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Dubbed the ‘Friendly Island’ Saint-martin is just 37 square miles but packs in a diverse selection of attractions against a backdrop of flaming bright red, orange and yellow flamboyant trees and white sands. Take a walk on the wild side and explore the hills on a zip-line or by horseback. Or discover a watersports paradise, where you can sail to hidden coves or dive into an undersea world of vibrant tropical fish. If that sounds like too much, then just relax in the balmy sunshine of one of Saint-martin’s beaches, where turquoise waters lap at powder-white sands. Saint-martin is a destination to nourish the mind and the body. It’s a land of poets and artists and offers a gastronomy scene to rival the best of Europe. Savour the culture of fine dining or the adventure of exquisite local cuisine in Marigot – where succulent lobster meets local spices.
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The local currency is the euro but visitors can also use the US dollar and the guilder/ florin.
Saint-martin’s most famous dish is conch and dumpling
For a taste of SaintMartin’s gastronomy, music, arts and crafts, head to Grand Case every Tuesday night from January to April, where the island’s culture is showcased for all to see. The Sea Festival takes place on the last weekend of May, including entertainment on land and activities on sea, such as sailing.