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Romantic Guide to St. Maarten/St. Martin

St. Maarten/St. Martin Activities and Attractions

With clear visibility up to two-hundred feet, water clarity is ideal for exploring the coral reefs and the more than forty dive sites. Captain Alan's Boat Charters offers a 'Three Island Snorkeling Excursion' that takes divers and snorkelers to the tiny isles of Tintamarre, Pinel Key and Green Key aboard powerboats with twin horsepower engines. For surfers, waves that roll in like white walls of fire reach the north and west coasts from November through March while the east coast is the surfing mecca with the most coveted waves at Guana Bay, Le Galion, Mullet Bay and Orient Bay beaches.

The Butterfly Farm is home to hundreds of rare butterflies, Asian-inspired fish ponds, enchanting gardens and a unique gift shop. Offering informative tours, an afternoon at the Farm is a mystical experience.

The highest summit on the island, Pic du Paradis offers breathtaking views from 1,492 feet above sea level. Just off the main road to Pic du Paradis, Loterie Farm was once a sugar estate and today is a working farm where the owners have carved eco-trails that visitors are free to wander to see the natural wonders like a hidden forest, giant silk cotton trees and groves of mango and palm trees. For the adventurous, canopy tours in safety-harnessed zip lines are a big hit with adults and kids alike.

For history buffs, Plantation Mont Vernon is an interactive experience highlighting the island's once thriving sugar, coffee and cotton industry. Open to the public, the Plantation sits pretty in a green park and is an educational respite from an afternoon in a beach chair.

High above the city's waterfront are the remains of Fort Marigot, formerly called Fort St. Louis. The fortress was built in 1789 to protect the French from the British and can be easily reached on foot; from the waterfront tourist-information booth on Rue de la R'publique where a footpath leads up a hill to the street and to the fort.

As the only 100% duty-free island in the Caribbean, shopping is a rite of passage for every couple worth their sea salt. From designer clothing and watches to brand name computers and liquor, the shops along Front Street are shopping paradise. For a more local shopping experience, Back Street runs parallel to Front Street and is chockablock with shops offering discount prices on brand name goods.


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