main St. Maarten Heineken Regatta–related events have taken place in previous years. Kim Sha also boasts lively beach bars where you can sip a Sundowner while watching the glowing orb sink below the horizon.

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COLLECTION OF SWIM AND RESORT WEAR FOR MEN AND WOMEN. BROWSE AMONG A WIDE VARIETY OF BRANDS, AS WELL AS HATS, BAGS, PAREOS AND COVER-UPS TO COMPLETE YOUR LOOK.

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St. Martin Anse des Peres/Friar’s Bay: By day, it’s a small,

family-oriented beach with good views of Anguilla. But after the sun goes down, restaurants and bars draw crowds to the sheltered northwest coast for live music and not-to-be-missed full-moon parties. Let yourself howl!

Best for Nature Lovers St. Maarten Geneve Bay Beach: Reaching this rugged black-rock

shore on the southeastern coast near Philipsburg requires an hour-long hike from Guana Bay through evergreen shrub land. But you’ll be rewarded for your effort with photogenic geological formations, brown pelicans and melon-shaped melocactus plants.

St. Martin Petites Cayes: To get to this pristine northern spot, you must take a boat or take on a challenging 35-minute hike along the coast or across the cliffs and rocks of a nature preserve. Hillside views of the beach and Anguilla are sure to please photographers.

Best for Surfers St. Maarten Mullet Bay Beach: Waves curl and crash against this wide, moon-shaped stretch of white sand fringed

by shady palms and sea grape trees on the western coast. Its crystalline waters are calm at times, but surf with a buddy if you’re venturing farther out, where rip currents are periodically reported. St. Martin Baie aux Prunes/Plum Bay: Locals like to ride the

swells at this secluded golden-sand beach at the western tip of the island near Baie Longue/Long Bay. There are no amenities here, unless you count the enchanting view of Saba.

Best for Snorkelers St. Maarten Dawn Beach: Obviously, this is a prime spot for catching a tropical sunrise. It’s also a rewarding snorkeling site. A reef runs parallel to the beach, and you can paddle out and see schools of fish swimming about when the current is calm.

DID YOU KNOW?

THE ISLAND HAS MANY BEAUTIFUL BEACHES WORTH EXPLORING. CUPECOY BEACH, FOR INSTANCE, MADE THE 2019 BEST CARIBBEAN BEACHES LIST ON FORBES.COM.

St. Martin Îlet Pinel/Pinel Island: Head for Cul de Sac on the north side and hop aboard a traditional boat called a saintoise for a five-minute ride to this protected point of sand surrounded by pristine, shallow water. Follow the snorkel trail to explore the coral reefs. Or simply stretch out and relax, as locals do on weekends.

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ST. MAARTEN/ST. MARTIN IS A PLAYGROUND FOR WATER LOVERS.


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WATERCRAFT INNOVATOR FRANKY ZAPATA DESIGNED THE FLYBOARD AND HOVERBOARD AND IS CONSIDERED THE FATHER OF HYDROFLYING.

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On this island shared by the Kingdom of the Netherlands and France, you’ll discover an extensive menu of water sports and activities. Go surfing, kitesurfing, windsurfing and bodyboarding, or try your hand at SUPsquatch, a giant inflatable paddleboard suitable for surfing. Other activities include jet-skiing, waterskiing and canoeing. Contact Tri-Sport for thrilling kayaking and stand-up paddle boarding (SUP) adventures. And don’t overlook your water babies. The island offers safe, fun options for kids. D-Boat SXM, a retired tanker turned water park and party boat for all ages, is permanently moored in Simpson Bay and features waterslides, trampolines, rope swings and more. Boating is a great way to get to know St. Maarten/St. Martin, and the island offers myriad ways to make your introductions. Rent a sailboat,

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f you want to get a real feel for the tropical paradise you’ve chosen to visit, just jump right in. St. Maarten/ St. Martin is surrounded by the warm, richly hued waters of the Antilles Archipelago, and that means one thing for active vacationers: It’s time to play! Let go of those workaday worries and discover why wetter is better — above and below the waves. Make like the dolphins and swim like the water is your home, grab a board and ride the surf, dive deep and hang with schools of multi-colored fish, or hook up with a parasail and fly high above the coast. Maybe there’s a water sport you’ve long wanted to try but thought you didn’t have the time. Well, now you do, and there are plenty of island experts on hand to guide you every step of the way. So what are you waiting for? Make a splash!


CELEBRATING

40 YEARS This year marks the 40th anniversary of the St. Maarten Heineken Regatta. The four-day racing event takes place in March, a few weeks after the Caribbean Multihull Challenge. The event, set in the crystal-clear waters of the Caribbean and powered by the cooling northeast trade winds, includes an experienced, innovative and friendly race team. The professional Race Committee provides custom-tailored racing for the thousands of sailors originating from the 32+ countries that come to race — from international amateur sports medalists and world champions sailing maxis and performance multihulls to holiday-makers on chartered bareboats.

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NI T RO CH AR TE R S Welcome aboard our Scarab 35’ offshore the “Half-A-Wake” Fish the beautiful waters off SXM for mahi, wahoo, sailfish, tuna, snapper and more. We also offer snorkel adventures to Anguilla, Tintamarre and Pinel islands. Visit St. Barts for lunch! Customize your trip!

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catamaran, motor craft or mega-yacht and take the helm for a day. Go for a dinghy or day sail. Charter a yacht and let the crew do the work or sign up for a luxury catamaran sail at Random Wind Charters. You can even sit back in comfort and watch a race at the Heineken Regatta in March.

A sea tour as well is a great way to spend a day. Aqua Mania Adventures offers a variety of island hopping and other day trips. You can also sign up for a sailing catamaran, powerboat or sailing cruise at Eagle Tours. In addition, the Sint Maarten Yacht Club offers sailing classes for young Continued on page 60

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MULTIHULLS This year, St. Maarten hosts the second annual Caribbean Multihull Challenge. The stars of the three February races are vessels such as catamarans and trimarans with multiple side-byside hulls. The Sint Maarten Yacht Club, which sponsors the new regatta, reports rapid growth in the market for all designs of multihulls. In addition, organizers say, technological advances in the industry have enabled newer boats to be safe and comfortable — and extremely fast in all kinds of winds. “This event will welcome every multihull sailor, from Gunboats, Trimarans, Lagoons and Leopards to Fountaine Pajot and Spronk boats,” says Petro Jonker, the club’s steering committee chairman. “We will even throw in a Pirate Class so local charter boats with fun handicaps can race. Combine that with post-racing events and this will become a real hit in the Caribbean racing circuit.”

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ON THE WATER

by DEBBY LIND-STEYN

UNDER THE SEA

Discover a magical world beneath the waves of St. Maarten/St. Martin.

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year after year. But there’s more to the island than gorgeous scenery and breathtaking vistas. For those seeking adventure there’s a “secret” St. Maarten/St. Martin below the water’s surface, and Aqua Mania’s Dive Adventures can take you there. PADI dive instructor Branden Hallick has explored the undersea world from Africa to Asia and describes diving around St. Maarten/St. Martin as some of the most spectacular he has ever seen. “The waters surrounding the island have everything: stunning coral reefs, wrecks aplenty and a diversity of aquatic wildlife that is the envy of the Caribbean,” Hallick says. Dive Adventures was established in 1990 to augment the many boat excursions that Aqua Mania Adventures offers visitors. With three locations at Simpson Bay, Little Bay and Philipsburg, Dive Adventures allows avid divers to enjoy all that the underwater world has to offer, under expert instruction and guidance from PADI professionals. Visitors can experience their first taste of the undersea world with Discover Scuba, a gentle introduction to the sport, or take advanced courses to further their dive education. But what about sharks? Hallick answers with a chuckle. “Divers are educated about sharks,” he says. “Sharks are fairly territorial, and on some reefs, there is a chance of seeing sharks. Some divers actually ask to be taken to reefs where they might see a variety of nurse, reef and black-tip sharks. They all form part of the wonderful ecosystem you can see around the island.” St. Maarten/St. Martin has seen its fair share of hurricanes, notably devastating Irma in 2017. Surprisingly, the underwater world perhaps fared better than the land above it. Dive staffers were impressed with the general conditions of the reefs, and scuba diving was one of the first post-Irma tourist excursions. New wrecks have been sunk under the careful supervision of the Nature Foundation, and the establishment of Reef-It Snorkel Park is a great initiative to help rebuild St Maarten’s fragile coral ecosystem. Reef-It, at Dock Maarten near the cruise ship pier, is an underwater snorkel park with reef corals, a nursery of baby fish, and some visiting octopi and barracuda. Underwater tiles and statues make for an interesting new place to snorkel. Exploring beneath the waves of St. Maarten/St. Martin is an unforgettable adventure that also heightens diver awareness of fragile Caribbean coral reefs and the challenges they face in a changing world. So take the plunge! Discover an exciting new world with Dive Adventures.

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Above the Waves

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Below the Waves

The waters and coral reefs surrounding St. Maarten/St. Martin offer myriad oppor-

tunities to meet and greet the local sea life. All waters are designated as protected marine parks and offer excellent opportunities for divers. Dive trips center on interesting old wrecks and stunning coral reefs, or you can sign on for an exciting night dive or a plunge with sharks. Don’t know how to dive? Swim, snorkel or just relax at the newly rebuilt Tiki Hut Snorkel Park. Sea Trek offers helmet diving and safe, easy sea walks. In addition, most island dive operators conduct PADI certification courses and set you up with gear. Aqua Mania Adventures’ Discover Scuba experience is not a certification course, but you can get credit toward PADI Scuba Diver or Open Water Diver certification. Already certified but a little out of practice? Local dive operators will take you on a refresher tour. If you prefer to snorkel, there are plenty of great opportunities, either on your own or with a group. Prime snorkeling sites include Simpson Bay Beach, Îlet Pinel, Tintamarre, Friar’s Bay, Baie Rouge, Little Bay, Cupecoy Beach, Dawn Beach and, perhaps, the best

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ADVENTURES ON LAND

SMOOTH LANDINGS By Jeff rey Dollar Laign

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ST. MAARTEN/ST. MARTIN BOASTS BEAUTIFUL BEACHES, BUT IF YOU’RE MORE OF A LANDLUBBER, DON’T THROW IN THE TOWEL.


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ULTIMATE ADVENTURE Don’t miss Rainforest Adventures St. Maarten, the hottest attraction in the Caribbean.

Rainforest Adventures is an eco-adventure park that offers visitors a unique and memorable experience inspired by the local island culture and its breathtaking natural surroundings. Your adventure starts at the Emilio Wilson Museum, a restored plantation house that dates back to the 1700s. Visitors will see what it was like to live on a plantation and learn all about Trace Wilson, who was born into slavery in 1818, and her direct descendant, Emilio Wilson. The main attraction at Rockland Estate is, of course, The Flying Dutchman, the world’s steepest zip line. Harnessed in a chair, guests are launched down the mountain dropping 1,050 feet in elevation over a 2,800-foot span. It’s the thrill of a lifetime! So amazing, in fact, that The Flying Dutchman received the prestigious 2018 Seatrade Cruise Award for “Innovative Shorex of the Year.” This award recognizes companies

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or individuals who have introduced the most innovative shore excursion during the past year. For the most stunning island views, head to the top of Sentry Hill, one of St. Maarten’s highest points at 1,125 feet. Walkways and platforms on the mountaintop provide 360-degree views. Be sure to bring your camera or smartphone to the top of Sentry Hill because you’ll want to snap an Insta-worthy selfie. Look around and see if you can spot our friendly neighbors: Saba, St. Barths, Statia and Anguilla. Another popular experience is the Sentry Hill Zip Line, which combines mild hiking with a zip line. This is a more traditional zip line with a 1,640-foot, four-span line that traverses the mountain ridge. The Schooner Ride is also a favorite because visitors can speed down the mountain in large inner tubes on a specially designed 657-foot track. Before you leave, check out Rockland Estate’s Gift Shop, where you’ll find unique local treasures and beautiful handcrafted jewelry.

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THE FLYING DUTCHMAN ZIP LINE RECEIVED THE PRESTIGIOUS 2018 SEATRADE CRUISE AWARD FOR “INNOVATIVE SHOREX OF THE YEAR.”

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THE SWEET SMELL OF SUCCESS St. Martin Memories: Create Your Own Perfume

When my husband and I signed up for an afternoon of perfume making at Tijon, little did I know that a 90-minute course would spark my new “scentual” obsession.

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hen my husband and I signed up for an afternoon of perfume making at Tijon, little did I know that a 90-minute course would spark my new “scentual” obsession. The boutique is very inviting with 24 fragrant Tijon perfumes and colognes in addition to unique gifts, but the lab is where the magic happens… bringing together the art and science of perfumery. This is a true working laboratory: lab coats, glass beakers and over 300 oils to choose from in order to blend your own unique fragrance. I discovered over 14,000 people have created their own perfume/ cologne at Tijon. The twelve-year-old workshop is the only place in the Caribbean where you can literally make a memory, combining individual scents to make a personal blend

that will trigger your recollection of “the friendly island.” The knowledgeable and enthusiastic staff explained, “Creating perfume is like making music.” As a musician, I embraced the parallel concepts of music and fragrance creation. There are low base notes that linger for a long time; there are mid-tones that sing a bit and slowly fade to a sweet and subtle breath; and high notes that initially delight but cannot be captured. These notes blend together to form an accord: a beautifully composed fragrance foundation. The afternoon was a tremendous success in creating our own “islandinspired” fragrance. We each created three different “accords” (a mixture of oils used to create perfume) and chose the one we liked best after testing them on our skin.

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I was overjoyed by my formula, I began with a premixed base oil (choosing from 12), then gingerly added leather and tobacco. My pièce de résistance: a touch of neroli. And my signature scent was complete. It was a whiff of magic … at least to my nose. I wanted something big and bold that would settle into soft and sexy. It was a deeply creative and surprisingly sensuous experience. We left with bottled, custom-labeled perfumes, exquisitely packaged in black velvet pouches. I named my fragrance Touché Moi. We’re big fans of this experience and next time we’ll take the longer two- to threehour class. For those on short schedules, Tijon also offers a “fragrance in a flash,” a 15-minute offering where you can choose four oils, with Tijon’s guidance, to create your own scent. The class concluded, in appropriately French fashion, with a celebratory Champagne toast. Thanks Tijon, I now know the sweet smell of success!


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Creating Your Own Perfume/Cologne TripAdvisor – Five Star Rating

“Is there a higher rating than 5 stars? This was a highlight of our island tour. An absolute MUST do! MWPyle, Nashville, TN Martha Stewartʼs Real Weddings: Best ways to honeymoon in the Caribbean, April 2015 “Blend your own fragrance at Tijon, a chic boutique perfumery on St. Martin.” “One of the best things I have ever done on vacation. I read about it in the USA Today … Loved every minute.” Jirasela, Howell, MI “More to St. Martin than just the beaches. This is definitely something I will do again.” JDR0421, NYC “Best activity in St. Martin.” Carine R., Toronto, CA

About.com “Tijon is probably the most perfectly located custom made perfume business of them all earning consistent 5 star reviews on TripAdvisor. The hands on approach, where youʼre actually encouraged (and gently guided) into mixing your own stuff, like a mixologist or a perfumer, is where the real difference shows.”

TIJON PERFUMES, COLOGNES & LOTIONS USA Today, March 2015 Tijon: Top 25 “Made in the Caribbean” shops. (The only St. Martin shop on the list) Frommers, 4th Edition “A Special Find. Looking for that certain something you won’t find anywhere else? This boutique parfumerie and skin care manufacturer makes all its wonderfully scented products right here at its headquarters in Grand Case.”

Tijon is located in Grand Case on the corner of the French airport road and the beach road. Showroom hours are Monday through Friday, 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.,with other times available by appointment. Hours may be limited in September and October. FOR MORE INFORMATION EMAIL: JOHN@TIJON.COM OR CALL +590 690 22 74 70 OR +1 721-581-4586.


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ou can’t open a guidebook — or this magazine — without realizing that St. Maarten/St. Martin is famous for its beaches. Sure, you’ll want to spend some quality time at any or all of the island’s 37 sugar-sand gateways to the brilliant blue sea. But there’s so much more to this tropical paradise than sun-soaked shores. Swing a club, lob a tennis ball, ride a bike, go on a hike. Active types will have no trouble enjoying themselves, without ever getting wet. Here are just some of your options.

Biking

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If you’re more of a pedal pusher, you’ll be happy to discover miles of trails perfect for bikers. Stunning ocean views and spectacular hillside scenery reward those who take on part of or the entire 35-mile-long road that encircles the island. Sign up for a group ride. Coast leisurely through the French flatlands or along seaside trails from Cay Bay to Fort Amsterdam and Mullet Beach. Serious cyclists may want to tackle the Bellevue Trail from Port de Plaisance to Marigot or tighten their hamstrings on a challenging ride to Pic Paradis (Paradise Peak), the island’s highest point. If, on the other hand, you’re

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more in the mood for a relaxing ride, take your two-wheeler to Simpson Bay Lagoon. Hungry for more? Tri-Sport is more than a bike shop. Rent your ride, take a tour or catch an event.

Horseback Riding

Why wear out your own two legs when you can rent four of the island’s best? Saddling up is one of the best ways to see a different side of St. Maarten/ St. Martin. Picture yourself cantering along a foamy coast on the back of a gentle steed, then climbing gradually on a track through gorse and cactus plants until you reach a plateau 400 feet above an ocean teeming with pleasure boats and cruise ships. Discover hidden coves and pristine waterfalls as you’re horsing around. You can even take a “swim” with your new equine pal in the shallow waters off a scenic beach. You can do all of that and more at Lucky Stables in Seaside Nature Park.

Golf

Mullet Bay Golf Course is the island’s only option for full-play action, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t challenging and fun. Grab your clubs and zero in on the 18-hole, par-70 course designed by architect Joseph Lee. It’s sculpted around a lovely lagoon, but don’t be misled into thinking Mullet Bay is

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just about tranquility. There’s all the action here you could want in a round. Start swinging!

Driving

From sedans and scooters to motorcycles and allterrain vehicles (ATVs), you’ll find plenty of pathways to driving fun, on and off the beaten path. Sign up for a Segway excursion on the Dutch side. Rent a car at Dollar Thrifty and tour the island at your own pace. Or bypass the byways and tackle the terrain on an ATV at Johnny’s Scooter Rental.

Soccer

Um … we mean football. Both Dutch and French sides of the island support national football teams that compete in cups sponsored by CONCACAF (Confederation of North, Central American and Caribbean Association Football). Catch a match and cheer along with locals.

Tennis

Several resorts on the island maintain quality courts. The American Tennis Academy, on the French side, is open daily, features two lighted courts and offers structured programs, lessons, clinics and rentals for juniors and adults of every skill level.

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Get fast and furious (in a nature-loving way) at Rainforest Adventures St. Maarten at Rockland Estate, a park dedicated to environmental preservation. Glide to St. Maarten’s highest point on the Sky Explorer, then go flying back down the mountain on the world’s steepest zip line, The Flying Dutchman. Re-ascend and take the Sentry Hill Zip Line over the mountain ridge, enjoying stunning views of beautiful St. Maarten. Then your top-to-bottom tour finishes with the Schooner Ride, sending you surfing down the mountain in an inner tube. Keep the thrills going as you explore the countryside with an ATV or Jeep tour from St. Maarten Nature Island Tours. A bit more sedate but no less captivating are the educational nature, history and culture excursions from Seagrape Tours. Or simply settle back and savor a sip (or several!) on a tour of Topper’s Rhum Distillery. If you’re looking for a unique island experience, visit Tijon Parfumerie, where you can blend your own scents and take home a mix of balmy breezes, exotic flowers and earthy fragrances. These options should be enough to keep you busy — for today. Just don’t wear yourself out. There’s always tomorrow — and the sunny day sure to follow.

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By Ilja Botha

N ATU R A L SELECTIONS ECO-ADVENTURES ABOUND ON ST. MAARTEN/ST. MARTIN.

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f you’ve visited even one of the 37 spectacular beaches on St. Maarten/St. Martin, you know this popular holiday destination well deserves its reputation as an island rich in natural beauty. But this Dutch-French jewel of the Caribbean offers more than sandy shores, so be sure to get out and explore your surroundings. Beyond the beaches are wetlands, forested hills, rugged coastline and vibrant flora and fauna. You’ll see tree lizards scurrying about if you follow any of 17 hiking trails crisscrossing the hills. Birds twitter, butterflies flutter and the views of the ocean through the trees are amazing.  Speaking of views, set your sights on forested Pic Paradis (Paradise Peak), the island’s highest hill. Pick up a trail map — or zip-line down its slope at Loterie Farm. For a guided hike, contact Seagrape Tours. But wait, there’s more! After the hike, Seagrape will take you snorkeling to see the colorful marine life. If you’re more into feathers than fish, Seagrape also offers an informative Birding Tour.  The island as well boasts about a dozen wetlands teeming with wildlife. Mangroves

are home to crabs, egrets and iguanas. Freshwater ponds beckon to ducks and herons, and salt marshes provide a haven for migratory birds. Take a guided kayak tour with Tri-Sport and build up your paddling stamina to support local conservation efforts. EPIC (Environmental Protection in the Caribbean) sponsors fundraising kayak treks through the mangroves.  Despite its abundance of sparkling beaches, not all of the island’s shores are sandy. The stretches of rugged, pristine coastline on the Atlantic side are impressive. Coastal hiking here will introduce you to a wide variety of plants and shrubs, including the Pope’s Head Cactus, with its bright red “cap.”  Tri-Sport will take you on a guided coastal hike from Guana Bay to Pointe Blanche. Along the way, you’re apt to encounter more goats than folks. EPIC and its volunteers are also happy to show you one of the 10 Dutch hiking trails they maintain, or search for St. Maarten on avenzamaps.com to discover these trails by yourself. Feel like taking it easy but still want to discover local wildlife? Explore the open-air Amuseum Naturalis on the French side and learn about the island’s special creatures without breaking into a sweat.

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SHOPPING

ISLAND FINDS By Alita Singh


WITH EVERYTHING FROM DESIGNER JEWELRY AND TIMEPIECES TO C H I C FA S H I O N S A N D LO CA L LY M A D E C R A F T S , ST. M A A RT E N / ST. MARTIN IS A SHOPPER’S HAVEN.


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SHOPPING

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ttention shoppers: Bring an extra suitcase when vacationing in St. Maarten/ St. Martin. Prices are low, and quality is high. This pearl in the Caribbean chain boasts a long-standing duty-free status and a bevy of stores where prices are slashed on a range of top-shelf goods — everything from designer jewelry and sought-after electronics to brand-name fashions and fine wines and spirits.

