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St. Maarten

On St. Maarten, your limits are the sky in one direction and the bottom of the sea in the other. Sail the yacht that won the America’s Cup. Motor a catamaran along the mythical line separating the Atlantic Ocean from the Caribbean Sea. Charter a fishing vessel and set out for giant Marlin. Dive. Fish. Hike. Climb Historic Mount Concordia. Do it all, See it all. For here, there are no limits other than the boundaries of nature itself.

Often referred to as the crossroads of the Caribbean, St. Maarten is located at the northern end of the Lesser Antilles, approximately 150 miles southeast of Puerto Rico. The island is a four-hour flight from New York City, two hours forty-five minutes from Miami and has direct airline connections with European major cities.

The 37-square-mile island of St. Maarten was first settled by the Arawaks and was discovered by Christopher Columbus on behalf of Spain in 1493. Columbus sighted the island on November 11th, the holy day of St. Martin of Tours, and so named the island after him. For the next 150 years the island was passed between Holland, England, France and Spain. The old stone forts that guard many of the island’s inlets are proof of the island’s turbulent past. In 1648 St. Maarten was peacefully divided between Holland and France, and today is the smallest landmass in the world to be shared by two sovereign nations.

Come to where European sophistication and Caribbean island passion have fallen in love. Where boredom is a forbidden emotion. A magical place called St. Maarten.

Variety abounds along our shores as well

Windsurfers, snorkelers, sun worshipers, and serious divers all have their favorites. In fact, there are over 50 unique dive locations, teaming with color and life. Above the water you can explore the island by kayak and venture into its numerous secret coves and calm inlets. Or bike your way around St. Maarten and let the miles melt away as you watch your surroundings transform from rugged, to serene, and back again.

St. Maarten is a 24 hour experience unlike any other in the Caribbean

European sophistication plays a non-stop game of tug-of-war with raw island passion – a passion for life, love and all things pleasurable. St. Maarten is the perfect place to renew your passion for life, and do what comes naturally. To put the worries of the world behind you, and live in the moment. To set yourself free, and explore without limits. Miles melt away as you watch your surroundings transform from rugged, to serene, and back again.

The island exudes an energy that fuels body and soul

In fact, you can go all night in St. Maarten. There are dozens of casinos and clubs featuring talent from all over the world. And every time you grow hungry, you’ll be reminded of why St. Maarten is called the “Gastronomic Capital of the Caribbean.” Stay here for a year, and you’ll never have to eat in the same place twice.

When it comes to where to lay your head and make yourself feel at home, St. Maarten offers endless possibilities, with accommodations to suit every taste, many of which are among the very best in their class. And you’ll never want to leave this island empty handed. Every square mile of St. Maarten is tax free, as well as duty free for a “shop till you drop” experience. So plan on filling many needs while you’re here, and fulfilling many passions. For nowhere in the world will you have more opportunities to set yourself free and explore without limits.

Visit www.vacationstmaarten.com for more information about the island and what it has to offer.

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