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Sint Maarten

Consistently one of the favorites for many tourists, Sint Maarten offers a wide range of activities. More than 500 duty-free shops, a number of casinos, a range of hotels to fit every budget, fine dining and your choice of watersports await you.

Sint Maarten is actually the southern part of this 37 mile square island which sees French St. Martin to its north. Sint Maarten is a member of the Netherlands Antilles that also includes the islands of Bonaire, Curacao, St. Eustatius and Saba. The island has been amicably divided between the Dutch and the French since 1648 when the Dutch and French governments arranged for dual sovereignty to prevent any thoughts of Spanish rule.

The capital of Philipsburg today bustles with hundreds of stores and boutiques. As a free port Sint Maarten presents huge savings to shoppers - in the region of 25% to 50% off U.S. prices. Items such as electronics, perfumes, crystal, jewelry are of particularly good value. Don't miss the Saturday morning open-air market on Sualouiga Street where local artisans show off their wares. Back Street is also a major shopping thoroughfare. On the days when the cruise ships come in, try Maho Beach where there is an excellent range of shops.

Philipsburg can be easily explored on foot. Highlights include the old court house and the Sint Maarten Museum.

For history buffs the two forts are worth visiting. Fort Amsterdam and Fort Willem are the two remaining of four forts built by the Dutch.

For those looking for an active vacation, there is tennis and golf on the island. The golf course on Maho Bay however has not been well-tended since hurricane so don't expect a championship course. Guided horseback rides can also be arranged.

Beach lovers will not be disappointed. Bustling Great Bay Beach, Dawn Beach for surfers and Cupecoy Beach for its magnificent sandstone cliffs stand out as some of our favorites.

Scuba, windsurfing, jet skis, parasailing and water-skiing can all be arranged from a variety of local operators.

There are over two thousand rooms on the island. Lodgings include all inclusive resorts, small inns, large hotels and timeshares. Restaurants are plentiful - cuisines include French, Italian, Indonesian, Thai, Mexican, and Dutch.

After dinner, try your luck at one of the dozen casinos. Or maybe a disco or nightclub, where you'll be treated to reggae or merengue live music.

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