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St. Maarten/St. Martin has been a trade hub since the 17th century, when European settlers harvested salt from the island’s ponds and exported it around the globe. Now tourist spending fuels the local economy, in part, because the island has been a duty-free port since the 1930s. Both Dutch and French sides of the island offer a wealth of shops filled with goods to capture the imagination and taste of every shopper. Come with us on a shopping tour and you’ll see what we mean.

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A table decked out in style sets the mood for food and an elegant evening everyone will long remember. The perfect dinner party involves more than good cooking — you also need to create a welcoming ambience and have the perfect décor. While in St. Maarten/St. Martin, be sure to visit Linen Galore, a boutique on Front Street that’s a linen lover’s dream. For almost 40 years, it has drawn new and repeat patrons looking to top their tables with only the best. The landmark store next to Holland House offers the island’s largest assortment of embroidered table linens and accessories. Linen Galore specializes in crochet lace, Belgian tapestries, Cluny lace, appliqué, embroidery and cutwork in linen, cotton, polycotton, polyester, stain-resistant and non-iron products. Choose from an array of tablecloths, runners, napkins and toppers. It’s a veritable treasure house of one-of-a-kind pieces from Europe, Asia and South America. But it’s not just the quality of products that keeps customers coming to Linen Galore again and again. It’s the friendly Hemrajani family that owns and operates the place. Nanik “Nick” Hemrajani and son Rishi will make you feel a part of their family the minute you walk through the door. Why not see for yourself? Stop by Linen Galore and let the Hemrajani family top your table in style. Your dinner guests will thank you.

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Linen Galore has been serving customers for almost 40 years.


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The capital of St. Maarten is a charming, picturesque town.

High-end shops dot Front Street and Back Street, the main thoroughfares. You’ll find jewelry, electronics, clothing and everything in between here and in connecting alleys. Walking through the town is like going on a treasure hunt, and you’re apt to come away with more than Aladdin ever could have imagined. Look for that gift to mark a special occasion — an anniversary, engagement, graduation or milestone birthday. Philipsburg is the best place in the Caribbean to get GIA-

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certified diamonds and gemstones, loose or showcased in handcrafted settings. Check out the jewelry and timepieces at Artistic Jewelers/Art of Time, Ballerina Jewelers, Bvlgari Boutique, Caribbean Gems, Diamonds International, Effy Jewelers, J Best Jeweler, Joe’s Jewelry International, Jewels by Love, Longines Boutique, Royal Caribbean Store and Zhaveri Luxury. The latest models of electronics are often released here first. Boolchand’s, a celebrated name throughout the Caribbean, carries the most extensive line of cameras, phones, home entertainment

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5 Harbour Point Village Philipsburg, St. Maarten 721-542-9364

FRONT STREET

12-2 Front Street Philipsburg, St. Maarten 721-542-1109

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systems and more. There’s also an exclusive Pandora store on Front Street. Head to Linen Galore for a classic or seasonal table spread to add elegance and glamour to your feasts. The store is stocked with floorto-ceiling displays of linen tablecloths, napkins and more. All patterns and color combinations are available for every season and décor. Swimwear and slippers are Caribbean wardrobe essentials. Endless Summer Swimwear on Front Street and in Simpson Bay stocks designs right off the catwalk. Grab a cover-up and perhaps a hat to take your beach outing a notch higher. Need some sun bronzer or sunscreen? Head over to Philipsburg Pharmacy. The shelves there are stocked with essentials and more. Also check out the latest collection of Polo Ralph Lauren and Armani at the JL store and accessorize with leather goods from Longchamps. If you’re looking for trendy island wear and tropical vibes, raid the racks at ready-to-wear boutique Pacific Avenue. For a locally made souvenir, pick up a bottle (or two) of Guavaberry Liqueur, the island’s signature spirit. Go for some Gouda cheese at Amsterdam

Amsterdam Cheese & Liquor Store

** CHEESE IS ALLOWED ** THROUGH US & CANADIAN CUSTOMS ONCE SEALED IN THE ORIGINAL PACKAGING

Email: acssxm@gmail.com Phone: +1721.520.1944

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* OVER 50 DIFFERENT GOUDA CHEESES * ONLY DUTCH STORE ON ST MAARTEN * HOMEMADE HOT SAUCES: * HOMEMADE TI-PUNCH RUM * DUTY FREE WINES & SPIRITS * DAILY WINE & CHEESE TASTINGS * DUTCH CANDY & COOKIES * TRAVEL WITH CHEESE UP TO 2 WEEKS WITHOUT REFRIGERATION * CUSTOMS FRIENDLY PACKAGING * READY TO TRAVEL:

Opening Hours: Mon-Fri, 830am-5:30pm *In weekends open only when cruise ship is in

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Pacific Avenue

Cheese & Liquor Store. Here, you’ll find an extensive line of fragrant cheeses, as well as island-made jams. The store also has a well-stocked liquor section, as do several of the stores along Front Street. For those visiting the island in July or August, Philipsburg is home to a special shopping event called Koopavond. Koop means “to shop,” and avond is “evening” in Dutch. Shops open later, and artisanal crafters line parts of Front Street, Cyrus Wathey Square and the Boardwalk from late afternoon into the evening. There is a host of entertainment for the entire family.

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Quality and Service Brands such as Tommy Bahama, Au Noir and Lilly Pullitzer

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oyal Caribbean Store, located in downtown Philipsburg, welcomes guests from all over the world to the friendly island of St. Maarten. The store offers a relaxed, family atmosphere. Having been on the island for the past 40 years and with extensive jewelry experience, they are able to carefully select high-quality, trending jewelry designs and offer them at the lowest prices. You’ll find a great selection of jewelry and quality pieces that you will not see back home for low discounted prices. St. Maarten is truly a taxand duty-free destination unlike other islands who have their taxes built into their products. The store offers diamonds and fine diamond jewelry in all different shapes and sizes. Each jewelry piece purchased comes with a guarantee and its evaluation papers — plus, the savings and deals at Royal Caribbean Store are a great advantage for everyone! In addition to diamond jewelry, they also carry a wide range of silver and Larimar jewelry. Larimar is unique to the Caribbean because of its magnificent turquoise blue colors. Royal Caribbean Store truly has something for everyone, in all price ranges. Deepak, the owner, is confident that they will find you a great deal! Visit Royal Caribbean Store, the best place to buy your jewelry in St. Maarten.

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ince 1986, Zhaveri has been renowned as THE complete jeweler of St. Maarten, trusted by generations of loyal clients. And now 33 years later, Zhaveri Exclusive Luxury aims at bringing a fresh approach to Caribbean retail, with a focus on customer experience within a unique and innovative store design. Zhaveri will be now be housed in a much larger, state of the art establishment in the heart of Front Street, the shopping Mecca of the Caribbean!  The new premises will allow Zhaveri to expand and transform from being the most formidable jeweler in St. Maarten into a complete House of Luxury! Zhaveri Exclusive Luxury will mix accessories from emerging brands and established names, and will feature limited editions and rare pieces, as well as affordable items. Their product selection will not just include their hallmark latest and greatest designs of fine jewelry, loose diamonds

and brand-name watches, but Zhaveri Exclusive Luxury will boast an incredible mix of the newest and trendiest items that include handbags, wallets, belts, shoes and other accessories! Whether you’re looking to pamper yourself or treat someone special to an exceptional gift, Zhaveri has always been highly recommended as a must visit destination for residents and visitors of St. Maarten, Anguilla and St. Barths. Zhaveri has always had, and will continue to offer, their immense selection of exquisite GIA certified diamonds in every shape and size, with colors ranging from white, pink, yellow, blue, black, champagne and much more!  Whether you want to purchase a loose diamond, an exotic gem, or have any precious stone mounted in a custommade piece of jewelry, Zhaveri will accommodate every request. Purchases include certified appraisals, and be sure to inquire about their lifetime upgrade policy on diamond

jewelry! High quality merchandise, excellent duty- and tax-free prices, responsive after-sales customer service, and an ethical, friendly and extremely knowledgeable team that is hell-bent on providing an innovative shopping experience, will demonstrate why Zhaveri has been St. Maarten’s premier luxury retailer for over 33 years! Whether it’s diamonds, exotic gems, handbags or other accessories that ignite you, Zhaveri Exclusive Luxury will have treasures to excite you!

New Location! New Location! New Location! 68 Front Street 1 721 543 1075

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RECIPES TO TRY GUAVABERRY COLADA • 2 oz. Guavaberry Island Folk Liqueur • 1 oz. cream of coconut • 3 oz. pineapple juice ice Put ice in a blender, add Guavaberry, cream of coconut, and pineapple juice. Blend well. Garnish glass with pieces of pineapple, toasted coconut and fresh nutmeg.

Toast To The Island

A glass full of St. Maarten tradition, Caribbean Culture, Wild St. Maarten Guavaberries, Coconut, and Pineapple; meet our local island drink! The Guavaberry Colada is refreshing, sweet and, most of all, a delicious drink made with St. Maarten Guavaberry’s Original Wild Island Folk Liqueur. Guavaberry is a fruit found high in the warm hills of the island and was a Caribbean Amer-Indian favourite. Guavaberry Liqueur was first made in private homes and used for traditional celebrations. Over the years it has become an integral part of the island culture. The Guavaberry Liqueur is made from fine oak-aged rum, cane sugar and wild Sint Maarten Guavaberries. The aged liqueur has a woody, fruity, spicy, bittersweet flavor. This flavor sensation makes Guavaberry perfect for a variety of cocktails, as marinade in the kitchen, as extra ingredient in cakes, but it’s also delicious to pour over ice cream…

REPUBLIC MOJITO • 2 oz. Republic Rum • 1 oz. club soda • ½ lime • mint leaves • 1 tsp soft brown sugar Muddle the lime and mint leaves with the brown sugar in a hiball glass, add the Republic Rum, club soda, and ice. Stir well, garnish with mint leaves and lime wedges.

DARK ‘N HANDSOME • 2 oz Republic Rum • 2 oz ginger beer • 1 fresh lime • Angostura Bitters In an Old Fashioned glass pour the Republic Rum, squeeze the lime, and add some Angostura bitters. Stir well, top up with ginger beer and garnish with a lime wedge.

THE GUAVABERRY EXPERIENCE Right in the heart of historical Philipsburg you will find the Guavaberry Emporium. The old buildings are a National Monument built on the site of a Jewish Synagogue, abandoned in the late 1700’s. It’s one of the oldest buildings of Sint Maarten. All their rums and liqueurs are still produced right here. As soon as you set foot in here, you are covered in the traditional Caribbean atmosphere. This place is just packed with tasty island treats. From St. Maarten’s Guavaberry liqueur, a range of exotic rum liqueurs to honey, hot sauces, seasonings and their famous love potion. True rum lovers should try their 5YO and 8YO Republic Rum, an unsweetened golden blend of the finest Caribbean Rums, the youngest of which was aged in oak for five or eight years. Republic Rum is a real sipping quality golden spirit of the Caribbean. The Guavaberry Emporium is located at Front Street #8 and the friendly traditionally dressed staff will take good care of you with their daily free tastings.


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JEWELS & BEYOND 18k Yellow Gold and Diamond Ring jnjewelers.com

BALLERINA JEWELERS Hidalgo Diamond Butterfly Necklace ballerina-jewelers.com

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DUTY-FREE These classic timepieces and eye-catching jewelry are the perfect accessories to complete your look. BOOLCHAND’S PANDORA Pink Enamel and Sterling Silver Suitcase Charm boolchand.com

EFFY Watercolor Panther Ring Signature Collection effy.com CARIBBEAN GEMS Yellow Diamond Ring caribbeangems.com

BALLERINA JEWELERS Le Vian Chocolate Diamond Ring ballerina-jewelers.com

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BVLGARI BOUTIQUE Bvlgari B.zero1 bulgari.com

BALLERINA JEWELERS Fope Vendome Collection Flex’it Bracelets ballerina-jewelers.com

ZHAVERI LUXURY Princess Cut Diamond with Trapezoid Diamonds on Either Side zhaveri.com

BOOLCHAND’S PANDORA St. Maarten Beach Scene Button with Pandora CZ stones boolchand.com

JEWELS BY LOVE Breguet Pilot's, Type XXI jewelsbylove.com

DIAMONDS INTERNATIONAL Crown of Light Ring Crown Brilliant Collection diamondsinternational.com JEWELS BY LOVE Vacheron Constantin — Fiftysix Collection, Complete Calendar jewelsbylove.com

ART OF TIME AND ARTISTIC JEWELERS OMEGA Speedmaster Moonwatch Apollo 11 50th Anniversary artoftimejewelers.com VISITSTMA ARTEN.COM

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BALLERINA JEWELERS Le Vian Chocolate Diamond Earrings ballerina-jewelers.com

J BEST JEWELER/MODE 9 Storm 6 Navigator Lazer mode9uk.com

ART OF TIME AND ARTISTIC JEWELERS PANERAI Submersible BMG-TECHโ„ข - 47MM artoftimejewelers.com CARIBBEAN GEMS Diamond Solitaire caribbeangems.com

JEWELS BY LOVE NOMOS Autobahn Neomatik 41 jewelsbylove.com

LONGINES HydroConquest ballerina-jewelers.com ZHAVERI LUXURY Canary Yellow RadiantCut Diamond in CustomMade Mounting zhaveri.com

JEWELS BY LOVE A. Lange & Sรถhne Datograph Perpetual Tourbillon jewelsbylove.com

LITTLE SWITZERLAND Breitling Superocean 42 with Orange Dial and Black Diver Pro III Rubber Strap littleswitzerland.com


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There are some excellent shopping opportunities around Simpson Bay. Lined by a long

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stretch of sandy white beach, this is the place to seek out beachwear, apparel and other gifts to bring back home. Some visitors may not know that Simpson Bay was once a thriving fishing village and, although some residents still take to the seas, this little village also reels in food connoisseurs, shoppers looking for the best buys and those seeking entertainment options. Fine wines, liquors and cigars are readily found along this bustling strip. In Simpson Bay, you can pick up locally made rums, luxury goods, clothing and more. If you’re in need of a bank or ATM, you’ll find those as well. Many of the restaurants here also feature boutiques that carry themed clothing and one-ofa-kind gifts and souvenirs. Voted best pharmacy in St. Maarten, Simpson Bay Pharmacy carries an international assortment of medicines, cosmetics and personal-care products. If you forgot to pack your sunscreen or other beauty essentials, the helpful staff will help you find just what you need. Cole Bay has experienced quite a bit of growth in recent years. Here you’ll find St. Maarten Nectar, which carries a wide array of locally made skin-care products and fragrances. Its popular mosquito repellents and sunscreens are made with natural ingredients and can also be found throughout the island in Philipsburg and Marigot, and at the Hair Salon & Wellness Spa at Oyster Bay Beach Resort. SXM Cosmetics are also made with natural ingredients. VISITSTMA ARTEN.COM

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St. Maarten Nectar

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ST. MAARTEN NECTAR’S POPULAR MOSQUITO REPELLENTS, SKINCARE PRODUCTS AND FRAGRANCES ARE MADE WITH NATURAL INGREDIENTS AND CAN BE FOUND THROUGHOUT THE ISLAND IN PHILIPSBURG AND MARIGOT, AND AT THE HAIR SALON & WELLNESS SPA AT OYSTER BAY BEACH RESORT.

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ST. MAARTEN

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100% NATURAL | HAND MADE IN ST MAARTEN

St Maarten Nectar is the producer of Natural Skincare and Home fragrances made from only plant based ingredients in St Maarten. Our very first product Bug O%™ Mosquito Repllent was born in a simple kitchen but, with a huge purpose: to protect you and your family naturally! Due to it’s success it allowed us to become local producers and worldwide distributors.We now carry over 200 products that include treatments for the Face Care, Body & Hair, Sun Protection, Baby Care, Mosquito Repellent, Home Fragrances and our newly added NECTAR HOME. Our current locations include our wellness Spa at Oyster Bay Beach Resort where all treatments are done with our products only. Our therapists have a combined 30+ years experience, insuring top quality service. Other locations include our Boutique in Marigot, Port Sint Maarten and our Head Quaters in Cole Bay.

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LEARN HOW TO MAKE YOUR OWN NATURAL LOTION, SOAP OR CANDLE. Our Nectar Soap and Lotion Classes is the perfect activity for families, friends and even children. Offered weekly at our Lab Facilities, you will learn from scratch how to create your own All Natural Cosmetic that’s yours to keep.

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Jewels & Beyond 3 Cinnamon Grove (next to Maho Pharmacy) Maho, St. Maarten

721-545-3078 (U.S.): 305-508-5949 info@jnjewelers.com www.jnjewelers.com

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Maho Pharmacy

you can easily spend plenty of time in Maho. Located a short distance from Princess Juliana International Airport, Maho is often referred to as “a destination within a destination” — and for good reason. The area has grown up around several resorts, including the all-inclusive Sonesta Maho Beach Resort, Casino & Spa and the uberluxurious Sonesta Ocean Point. You’ll find shops that carry beautiful jewelry, designer fashion, unique accessories and more. Maho is also a great place to shop after hours. While shops in the main areas of Philipsburg and Marigot usually close around 6 p.m., Maho extends the shopping experience, sometimes late into the evening. Maho Pharmacy is open daily, and it’s a great place to buy more than just medicines. Pick up St. Maarten-made products, as well as personalcare items and other essentials. Jewels & Beyond offers one-stop shopping with a wide selection of fine jewelry, timepieces, Cuban cigars, liquor, souvenirs, beach items and designer sunglasses. St. Maarten/St. Martin may be a small island, but you’ll find everything you need and much more to fill an extra suitcase with unique treasures. Make time to discover some great deals and take something special back home with you to remind you of your visit.

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MADE IN SXM TAKE HOME A PIECE OF PARADISE AND RELIVE THE MEMORIES MADE IN ST. MAARTEN/ST. MARTIN.

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A SOUVENIR MADE HERE IS A GREAT WAY TO TAKE SOME ISLAND VIBE HOME WITH YOU. family and friends. Today, it celebrates the island’s culture and heritage. Pick up a bottle to remember your slice of island life from the Guavaberry Emporium on Front Street. Another locally made product that captures the spirit of St. Maarten/St. Martin is Topper’s Rhum. Visit Topper’s Rhum Distillery and indulge in various flavors of this award-winning spirit, including Mocha Mama, Spiced, Coconut and Caribbean White.

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Imagine combining the essence of balmy breezes, the earthiness of hills and the fragrances of exotic flowers. That’s exactly what you can do when you visit Tijon Parfumerie in Grand Case. Purchase a bottle of these idyllic island aromas or create your very own fragrance. Not sure how? No problem! Classes are available to guide you through the process. If you’re looking for hand-rolled cigars, visit DAS Cigars for another unique island Continued on page 98

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fter a blissful vacation you may not want to leave St. Maarten/ St. Martin. A souvenir made here is a great way to take some island vibe home with you. You’ll find some unique items at Waste2Work. This inventive organization was born to repurpose debris left in the wake of devastating Hurricane Irma. Shipping pallets are transformed into benches; cans and bottles can have a second life as lamps. Waste2Work offers upcycling workshops, or you can just stop by to purchase a crafty piece to take home. Check out the goods at Airport Road 34. Carry the island with you, literally, by acquiring your own Azitiz “Island of SXM” bracelet. The stylish bracelet features a cutout of the island in a circular disc attached to an adjustment cord. The discs, made from vegetal ivory (Tagua), come in a variety of colors to match your style and mood. Get yours at stores islandwide. The Art Box Gallery in Simpson Bay is another great place for jewelry to remind you of your tropical getaway. Jewelry designer Zdenka Kiric draws inspiration from the vibrance of the island and its people to create one-of-a-kind pieces. Her necklaces, earrings and other adornments are crafted from semiprecious stones, precious metals and freshwater pearls. Each piece calls out to be worn. Guavaberry Liqueur, made from berries found high on the rolling velvet hillsides, is the national spirit. Berries are hand harvested and distilled in a process dating to the days of the first settlers. This was a traditional Christmastime drink to share with


by ALITA SINGH

BOLD AND BEAUTIFUL Jolie Duzon–brand fashions epitomize St. Maarten style.

Courtesy of Jolie Duzon

You can’t mistake a clutch from Jolie Duzon. The brightly colored, hand-painted bags have become a trademark of island elegance with a pop of European flair. The brand created by St. Maarten designer Zillah Duzon Hazel was born of the designer’s love of style, form and a fondness for the bold. She started off in clothing, making one-of-a-kind outfits for men and women. She has grown into a sought-after designer for major events such as Carnival queen pageants and weddings. Duzon Hazel recently poured her creativity into clutches. She starts with a blank canvas. From there, her passion takes shape in the form of interlocking geometric patterns and flowing free-form designs. Once she has come up with an idea, she dips her brush in paint and sets to work on drawing images. The result is a unique piece of fabric ready for cutting and crafting into a wearable work of art. The clutches, with fun tassels like all Jolie Duzon pieces, are

fitted with a gold coin engraved with the maker’s mark. Duzon Hazel says she hopes her clothing and accessories “make women feel pretty, beautiful and confident.” Jolie means “pretty” in French, and the designer’s brand lives up to its name. “My passion is to create beautiful clothing that will make women feel confident about themselves and their ability to achieve their goals in life.” At age 8, Duzon Hazel was sketching dolls and adding bursts of color to their outfits. By age 10, she had graduated to cutting out miniature figures of women on cardboard and clothing them in fabric. Soon she was making “papercut” dolls for girls in her class. Later, she would study economics in The Netherlands, but it wasn’t her passion. So Duzon Hazel enrolled in the Amsterdam Fashion Institute’s Design and Style program. It was here that she began to imagine Jolie Duzon, and in 2011 she launched the brand in Rotterdam. Now Jolie Duzon is a

JOLIE DUZON recognizable St. Maarten brand. You can find Jolie Duzon creations at Endless Summer Swimwear boutiques, My Way Store in Maho Village or direct from the designer at jolieduzon.com.

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CARIBBEAN BREWING Proudly brewed and bottled in St. Maarten.

