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St. Martin

Marigot, St. MartinLocated in the northern 21 square miles of this two-nation island, Dutch Sint Maarten occupies the south part of the island, St. Martin has a distinctively French flavour. Casual restaurants with stunning views serve gourmet Gallic fare, boutiques and galleries enhance the pretty little towns and French shopkeepers will entice you with their goods.

Marigot, the capital of French St. Martin is located on the Baie de Marigot. Numerous famous named shops and beautiful stores are in residence throughout the center of town and in the Marina La Port Royale area, where after exhausting yourself shopping, you can dine at one of the many sidewalk cafes or restaurants and watch the yachts in the marina.

The charming town of Grand Case is known by many as the gourmet capital of the Caribbean. French, Vietnamese, Italian and other enticing restaurants attract diners from all over the island to its narrow streets.

St. Martin is blessed by some of the most picturesque beaches in the Caribbean. Orient Bay is one the most famous beaches in the Caribbean primarily as it is known as a clothing optional beach (mostly in front of the naturist resort Club Orient, located at the end of the beach). In the middle of the beach you will find local hangouts with restaurants and live bands playing great music. Get a tan while you eat local lobster and learn to dance the merengue. After lunch rent a jetski, go parasailing or participate in a local hobie cat race. Snorkeling equipment is also available.

The beach at Baie Rouge has its own charm. You can sit on the beach and get a taste of our neighboring island, Anguilla. Look to your side and find yourself walking down a great stretch of almost deserted beach and feel the sand between your toes. You can rent lounge chairs and have a refreshing piña colada or some barbecued chicken at the local shack. They also rent snorkeling gear, when you swim out to the right following the shoreline you will see a cave through which you can snorkel.

Many other beaches including Petites Cayes in the north can only be reached by boat guaranteeing privacy and seclusion.

History buffs will be pleased by Fort St. Louis. The fort, overlooking Marigot, has fantastic views of terraced hillsides rolling gently towards the bay. Construction of this 18th century fortress began in 1767, following plans sent from Versailles by Louis XVI. At Sandy Ground, visit the Museum of Marigot housing a fascinating exhibit that traces the history of the Arawaks, the island's early inhabitants.

St. Martin has a flavour all its own, guaranteed to please discriminating travelers of all kinds.

St. Martin Guide
The St. Martin Guide is your comprehensive guide to this historically fascinating site in the Caribbean. Whether you're interested St. Martin dining, beaches, or the several attractions you'll find around town, our guide provides complete details to help you plan a memorable getaway. Sports enthusiasts can easily find the best golf courses on the island, or which hotels are most recommended for tennis . Using our lodging section and other articles, you can research all of your accommodations, including four and five star hotels , air travel, and yacht charters.

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