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Sint Maarten/Saint Martin, the Gastronomic capital of the Caribbean.


Offering a subtle blend of flavours, gastronomy is the jewel in Sint Maarten/Saint Martin’s crown. In the magic hands of our accomplished chefs, peppers, annattos, chayotes, fish, lobster and shellfish, are combined in unparalleled gastronomic delights which reflect the flavor of the island: Spicy sweetness. As renowned for its tiny bistros as for its sophisticated restaurants, often housed in colorful old traditional houses or “cases”, Sint Maarten/Saint Martin has earned over the years a reputation as the gastronomic capital of the Caribbean.

Truly unique for its long and rich tradition of gastronomic excellence and truly cosmopolitan, the island has adopted, and sometimes adapted, the cuisine of many nations. Dining out in Sint Maarten/Saint Martin is often like travelling to a foreign country: the decor, the aromas, the flavours and even the accent of the staff, provide an instant change of scene…


Every square mile of St. Maarten is tax free and duty free. No duty is paid on any goods coming in or going out. But that’s just the half of it. Luxury items cost up to 50% less than in other countries, which is why cruise ships and travelers from around the world leave our shores with oodles of jewelry, fashion, cosmetics, electronics, and more. Great shopping all along Front Street, and down every side street, prices are quoted in US dollars


You can go all night in St. Maarten. The island exudes a natural energy that fuels the body and soul. Like the neon lights, it’s an electricity that never seems to fade, no matter how late it gets. Visit any one of our 14 world class, vegas style casinos. Or dance the night away to popular dance hits or electronica in our miami inspired nightclubs. It’s a wild ride from one beach bar to the next, and there’s no stopping until you say so.


On this island, 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.


St. Maarten is a cultural jewel of the Caribbean, out where the Atlantic Ocean meets the Caribbean Sea. Where people from all walks of life come together to enjoy a variety of cultural experiences like the Heineken Regatta, where hundreds of vessels set their sails for a yearly race, or the St. Maarten Carnival, a parade of dance and live calypso music. Fort Amsterdam and Maho Beach are other popular St. Maarten attractions.