Topper’s Rhum Distillery Continued from page 96

buy. Andi Siegers personally selects the best tobacco leaves for his cigars, ensuring that each one is a well-crafted masterpiece. As an added bonus, Siegers has flavored cigars and some that appeal particularly to women. You can also raise a toast to a fabulous island vacation. Microbreweries have made their way to this spot in the Caribbean Sea. Tour and taste, then take home a sample of island-crafted beers from Caribbean Brewing Company and Pelikaan Brewery. Both breweries have created flavors that can be considered the essence of the island in a bottle. If you’d rather wear your memories, Jolie Duzon clothing and accessories are island born like the brand’s multitalented

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designer, Zillah Duzon Hazel. Her clutch handbags and other creations pop with color and Caribbean vibe inspired by the “fierce and strong personality of women.” Find Jolie Duzon at Endless Summer boutiques, My Way Store in Maho Village or direct from the designer at jolieduzon.com. Get and keep that island glow with an island-made natural line of skin-care products and fragrances from St. Maarten Nectar. The brand started in the Simpson Bay kitchen of Nalia Muriel. There she created her own skin-care products to treat her sensitive skin. Since then she has grown her product line to include many more all-natural products, which you can find at various outlets on the island or at the boutique in Simpson Bay.

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senting our island — until Caribbean Brewing Company opened in early 2019, providing St. Maarten with the highest-quality local beers. The company prides itself on its consistency, drinkability and variety. All of their beers are made fresh with the finest malts, hops and natural ingredients. Beers are organic, unfiltered and unpasteurized and don’t contain any corn syrup or preservatives. Their inspiration for the beer is derived from the rich history of St. Maarten/St. Martin and the extraordinarily diverse people living on the island. They brew five beers: the lightest option, SXM Light; their best-selling Dutch Blonde Ale; a rich clean-tasting flagship beer, San Martin Premium Beer; Pirate’s Edition IPA and the cleverly named dark stout, 1863, which represents the latitude and longitude of the island. You can find Caribbean Brewing Company beers at local supermarkets, bars, restaurants and hotels on both sides of the island. Insider tip: They offer a unique brewery tour that gets you up close and personal with the entire beer making process — from milling the ingredients and brewing the beers to bottling the beers with the latest state-of-the-art technology. And to top it off, don’t forget to taste all of the beers during an all-you-can-drink session in their Tap Room.

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St. Maarten’s beer scene has always been dominated by international companies with no local beer truly repre-


Proudly brewed and bo!led in the beautiful island of St. Maarten

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SkipJack’s Seafood Grill, Bar & Fish Market

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CELEBRATE HERITAGE Creating a memorable culinary experience.

Ocean Lounge

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PHILIPSBURG The capital of St. Maarten is known for its duty-free boutiques, but eclectic eateries also tempt

tourists and locals alike. Many restaurants and bars line the popular Boardwalk, which runs alongside the town on the seaside. It is here you will encounter Ocean Lounge at Holland House Beach Hotel. Its sophisticated beachfront dining is complemented by a varied menu influenced by the flavors of Europe and the Caribbean. Get started with the tasty breakfast buffet, follow up with an a la carte lunch and round out the day with tastes of the old and new worlds. Emilio’s restaurant takes its moniker

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— “Dine with history” — seriously. The atmosphere in this restored boiler house at Rockland Estate is one of tranquility, with cool breezes sweeping through its windows and doors. The menu of nouveau Caribbean flavors is the creation of Chef Sydney Prescod, who has a penchant for unexpected flavor combinations like white chocolate mashed potatoes and breadfruit balls. Sheer Bar & Restaurant is one of Philipsburg’s hidden gems. The romantic enclave serves up a sophisticated blend of Caribbean and European gastronomic styles. Satisfy your craving with potatowrapped lobster tail with crisp mixed

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on Rockland Estate that’s named after Emilio Wilson, who once owned the former plantation. Norman and Su Wathey, who also own Taloula Mango’s Caribbean Cafe in Philipsburg, restored the structure and converted it into a restaurant. “We wanted to create more than a restaurant,” says Norman. “The history that is here needed to be honored and preserved.” When you dine at Emilio’s, you’re getting a taste of history along with gourmet fare. Menu items include the Emilio Wilson Plate, a combo of coal pot–fried snapper, johnnycake, rice and beans, and coleslaw. There’s also the Big Mamie, a burger in honor of Wilson’s grandmother, who toiled as a slave on the plantation her grandson later bought. Along with Executive Chef Sydney Prescod, the Watheys have been instrumental in attracting guest chefs with ancestral links to the island for exclusive one-night-only dinners. “These nights have brought so many of us together,” says Norman. “We realized that passion for food, good food, has always been a part of us.” The Watheys consider Emilio’s their “magnum opus.” They’re always adding to the artifacts found throughout the dining space, and they have restored the original root cellar and transformed it into a wine cellar and private dining room. Award-winning bartender Daza Baez oversees the restaurant’s extensive wine and spirits collection. “We are a family here,” Norman says. “Our St. Maarten roots are strong and getting stronger. When you come to visit us, we want you to walk away feeling, and not just knowing, our history. That is why our tagline is ‘Emilio’s … Dine with history.’” This fine-dining establishment has become a must-visit culinary spot for locals and visitors alike. In fact, Emilio’s won the SHTA Crystal Pineapple Award for Restaurant of the Year 2019.

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Dine with Hist�ry This 18th century Sugar Cane boiling house, carefully restored to create Emilio’s is located at Rockland Estate, once the island’s largest plantation and former home of island legend and hero, Emilio Wilson. Housed within the original 16-inch stone walls nestled amongst the hills provides a naturally cool setting while you dine in the only restaurant on the island situated within a historical landmark. Today Emilio’s is the home to a unique culinary experience, our Chef’s passion for elevating Caribbean Flavors

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comes out in his unique and exciting food combinations and colorful plating. As Emilio’s owner and renowned foodie Su Wathey likes to describe it as Caribbean French fusion; “you can feel the Caribbean in every bite”. This nouveau Caribbean style is amplified in the Chef’s culinary passion for including fruit chutneys and exotic flavored oils. Innovative cocktails and a varied and deep wine cellar— all converge to ensure a memorable experience at Emilio’s. Lunch is served al fresco offering classics and some surprising takes on traditional island dishes. Diner provides a more elegant yet still family friendly setting with comfortable parking for 95 cars.

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vegetables in lobster sauce, or salmon with sautéed spinach, radish and sweet corn salsa. Sheer’s walk-in cellar, built into the ruins of a 19th-century wall, holds 1,000 bottles of wines, including old and contemporary vintages. If casual suits your style, try Coffee Lounge on Front Street. Open for breakfast and lunch, it boasts an extensive sandwich menu with specialties such as a tandoori chicken sandwich. Fresh pastries are always readily available, and there is a wide selection of flavored coffees, frappés and teas. Taloula Mango’s Caribbean Cafe is another Boardwalk institution. The cuisine is built on Caribbean flavors with an American twist, from juicy burgers to grilled steaks to blackened mahi-mahi.

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bustling Cole Bay and Simpson stretch. Restaurants, cafés and bars rim the Caribbean’s largest inland lagoon — Simpson Bay Lagoon — and places in between. Flavors from every corner of the world can be found here. You can travel to Thailand without ever leaving the island at Avantika, which specializes in authentic Thai cuisine, from fragrant red and green curries to inventive rice dishes. You’ll enjoy culinary invention along with a chuckle at The Meat Balls & Wine Shop. Specialty meatballs come in American, Cajun, Creole

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and Italian flavors. Wash your selection down with a fine wine. You also can feed your appetite for flavor and fun at Buccaneer Beach Bar, a lively spot for music whose menu features sumptuous fire-grilled burgers, hot dogs, oven-baked pizzas and steaks. Live music also complements the menu offerings at Karakter Beach Bar & Restaurant. Dine with your toes in the sand or kissed by the waves. Curried shrimp soup and other delights keep diners coming back to La Vista’s The Hideaway restaurant. Frenchy Ludo’s also has carved out a name for itself with an inventive French-

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inspired menu. The focus is on French Fusion cuisine — complex flavors in simple, yet sophisticated dishes. Sale & Pepe, a Sicilian family-style restaurant, brings together homemade pasta with mouthwatering sauces, cheeses, meats and fresh seafood. Dishes are made from fresh fish and a variety of other seafood mixed with directly imported Sicilian products and Caribbean ingredients. In a Caribbean-style cottage, Topper’s Restaurant & Bar serves up ambience with its menu of international options. Add some zest to your meal with a shot of Topper’s Gourmet Rhum. You’ll find a delightful ambience as well at Beirut restaurant, which satisfies with a range of Lebanese classics and other Middle Eastern–style specialties. Romance is also on the menu at The Boon at Mary’s Boon, where dining is enhanced by candles under the stars, a moonlit sea and the gentle sway of the waves. Palapa Grill, meanwhile, features flavors of the Caribbean with premium cuts of the finest beef. In addition to superbly grilled steaks and local fare, the restaurant offers vegan and vegetarian options along with handcrafted cocktails.

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Barbecued lobster, chicken and ribs star the menu at Lee’s Roadside Grill & Bar, which is back in a new location in Pelican. Or dive deep at SkipJack’s Seafood Grill, Bar & Fish Market, which features Maine and Caribbean lobsters and other seafood dishes. In the mood to chill? Savor the food and the sound of lapping waves at Snoopy’s Bar & Grill. Come for Happy Hour and stay for the live music. You’ll also enjoy Jimbo’s Rock & Blues Café, which brings together the flavors of the Caribbean and Mexico along with refreshing tropical cocktails. The menu ranges from hamburgers to sizzling lobster fajitas. For fresh fruit juices and a large array of healthy, flavorful offerings, head to Top Carrot restaurant. The cozy café offers an abundance of homemade dishes and eclectic daily specials. Vegans will find lots of options here, and everyone will enjoy the large array of great finds in the gift shop. Healthy food offerings also are the staple at Gigi’s Organic Food & Drinks in Simpson Bay. The food is made from organic ingredients and tastes great. For an amazing selection of coffee, frappés and pastries, visit Coffee Lounge. Here, you'll find tasty and innovative options for both breakfast and lunch in a relaxed and cozy atmosphere. Zee Best, meanwhile, features some of “zee” best pastries on the island. Enjoy freshly prepared artisanal French pastries, mouthwatering crepes, omelets, coffee, juices and more for breakfast and then transition to lunch with savory crepes and other delectables.

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Nothing says local like a handcrafted beer. In St. Maarten/St. Martin two microbreweries — Caribbean Brewing Company and Pelikaan Brewery — are serving up a thirst-quenching taste of the island. At Caribbean Brewing Company, launched last year, beers are made fresh with the finest hops, malts and other natural ingredients. The organic beers are unfiltered, unpasteurized and without corn syrup or preservatives. All beers are brewed and bottled onsite at the brewery in Pointe Blanche. Inspiration for the brewery’s five beers is derived from the island’s rich history and culture. A “rich, clean taste” characterizes the company’s flagship San Martin Premium Beer. Dutch Blonde evokes The Netherlands with a splash of Caribbean sweetness. Caribbean Brewing describes its SXM Light as crisp and refreshing, “just like a St. Maarten vacation.” Flavored with pale malts, Pirate’s Edition is the island’s only India Pale Ale, and 1863 represents the latitude and longitude of the island. The brewery is open for tours that take visitors through the beer-making process, from milling of ingredients to brewing and bottling. Sample all the brews at the end of the tours (or even before) during

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an all-you-can-drink session in the brewery’s Tap Room. Pelikaan Brewery also taps into island culture. The brown pelican, in fact, is the national bird of St. Maarten. The Cole Bay brewery got its start in 2017 in a small kitchen in Pelikaan Hill. With distinctive flavors and a strong mouth feel, the brews are named for significant island places and events. Soualiga, a blonde beer with mango, recalls the Carib name for the island. Pic Paradis is named for the highest point on the island. Mullet Bay is linked to the famed beach of the same name, and Irma is a beer crafted after the devastation of Hurricane Irma in 2017. Rounding up the five is Mont Careta, another blonde beer. The beers from both microbreweries can be found in supermarkets, pubs, bars, restaurants and hotels throughout the island.

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TOP OFF YOUR HOLIDAY WITH TOPPER’S RHUM The local spirit captures the essence of a St. Maarten vacation.

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ouldn’t it be great if you could bottle that perfect day of sun and fun on a beach in St. Maarten/St. Martin? Take home the next best thing. Acclaimed for its scents and range of flavors, locally distilled Topper’s Rhum will take you back to those beaches even on a chilly winter day. Bottled and packaged in Cole Bay, one of the island’s oldest neighborhoods, the premium spirit is gluten-free and crafted from natural ingredients with no preservatives. The family-owned and -operated distillery has strong roots on the island. Rum crafters Topper and wife Melanie Daboul loved to make flavored rums for family and friends. They decided to take their creations public when they opened the popular Topper’s Restaurant & Bar. Offering rum at the restaurant proved to be a winning move and in 2008, aided by Melanie’s extensive background in graphic design, the couple launched the Topper’s Rhum brand. The rum-making operations moved out of the kitchen and into

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Topper’s Rhum Distillery in 2012. The move was made possible with the help of South Carolina friends and partners Mike and Thelma King. Since then, Topper’s Rhum has won more than 25 international awards. Topper’s Mocha Mama Rhum was selected as one of Wine Enthusiast magazine’s Top 100 Spirits for 2019. Topper’s also won first place in USA Today’s 10 Best Rum Distilleries in the Caribbean. Melanie has created more than 100 flavors in addition to the signature formula. Some rums began as flavors developed for commercial markets, some were seasonal or holiday blends, and others came about through experimentations and interesting ideas. Ninety-minute tours are available daily at the distillery, where you can learn more about the Topper’s story and distillation process. Guests can also learn how to properly “nose and taste” rum in the barrel-aging room and enjoy samplings of six signature rums and rum cake. Topper’s uses only new American white oak barrels to age their rums and soon will launch its Topper’s Premium Vodka. Also on the calendar is the launch of Topper’s sister brand, Sea Spot Rum. With every purchase of Sea Spot Rum, 10 percent of profits will be donated to supporting service, guide and shelter dog organizations. Rum and merchandise purchases at the distillery will support St. Maarten’s local rescue and dog organizations. Topper’s Rhum is exported to seven countries, and to more than 24 of the 50 states in the United States. It is considered the official rum of the Dutch Army.

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Karakter Beach Bar/Restaurant is located on the mile long Simpson Bay Beach with the runway passing just behind and the airport only a 5 minutes car drive away. It makes Karakter the perfect first stop after landing and last stop before taking off. Simpson Bay beach is often regarded as one of the most beautiful beaches of St. Maarten.

Yahoo recently selected Karakter Beach Bar/Restaurant among the top 20 beach bars in the Caribbean. Complemantary comfortable beach loungers are offered to the guests. The kitchen is open from 9 am till 10 pm (high season) and till 9 pm (low season) for breakfast, lunch and dinner. From thursdays till Mondays Karakter offers live entertainment.

The menu offers a variety of salads, sandwiches, meat and fish dishes for lunch and meat, fish and vegetarian dishes for dinner. Just a selection: tuna salad, coconut shrimp salad, Mediterranean sandwich, Dutch sandwich, chicken sate, trio tartar, beef or tuna carpaccio, crab cakes, red snapper filet, grilled tuna, pork tenderloin, rib eye or rack of lamb. The wine - and cocktail list are extensive.

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EVERYBODY COMES TO THE BOON! It’s a rite of passage and no one visits the Caribbean island of St. Maarten without making a stop. What’s old is new again and nothing proves that more than The Boon Beach Bar and Restaurant in Simpson Bay. The Boon was built as part of Mary’ Boon Hotel, a quaint 36 room hotel that has been a fixture of Simpson Bay since the 1970’s. The bar and restaurant boast oceanfront views and inside dining as well as beach seating. Umbrellas and chaise lounges are free of charge!... Whether you are there for a beach lunch, an elegant dinner, or an afternoon of sunbathing, water sports, or cocktails and music, “The Boon” will not disappoint. And for early birds, breakfast is served starting at 7:00 a.m. Ask any of the bartenders for a refreshing twist to the usual cocktails and their

signature bloody mary is hand mixed and topped with bacon. The 7 A.M. - 10 P.M. lunch menu features the usual burgers, but the chefs also create a tuna tartare with wasabi ice cream on the side! Where the dinner menu is more seafood and steaks. “Sunday Funday” is the highlight of the week, drawing locals and visitors. The beachfront bar is open and a deejay provides afternoon and evening music on the sand. Be sure to allow a day (or two!) to add The Boon to your list of fun memories of St. Maarten!

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PORT DE PLAISANCE Port de Plaisance is a multifaceted place worth exploring for its dining and entertainment options. Here you’ll dis-

cover great food and plenty of entertainment venues, including Princess Port de Plaisance Resort and Casino. Table games and slot machines will keep you busy at Princess Casino. Port de Plaisance is also home to one of the island’s top mega-yacht marinas, Yacht Club Port de Plai-

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sance. This is a popular rendezvous for the professionally crewed yachts that migrate to St. Maarten as their strategic winter base within the Lesser Antilles. This locale is also the home of The Country Club at Port de Plaisance, which includes the spa, gym, hair salon, tennis courts and a pool. Mélange International Grill should be on every food connoisseur’s dining list. This contemporary tabletop grill restaurant has a menu inspired by international

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flavors. Great for a date or for entertaining a group, the grill has the right ingredients for good conversation as diners cook together and add the finishing touches to their meals right at the table. It’s similar to the Korean barbecue concept. Mandarin Pan Asian restaurant also offers an adventure in eating. Here, a fusion of flavors entices diners to try a variety of tastetempting menu items. You’ll find not just one or two types of cuisines, but several.

Choose from the flavors of China (including dim sum), Thailand and Japan (sushi and ramen bowls). Restaurants such as these two in Port de Plaisance are the reason St. Maarten/St. Martin has maintained its claim as the “Culinary Capital of the Caribbean.” The chefs and staff at these establishments are committed to delivering the best service and quality to ensure diners have an unforgettable experience.


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with light fare, mouthwatering steak and fish. Mandarin Sushi & Pan Asian Restaurant has everything to satisfy your Asian craving. From sushi to stir-fry in the wok, they feature a full-fledged Pan Asian menu, including Thai, Vietnamese, Chinese and the not-to-be-missed ramen noodle bowls. With an option of air-conditioned and outside seating, this restaurant is sure to satisfy every palate. Enjoy free valet parking, nightly entertainment at the Princess Casino and free shuttle service for groups of six or more. Both restaurants are great for families, groups and couples. Kids’ menu items and allergy-friendly options are available.

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mong the various restaurants St. Maarten has to offer within its dining scene, two hidden gems await you at Port de Plaisance: Mélange International Grill and Mandarin sushi and Pan Asian restaurant. Located right next to the entrance of Princess Casino, these restaurants are sure to provide a memorable experience. A must-visit restaurant in St. Maarten with a live barbecue grill in the middle of every table, Mélange International Grill is the perfect place for you to show off your barbecue skills with an all-you-can-eat-style service of succulent meats, seafood and sides, accompanied by tasty appetizers and fresh salads. A concept similar to a Brazilian churrascaria, they also feature an a la carte menu

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ne of the best places to spot top chefs on the island is among the aisles of Carrefour Market, the largest supermarket chain in St. Maarten. Carrefour Market is synonymous with comfort and offers its customers an ultimate shopping experience. They stock a huge range of fresh, knowledgeably sourced groceries from around the world. The produce is fresh and replenished throughout the week and even includes organic fruits and vegetables. The dairy section is arguably the best on the island. They carry a huge range of wines, spirits, aperitifs and mixers to choose from and have the finest snacks. One can purchase

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duty-free liquors in singles or bulk. Carrefour Market has two major outlets with 40,000 square feet each, one located on Bush Road and the other in Cole Bay. With the preface of Carrefour Express, the chain has expanded further with two more locations in Porto Cupecoy and Jordan Village, allowing accessibility to their customers around that area. Whether you are on the Dutch side or just across the border on the French side, you are never far from a huge assortment of quality products, ample parking, a hygienic and shopper-friendly ambience and prompt assistance in every aisle.

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4 LOCATIONS 79 Bush Road, Philipsburg Tel: +1 721-542-4400 53 Union Road, Cole Bay Tel: +1 721-544-3118 Porto Cupecoy, Rhine Road Tel: +1 721-545-3162 Jordan Village, Cupecoy Tel: +1 721-546-4888 cmsxm.net email@cmsxm.net


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MAHO & CUPECOY Hot spots here feature a variety of cuisines, from traditional

burgers and fries to fusion and international fare. Delight your palate with fresh sushi, homemade pasta and French-inspired delicacies. Discover international and local delicacies at Carrefour Market in Cupecoy and other island locations. And here as well are popular nightlife venues. You’ll find authentic Italian food in Maho Village at two of the island’s longtime

eateries: La Rosa Too and Nonna Rosa Pizzeria Trattoria. La Rosa Too prides itself on Italian entrees with a Caribbean touch: conch au gratin, spicy fisherman’s soup, osso buco, veal Milanese and more. At Nonna Rosa, handcrafted pizzas are sure to please even the pickiest eater. Rendez-Vous Lounge serves French and Italian cuisine in the Mediterranean village–style Porto Cupecoy. The restaurant offers diners flavor-packed menus for

La Rosa Too

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DELIGHT YOUR PALATE WITH FRESH SUSHI, HOMEMADE PASTA AND FRENCHINSPIRED DELICACIES. breakfast, lunch and dinner as well as a long list of cocktails and other drinks to enjoy while sitting on the edge of the plaza looking out to Simpson Bay Lagoon. With a large choice of authentic dishes, Little Beirut brings delicious Lebanese cuisine to Cupecoy. You’ll find many hookah flavors that can be enjoyed after dinner or while lounging. Alina restaurant above Casino Royale has built its menu on traditional Japanese flavors infused with a bit of the Caribbean. Attention is closely paid to presenting dishes that will wow and awaken the palate. If you’re hankering for Mexican and Colombian fare — savory beef, enchiladas, tacos and more — head for Taco Macho. Or add a bit of adrenalin to your entree. You’ll enjoy the offerings at Sunset Beach Bar, along with the thrill of seeing jets land and take off at neighboring Princess Juliana International Airport.

French & Italian Cuisine

Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner served daily Terrace-style dining located in Porto Cupecoy Open 7 days a week • For reservations, call 1.721.545.3070

OPEN FOR DINNER FROM 5 PM UNTIL 3 AM

Nonna Rosa Pizzeria Trattoria Italiana phone: +1 721 545 2870 | email: ricasti1@hotmail.com

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OYSTER POND Between the Dutch and French sides of the island, Oyster Pond is

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home to international eateries offering a variety of tempting cuisines. You’ll find several restaurants on the water serving fresh seafood and other delicious options. The Infinity Restaurant at Oyster Bay Beach Resort combines Italian and international flavors with local flair. This multifaceted restaurant is perfect for a romantic evening or family outing. Spectacular ocean views and the distant twinkle of lights from

St. Barths add an unforgettable twist to the dining experience. Big Fish Seafood Grill & Hurricane Bar has reopened, and Chef Leslie Martina is back in the kitchen. This restaurant is all about seafood. Its Asian/ Caribbean–inspired menu focuses on fresh daily catches and inventive dishes to tease mind and the palate. Is your mouth starting to water? That’s an easy one to remedy in St. Maarten/St. Martin. Take a seat and give your taste buds a treat in the Culinary Capital of the Caribbean.

