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Romantic Guide to St. Maarten/St. Martin

St. Maarten/St. Martin Romantic Getaways

Ringed by thirty-seven beaches, St. Maarten/St. Martin offers a little French and a little Dutch in two lively cultures that share one island. With just a welcome sign separating both sides, the island bustles from dawn to dusk with gourmet eateries, endless shopping, late-night casinos, swanky spas and an impressive array of beds for heads from swanky villas and guesthouses on the French side to seaside resorts and historic hotels on the Dutch side. With a plethora of direct nonstop flights year round from many cities and easy connections from others, legions of loyal fans return year after year for weddings on the beach, vow renewal ceremonies and anniversary celebrations. An easy island to navigate, many tourists opt to rent a car while others hop on bikes or take the public bus system which is inexpensive, safe and traverses both sides of the island. A melting pot of cultures from African and Caribbean to European and beyond, locals are friendly and delighted to offer directions or suggest their favorite eatery or lucky casino.

From calm and craggy to smooth and secluded, the sandy beaches along seventy kilometers of coastline are daily reminders why the island is one of the most visited in the Caribbean. The Atlantic coast can be breezy while the west side where the Caribbean Sea laps the shoreline is serene and soothing. Some beaches are favored by snorkelers, surfers and divers while others are treasured by shell collectors, sun worshippers, those preferring their birthday suit to a bathing suit and everyone else on a grand honeymoon or romantic getaway.

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