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COME TO THE PARTY ! NIGHTLIFE ON ST. MAARTEN/ST. MARTIN IS VIBRANT AND DIVERSE.

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fter the sun goes down, it’s party time in St. Maarten/ St. Martin — and you’re invited to join the fun. You can enjoy everything from hip-swaying reggae to the pulsating beat of electronic house music at live-music bars and nightclubs. First-class DJs and international artists are on hand to make your night out an exceptional one. Dance the night away, book a limo with Paradise Tourism or let the good times roll at a red-hot casino. Live-music lovers need to look no further than

DANCE THE NIGHT AWAY OR LET THE GOOD TIMES ROLL AT A REDHOT CASINO.

The Red Piano in Pelican Key. Chart-topping hits and classics stream from the piano every night. Ask the pianist for a favorite tune any night of the week or join the “congregation” on Monday nights for the soul-touching music of the house band, Church on Monday. In Philipsburg, Holland House Beach Hotel is a spot for live and DJ music, especially on Friday evenings. The sounds of jazz and soft rock fill the air from the open-area Ocean Lounge all the way across the Boardwalk and onto Great Bay Beach. Topper’s Restaurant & Bar is the place to make your own music. The popular eatery is a favorite spot for singers of all ranges — those VISITSTMA ARTEN.COM

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SXM AFTER DARK who deserve a record deal and others who should keep the notes confined to their showers. No matter where you fall on the scale, this is the spot for fun! Soggy Dollar Bar in Simpson Bay started out as a hot spot for yacht crew members. Now, it’s a popular outdoor party destination. Friday nights are epic, as are the specialty parties that call to the daring and curious. The DJs spin chart-toppers and classic dance favorites to keep the party going into the next morning. What’s more, the island “Happy Hour” often lasts longer than 60 minutes. The usual time for the drinks to pour at special rates is around 4 p.m. Most restaurants and bars add their own twist to Happy Hour by coupling drinks with tapas and entertainment. Remember also to court Lady Luck at one of the many casinos on the Dutch side. Try your hand at poker or roulette. Or risk it all at the penny slot machine if you are feeling that big payday coming on. At Sonesta Maho Beach Resort, Casino & Spa you’ll find Casino Royale, which boasts over 21,000 square feet of gaming and entertainment options — the largest on the island. In addition to al fresco restaurants, there are highly rated restaurants, outdoor bars and lounges where you can grab a few cocktails after dinner and have a great time at Maho Village. Don’t miss the mini-street party nightly in front of the casino and then head to the theater for an energetic stage show. With two nations and more than 116 nationalities on this tiny island, it’s no wonder that St. Maarten/St. Martin has gained a following as the party capital of the Caribbean. If you’re ready to party, this island is ready for you!

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ARTS AND CULTURE

ARTISTIC EXPRESSIONS By Alita Singh

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egend has it that St. Maarten/ St. Martin calls out to the souls of creatives who fall in love with the light and land. That could be why so many artists make their homes on this 37-square-mile island of rolling hills and valleys. Artists transform their impressions of natural beauty into works of art — on canvas, pottery and other surfaces. Other creatives work with metals to produce a range of works, from everyday items to evocative sculptures. Impressionist Sir Roland Richardson has been influenced by all that is this island. He spends his time capturing the light, moods and people who inspire him. He is the embodiment of the island’s dual personality, coming from both prominent Dutch and French roots. Richardson is famed for his fiery red and orange flamboyant trees and also has captured the island’s historic homes and locations in etchings. His studio is on Rue de la République in Marigot, but you’ll often find him painting outdoors.

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influenced by their surroundings. Corinna can take viewers into the crashing or gentle essence of a wave. Norma’s paintings are characterized by abstract brushstrokes. She also works with mixed media and etchings. Tropismes Gallery in Grand Case was founded by renown painter Paul Elliott Thuleau. The space resembles that of a fine arts gallery, and it is one of the places on the island to get truly unique pieces of Caribbean inspired art. Considered a grande dame of island art and culture, Ruby Bute is a prolific painter of island scenery. Her themes cover everything from Carnival revelers in their feathered fineries to quaint island scenes of hair braiding and musicians playing instruments made from everyday things like a washboard or grater. Her Friar’s Bay studio is also a haven for budding artists who develop their skills under her tutelage. Mark Templeton repairs vessels at boatyards and marinas around the island. The

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metals he works with have inspired him to craft a parallel career as a sculptor. He takes steel, stone, wood and even bits of piping, wire and screws and bends them to his will. The end results are polished pieces to grace homes, gardens and galleries such as NoCo Art Studio. Ras Mosera challenges his viewers with a raw boldness. His canvases shout provocative messages about Caribbean issues, from colonialism to commercialism and sexism. He runs Axum Art Café on Front Street, where budding and established artists share their talent with the public. Art is everywhere on this island, and March is the perfect time to seek out local artists. That’s when the Art Lovers Association usually holds its “Art Lovers Weekend.” Many artists open the doors of their private studios and galleries to the public during that week. But any time you visit St. Maarten/St. Martin, you’re sure to be impressed by the creations of artists who call this Caribbean gem home.

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Bold colors and striking subjects are the hallmarks of multifaceted artist Tess Verheij. She is a nurturer of fellow artists — amateurs and professionals. This is reflected in her ArtCraftCafe Art Gallery & Art School at the top of Front Street. She also has WasteFactory, a unique space connected to the gallery. After Hurricane Irma, Verheij started this project to transform waste material into art. One of her creations is a handbag made from pages of back issues of Visit St. Maarten/St. Martin magazine. Art enthusiasts can make their own repurposed souvenirs. The Art Box Gallery in Cole Bay brings together a host of artists working across genres. The gallery was born from the clever mind of jewelry designer Zdenka Kiric, who envisioned a space chock-full of paintings, sculptures and jewelry from island creatives. Kiric is keen on curating works from artists working in different genres and putting their work side by side to create a continuous, flowing art collection. Artist sisters Norma and Corinna Trimborn differ in their creations, although they share the same creative space at their NoCo Art Studio in Terres Basses. The two are


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Here are just a few of the headliners and festivals you won’t want to miss. Tanny & the Boys The oldest active string band on the island has been making sweet music for more than 50 years, entertaining locals and visitors alike with original creations and well-known covers in styles ranging from merengue and bolero to waltz, blues and mazurka. Tanny & the Boys was founded in the late 1970s by Nathaniel “Tanny” Davis, and the band has performed all over the Caribbean. Today the veteran musicians take to the stage less frequently, but if you’re lucky enough to catch a performance, you won’t be disappointed.

Les Mardis de Grand Case Mark your calendar. Every Tuesday evening from January through April, the main boulevard of Grand Case offers up a mélange of gastronomy, art and music. This is the time to party at the French side’s biggest fête, Les Mardis de Grand Case. From 6 to 10 p.m., local artists sell their creations by the side of the road; dancers in colorful feathery outfits take to the streets, moving to sweet Caribbean rhythms; and delightful aromas waft from restaurants and lolos. It’s the biggest annual block party in the region — one that is not to be missed.

St. Maarten Heineken Regatta Here’s one of the region’s biggest maritime events, but it’s not just for sailors. Music lovers as well turn out in droves for “Serious Fun.” Big star power graces the main stage as four days of sailing turn into four great parties at night. Catch the 40th annual regatta March 5-8.

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The Caribbean region is synonymous with music, and St. Maarten/St. Martin is no exception. From

A guide to St. Maarten/ St. Martin’s musical standouts.

cars driving past blasting the latest soca hits to reggae and dancehall on boom boxes at beach barbecues, music is a huge part of life on this dual-nation island. Music festivals take center stage throughout the island, featuring legendary and emerging groups as well as internationally known musicians and DJs. Groove to what you know and love or explore new rhythms and styles. St. Maarten/ St. Martin has something for music lovers of every sort.

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St. Maarten Carnival Colorful costumes, street dancing and evocative music mark this year’s gala, which runs from April 16 to May 3 and is rooted in the hearts and souls of every St. Maartener. The celebration features packed concerts with performances by local and international stars in various genres, including reggae, soca, salsa, hip-hop and more.

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From March 11 to 15, world-renowned house, techno and trance DJs take to elaborate stages to do what they do best. Not-to-be-missed villa, beach and pool parties complement the energy, making this event a truly epic celebration of electronic music.


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BLISSFUL YOGA EXPERIENCES ABOUND IN ST. MAARTEN/ST. MARTIN.

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ho says you have to abandon fitness goals while on vacation? Yoga is a great way to benefit body and mind, and opportunities to stretch and pose are plentiful in St. Maarten/St. Martin. If you’re looking to continue your yoga practice while in Dutch St. Maarten, your options are numerous. For outdoor yoga, visit Simpson Bay Resort for morning classes Monday through Friday from 9 to 10 a.m. Nearby El Zafiro Boutique Hotel offers another option for outdoor practice. You’ll also find Pilates and a weekly meditation course. For those who enjoy a studio setting, there are two options in Cole Bay. Island Rebel Yoga offers classes six days a week and even has a program for children. Joga offers classes seven days a week, along with coldpressed juices, vegan snacks and a small boutique with yoga clothing, mats and jewelry. Yoga sessions are also on hand at a fitness facility, Ryu Training Club, in Philipsburg. In French St. Martin, Ti Temple offers yoga and

YOGA IS A GREAT WAY TO BENEFIT BODY AND MIND, AND OPPORTUNITIES TO STRETCH AND POSE ARE PLENTIFUL. Tai Chi at the Hotel L’Esplanade in Grand Case. This is your outdoor option to practice yoga and enjoy the benefits for your mind, body and spirit. If you would like a studio setting on the French side, visit YogaTime SXM. La Plénitude is another yoga studio featuring classes in Friar’s Bay. No matter which side of the island calls you to your mat, you can nourish body and mind while enjoying the peace and serenity of a St. Maarten/ St. Martin vacation.

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the most essential life lessons: Sharing is caring. Identifying a use for discarded products that were still in perfect condition, DJ and Joost started collecting what was perceived as waste. The products deemed “not sellable” by supermarkets, wholesalers and restaurants on the island were made into meals and shared with those affected the most by Hurricane Irma. Plant-based breakfasts and lunches at Freegan Food Cafe are made with these products. When you eat here, you automatically donate to Freegan Food Lunches, which are distributed in areas of St. Maarten where people are in need of basic essentials. It’s all part of the Freegan Food Foundation, whose goal is to reduce food waste and serve people in need. Freegan recently kicked off its School Fruit Program to provide fresh fruit, vegetables or raw nuts to local primary schoolchildren, thus teaching them the importance of a healthy diet.

To donate or be a part of Freegan Food Foundation’s programs, visit freeganfoodcafe.com.

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DJ and Joost are the hearts behind Freegan Food Foundation, a nonprofit organization solely based on one of


FOOD FOR THOUGHT MORE RESTAURANTS IN ST. MAARTEN/ST. MARTIN ARE OFFERING PLANT-BASED OPTIONS. By Riselle Celestina

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ibs, chicken and pig tail still star the menus of many Caribbean eateries, but more and more restaurants on St. Maarten/St. Martin are offering vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free options for diners who are seeking a healthier lifestyle. Here are six local restaurants that are sure to satisfy your meatless taste buds with scrumptious plant-based selections.

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Everything about this place is irie, as a satisfied Rastafarian would put it. The food is not only tasty and creative; it is also homegrown, organic and prepared in natural Rastafarian style. Rastafarians advocate a back-to-basics way of eating. Their slogan, Ital is Vital, conveys the message that a healthier, more organic lifestyle is important for well-being. Open for breakfast and lunch, the Ital Shack is the place for tasty platters of local vegetables, herbs and spices, most of which are grown right in back of the restaurant. It’s located on Bush Road in Philipsburg and serves vegan meals and fresh juices made of local plants and fruits like sorrel and tamarind.

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Top Carrot

It’s health at first step the moment you walk into Top Carrot in Simpson Bay. You’ll note the aromas of incense and nutritious foods cooking in the small kitchen, as well as the buzzing of the juicer, blending yet another concoction of fruits and vegetables – a sure sign that you have found an oasis of health. Open for breakfast and lunch, Top Carrot serves up an array of delicious salads, sandwiches and homemade pastries; and the lunch specials listed daily on the blackboard are sure to make your mouth water. Combine your favorite healthy meal with one of the many fresh juices and smoothies, some unique to Top Carrot.

Gigi’s Organic Food & Drinks

Organic granola, pumpkin soup and chickpea burgers are just some of the many tasty vegetarian and vegan options

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found at Gigi’s Organic Food & Drinks small, yet cozy restaurant in Simpson Bay. Visit for breakfast, lunch or dinner or have your meal delivered. Vegan, vegetarian and gluten-free options for breakfast, lunch and dinner have made Gigi’s a favorite restaurant for those who prefer a plant-based diet.

Joga

Here’s a yoga studio with a charming vegan and glutenfree cafe attached. Enjoy raw, vegan, gluten-free and paleo specials at Joga’s Juice-A-Teria. Cold-pressed juices, vegan soups, açaí bowls, muesli bars and vegan cakes are made fresh by SXM Vegans, a group of vegan chefs on the island who showcase their latest plant-based creations here in Cole Bay.

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Grape leaves, creamy hummus topped with sautéed mushrooms, falafel and baba ghanoush are just some of the vegetarian and vegan options available at Beirut on the Simpson Bay strip. Middle Eastern music videos playing on screens around the restaurant help make the Lebanese experience complete.

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TOP CARROT SERVES UP AN ARRAY OF DELICIOUS SALADS, SANDWICHES AND HOMEMADE PASTRIES; AND THE DAILY LUNCH SPECIALS ARE SURE TO MAKE YOUR MOUTH WATER.

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ISLAND HOPPING

ISLAND HOPPING IS A GREAT WAY TO BROADEN YOUR HORIZONS WHILE VACATIONING IN ST. MAARTEN/ST. MARTIN.

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ANGUILLA

Where tranquility is more than just a word

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For years, visitors have come to this British Overseas Territory looking for that typical Caribbean

experience. What they find is more than sunny skies and fruity cocktails. Ah, tranquility. It’s in the smiles of locals that greet you. It’s where the ocean meets the sand. It’s what you feel after a stroll along pristine shores lined by fishing boats with richly painted wooden hulls. Anguilla is a country like no other. From St. Maarten/St. Martin, it’s easy and affordable to experience the blissful tranquility of Anguilla on a day trip. Sail cats Lambada and Tango and sailboat Sail la Vie depart daily from Aqua Mania Adventures in Simpson Bay. You don’t need to pack

much, as these charter boats have everything you need on board. Sail to Anguilla’s Prickly Pear island, where you can snorkel through the outer reefs in crystal-clear water. Don’t miss Anguilla’s most famous beach, Shoal Bay — it’s the perfect spot to spend your day basking in serenity. You can also create vacation memories on an island tour as you soak up the culture and lifestyle of Anguilla. Once you open your senses and absorb the sights and sounds of this British jewel, you will feel a lot more relaxed. It may take some time to let go of your workaday stress, but when you sit back and take in the beauty of this gem, you may not want to head back to reality. So, enjoy one more refreshing cocktail, take a stroll down the sparkling beach and breathe in that fresh ocean air, because once you have experienced “tranquility wrapped in blue,” your life will most certainly never be the same.

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SHOAL BAY IN ANGUILLA AND GOUVERNEUR IN ST. BARTHS MADE THE LIST OF 2019 BEST CARIBBEAN BEACHES ON FORBES.COM.

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SABA

“Unspoiled Queen of the Caribbean”

Visiting Saba is like traveling to a land barely touched by time. It wasn’t until the

mid-1930s, in fact, that residents built the island’s first road. This winding thoroughfare is an attraction in itself. Lined with spectacular stone walls, it twists and turns its way up the mountainside. Saba may be tiny, but this special municipality of The Netherlands offers much to ecotourists: rocky cliffs, lush green forests and mountains that seem to rise out of the ocean. At the top of Mount Scenery, a nonactive volcano, you can see for miles on a clear day. If it’s overcast, you’ll find yourself caught up in the vapor of the clouds. The climb up Mount Scenery is something of a challenge. You have to hike through a tropical rain forest and up handcarved stone steps. But the welcome distraction of views, birds, plants and other wildlife makes this hike well worth the effort. Saba also boasts some of the best diving in the region. Strict regulations on fishing and diving mean that you’re able to see a wide variety of sea life. Turtles and lobsters are regular visitors to this spectacular underwater haven, and if you’re lucky, you may just get to hear or see a whale or two. If you are more into the history of the island, then you’ll enjoy making your way through charming villages, past picturesque homes with red roofs and well-tended gardens. Along the way, you will meet up with a variety of friendly locals who will be happy to tell you all about their distinctive home. Journey to Saba aboard a high-speed ferry offered by Aqua Mania Adventures. You can book your 90-minute trip on Edge from Simpson Bay or online before you arrive. Packages include taxi tours around the island, with a tasty lunch poolside, hiking excursions with lunch and transfers, and guided adventures with local guides.

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REACH THE TOP OF SABA’S 2,910-FOOT MOUNT SCENERY, A DORMANT VOLCANO AND THE HIGHEST ELEVATION IN THE NETHERLANDS, AND YOU’LL BE REWARDED WITH A CERTIFICATE ATTESTING TO YOUR HIKING PROWESS. IT’S FREE AT THE SABA TOURIST BUREAU IN WINDWARDSIDE. “JUST SHOW US A PICTURE OF THE MUD ON YOUR SHOES,” SAYS GLENN HOLM, DIRECTOR OF TOURISM. THE OFFICE IS OPEN MONDAY THROUGH THURSDAY FROM 8 A.M. TO 5 P.M., FRIDAYS FROM 8 A.M. TO 4:30 P.M.

With regularly scheduled service to Saba, Great Bay Express, based at Bobby’s Marina in Philipsburg, will get you there fast. The high-speed ferry offers competitive prices, online booking and a shuttle service. No matter what you decide to do once you have arrived in Saba, it is certain that you will leave with a new appreciation of history, nature and the efforts that this tiny island has made to preserve it all.

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ST. EUSTATIUS Where history comes alive

St. Eustatius — or Statia, as islanders call it — is another special municipality of The Netherlands with appeal for nature lovers as well as history buffs. It’s a quick plane ride from St. Maarten/ St. Martin and makes for a perfect day-trip destination. The island boasts several prime dive sites. Wrecks like the 328-foot-long Charles Brown are havens for schools of colorful fish and other fascinating underwater creatures. On an archaeological dive you may find pottery or glass shards, wine bottles and maybe even an old Dutch clay pipe. If you appreciate nature, you’ll also want to seek out the island’s hiking trails. The north end of the island is a series of hills formed from the remnants of five extinct volcanoes. The Quill, a nonactive volcano, is at the south end of the island. If history interests you, there’s much to learn on this charming island. Three hundred years ago, Statia was a major sea-lane stop for trade and commerce. Throughout the 17th and 18th centuries it was a call for buccaneers, admirals and merchants alike.

Statia also was a vital link between the fledgling American colonies and Europe. Benjamin Franklin even had his mail routed through Statia to ensure safe delivery. A standout moment for the island was on November 16, 1776, when the American merchant brig-turned-warship Andrew Doria sailed into the harbor and fired off a 13-gun salute, indicating that the colonies had won their independence from Britain. Statia returned a salute, thus becoming the first foreign entity to officially recognize the new United States of America. As the 18th century came to a close, Statia gradually slipped from importance as a trading center. Now the tranquil island welcomes a new breed of explorers: visitors in search of a Caribbean paradise. And there’s a lot to explore here. Oranjestad, the capital, is like a living museum with historic, well-preserved buildings. Getting to Statia is easy. Just hop on a Winair flight at Princess Juliana International Airport. The airline operates several 20minute daily flights from St. Maarten. Or hop aboard Great Bay Express. Located at Bobby’s Marina in Philipsburg, the high-speed ferry offers regular trips to Statia, as well as other neighboring islands.

THREE HUNDRED YEARS AGO, STATIA WAS A MAJOR SEA-LANE STOP FOR TRADE AND COMMERCE.

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ST. BARTHÉLEMY An island gem that sparkles

Duty-free shopping, designer boutiques, luxury hotels and villas dotting hillsides. No wonder

Saint Barthélemy – or St. Barths, as it is affectionately called – is known the world over as a playground for the rich and famous. This petite French isle just southeast of St. Maarten/St. Martin seamlessly blends local charm with sleek sophistication, making it a gem of a day-trip destination. The main harbor town of Gustavia is known for its French elegance and Caribbean gingerbread houses. It’s the island’s shopping hub, where you can easily rent a car or hire a taxi to take you on an island tour. Make your way through narrow streets while perusing name-brand boutiques and eclectic shops as you savor the smell of baguettes wafting from distinctly French bakeries. St. Jean Beach and Shell Beach offer open-air dining, relaxing lounge chairs and, of course, the iconic tropical cocktail. And you must stop

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at Nikki Beach, where you can feast on some of the island’s most delectable bites while rubbing shoulders with celebrities. If you’re not in the mood to hobnob with the stars, relax at one of the island’s many restaurants. Almost all boast stunning ocean views and that sweet Caribbean charm that makes this region so appealing. You may have the chance to see the island in bloom, depending on what time of year you visit. Frangipani and Flamboyant trees are sprinkled around the hillsides, in gardens and along the roads. The brilliant colors of the flowers stand out against the muted greens of the low brush that lines the hills and valleys. In addition, many species of birds are found here. It takes just 45 minutes to reach St. Barths aboard the Edge. The high-speed ferry departs from Aqua Mania Adventures at Simpson Bay. Great Bay Express also offers a high-speed ferry to St. Barths from Bobby’s Marina in Philipsburg or book your trip online. If you prefer to fly, board a plane from Princess Juliana International Airport. The landing at St. Barths is a muchtalked-about spectacular experience. Either way, you’re in for a treat you won’t soon forget.

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Pride in Gustavia

FUN AND ADVENTURE Bobby’s Marina Group of Companies offers a diverse collection of activities, excursions, shopping and dining opportunities while visiting the beautiful island of St. Maarten/St. Martin.

At Bobby’s Marina, a local landmark since 1968, you will find many options, such as Great Bay Express, a high-speed ferry service offering daily schedules to and from St. Maarten,

St. Barths, Saba and St. Eustatius (Statia). This ferry service is efficient, safe and convenient at an affordable price. With their highly trained crew and well-maintained ferries, they offer regular daily schedules, day trips and special charters. If you want to experience a fun day at sea, check out SXM Airport Adventure, an exciting double-decker party boat excursion that provides a unique view of St. Maarten’s infamous airplane landings from the sea, while offering swimming, snorkeling, food and drinks in a safe, friendly, high-energy atmosphere. With their exceptional and experienced crew and staff, this excursion is a must-do for all ages. They also offer private charters for special occasions and events. While on the island, don’t forget to visit Bobby’s Marina, the iconic “gateway” to Philipsburg, which is celebrating its 51st anniversary of providing a full line of marine services, including dockside fuel station, docking, boat lifts, restrooms, showers and marine provisions. Along with a wide selection of activities, excursions, shopping and dining experiences, and a central location close to everything great in St. Maarten, Bobby’s Marina is a must-visit destination.

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aves lap and bring with them the sand that softly kisses your feet. The gentle breeze cools your skin as the sun hovers above in all its glory. The aqua ocean beckons as you find yourself daydreaming about what is going to happen tomorrow. It’s the day before your wedding, and you think: How funny, I am not stressed at all. You knew that St. Maarten/ St. Martin was where you wanted to get married because of its reputation as the “in” place to exchange vows. That’s because this cosmopolitan island offers so much for visitors: amazing restaurants, vibrant history, postcard-perfect beaches and vistas, and

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a wealth of ways to enjoy yourself — everything from zip-lining through treetops to enjoying a romantic sunset sail. St. Barths is so close you can almost touch it, and on a clear day you can see St. Kitts and Saba. In addition, the island features an international airport, duty-free shopping and a lagoon that shelters mega-yachts from all over the world. Now that you’ve selected your destination, it’s time to plan the celebration. The good news is that you don’t have to worry about all the details. Turn to a top wedding planning service like Sint Maarten MarryMe, where no detail is too small and no dream too big.

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out with his best man and two ushers. They are going out for dinner and then stopping in at the casino. You’re having dinner with the bridesmaids and then a pajama party back in your room. This is the last time you will be with your friends as a single woman. After dinner, you and the girls take a walk to the oceanfront. It’s a beautiful night, and a navy-blue sky provides the backdrop for brightly shining stars. The moon is almost full, and you can see it so clearly. It feels like the perfect night, and it is. You are in St. Maarten/ St. Martin, and tomorrow’s ceremony will be unforgettable. You knew you were in good hands when you called Sint Maarten Marry-Me. Your wedding planner gave you the confidence to know that everything would be taken care of. She worked with you on every last

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detail, including your and your guests’ arrival on island. She recommended accommodations and activities while on St. Maarten/ St. Martin, night-before activities, hair, makeup and even spa essentials. She arranged a beach wedding with a pergola draped in shimmery fabric and gorgeous flowers, seating for your 20 guests, and an intimate ocean-view restaurant where you can celebrate your union. Morning arrives with an exquisite sunrise. Your heart is filled with joy and love. This is the day you’ve been dreaming about. Your dress fits perfectly, and your stunning flowers enhance your beautiful glow. You’re barely aware of the family and friends you pass on your way to the altar. All that you see is the handsome face of your soon-to-be husband. You can see the tears in his eyes and feel his awe at how beautiful you look. Your eyes are locked together as you exchange your vows. Could there be more happiness than this? You have the rest of your lives to find out. Let the future begin! Start your new life as a married couple while enjoying all the wonderful activities and attractions the island has to offer — and each other. This picture-perfect destination is perfect for an idyllic honeymoon in paradise.

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WE’RE SETTING THE PACE FOR THE ISLAND’S RECOVERY.

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ore than two years after Hurricane Irma caused the worst natural disaster in the history of St. Maarten/ St. Martin, the island is well on its way to a strong recovery. There are still challenges ahead, but noticeable progress is visible on both sides of the island. While the official reopening of some of the larger hotels is still pending, as is the completion of the Princess Juliana International Airport, this has not stopped tourists from returning to the island. Good times are once again easily found on this dualnation paradise. There is a great sense of optimism among those who are familiar with the island, and expectations are that within a year or two the destination will have reinvented itself with a state-ofthe-art airport complemented by new and improved accommodations.

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The real estate market has been abuzz since the passing of the storm. The trends have shifted rather quickly, but activity has been the one consistent theme. The first wave of real estate transactions post-hurricane was primarily in long-term rentals that were able to address people’s immediate housing needs. Within a few months, the hot-ticket item had become damaged properties owned by motivated sellers. The majority of these “fire sale” opportunities were quickly purchased by people who, in most cases, were already property owners on the island. Essentially these investors were “doubling down” and showing their confidence in the island’s ability to recover. It took about a year for international buyers to start coming back to the island, but as soon as this became an obvious trend, prices started to stabilize across the board. At present, the luxury segment of the island is clearly a buyers’ market, while the lower-priced inventory that mostly caters to the local population is better classified as a sellers’ market.

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St. Maarten/St. Martin’s real estate market has always had strong appeal for international buyers looking to own a vacation property in paradise. The most famous property owner on the island is, of course, the President of the United States, Donald J. Trump, who owns a private beachfront estate on the French side. Love him or hate him, Trump is someone who attracts media attention wherever he goes; and when he officially listed his property for sale, the international media took notice. The exposure of such a highprofile listing on the island has helped to put the spotlight on the local real estate market globally and added even more credibility to the allure of owning property on this island. There are no restrictions against foreigners owning property in St. Maarten/St. Martin and the easy accessibility from many major cities in the United States, Canada and Europe has helped to make this island a preferred Continued on page 162

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SUPPORT THE UNIVERSITY OF ST. MARTIN Investing in higher education pays massive dividends. Whether it is through tourism, science or creative industries, higher education is always the key to development. For the past 30 years, the University of St. Martin (USM) has been serving the people of this beautiful French-Dutch island. With a student body of 300 strong, and 50 faculty and staff members, the university turns out multilingual, hardworking professionals dedicated to their beloved Soualiga, as St. Maarten/St. Martin was known before the arrival of Europeans. The university was founded in Philipsburg in 1989 to train managers in the tourism industry but quickly evolved into the first officially recognized English-language center for teacher education in the Kingdom of the Netherlands. Today, USM offers accredited degree programs in Education, Business, and Hospitality & Tourism Management, as well as Liberal Arts associate degrees that are recognized throughout North America and Europe. USM boasts more than 800 alumni, many of whom have gone on to become scientists, dignitaries, business leaders, teachers and professionals in various fields. Given the island’s multicultural population, the university also provides such courses as English as a Second Language and GED preparatory classes that help individuals integrate into the workforce. Now the university is looking to expand its academic offerings with degree programs in the Environmental Sciences, Social Work, Agroecology, Linguistics and Translation. Furthermore, it plans to embark upon research into the sustainability of the island’s economy, as well as waste management, resilient infrastructure and disaster preparedness programs. To accomplish these goals, they need the help of those who want to contribute to the socioeconomic development of the island. The goal is to raise US$10 million for its capital needs and to attract dedicated research-oriented faculty for their students. If you’d like to donate to the university and help the island flourish, send an email to the USM president at president@usm.sx.

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veryone wants to attain paradise but often believe it’s an impossible dream. This is not the case if you set your sights on St. Maarten, says Rene Lepine, developer of the sought-after Indigo Green residential resort. “When traveling abroad, people often ask me why we are developing a residential resort project in St. Maarten,” Lepine says. “The answers are easy. Everywhere in the Caribbean has extra delivery costs, but St. Maarten is the only completely duty-free island.” Most island governments find it far easier to tax goods when they dock at their ports than to tax their residents’ income. Due to this, import duties that average anywhere from 25 percent to 100 percent can be encountered on almost all goods, from construction materials and furniture to automobiles. Lepine adds, “Some islands actually tax automobile imports up to 165 percent. St. Maarten has no import duties on anything. As a foreign investor, that becomes a key decision factor.”  Investing on the Dutch side of the island is highly recommended for the simple reason of taxation. The Dutch side levies no property taxes whatsoever. Transfer taxes when you acquire property are only 4 percent, which is a fraction of what the French side (St. Martin) applies. There are no capital gains taxes on the Dutch side when you resell. “How good a deal is that?” says Lepine.  When investing in real estate on the Dutch side, an important plus is that all transaction documents are in English. The Civil Code applies to everyone, so notary protection benefits everyone on property transfers.  With the ease of investing being a major draw for selecting St. Maarten,

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Lepine sees putting down stakes for a vacation home or investment property in Indigo Green as a bonus one should not pass up. Indigo Green is situated in Indigo Bay, the only new oceanfront gated community. It is the only master-planned community in St. Maarten to have deed restriction to protect the residential resort character of what is being planned. Indigo Bay is centrally located, close to markets, restaurants and entertainment, and only minutes from the airport, Philipsburg and Marigot.    When designing Indigo Green, Lepine says the goal was to offer the best possible product in terms of a home away from home. “We chose not to cut corners for the sake of cost yet avoided trying to gild the units just for the sake of fashion. This brought us to build all poured-in-place concrete, hurricane-resistant, insulated, modern villas and condos with high ceilings and oversized windows. Then we surrounded them with multiple pools and a gym, all in a gated resort-style setting,” he points out. Indigo Green is not an entry-level product, nor should one compare the residences with existing properties that were built before hurricane concerns and that have suffered decades of salt-air damage. To its merit, Indigo Green will not require the same level of maintenance.  Because of Indigo Green’s construction quality — proven by Hurricane Irma — Lepine says, easy financing in US dollars is offered via the Royal Bank of Canada (RBC) to qualified buyers with down payments as low as 35 percent. For more information on Indigo Green, visit indigogreen.sx or call +1-721-543-7999 or +1-855-545-7999.

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ever sleep in a bed worse than the one you have at home is an adage many travelers live by. When traveling to St. Maarten/St. Martin, you’ll never have to feel like the princess in the story of The Princess and the Pea because Jennifer’s Vacation Villas prides itself in offering listings that have all the hallmarks of home without the everyday stress. Jennifer de Gonzague prides herself on matching her clients with the best location to suit their needs and desires. Her commitment to quality is so innate, she ensures each client receives that personal touch and warm Caribbean welcome. At 19, de Gonzague moved to sunny St. Maarten from the colder climes of New York. She went to work for Mullet Bay Beach Resort and later White Sands Beach Club.

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In 1990, her journey through the hospitality industry took her to Leslie’s Vacation Villas, where she stayed for about seven years before taking over the operation. De Gonzague says she values the connections she has made with clients. “People know Jennifer’s Vacation Villas,” she says. “We give them that feeling of coming home.” Jennifer’s Vacation Villas is a licensed management, real estate and villa rental company specializing in luxurious private villas and condos on both the French and Dutch sides of the island. The rentals accommodate individuals and groups large and small, with all the comforts of home and then some — like privacy, breathing room and jaw-dropping ocean views that instantly transport you to the Great State of Serenity Now. “Our goal,” de Gonzague says, “is to make your vacation stay as comfortable, accommodating and easygoing as possible.” That means eliminating stress by handling details, catering events and offering up some pampering touches like massages and outings. The boutique agency has built a reputation for meeting the individual needs of every client. “We are there to help,” says de Gonzague. “We are always reachable with whatever emergency they may have. We are there to get them a chef or to answer a simple question. It’s important we are accessible.”

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smallest island in the world to be shared by two sovereign powers (The Netherlands and France), St. Maarten provides a winning blend of Caribbean hospitality and European sophistication. Rolling hillsides, blue lagoons and breathtaking views are just a few reasons why so many visitors return every year to this island. With its half mile of natural beach and an array of nearby water sports, the Atrium Beach Resort & Spa by LaTour Hotels and Resorts is practically

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paradise. This quiet, beachfront resort overlooks the calm Caribbean Sea and is minutes from the glamorous nightlife and duty-free shopping of both the Dutch and French sides of the island. Adjoining the resort’s pool area is the Greenhouse Restaurant, a mainstay on St. Maarten that features local and international cuisine. Check out their delicious lunch and dinner menu, and enjoy the beautiful sunset during happy hour. If tranquility, luxury and a full-service staff are what you want, the Atrium Beach Resort & Spa is the place for you.

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destination for second homebuyers. Both sides of the island have a wide variety of real estate offerings, with pricing starting at around US$100,000 and going up into the multimillions. Several property owners have established a solid track record of income from the vacation rental market. This is often a great way to offset carrying costs and maintenance fees. For some, this approach has even turned into a lucrative business. On the Dutch side of St. Maarten, there are no annual real estate taxes (rental income is subject to tax) and no capital gains taxes when the property is sold. On both sides of the island, transfer of ownership is done via a civil law notary who serves as a neutral party between buyer and seller and essentially guarantees free and clear title. Overall the process of buying and selling real estate in St. Maarten/ St. Martin is relatively easy and safe. The overall stability of the local real estate market has been a key factor for the island’s economic recovery. As the island moves toward reinventing itself, several


new real estate developments have started construction; and, in many cases, buyers have responded with confidence. Probably the most noticeable success story of the new projects currently being built is the Mullet Bay Fourteen development, which consists of two towers that will be 22 stories of luxury condos. The majority of this inventory was presold before the developers even completed the foundation. There are several other exciting projects that are currently under construction or in the planning stages. The new construction that will be completed in the near future in most cases will be built with advanced technologies, making for a more resilient product, and will offer buyers a wide variety of options in terms of price, architecture and amenities. Arun Jagtiani is the owner of Island Real Estate Team. His knowledge of the local real estate market has led to multiple appearances on HGTV’s House Hunters International and Caribbean Life. For more information, visit ireteam.com.

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USEFUL INFO PRACTICAL TIPS AND USEFUL INFORMATION FOR NAVIGATING O U R I S L A N D PA R A D I S E . APPLIANCES French side: European sockets run 220 V/60 Hz Dutch side: American sockets run 110 V and 220 V/60 Hz. Both the French and Dutch side sell European and/or American appliances, adapters and other electronics. BANK HOURS Monday–Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 3 or 3:30 p.m. Saturday, 8:30 a.m. to noon (some banks) There are 24-hour ATMs on both sides. BEACHES St. Maarten/St. Martin has 37 stunning beaches, all of which are public. Regulations vary according to the beach and which side of the island governs it. Make sure to check in advance regarding rules for swimming, surfing, hiking, topless sunbathing and nude swimming. The French side officially discourages beach nudity, though it is tolerated — and Club Orient on Orient Bay encourages it. Regardless of which side of the island you’re on, please be aware of other people, families with children and private homes. BUSINESS HOURS Business hours vary with the season. During high season, stores are likely to be open all day. Regular hours on the Dutch side are from 8:30 a.m. until 6 p.m., and shops are generally open Monday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 6 or 7 p.m. Small groceries tend to stay open until 8 or 9 p.m. Stores on the French side open from 9 a.m. to approximately 7 p.m. but close for “extended lunch breaks,” approximately from noon to 2 p.m. Most stores close on Sunday, though some may open if there are cruise ships in port. CLIMATE St. Maarten/St. Martin has a subtropical climate with trade winds from the Caribbean Sea. The temperature averages around 80 degrees Fahrenheit (27 degrees Celsius). Hurricane season begins on June 1 and ends November 30. Sea temperature peaks at approximately 79 to 84 degrees Fahrenheit (26 to 29 degrees Celsius) around February and is coldest around August, ranging from 72 to 75 degrees Fahrenheit (22 to 24 degrees Celsius). COMMUNICATION The international dialing code to call Dutch St. Maarten is +1-721, and +590 to call French St. Martin. Calling from Dutch St. Maarten • To call within St. Maarten: seven-digit number • To call French St. Martin: Landline: +590-590 + six-digit landline number Mobile: +590-690 + six-digit mobile number • To call USA: +1 + area code + number • To call mainland France: +33 + 10-digit number Calling from French St. Martin • To call within St. Martin: Dial the number

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• To call Dutch St. Maarten: Landline: +1-721 + seven-digit landline number Mobile: +1-721 + seven-digit mobile number • To call United States:: +1 + area code + number • To call mainland France: 10-digit number Free internet access is provided in most hotels, although some may charge a daily Wi-Fi fee. Check with your hotel prior to booking if internet is included. You can also rent a phone or buy a chip for your phone; contact Telem or UTS (Chippie) for current pricing. CURRENCY/CREDIT CARDS Although US dollars are accepted almost everywhere on both sides, the two official currencies are the euro on the French side and the Netherlands Antillean guilder (called naf or florin) on the Dutch side. You can change money at banks and change points, like Moneygram or Western Union, but be aware many places do not accept traveler’s checks, checks from foreign banks or American Express. Most establishments will accept other major credit cards. CUSTOMS/DUTY Although many tourist destinations claim to be duty-free, St. Maarten/St. Martin is the only destination in the West Indies that can truly claim a tax-free status; and there are no particular customs procedures. Products for personal use (tobacco, cameras and video cameras) are permitted in small quantities without being subject to specific procedures or taxes. With no customs duties, VAT or other indirect taxes to pay, the island offers unbeatable prices on many items. Make sure to consult the authorities in your country to learn the conditions regarding taking items home after your visit. For EU residents: Travelers 16 years and older are allowed 200 cigarettes/50 cigars, two liters of wine and one liter of liquor (over 22 percent alcohol) or two liters of drinks (under 22 percent alcohol). DRINKING AGE The legal drinking age on St. Maarten/St. Martin is 18 years. GRATUITIES Tips at restaurants are generally not included in the final bill but are welcome for good service. Tipping ranges from 10 to 20 percent, depending on the quality of service. Many French-side restaurant bills include tips. HEALTH Vaccinations are not required when entering St. Maarten/St. Martin. Tap water is safe to drink, but bottled water is recommended. High-SPF sunscreen is essential and recommended for those not used to intense sunlight. A good pair of sunglasses and a hat are strongly recommended. Protect yourself from mosquitoes by using nets, wearing long clothing and using insect repellent. 2020 PUBLIC HOLIDAYS January 1: New Year’s Day February 8: St. Martin Carnival begins (French side) February 25: Mardi Gras (French side) March 5–8: Heineken Regatta April 10: Good Friday April 12: Easter Sunday April 13: Easter Monday April 16: St. Maarten Carnival begins (Dutch side) April 27: King’s Day (Dutch side) April 30: Carnival Day (Dutch side) May 1: Labor Day May 21: Ascension Day May 28: Abolition Day (French side) May 31: Whit Sunday July 1: Emancipation Day July 14: Bastille Day (French side) October 12: Constitution Day (Dutch side)

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November 11: St. Maarten Day December 25: Christmas Day December 26: Boxing Day IMMIGRATION All visitors require a valid passport, and certain countries may also require a visa. European, US and Canadian visitors require a valid passport and a return or continuing ticket. Canadian residents require a landing permit in addition to a valid passport and a return or continuing ticket. IMPORTANT NUMBERS French side: SAMU (ambulance) ...................................................................15 Gendarmes ..................................................................................17 Firefighters ......................................................................18 or 911 Police (Marigot) ............................................... 0590-87-88-33 Police (Grand Case) ......................................... 0590-87-19-76 Firefighters (La Savane) ............................... 0590-52-30-40 Firefighters (Grand Case) ...............................0590-87-95-01 Gendarmerie (Marigot) .................................. 0590-52-21-90 Gendarmerie (La Savane) ............................0590-52-30-00 Gendarmerie (Quartier d’Orléans) .............0590-52-35-95 Sea Rescue ....................................................... 0590-29-20-46 Hospital ............................................................... 0590-52-25-25 Emergencies ...................................................... 0590-52-25-52 Dutch side: Emergency ................................................................................. 911 Ambulance .......................................................... 912 or 542-2111 Doctors on duty ......................................................................5111 Police ...................................................................911 or 542-2222 Firefighters ...................................................... 919 or 542-6001 Coast Guard ..................................................... 913 or 545-5075 Hospital .................................................................910 or 543-1111 KIDS An ideal island for kids, St. Maarten/St. Martin offers a wide variety of activities to make children of all ages happy. Visit one of the 37 beautiful beaches, introduce them to a new water sport or explore exotic nature reserves. Many activities are ocean oriented, like snorkeling, diving, jet-skiing, parasailing and island boat tours. Discover the beauty of the marine park with its colorful fish, turtles, rays and corals. Scuba diving centers have experienced divers to instruct and certify children 10 years or older. Windsurfing and surfing lessons for children are available on the calm waters of Galion Bay and Orient Beach. Sailing lessons on real racing yachts are accessible for kids age 12 or older, and no prior sailing experience is required. Guided kayak tours in the mangroves are also fantastic. Emilio Wilson Park, located in Dutch Cul de Sac, is a great park for children to play. Seaside Nature Park in Cole Bay has horseback/pony rides for all levels, and a discovery farm with all miniature farm animals and a small playground. Special zip lines at Loterie Farm near Pic Paradis on the French side are great for kids, too. Many hotels and resorts have babysitting services and kids’ clubs with professional staff to supervise children. VIP babysitting services allow infants, children, teens and young adults to have an opportunity to create, learn, discover and enjoy the beauty of the Caribbean in the privacy of their villa or mega-yacht, and are available days, evenings and overnight stays but must be booked well in advance. LANGUAGES St. Maarten/St. Martin is a melting pot with over 100 different nationalities. On the French side, French is spoken in government departments and schools. On the Dutch side, Dutch is used in government departments and some schools, but English is widely spoken


everywhere. Spanish, Creole and Papiamento are also widely spoken on both sides. NATURE Both sides have a variety of nature parks, protected beaches and waters. Environmental protection and the development of commercial activities work together; dive clubs and tour companies offer excursions in the protected waters of the Réserve Naturelle (French side). All partners are committed to respecting the environment, defending environmental regulations and educating about all the natural heritage sites. Some of these protected sites are The Tiki Hut and Seaside Nature Park, Pinel Island, Tintamarre, Orient Bay and Creole Rock. Sea turtles are protected animals on the island, and the St. Maarten Nature Foundation Sea Turtle Watch Group has initiatives for their conservation. Both governments may forbid certain activities in certain areas (such as hiking, motorized transportation and anchorage). PETS You may bring pets to the island, but first consult your hotel or host to ensure your pet is welcome. Animals are temporarily admitted with a health certificate dated no more than 10 days before visit and a record of inoculations, including a rabies shot administered no more than 30 days before travel. On the French side, small dogs on a leash are welcome in most places but are not allowed on beaches. POPULATION Approximately 41,000 people live on St. Maarten and 36,000 on St. Martin, for a combined total of 77,000. RELIGION St. Maarten/St. Martin is a peaceful mix of Roman Catholic, Jewish, Muslim, Baptist, Anglican, Methodist,

Jehovah’s Witness, Seventh-day Adventist, Rastafarian and Hindu communities. Due to widespread immigration and the multiethnic culture of the island, many religious communities coexist side by side. Religion plays an important role in daily life, so it’s important to respect everyone. SAFETY Travelers are always advised to take safety precautions. It is discouraged to walk alone in quiet or deserted streets, especially at night. Only marked taxis booked through a reputable service should be used. Valuables should be locked in your hotel’s safe. Do not leave handbags or other valuables unattended in cars or on beaches. Although all 37 beaches are public, keep in mind there are no lifeguards present. It is ideal to use credit cards and not carry large amounts of cash. TOURIST OFFICE St. Maarten Tourist Office (Dutch side) +1-721-542-2337 St. Martin Tourist Office (French side) +590-590-87-57-21 or +590-590-51-05-30 stmartinisland.org Government information service (Dutch side) +1-721-542-4119 St. Maarten Hospitality and Trade Association (SHTA) (Dutch side) +1-721-542-0108 St. Maarten Marine Trade Association (SMMTA) (Dutch side) +1-721-544-2408 St. Maarten Timeshare Association (SMTA) (Dutch side) +1-721-542-2364

Indian Merchants Association (IMA) (Dutch side) +1-721-587-1002 Chamber of Commerce (Dutch side) +1-721-542-3590 Chamber of Commerce and Industry (French side) +590-590-27-91-51 Rotary Club (Dutch side) +1-721-587-0506 or 721-586-8888 Lions Club (Dutch side) +1-721-542-2648 Weather forecast (Dutch side) +1-721-545-4226 TRANSPORTATION By renting a car, you can easily explore the island. Drive through mountain areas and lush tropical forests. It is easy to find your own favorite spot in the sun with a rental car. Requirements To rent a car, you must be at least 18 years old and have held your driver’s license for at least one year. Seatbelts and child seats are mandatory. Payment must be done with a major credit card. Speed Limit Town and city: 50 kmh (30 mph). Traffic Restrictions Drive on the right side of the road. Talking on cell phones and drinking are prohibited while driving. Driver must always wear a seatbelt.

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44 Grand Case Beach Club

73 Remax Island Properties

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48 Cottages de Lonvilliers

55 Alamanda Resort

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47 Le Domaine de Lonvilliers

52 Hotel La Platation

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22 Mary’s Boon Beach Resort

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INDEX OF ADVERTISERS ACTIVITIES | WATER

AQUA MANIA ADVENTURES, pg. 55 Simpson Bay Resort, Little Bay and Dock Maarten Tel: +1 721-544-2640 | +1 721-544-2631 www.stmaarten-activities.com Make your St. Maarten vacation memories with Aqua Mania Adventures. Plan some unforgettable trips to Saba and St. Barths on high-speed ferry Edge, climb aboard Lambada and Tango daysail catamarans for snorkeling and beaching in Anguilla, scuba dive with our team at Dive Adventures or simply plan the best seat for a sunset green flash on our evening sails. Every day is a new adventure. Book your St. Maarten Adventures at stmaarten-activities.com. AQUA MANIA’S SCUBA SHOP DIVE ADVENTURES, pg. 58 Simpson Bay, Little Bay and Philipsburg Dive Adventures Tel: +1 721-544-2640 | +1 721-544-2631 Email: info@stmaartendive.com Take the plunge and discover stunning coral reefs, wrecks and a diversity of aquatic wildlife. Avid divers can enjoy all the underwater world has to offer, under expert instruction and guidance from PADI professionals, while others can experience their first taste of the undersea world with Discover Scuba, a gentle introduction to the sport, or take advanced courses to further their dive education. A magical St. Maarten can be found beneath the waves, and Dive Adventures can take you there. D-BOAT SXM, pg. 57 Simpson Bay Beach Tel: +1 721-523-2628 (52D-BOAT) Email: info@dboatsxm.com Facebook/Instagram: #dboatsxm www.dboatsxm.com This originally retired oil tanker has been transformed into an aqua park and party boat for ALL AGES. Careen down waterslides into the ocean, jump on a floating trampoline or swing off ropes out into the sea. Soak up the sun and enjoy lunch. Cool down by sipping on a fruity frozen drink, cold beer or even a cocktail with a great full bar selection. This family-friendly experience includes round-trip ferry transport from Simpson Bay. A guaranteed blast on the water! EAGLE TOURS, pg. 56 Dock Maarten, Philipsburg Tel: +1 721-542-3323 | +1 721-587-5828 +590 690-342154 Email: eagletours@sailingsxm.com www.sailingsxm.com Eagle Tours sails to, among others, St. Barths, Anguilla, Prickly Pear, Tintamarre and Creole Rock. These prime destinations are carried out with our fast, comfortable, sailing catamarans Quality Time, Too Rhum Punch, Seaduction and the newest addition — a new upmarket luxury power cat — Magic Time. All tours include best service, hotel transfer, snacks, an open bar, lunch in a beachside restaurant, Champagne toast. Highly recommended are the original aroundthe-island Farewell Tours and Eco Tours. RANDOM WIND CHARTERS, pg. 60 +1 757-660-5624 | +1 721-587-5742 Email: info@randomwind.com www.randomwind.com Sail, swim, snorkel, eat and drink on this toprated luxury catamaran. Stand-up paddle board, kayak and all-ages TARZAN SWING. Cushioned seats in sun and shade. Certificates of Excellence and other awards. Use this code when booking online: SHTA19 for $10 off on the Paradise Day Sail or $180 off Private Charter.  SEA TREK HELMET DIVING, pg. 59 Bobby’s Marina Philipsburg Tel: +1 721-520-2346 Email: info@seatrekstmaarten.com Experience the beautiful underwater worldwalk on the bottom of the ocean. No swimming required, can wear prescription glasses and your head does not get wet! See a sunken helicopter, submarine, canons, King Neptune, hundreds of

fish and more! Snorkel, too (optional). Great family adventure! Save when combining with Tiki Hut Snorkel Park. SINT MAARTEN YACHT CLUB, pg. 60 Welfare Road 90, Simpson Bay Tel: +1 721-544-2079 www.smyc.com www.heinekenregatta.com Facebook: StMaartenHeinekenRegatta Twitter: sxmheineken Instagram: stmaartenheinekenregatta The Sint Maarten Yacht Club (SMYC) was established in 1980 with the goal to promote sailing on the island of St. Maarten. They are especially focused on their youth sailing program that stimulates local youth to become part of the sailing community and organize several regattas per year, of which the St. Maarten Heineken Regatta is the biggest. ST. MAARTEN HEINEKEN REGATTA, pg. 61 March 5–March 8, 2020 www.heinekenregatta.com Four days of world-class racing set in the crystalclear waters of the Caribbean and powered by the cooling northeast trade winds. And with Heineken as the title sponsor, the racing days blend seamlessly into four nights of exceptional parties. You are invited to enjoy life in the Caribbean, and some “Serious Fun!” TIKI HUT SNORKEL PARK, pg. 59 Bobby’s Marina Philipsburg Tel: +1 721-520-2346 Email: info@tikihutsnorkelstmaarten.com Do what you want when you want! The famous newly rebuilt Tiki Hut is perfect for families. No time limit. In a beautiful and relaxing calm bay. Great food and drinks! Three-feet-deep pool for kids and non-swimmers. Snorkel, swim, sunbathe, read and relax. Come chill with us! Your day your way!

ACTIVITIES | LAND

JOHNNY’S SCOOTER AND ATV RENTAL, pg. 69 26 Juancho Yrausquin Blvd. (next to Chesterfields), Philipsburg Tel: +1 721-587-0272 | +1 305-454-1868 Email: sxmscooteratv@gmail.com info@johnnysscooterrental.com www.johnnysscooterrental.com Johnny’s Scooter and ATV Rental is St. Maarten’s number one scooter and ATV rental company. Besides their rental services, they are also well known for their famous scooter and ATV tour that is ranked as one of the best tours on the island. The tour enables tourists to enjoy the very best of both sides (Dutch and French) of The Friendly Island in a way that is very unique. Online reservations can be made on the company’s website. LUCKY STABLES, pg. 69 Seaside Nature Park, Cay Bay Tel: +1 721-544-5255 | +1 721-554-9767 Email: bookings@seasidenaturepark.com www.seasidenaturepark.com Open 7 days a week, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Lucky Stables at Seaside Nature Park offers horseback riding tours, with no riding experience needed! Daily one-hour tours with swim, or try the featured Sunset Champagne Ride, a two-hour trail ride with bonfire, marshmallows and Champagne and going into the sea at sunset. Also located at Seaside Nature Park is the Discovery Farm with all miniature farm animals, a small playground and pony rides for the little ones. Packages are offered for birthday parties, team building or other special events. Horseback riding lessons for any level of experience available as well. MULLET BAY GOLF COURSE, pg. 69 Tel: +1 721-545-2580 | +1 721-545-3069 St. Maarten offers an 18-hole, par-70, Joseph Lee–designed golf course. The once-famed Mullet Bay Beach Resort is no more, but the 18-hole, par-70 golf course is still here and offers a great challenge to the avid golfer. Ask your activities desk to get you set up with a round. For golf

accessories including golf club rentals, call the golf shop. RAINFOREST ADVENTURES ST. MAARTEN, pg. 65 Rockland Estate, Dutch Cul de Sac Tel: +1 721-543-1135 Email: sales.sxm@rainforestadventure.com www.rainforestadventuresxm.com Zip, slide, fly! Fun for the whole family. Home to the award-winning and the steepest zip line in the world, The Flying Dutchman! From 360° vistas of neighboring islands to a traditional zip line to sliding down a mountainside, Rockland Estate has an adventure for everyone. “Real Nature, Real Fun!” ST. MAARTEN NATURE ISLAND TOURS, pg. 70 Dock Maarten, Philipsburg Phone: +1 721-553-7243 | +1 721-520-3888 Email: sxmislandtour@gmail.com Facebook: stmaartennatureislandtour Twitter: natureislandsxm Instagram: natureislandtour www.sxmnatureislandtours.com Make your holiday a memorable one with the different land and sea adventures available at St. Maarten Nature Island Tour. Enjoy a catamaran cruise filled with exhilarating sailing, wonderful snorkeling, tasty tropical drinks, food and beach or experience the best four hours sightseeing, shopping and beach jeep tour around the island. For freedom and adventure, visit the best beaches and historical sites by ATV or relax and enjoy a chauffeured van sightseeing tour of the most beautiful island spots. Hotel pick up and drop off available. TIJON PARFUMERIE, pg. 66-67 1 L’Espérance Road, Grand Case Tel: +590 690-227470 | +1 721-581-4586 Email: john@tijon.com www.tijon.com Experience the luxury of handcrafted products ranging from fragrances to body and skin care, all made with the finest ingredients by St. Martin’s perfumer John Berglund. Located in Grand Case, the boutique parfumerie also offers the unique opportunity to create your own perfume or cologne. TOPPER’S RHUM DISTILLERY, pg. 68 Jobco Complex #3, Well Rd. #9, Cole Bay Tel: +1 721 520-0008 | +1 803-767-4300 www.toppersrhumtours.com Visit the home of the “World’s Best Tasting Rhum” where Topper’s Rhum is handmade with precision right here in St. Maarten. They have won over 25 international awards and first place in 2019’s USA Today’s 10BEST Rum Distillery in the Caribbean. A knowledgeable guide will give you a hands-on tour, where you will learn a little history of rum and a behind-the-scenes look at how they ferment, distill, filter, blend and expertly bottle their handcrafted rhums. Enjoy unlimited tastes of their six signature rhums and an opportunity to try their rhum cake and some of their 100 other specialty rhums. Experience their entertaining tour or stop by for tasting and shopping daily from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. TRI-SPORT, pg. 71 14B Airport Blvd, Simpson Bay Tel: +1 721-545-4384 | +1 721-588-6009 Email: tours@trisportsxm.com www.trisportsxm.com Facebook: TriSportSXMTours 181 Rue de Hollande, Marigot Tel: +590 590-870891 Facebook: Tri-Sport Marigot Let us show you our island like no one else can. Bicycle tours and rentals (incl. electric bikes); kayak tours and rentals; SUP rentals; hiking tours; the popular tour “Adventure St. Maarten — The RACE.” Visit our retail stores for all your bicycle and triathlon needs (and great souvenir T-shirts and jerseys). Open Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

ART

THE ART BOX GALLERY, pg. 137

Welfare Road 89a, Cole Bay Tel: +1 721-588-5999 Facebook: The Art Box Gallery Home of Zdenka West Indies jewelry collection, handcrafted at the gallery studio by Zdenka Kiric, this organic distinctively uncommon take on traditional gemstones will make you feel emerged into the island essence. Refined selection of Caribbean paintings, sculptures, ceramics, art books and more is on display. ARTCRAFTCAFE ART GALLERY & ART SCHOOL, pg. 137 Front Street 3A, Philipsburg Tel: +1 721-580-0462 Email: tess@artcraftcafe.com Facebook: Artcraftcafegallery Sint Maarten www.artcraftcafe.com Local artist Tess Verheij invites you to visit her colorful Art Gallery on Front Street. Tess is an allround artist who works with different mediums — from acrylics, inks and pastels to Vitrail and sand paintings. Art classes, Sip & Paint events, special workshops on request and pottery classes are hosted in her studio upstairs. Tess is happy to share her Art Menu. Open Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. ROLAND RICHARDSON GALLERY MUSEUM, pg. 139 6 Rue de la République, Marigot Tel/WhatsApp: +1 721-553-7524 www.rolandrichardson.com Discover a beautifully restored 19thcentury Creole home in the heart of Marigot with a magical courtyard garden and the exotic “Plein Air” paintings created from life by celebrated artist and native son, Sir Roland Richardson. A treasure to be discovered! TROPISMES GALLERY, pg. 137 107 Boulevard de Grand Case, Grand Case Tel: +590 690-546269 Email: contact@tropismesgallery.com Facebook: tropismesgallery www.tropismesgallery.com Founded in 2005 by renowned painter Paul Elliott Thuleau, Tropismes Gallery has presented more than 20 shows of contemporary Caribbean artists over the past 14 years, including painters, sculptors, photographers, art conferences and books. The gallery views a unique mix of Caribbean culture including local artists.

HEALTH & WELLNESS

ORSANA, pg. 142 Simpson Bay Tel: +1 721-544-2626 Email: contact@orsanacenter.com Facebook: OrsanaCenterSXM www.orsanacenter.com Orsana, an oasis of peace and tranquility. Professional care — every treatment is personalized to the unique being you are. Relax and let all your energy flow with the sensitive touch of your therapist, an expert in detecting what doesn’t belong to you. Unwind with a relaxation massage, have a facial deep cleansing or our unique medical pedicure and so much more. Have one of the greatest experiences called “ME TIME.” THE SPA AT BELMOND LA SAMANNA, pg. 141 Baie Longue, Lowlands Tel: +590 590-876569 Email: spa.las@belmond.com www.belmond.com Enjoy head-to-toe pampering and slip into a world of pure relaxation. Our spa menu features a wide range of world-class massages and treatments using products from luxurious French brands. Five treatment rooms and a couple’s room open out onto lush tropical gardens.

NIGHTLIFE

CASINO ROYALE, pg. 133 Rhine Road, Maho Village www.playmaho.com The largest gaming emporium on the island of

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INDEX OF ADVERTISERS Sint Maarten, boasting over 21,000 square feet of gaming, 22 tables, 400 slot machines, a private “high-roller” area, new TK Poker Room, the biggest theater in the region with free Vegas-style production shows weekly, Déjà Vu VIP Lounge, live music, VIP packages, screenings, free membership with Players Club, the most rewarding program in the Caribbean with large-value rebates, hotel stays, fine dining and more. Welcome to the stronger and brand-new Casino Royale Sint Maarten! MAHO VILLAGE, pg. 133 Rhine Road, Maho Village www.mahovillage.com As the epicenter of Sint Maarten, Maho Village is a destination within a destination that redefines entertainment, dining, shopping and gaming in a vibrant resort atmosphere. Steps away from the famous plane landings over Maho Beach, Maho Village features free valet parking, duty-free boutiques, a host of award-winning restaurants, bars, cafés and lounges to suit every palate and mood, while show-stopping scenes create memorable Maho moments. Welcome to the entertainment district of Sint Maarten! THE RED PIANO, pg. 132 35 Billy Folly Road, Pelican Key Tel: +1 721-52PIANO (74266) Email: info@theredpianosxm.com Facebook: The Red Piano - St. Maarten www.theredpianosxm.com The Red Piano is famous for its nightly live music and vast selection of spirits. Catch a world-renowned pianist every Tuesday through Sunday playing famous sing-along tunes and all your favorite requests. On Monday, this is the island’s biggest and best party with their house band “Church on Monday,” followed by one of the island’s top DJs. Eight years and running, The Red Piano has been voted Best Live Music Venue and Best Piano Bar Lounge. Doors open at 8 p.m., with shows at 9 p.m.

NEIGHBORING ISLANDS

GREAT BAY EXPRESS, pg. 149 Bobby’s Marina, Philipsburg Tel: +1 721-542-0032 www.greatbayferry.com Great Bay Express located at Bobby’s Marina, Philipsburg, has the best competitive prices in the region, with children 3 years old and under traveling for free and children 4 to 12 years old traveling at reduced price. Also, regular adult tickets are the lowest you will find anywhere in the area. Customer service, online booking and shuttle service. Regular schedules for St. Maarten – St. Barthélemy – Saba – St. Eustatius. 

OTHER

DOLLAR THRIFTY CAR RENTAL, pg. 168 102 Airport Road, Simpson Bay Tel: +1 721-545-2393 US: +1 866-978-0932 Canada: +1 416-628-2863 Email: customerservice@dollarthriftysxm.com www.dollarthriftysxm.com Dollar/Thrifty Car Rental has been known for years as the best car rental in St. Maarten/St. Martin, offering an amazing selection of quality vehicles and committed personalized service. Conveniently located near and at the airport, Dollar/Thrifty Car Rental provides secure and reliable car rentals at the best rates. THE DAILY HERALD, PG. 167 22 Bush Road, Philipsburg Tel: +1 721-542-5253 | +1 721-542-5597 www.thedailyherald.sx The Daily Herald is brought to you by a dedicated and capable staff, committed to serving the public with objective and reliable information as the number one source for news about St. Maarten, surrounding islands and the world. Both the advertisements and editorial content are prepared with the utmost professionalism, resulting in a great newspaper printed fresh every morning.

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ISLAND 92, pg. 167 Tel: +1 721-544-3377 US: +1 786-693-9200 www.island92.com Island 92 is the premiere ROCK – BLUES – and GOOD TIME MUSIC station on the island of St. Maarten. The station broadcasts live across the Northeast Caribbean and online to 97 countries worldwide and remains a link between the busy world out there and the laid-back dreamy vacation land for ex-pats who prefer flip-flops and Hawaiian shirts to wing tips. Check out island92. com or tune in on air at 91.9 FM.

Email: info@coralbeach-club.com www.coralbeach-club.com Coral Beach Club is a pristine and exclusive private resort on St. Maarten’s Dawn Beach. Designed for people who appreciate fine living and inspiring architecture, each Beachfront Villa offers its own private swimming pool with travertine decks and a shaded gazebo. The Marina View Townhouses overlook the yachts and nightlife of Oyster Pond. The natural wonders of this region are so astonishing that you’ll forget the world you’ve left behind as you immerse yourself in this island playground.

PARADISE TOURISM, pg. 165 46 rue Franklin Laurence, Grand Case Tel: +1 721-556- 3273 | +590 690-778936 Email: pt.vipservice@gmail.com Facebook: @paradise.tours.10 Providing first class transportation and exceptional service, Paradise Tourism will meet all your transportation needs and surpass your expectations. Offering island wide tours for groups up to 24 people, airport transfers and day and night limousine tours or services for weddings, bachelorette and bachelor parties, graduation and birthday celebrations, Paradise Tourism is your professional partner for all your transportation needs.

INDIGO GREEN, pg. 159 Tel: +1 721-543-7999 US: +1 701-599-7999 Email: info@indigogreen.sx www.indigogreen.sx Located in the gated community of Indigo Bay, Indigo Green is the leading example of a community of well-built oceanfront modern villas and condos. Indigo Green stands apart by offering a multitude of eco-friendly and sustainable energysaving amenities. They incorporate the latest designs for a better lifestyle, benefitting from the latest technologies, construction methods and state-of-the-art products.

RTGH PHOTOGRAPHY, pg. 166 Email: info@rtghphotography.com www.rtghphotography.com Capture your memories in a flash with RTGH Photography. They provide detailed, professional, high-quality photo services. Family, portraits, weddings and events, aviation and much more.

ISLAND REAL ESTATE TEAM, pg. 155 91-B Welfare Road, Simpson Bay Tel: +1 721-544-4240 Email: info@ireteam.com Facebook: islandrealestateteam www.ireteam.com Featured eight times on HGTV’s House Hunters International and Caribbean Life, as well as on NBC’s Open House. Island Real Estate Team is widely recognized as the leading agency on the island. Established in 2009, the “IREteam” is the largest and most experienced sales team in St. Maarten/St. Martin. They specialize on both Dutch and French Sint Maarten, and also serve some of the neighboring islands including Anguilla and St. Barths.

THE STATIONS OF PHILIPSBURG BROADCASTING, PG. 166 Tel: +1 721-543-2200 Email: marketing@philbroad.com www.laser101.fm / oasis963.fm / tropixx.fm The Stations of Philipsburg Broadcasting offer a listening choice for everyone with LASER 101.1 Top 40 Hit Radio; OASIS 96.3, the softer side of St. Maarten, Oldies and Easy Listening; TROPIXX 105.5, St. Maarten’s only all-Caribbean music station with music from Cuba to Aruba; and MIX 94.7 no talk more music, adult contemporary. SXM TALKS, pg. 167 www.sxm-talks.com Bringing the major local news from newspapers and blogs from St. Maarten/St. Martin, SXM Talks is a news distribution platform where users can easily obtain all major local news, express their opinions and join in (anonymously) on discussions. Download the app or visit the website and stay involved in the matters that matter.  WINDWARD ISLANDS AIRWAYS INTL (WINAIR) NV, pg. 152 Airport Road 69, Simpson Bay Tel: +1 721-545-4237 Email: reservations@fly-winair.com  www.fly-winair.sx Winair continues to provide safe and efficient air transportation in the Caribbean for almost six decades. With commitment to the highest level of safety and proficiency, we offer daily scheduled connections from our main gateway, SXM Airport in St. Maarten, to 15 Caribbean destinations, as well as tailor-made charter services throughout most of the Northeastern Caribbean.

REAL ESTATE AND ACCOMMODATIONS

ATRIUM RESORT, pg. 162 6 Billy Folly Road, Simpson Bay Tel: +1 844-452-8687 | +1 721-544-2125 www.latourhotelsandresorts.com The Atrium is located right in the center of the best St. Maarten has to offer. Beach, bars, restaurants and nightlife are just steps away from this all-suite resort. No wonder the Atrium has a reputation of offering the best vacation value on the Caribbean island of St. Maarten/St. Martin. CORAL BEACH CLUB, pg. 163 3 Emerald Merit Road, Dawn Beach Tel: +1 721-543-6306

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JENNIFER'S VACATION VILLAS, pg. 161 Plaza del Lago, Simpson Bay Yacht Club Tel: +1 721-544-3107 | US: +1 631-546-7345 Email: reservations@jennifersvacationvillas.com www.jennifersvacationvillas.com Jennifer’s Vacation Villas can help you choose your perfect location with the finest selection in exclusive private villa rentals from casual to luxurious, with beachfront or hillside locations on both the Dutch and the French side of St. Maarten/St. Martin. Specializing in sales, vacation rentals, long-term rentals, property management and wedding and event planning. LA VISTA RESORT, pg. 163 53 Billy Folly Road, Pelican Key Estate Tel: +1 721-544-3005 Email: info@lavistaresort.com www.lavistaresort.com La Vista Resort is a small enchanting family owned and operated resort. With a tasteful combination of traditional Caribbean charm and European flavor, the result is spectacular. The fully equipped luxurious accommodations have panoramic views of the Caribbean Sea. La Vista Resort epitomizes the ideal “home away from home.” The personal touch, one-to-one contact with staff and management, and the feeling of being part of an extended family are La Vista Resort’s key elements of a perfect vacation environment. ST. MARTIN SOTHEBY’S INTERNATIONAL REALTY, pg. 157 ONE, 1 Niger Road, Lowlands, St. Maarten Tel: +1 721-545-3626 | +1 213-805-0840 Email: contact@stmartinsothebysrealty.com Facebook: stmartinsothebysrealty Instagram: SXMSIR www.stmartinsir.com St. Martin Sotheby’s International Realty offers a wide array of fine properties for the most discerning of travelers, right through from one-bedroom condominiums to a nine-bedroom

beachfront estate. Our weekly rentals include full concierge service and airport pick-up for a luxurious island vacation. Or are you looking for a vacation home or an investment property? Our sales department has an in-depth knowledge of both sides of the island and our listings include some of the most prestigious properties in both St. Martin and St. Maarten. RESTAURANTS AVANTIKA, pg. 122-123 Welfare Road 68 Puerta del Sol, Simpson Bay Tel/WhatsApp: +1 721-584-1444 Email: reservations@avantikasxm.com Facebook: AVANTIKASXM Instagram: avantikasxm www.avantikasxm.com Avantika brings the exotic tastes of Thailand to St. Maarten, combining the freshest Thai kitchen in an understated chic dining environment. With extensive culinary experience, Avantika’s chefs bring Thai food to the island the way it was meant to be: fresh, authentic, traditional. Complementing your dining experience is an extensive wine list with wines from around the world, as well as a full cocktail bar. Open from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. daily, with air-conditioned indoor and outdoor open-air seating! BEIRUT, pg. 114 29 Airport Road, Simpson Bay Tel: +1 721-545-3612 Email: beirutsxm@hotmail.com Facebook: beirut.sxm For a memorable culinary experience, visit Beirut restaurant. The menu has a large choice of authentic Lebanese dishes, including vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free options, and a wide selection of homemade desserts. Delicious hookah flavors can be enjoyed after dinner or just lounging. Catering and takeout available. THE BOON BEACH BAR & RESTAURANT, pg. 121 (at Mary’s Boon) 117 Simpson Bay Road, Simpson Bay Tel: +1 721-527-8060 Facebook: The Boon Beach Bar The Boon, located at Mary’s Boon, boasts oceanfront views and inside dining as well as beach seating. Umbrellas and chaise lounges are free of charge! Whether you are there for a beach lunch, an elegant dinner, an afternoon of sunbathing or cocktails and music, “The Boon” will not disappoint. Breakfast is served from 7 to 11:30 a.m. daily. BUCCANEER BEACH BAR, pg. 107 10 Billy Folly Road, Simpson Bay Tel: +1 721-526-7953 Email: info@buccaneerbeachbar.com www.buccaneerbeachbar.com Buccaneer Beach Bar, located on Kim Sha Beach, is open daily from 10:30 a.m. until late. It is the place where vacationers and locals come together to enjoy an open, tiki-style atmosphere; fresh-air grill; pizza; live music; fireballs on the beach and breathtaking sunsets. Parking available for your boat, dinghy, car or bike. Buccaneer is a true Caribbean beach bar experience! CAROUSEL GELATERIA BAR, pg. 45 60A Welfare Road, Cole Bay Tel: +1 721-544-3112 Facebook: carouselsxm www.carouselstmaarten.com This colorful Italian-style atmosphere of wonderful mosaics is by far the most impressive place to enjoy ice cream on St. Maarten. Dozens of rich and creamy flavors await you! You can also enjoy Italian coffee with a delicious waffle or crepe, available with different toppings. The cheerful merry-go-round and the play area for kids guarantee a fun time for the entire family. COFFEE LOUNGE, pg. 104, 117 5 Front Street, Philipsburg across from Guavaberry Tel: +1 721-542-9094


INDEX OF ADVERTISERS Three Palm Plaza, unit 1.2 Welfare Road 62, Cole Bay Tel: +1 721-544-0188 Email: seema@sxmcoffeelounge.com Facebook: sxmcoffeelounge Coffee Lounge offers amazing coffee and frappés with at least 80 varieties to choose from. You will also find an amazing selection of pastries and creative and tasteful innovations for breakfast and lunch, all in a relaxed, cozy, airconditioned atmosphere. This is the place where friends meet friends! Free Wi-Fi available. EMILIO’S, pg. 103 59 L.B. Scott Road, Dutch Cul de Sac Tel: +1 721-522-1848 Facebook: emiliossxm www.emilios-sxm.com Located within the historical heritage site Rockland Estate, Emilio’s is the island’s finest dining experience. Showcasing unique and exciting culinary creations, Emilio’s serves lunch classics and some surprising takes on traditional island dishes. By night, Emilio’s is a fine-dining experience showcasing the best from International and Caribbean dishes, innovative cocktails and the Dutch side’s largest wine collection — all guaranteed to make Emilio’s a memorable culinary experience. FRENCHY LUDO’S, pg. 120 Simpson Bay Yacht Club Welfare Road 68, Simpson Bay Tel: +1 721-544-2558 Email: info@ludos-sxm.com Facebook: Frenchy-LUDOs www.ludos-sxm.com Experience the French fusion cuisine. Ludo’s chef, with 20 years of experience in the finest restaurants, and his team are excited to present their vision of French fusion cuisine while using only the freshest ingredients from local farmers markets. The caring and committed staff will ensure a fantastic experience. Fully air-conditioned indoor seating, and outdoor seating to enjoy the ocean breeze right on the lagoon with nightly entertainment. GIGI’S ORGANIC FOOD & DRINKS, pg. 117 New location in Maho Tel: +1 721-545-6566 Email: gigi.stmaarten@gmail.com Facebook: gigisorganic www.gigistmaarten.com We serve a wide variety of breakfast dishes from organic and vegan to local St. Maarten breakfast. Lunch has many delicious options to sooth everyone’s taste, and you will find many new and old Caribbean favorites on the dinner menu. Our fresh ingredients are from local farmers markets and organic suppliers. Delivery available. Daily Happy Hour from 4 to 6 p.m. for great discounts on drinks. THE HIDEAWAY AT LA VISTA, pg. 117 53 Billy Folly Road, Pelican Key Estate Tel: +1 721-544-3005 Email: info@lavistaresort.com www.lavistaresort.com The Hideaway was first established in 1987 as a cozy little restaurant/bar perched beside an overflowing pool that ran over onto a spectacular view. The international cuisine is exquisitely presented and reasonably priced with generous portions. This tranquil nook is the perfect setting for breakfasts, long lunches and candlelit dinners. THE INFINITY RESTAURANT, pg. 130 at Oyster Bay Beach Resort 10 Emerald Merit Road, Oyster Pond Tel: +1 721-543-6040 The Infinity Restaurant is St. Maarten’s favorite destination for international cuisine crafted by some of the island’s best chefs. Indoor/ outdoor oceanfront dining, succulent dishes — including island delicacies and traditional favorites — impeccable service and captivating ocean views make your memories last forever at Infinity Restaurant at Oyster Bay Beach Resort. Call for reservations.

JIMBO’S ROCK & BLUES CAFÉ, pg. 113 Simpson Bay Marina Tel: +1 721-544-3600 Email: jimboscafe.sxm@gmail.com Facebook: Jimbo’s Rock & Blues Café SXM www.jimboscafe.com “Great Dining, Strong Drinks, Fun Atmosphere — Jimbo’s.” Big portions, great classic Rock and Blues, not to mention the gorgeous openair dining, surrounded by a freshwater pool, waterfalls and the only swim-up bar/restaurant on St. Maarten! What more could you ask for? Well, how about Mexican gourmet to order — for starters, grouper ceviche or a mound of deluxe nachos grande, and main courses like sizzlin’ fajitas, fall of de bone baby backs, or stuffed grouper chipotle — perfectly paired with a glass, fishbowl or pitcher of the best margarita on the planet! Open from noon to 10 p.m.; Happy Hour 4 to 7 p.m. KARAKTER BEACH BAR & RESTAURANT, pg. 118-119 121 Simpson Bay Road, Simpson Bay Tel: +1 721-523-9983 Email: info@karakterbeach.com Facebook: karaktersxm Karakter is your favorite beach bar/restaurant with complimentary beach chairs for guests. Karakter’s menu offers a great variety of tasteful dishes for lunch and dinner. Located on the mile-long Simpson Bay Beach, halfway down the runway. Follow the blue and yellow road signs. Open 7 days a week from 9 a.m. until 10 p.m. LA ROSA TOO, pg. 128 Maho Village, Maho Tel: +1 721-545-3470 Email: reservations@larosarestaurant.com www. larosarestaurant.com Nestled in the far corner of Maho Village, La Rosa Too offers top-quality Italian food with a Caribbean flair, served by a prompt, friendly staff in an attractive atmosphere. Try their delicious conch au gratin, spicy fisherman’s soup, ossobuco, veal milanese, fine wines, fresh seafood, hand-cut steaks and the daily chef specials. Dine outside on the expanded veranda or inside air-conditioned. Free WiFi. LEE’S ROADSIDE GRILL & BAR, pg. 120 Located across the Atrium Resort in Pelican Tel: +1 721-544-4233 Email: info@leesfish.com Twitter: leesroadside www.leesfish.com Lee’s Roadside Grill is back with a brand-new location across from the Atrium Resort in Pelican. Great authentic Caribbean cuisine, from mouthwatering grilled lobster and fresh fish to barbecue ribs and chicken. All cooked on a charcoal grill, giving the food that great flavor that keeps you coming back. Local fishermen keep Lee’s Roadside Grill & Bar fully supplied with the best snapper, mahi-mahi, grouper, wahoo, tuna and, of course, lobster. Open daily (closed Mondays) for lunch and dinner from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Happy Hour from 2 to 7 p.m. and 10 to 11 p.m. daily. Lee’s accepts Visa, MasterCard and Discover. LITTLE BEIRUT, pg. 114 15 Jordan Road, Jordan Village, Cupecoy Tel: +1 721-588-2544 Email: littlebeirutsxm@gmail.com Facebook: little-beirut-sxm With a large choice of fascinating authentic dishes (incl. vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free), Little Beirut brings the delicious Lebanese cuisine to St. Maarten. This informal but very cozy restaurant also offers many hookah flavors that can be enjoyed after dinner or just lounging. Catering and takeout available. Free delivery to Cupecoy and Maho area. MANDARIN, pg. 124 at Princess Port de Plaisance 155 Union Road, Cole Bay (located next to Princess Casino) Tel: +1 721-522-9159 www.mandarinsxm.com

Everything for your Asian craving! From sushi to stir-fries from the wok, they feature a full-fledged Pan Asian menu including Thai, Vietnamese, Chinese and the not-to-be-missed ramen bowls. With an option of air-conditioned and outside seating, this restaurant is sure to satisfy every palate. THE MEAT BALLS & WINE SHOP, pg. 109 Paradise Mall, Welfare Road, Cole Bay Tel: +1 721-523-1545 Email: balls.wine.sxm@gmail.com Facebook: TheMeatballandWineShop This new, unique cozy restaurant is a hidden gem, offering a delicious menu to mix and match. You will find a truly exceptional variety of meatballs and sauces, traditionally served with focaccia (bread), shrimp and tuna tacos, empanadas, cachapas, ceviche, truffle potatoes and much, much more. All dishes are a combination of authentic Venezuelan cuisine and the chef’s unique creative touch, complemented with an extensive variety of beers, wines and cocktails. MÉLANGE GRILLE ST. MAARTEN, pg. 125 at Princess Port de Plaisance 155 Union Road, Cole Bay (located next to Princess Casino) Tel: +1 721-526-4049 Email: reservation@melangesxm.com www.melangesxm.com A must-visit restaurant in St. Maarten with a live barbecue grill in the middle of every table. Show off your barbecue skills with an all-you-can-eatstyle service of succulent meats, seafood and sides, accompanied with appetizers and salads. They also feature an a la carte menu with light fares, steaks and fish. NONNA ROSA, pg. 129 Pizzeria Trattoria Italiana Maho Village, Maho Tel: +1 721-545-2870 Email: ricasti1@hotmail.com Facebook: Nonna Rosa Pizzeria Trattoria Italiana Nonna Rosa offers charming, delicious, Italian dishes and pizza that, no doubt, will rival any in Italy! It is a hidden gem with friendly service and excellent authentic Italian food, all made with fresh ingredients. Their dishes honor Nonna’s name with that special grandmother’s taste. You will for sure return for more. Open for dinner from 5 p.m. to 3 a.m. OCEAN LOUNGE AT HOLLAND HOUSE BEACH HOTEL, pg. 105 45 Front Street, Philipsburg Tel: +1 721-542-2572 www.hhbh.com Overlooking Great Bay, the Ocean Lounge serves award-winning food that is a blend of European and Caribbean flavors. Chef Wendell Laurence uses the freshest ingredients available on the island to create eclectic and modern dishes. The Ocean Lounge’s wine list, awarded with a Wine Spectator Award, surely promises a great matching wine to accompany your lunch or dinner. PALAPA GRILL, pg. 116 Palapa Center Airport Road 28, Simpson Bay Tel: +1 721-559-1901 Email: palapavillage@gmail.com Instagram: palapagrillsxm palapaloungesxm Facebook: PalapaGrillSxm This hidden oasis with its post-hurricane chic décor has become the “must visit” restaurant in bustling Simpson Bay. Palapa delights with handcrafted cocktails, hormone-free, sustainable beef and fresh seafood. Their passion and unsurpassed service attracts design aficionados, tourists as well as a large and loyal group of local residents. RENDEZ-VOUS LOUNGE, pg. 129 at Porto Cupecoy 66 Rhine Road, Cupecoy

Tel: + 1 721-545-3070 Email: natsxm181128@gmail.com Facebook: Rendez Vouslounge www.rdvlounge.com Terrace-style dining located in a Mediterranean village, Porto Cupecoy. Breakfast, lunch and dinner are served daily. For special treats, stop by for a gelato or French pastries. Open 7 days a week, nonstop from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. Happy Hour every day from 5 to 7 p.m. SALE & PEPE, pg. 111 Airport Road 40, Simpson Bay Tel: +1 721-527-5019 Facebook: sale-pepe-sxm From its beautiful new marina location, this divine family-style Italian restaurant continues to offer the best authentic Sicilian food. Owner and Chef Davide makes his dishes with fresh fish and a variety of other seafood mixed with directly imported Sicilian products and fresh Caribbean ingredients. Enjoy great Sicilian wines from the Etna mountain of Catania not available in stores. Don’t miss out on the Sale & Pepe gastronomic experience from their family restaurant to your family table. Gluten-free and vegetarian dishes available. SHEER BAR & RESTAURANT, pg. 104 44 Front Street Tel: +1 721-542-9635 www.sheerrestaurant.com Located in a Caribbean-style courtyard on Front Street, Sheer Bar & Restaurant is a romantic establishment, open for lunch and dinner. The cuisine is a blend of European, Caribbean, and Asian fusion flavors. Owner Valentin Davis has extensive experience in upscale resorts and fine restaurants. The intimate and romantic setting is perfect for couples and families. Outdoor dining in the courtyard is also available. Personalized valet parking available for dinner. SKIPJACK’S SEAFOOD GRILL, BAR & FISH MARKET, pg. 110 Welfare Road, Simpson Bay Tel: +1 721-544-2313 Facebook: Skip Jacks SXM Located on the lagoon in Simpson Bay, SkipJack’s offers a unique waterfront dining ambience with spectacular views. They feature “live” Maine and Caribbean lobsters and are known for their seafood, which is so fresh they have their own Fish Market. But landlubbers should not despair, because SkipJack’s also serves great steaks, ribs, chicken, pastas, salads and homemade desserts. SNOOPY’S BAR & GRILL, pg. 114  Welfare Road 80, Simpson Bay Tel: +1 721-580-4202 Email: customerservice@snoopysbar.com Facebook: SnoopysBarSxm www.snoopysbar.com Where the Fun Happens! At Snoopy’s Bar & Grill you will find the best menu on the island for lunch and dinner — appetizers, burgers, sandwiches and wraps to salmon, steak and live lobster. If you love watching the mega-yachts, feeling the ocean breeze, eating good food and just plain relaxing, Snoopy’s is the place. Colorful outdoor setting on the lagoon with a variety of nightly entertainment. Open daily from 11 a.m. to 2 a.m. TOP CARROT, pg. 111 Plaza del Lago, near Simpson Bay Yacht Club, Simpson Bay Tel: +1 721-544-3381 Email: topcarrotsxm@gmail.com Facebook: Top Carrot Lydia and Peter’s refreshing oasis of health set in a casually ethnic interior offers fantastic smoothies, fresh-squeezed juices and rejuvenating concoctions that let you enjoy your fruits and veggies in countless variations. The cozy café venue features an abundance of homemade dishes, such as sandwiches, fresh salads, frittatas and omelets, yogurts, and eclectic daily specials, including at least one vegan option. Next to the restaurant you will find a cute gift shop as well.

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INDEX OF ADVERTISERS TOPPER’S RESTAURANT & BAR, pg. 115 113 Welfare Road, Simpson Bay Tel: +1 721-544-3500 | +1 721-520-6760 www.sxmtoppers.com Topper’s Restaurant & Bar, voted #1 international restaurant, is set in a fun, air-conditioned, Caribbean cottage where this landmark eatery has been serving guests for over a decade. The iconic owner is always present to make sure guests have a great time. The menu has something for everyone, focusing on locally caught seafood, comfort food, fresh salads, pasta and Certified Black Angus meats cooked to perfection. Serving breakfast, lunch, dinner, Happy Hour specials and Thursday night dinner dance show. The cozy bar is a local hangout and well known for nightly karaoke where guests stay to sing and dance the night away. ZEE BEST, pg. 108 Simpson Bay Yacht Club, Simpson Bay Tel: +1 721-544-2477 | +1 721-526-3097 www.zeebestrestaurant.com Established in 1983, Zee Best is a household name for vacationers and residents, serving freshly made French patisseries, coffee and tea, juices, delicious crepes and everything you could imagine made with eggs. Breakfast is served from 7:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., and lunch from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., daily. Zee Best Bakeshop on Airport Road serves pastries, sandwiches, brownies, muffins, smoothies, lattes and more. Zee Best is “zee” best place for breakfast and lunch. SHOPPING AMSTERDAM CHEESE & LIQUOR STORE, pg. 79 26 Juancho Yrausquin Blvd., Philipsburg Tel: +1 721-520-1944 Email: acssxm@gmail.com This is the only “official” Dutch store on the island with a large variety of Dutch cheeses, pastries, souvenirs and gifts. Wine & Cheese events available throughout the week. Review them on Facebook and TripAdvisor (tripadvisor.com/6582952). Located next to Chesterfields restaurant, on the way to the cruise ship terminal. ART OF TIME, Inside front cover, pg. 1, 2, 3 26 Front Street, Philipsburg Tel: +1 721-542-2180 www.artoftimejewelers.com Art of Time is centrally located on Front Street, and the prestigious designers and brands of international renown are symbols of excellence in watchmaking as well as in jewelry. You will find luxury watches, including Breitling, Omega, David Yurman, Panerai, Chanel, IWC Schaffhausen, Jaeger-LeCoultre, Grand Seiko, Vacheron Constantin, Chopard, Montblanc, Gucci, Baume & Mercier, Rado, Tissot, Longines. The jewelry collection includes David Yurman, John Hardy, Chopard, Mikimoto, Marco Bicego, Pomellato, Gucci, as well as accessories from Montblanc. ARTISTIC JEWELERS, Inside front cover, pg. 1, 2, 3 61 Front Street, Philipsburg Tel: +1 721-542-3456 www.artisticjewelers.com Artistic Jewelers, like its sister store Art of Time, is conveniently located on Front Street in the heart of Philipsburg and represents the finest watch and jewelry brands. Jewelry includes David Yurman, Mikimoto, Marco Bicego, Chopard, Pomellato, and luxury watches like Omega, Panerai, IWC Schaffhausen, Jaeger-LeCoultre, David Yurman, Chanel and Chopard. Ask for their special VIP customer service. BALLERINA JEWELERS, pg. 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 18, 19, 20, 21, 81 Exquisite Jewelry and Fine Timepieces 56 Front Street, Philipsburg 6 Harbour Point Village, Philipsburg Tel: +1 721-542-4399 Email: infosxm@ballerina-jewelers.com www.ballerina-jewelers.com A family-owned business, Ballerina Jewelers was established in 1987 and is known to be among the most trusted and respected jewelers in the

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Caribbean. Ballerina provides every client an unmatched customer experience that combines personal attention with superior product selection in a luxurious in-store environment. Ballerina Jewelers’ 32-year career has been built in collaboration with top watchmakers and jewelers, including brands such as Roger Dubuis, Franck Muller, Longines, Montblanc, Bell & Ross, Corum, U-Boat, Frédérique Constant, Oris, Fendi, Perrelet, Citizen, Swatch, Tacori, Simon G. Fope, Baraka, Stefan Hafner, Leo Pizzo, Pandora and more. Their reputation for the last 32 years in offering quality in elegant jewelry and timepieces, devoted promise to customer service, make Ballerina Jewelers an icon in the Caribbean, where all purchases are guaranteed with certified appraisals and US service centers! PANDORA — Hand-finished and contemporary jewelry made from high-quality materials at affordable prices. Pandora offers modern, high-quality, hand-finished products. The collectible charm bracelet is Pandora’s cornerstone product and fosters repeat purchases and customer loyalty, while complemented by a growing range of other collections consistent with their core values of affordable and collectible jewelry.   FOPE — FOPE is an Italian goldsmith, an international jewelry brand, and a tradition that keeps innovating since 1929. The patented Flex’it collections have become a trademark of this brand, with flexible bracelets and rings entirely made of gold thanks to dozens of tiny gold springs. Every jewel is created in-house, and the collections have evolved through the decades but have always remained true to the founders’ values: attention to detail, top-notch quality and unmistakable elegance.   MICHELE — For the woman who embraces each opportunity the day brings, Michele watches offer a bold yet feminine appeal. From stainless steel to gold watches with adaptable watch straps made of exotic and luxurious materials, we encourage every woman to express her personality, embrace her style and take an unapologetic approach to life.   HIDALGO — His jewelry is a hip and fun line of beautiful rings, bracelets and more. They’re stackable and customizable. Hidalgo is mostly known for his evergreen colorful 18k gold enamel and diamond rings which can be mix matched and stacked together. He also does fine micro pave diamond jewelry, such as diamond bands, inside-out diamond hoop earrings, diamond bangles and micro pave settings as well.   VAHAN — VAHAN’s designs, quality and comfort have made VAHAN unique and luxurious and endure for 50 years! Starting from hand-drawn sketches, each piece of jewelry is designed and produced in the United States. VAHAN was founded in 1968 by classically trained French Designer Sacha Der Calousdian. From a modest, one-man, Manhattan-based studio, Sacha has grown the company into a leading Americanmade, family-run jewelry brand.   TISSOT — The plus sign in the logo symbolizes the Swiss quality and reliability Tissot has shown since 1853. The watches, sold in more than 160 countries, are authentic and accessible and use special materials, advanced functionalities and meticulous design. Tissot stands by its signature, Innovators by Tradition.   LE VIAN — Le Vian® is the only company to make trendsetting designer jewelry with Chocolate Diamonds®, natural color brown diamonds. Le Vian jewelry has become a regular on the Red Carpet. Worn by celebri-

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ties and style icons around the world, Le Vian is known for its exquisite chocolate diamond collections. BOOLCHAND’S, pg. 77, 78 50 Front Street, Philipsburg Tel: +1 721-542-2245 Email: jewelry.sxm@boolchand.com www.boolchand.com PANDORA 12-2 Front Street, Philipsburg Tel: +1 721-542-1109 5 Harbour Point Village, Philipsburg Tel: +1 721-542-9364 www.boolchand.com/pandora Collect your stories and express yourself with Pandora jewelry! Our hand-finished pieces tell the story of the things that make you, you. Pandora gives a voice to your loves, whether they are places, people or passions. Discover our island charms and take a piece of St. Maarten home with you! BOOLCHAND’S, pg. 17 50 Front Street, Philipsburg Tel: +1 721-542-2245 Email: boolchand.sxm@boolchand.com 5 Harbour Point Village, Philipsburg Tel: +1 721-542-9364 Email: harbour.sxm@boolchand.com www.boolchand.com See it, listen to it or capture it. You’ll find the state-of-the-art gadget you’re looking for at Boolchand’s. Cameras, phones, TVs, games, audio and world-class brands like Nikon, Apple, Samsung, GoPro, Nokia, HP, Bose, Canon and many more. Improving quality of life through technology.   BVLGARI BOUTIQUE, pg. 15 59 Front Street, Philipsburg Tel: +1 646-432-4727 ext. 35120 www.bulgari.com Bvlgari, originally founded in Rome in 1884 as a jewelry shop, has become a byword for artisanal craftsmanship, avant-garde materials and unrivaled design. Ranging from fine jewels and watches to accessories and perfumes, Bvlgari’s international success has evolved into a global and diversified luxury purveyor of products and services. CARIBBEAN BREWING COMPANY, pg. 99 3 Goldfinch Road, Point Blanche Tel: +1 721-543-3314 Email: info@sanmartinbeer.com Facebook: SanMartinBeer This funky new brewery is producing five different craft beers made fresh with the finest malts, hops and natural ingredients. Join the unique brewery tour that follows the entire beer making process. And to top it off with all-you-can-drink island beers in the Tap Room. CARIBBEAN GEMS, pg. 10-11 22 Front Street, Philipsburg 40 Front Street, Philipsburg Tel: +1 721-542-2176 +1 800-848-7925 www.caribbeangems.com Thirty-seven years in the making, this jewelry store is voted #1. Family. Trust. Loyalty. Caribbean Gems believes in stress-free and enjoyable shopping. Find top-quality certified loose diamonds, colored stones, gold and watches, combined with excellent service, resourceful staff and rock-bottom rates. Caribbean Gems is unique and has an in-house workshop and lifetime diamond upgrades. CARREFOUR MARKET, pg. 126-127 79 Bush Road, Philipsburg Tel: +1 721-542-4400 53 Union Road, Cole Bay Tel: +1 721-544-3118 Porto Cupecoy Rhine Road, Cupecoy Tel: +1 721-545-3162 Jordan Village, Cupecoy Tel: +1 721-546-4888 Email: email@cmsxm.net

www.cmsxm.net Carrefour Market, the largest supermarket chain in St. Maarten, offers its customers an ultimate shopping experience. With four locations, the supermarket is known for fresh produce, including organic fruits and vegetables. Furthermore, they have a huge assortment of liquors, beverages, cigars and cigarettes, dairy products, bakery section, cleaning items and a lot more. DIAMONDS INTERNATIONAL, Calendar 59 Front Street Cyrus Wathey Square, Philipsburg Tel: +1 646-432-4727 ext. 35123 www.diamondsinternational.com Looking for the finest designer jewelry brands? Then make Diamonds International your only stop while on holiday. Celebrated as the Caribbean’s most recommended jeweler, Diamonds International has dominated the region for over a quarter century by offering exquisite Swiss timepieces, luxury-grade tanzanite jewelry and much more. Their wide inventory of loose diamonds and couture brands keep shoppers coming back often. Introducing the exquisite Safi Kilima tanzanite jewelry collection and fine Swissmade timepieces. Watch brands include Ulysse Nardin, Bremont, Hamilton, Fendi, Movado and Bulova. In jewelry you will also find Forevermark diamonds and John Hardy. With over 130 retail locations, Diamonds International has enormous buying power that translates into tremendous values on every item they offer. Exclusive brands like the Crown of Light 90-facet premium diamond enjoyed by sophisticated collectors are available only at Diamonds International. Ask their experts for a VIP preview of their extraordinary diamonds and experience luxury shopping at its best. CROWN OF LIGHT — The premium 90-faceted Crown of Light diamond is a stunning triumph of cutting expertise fused with ingenious design. The diamond’s strategically positioned facets create an innovative cut, distinguished by its magnificent dome, which hones the diamond’s breathtaking superior sparkle and fire, and gives diamond connoisseurs an unprecedented cutting-edge design. The Crown of Light couture jewelry is a unique artistic statement, royal workmanship and cutting excellence to perfect symmetry. Individually graded, every diamond is inscribed by a distinct number. Available in platinum and 18k gold. EFFY, pg. 12-13 Four locations: Front Street and Wathey Square; Philipsburg; Harbor Point — Cruise Facilities Tel: +1 721-543-3339 www.effyjewelry.com Since 1979 Designer Effy Hematian has stood by his passion for brilliant fine jewelry. Located in the heart of New York City, Effy’s reputation for his use of color set the standard for colored gemstones across the industry. Defined by superior craftsmanship and quality at an unrivaled value, Effy’s customers see and know the difference. ENDLESS SUMMER SWIMWEAR, pg. 51 16-C Front Street, Philipsburg Tel: +1 721-542-1510 3 Travel Inn, Simpson Bay Tel: +1 721-545-2618 www.endlesssummerswimwear.com Celebrating 20 years of selling beautiful swimwear in St. Maarten, Endless Summer boasts very classy and affordable lines to cater to all shapes and sizes for both men and women. Special lines from Israel, Spain, Germany, the United States and Canada give this quaint boutique a variety of styles and colors. Endless Summer is truly your complete swim apparel store. GUAVABERRY EMPORIUM, pg. 86-87 8-10 Front Street, Philipsburg Tel: +1 721-542-2965 www.guavaberry.com Guavaberry is the National Liqueur of Sint Maarten/St. Martin. The Guavaberry Emporium


INDEX OF ADVERTISERS is a protected National Historical Monument, built on the site of an ancient synagogue in the middle of town. Find a wide range of Vintage Rums and Rum Liqueurs (e.g., Mango, Almond, Wild Orange, one-off hand-painted personalized bottles and their famous Love Potion). Try the wonderful Guavaberry Brand hot sauces, barbecue sauce and seasonings, 10 different flavours, from mild to incendiary. This is the home of the iconic Guavaberry Coladas, invented here in 1973. Free samples of rums and hot sauces all day long. J BEST JEWELER/MODE 9 NV, pg. 27, 82 42 Front Street, First Floor, Unit 5, Philipsburg Tel: +1 721-542-2294 Cell: +1 721-554-9303 Email: jbestjeweler@aol.com jay@mode9uk.com STORM — Launched in 1989, STORM is the leading British fashion watch brand on the market today, with statement designs and trend-led products with a multitude of cutting-edge designs across both casual and contemporary styles. The STORM range combines unique features and gadgets with a wide range of colors and shapes. Available at Be Dazzled Jewelers, Diamonds by Be Dazzled, GemsLand Jewelers, Helena Jewelers, Infinity Jewelers, Island Treasure Jewelers, Omni Jewelers, Ultimate Jewelers and Value Jewels. CONTINENTAL — Established in 1924 in La Chaux-de-Fonds, the heart of the Swiss watch industry, the brand today offers an exquisite range of elegant dress watches for the discerning customer. With its long Swiss heritage, the CONTINENTAL portfolio ranges from bejewelled ladies’ watches, to classic leather or metal bracelet Pair watches, and multi-function models with a variety of features, including Chronograph, Moon Phase and Retrograde Day designs. Available at Diamonds by Be Dazzled, Helena Jewelers, Infinity Jewelers and Value Jewels. JEWELS & BEYOND, Inside back cover, pg. 94, 95, 176 3 Cinnamon Grove, Maho Phone: +1 721-545-3078 US: +1 305-508-5949 Email: info@jnjewelers.com www.jnjewelers.com Jewels & Beyond (formerly Jewels & Linens) is located in Maho (next to the Maho Pharmacy) and is part of a second-generation family business established in 1987. Jewels & Beyond as well as its sister operation, J.N. Jewelers (at a new location: 11 Maho Plaza, below Jax Steakhouse), have consistently maintained 5-star ratings on TripAdvisor, Facebook and Google. Both locations are at walking distance from the world-famous Princess Juliana International Airport and away from the hustle and bustle of downtown Philipsburg. Their experienced and friendly sales team with a trademark sense of humor will assist you in the purchase of loose diamonds, branded watches, diamond jewelry, 18k gold jewelry, silver, Belle Étoile designer jewelry, sterling silver and fine jewelry with natural yellow diamonds, blue diamonds, Morganites, dancing diamonds and more. Designed to be your one-stop shop for things you would want to carry back home from Sint Maarten, Jewels & Beyond also has a wide selection of souvenirs, local rums, international liquors, Cuban cigars, cigarettes, beach stuff and sunglasses. Jewels & Beyond offers free and easy parking and is open from 10:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. every day. JEWELS BY LOVE, 8-page insert 69B Front Street, Philipsburg Tel: +1 917-463-4319 7 Rue du Général de Gaulle, Marigot Tel: +1 917-546-0902 Email: info@jewelsbylove.com jbl2@jewelsbylove.com www.jewelsbylove.com With roots dating back to the 1800s, the present owners of the eponymous Jewels by Love stores are the fifth and sixth generation in an illustrious

line of venerable jewelers and diamond mavens. With consistently uncompromising standards over decades, their name has become the benchmark for quality, prestige, integrity and value. A testament to their success came in the 1980s with the granting of Official Agent Status by the World’s Finest Watchmakers. The endorsements received by Jewels by Love include such legendary names as Patek Philippe, Breguet, Vacheron Constantin, A. Lange & Söhne, IWC Schaffhausen, Jaeger-LeCoultre, Ulysse Nardin, NOMOS. At Jewels by Love: You don’t spend money; you invest it! You don’t just buy a watch, a diamond or a piece of jewelry; you acquire an heirloom because rarity, beauty and everlasting value are honored at Jewels by Love. PATEK PHILIPPE — Patek Philippe, a name synonymous with superlative watchmaking, over the past 180 years they have come to represent all that is matchless in watchmaking. Many famous people have chosen Patek Philippe to keep the time of their lives. Among them are Queen Victoria, Albert Einstein, Pablo Picasso, Queen Victoria, John F. Kennedy, Elizabeth Taylor, Tsar Alexander… the list is endless! Patek Philippe is the undisputed king at watch auctions and holds more world records than all others combined! BREGUET — Founded in 1775, the legendary watchmaker Breguet is unrivaled in the realm of inventions — the most famous being the magical tourbillon! Acknowledged by the cognoscenti as the greatest watchmaker of all time, Breguet’s client list is the most impressive of any watchmaker in the history of watchmaking; it includes the likes of Queen Marie-Antoinette, Emperor Napoleon, Sir Winston Churchill, Ettore Bugatti, George Washington, Tsar Alexander — the list is countless. VACHERON CONSTANTIN — Vacheron Constantin is the world’s oldest watch manufacturer, uninterrupted since 1755. This patriarch of legendary watchmaking has been the benchmark of “haute horlogerie” and the finest craftsmanship for generations. Vacheron Constantin timepieces are the gift of choice by governments to mark momentous events in history to royalty, world leaders and celebrities. Their client list reads like the blue book of the greatest leaders of all time. A. LANGE & SÖHNE — A. Lange & Söhne watchmakers since 1845. The only non-Swiss watchmaker commanding a position at the pinnacle of superlative watchmaking. They have rightfully earned the reputation of “making the impossible, possible” among connoisseurs. Examples of such heretofore-never-attempted functions considered impossible by other watch brands are Tourbillon with zero reset; Zeitwerk a mechanical digital; Triple Split chronograph splitting seconds, minutes and hours! A prodigious innovator, A. Lange & Söhne timepieces are highly sought after by uncompromising aficionados. NOMOS GLASHÜTTE — NOMOS Glashütte is an innovative watchmaker having watchmakers that are practicing their craft in the fifth generation. And yet, the watches are modern and cosmopolitan. Traditional craftsmanship and high-tech production methods combine to make their watches unique and with the highest precision. In a very short span, they are able to achieve over 150 accolades, with international awards, including the Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Genève (GPHG), the most prestigious award any watchmaker can achieve! JOE’S JEWELRY INTERNATIONAL, pg. 25 Front Street 40, 60 and 66, Philipsburg Tel: +1 721-543-7020 Toll-free: +1 866-313-2123 Email: sales@joesjewelry.com www.joesjewelry.com Joe’s Jewelry International’s story spans over 40 years and three generations, from the first storefront on Front Street in 1980 to the growing family of boutiques across St. Maarten. It has become the luxurious duty-free shopping attraction, reflecting the highest standard of service

and providing a lavish shopping experience, retailing luxury Swiss watches, certified diamonds and outstanding fine jewelry. Joe’s Jewelry International maintains a strong tradition of excellence in service and craftsmanship, offering lifetime workmanship guarantees, upgrades, trade-ins and US service centers. Ranked #1 on TripAdvisor. Cheers to 40 Years! LINEN GALORE, pg. 75 45D Front Street, Philipsburg Tel: +1 721-542-2533 Email: info@linengalore-sxm.com Facebook: linengaloresxm www.linengalore-sxm.com Linen Galore specializes in stain-resistant and non-iron microfiber tablecloths. With 39 years of experience in home décor, they have brought the very best collection of linens to St. Maarten. Everything you need to create a festive and well-decorated table can be found right in the heart of Philipsburg. LITTLE SWITZERLAND, Back cover Little Switzerland Omega Boutique Little Switzerland Breitling Boutique 52 Front Street, Philipsburg Tel: +1 248-809-5560 ext. 50090 Toll-free: +1 877-800-9998 Harbor Point, Philipsburg Tel: +1 248-809-5560 ext. 50260 Toll-free: +1 877-800-9998 Little Switzerland has been the Caribbean’s most trusted retailer for more than 65 years, offering discerning clientele the finest luxury timepieces and designer jewelry. Visit their Front Street and Harbor Point locations in Philipsburg for an extensive selection of Breitling, Omega,TAG Heuer, Lagos, Citizen, John Hardy, Roberto Coin and other top brands, along with an impressive collection of diamond and gemstone jewelry and introducing Engrace Diamonds, Little Switzerland’s stunning labgrown diamond  jewelry. All brands are offered at duty-free and tax-free prices. Be sure to ask about Little Switzerland’s Interest-Free Financing up to 36 months, Extended Watch Warranties and Best Price Guarantee. MAHO PHARMACY, pg. 94 14 Maho Plaza Rhine Road, Maho Village Tel: +1 721-545-3200 Email: mahopharmacy@caribserve.net www.philipsburgpharmacy.com Maho Pharmacy offers a wide assortment of OTC medication, French skin-care are products and Rx medicine from Europe and the United States knowledgeable staff will be happy to assist you. Get your prescriptions filled, with big savings versus US prices; call or email for a quotation. Located in Maho Village, with customer parking. Open daily until 9 p.m. PACIFIC AVENUE, pg. 80 14 Front Street, Philipsburg Tel: +1 721-543-0433 Email: pacificavenue.sxm@gmail.com Aloha from Paradise at Pacific Avenue, where they believe in quality and service. Let them make your shopping experience a fun one. With brands such as Tommy Bahama, Au Noir and Lilly Pulitzer, Pacific Avenue has something trendy for everyone. Located opposite The Yoda Guy. POLO AT JL, Calendar 41 Front Street, Philipsburg Tel: +1 721-543-0196 Opened in 1993, the store, formerly a Polo Ralph Lauren boutique, has now seen the addition of top Italian designer Giorgio Armani. A large selection for men, women and children in the best that America and Italy have to offer. Visit this boutique store and enjoy your shopping experience. ROYAL CARIBBEAN STORE, pg. 83 86B Front Street, Philipsburg Tel: +1 721-542-8250 Email: rcstore@hotmail.com At Royal Caribbean Store you will find

high-quality, trending jewelry designs at the lowest prices. Diamonds and fine diamond jewelry in all different shapes and sizes. Each purchase comes with a guarantee and its evaluation papers. Also carrying a wide range of silver and Larimar jewelry, unique to the Caribbean for its magnificent turquoise blue colors. SIMPSON BAY PHARMACY, pg. 92 68 Welfare Road, Cole Bay Tel: +1 721-544-3653 Facebook: simpson bay pharmacy www.sxmpharmacy.com Simpson Bay Pharmacy is located in Simpson Bay Yacht Club within walking distance of a medical center, SLS Laboratory and a dentist. The pharmacy has a large selection of European and American prescription drugs, over-thecounter medication and a wide assortment of beauty and personal care products. Simpson Bay Pharmacy was voted Best Pharmacy on St. Maarten by The Daily Herald 10 years in a row. ST. MAARTEN NECTAR, pg. 93 16 Welfare Road, Laguna View, Cole Bay across the cinema Tel: +1 721-544-2337 MARIGOT BOUTIQUE 12 Rue President Kennedy Marigot, St. Martin Tel: +590 690-134283 HAIR SALON & WELLNESS SPA Oyster Bay Beach Resort 10 Emerald Merit Road, Oyster Pond Tel: +1 721-543-6849 HARBOUR KIOSK Harbour Village, Point Blanche Tel: +1 721-544-2337 (open when cruise ships are at port) Email: info@stmaartennectar.com Facebook: St. Maarten Nectar Twitter: StMaartenNectar www.stmaartennectar.com All of their natural skin-care products are crafted by hand and chemical-free. Only the highestquality natural ingredients, certified Free Trade and Organic, and many of St. Maarten’s plants, fruits and aromas are used. Products are available at your hotel’s boutique and pharmacies. Visit St. Maarten Nectar’s lab and exclusive boutiques for their entire line in one place and enjoy watching the products being made. ZHAVERI LUXURY, pg. 84-85 68 Front Street, Philipsburg Tel: +1 721-543-1075 Email: sales@zhaveri.com www.zhaveri.com Zhaveri Luxury is a must-visit store on St. Maarten! Since 1986 they have been a full-service fine jeweler offering high-quality certified diamonds with an amazing selection of gorgeous mountings that in-house craftsmen will use to custom design your dream piece of jewelry! Zhaveri also has an extensive collection of colored gemstone jewelry, including Colombian emeralds, Burmese rubies, Ceylon sapphires, African tanzanites, Alexandrites and almost any other gemstone your heart desires! And now, Zhaveri has an incredible mix of the newest and trendiest luxury items that include handbags and accessories from Furla, Emporio Armani, Hugo Boss, Carmen Sol and more! WEDDINGS SINT MAARTEN MARRY-ME, pg. 151 Artemia Group of Companies Emmaplein, Philipsburg Tel: +1 721-542-7140 US: +1 954-889-6135 Email: planner@sintmaartenmarry-me.com www.sintmaartenmarry-me.com Sint Maarten Marry-Me specializes in planning beautiful, detail-rich weddings in Sint Maarten with unique venues, beautiful design and planning for surprises to wow your guests. Allow their experienced and knowledgeable team with 15 years of experience in bringing dedication to excellence and eye for detail to guide you through all the choices that need to be made and make all your dreams come true.

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