St. Maarten

So­phis­ti­cated Warmth

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St. Maarten is the Dutch side of a 37-square-mile is­land that is shared with French St.-Martin. Part of the King­dom of the Nether­lands, Dutch St. Maarten o ers vis­i­tors many ac­tiv­i­ties and ameni­ties, mak­ing it a haven for tourists in re­cent years. The ter­ri­tory com­bines the el­e­gance and so­phis­ti­ca­tion of Europe with the warmth and charm of the West Indies.

On the Dutch side, all the ac­tion is cen­tered on Philips­burg, the cap­i­tal of St. Maarten, with its great shop­ping, quaint restau­rants, un­for­get­table his­toric sites and more. Laid-back while the sun is up, Philips­burg turns lively when it sets. Wathey Square is a bus­tle of ac­tiv­ity with ped­dlers at the wharf. On Front Street is the his­toric Pasang­gra­han Ho­tel, which was once the Royal Guest House for Dutch roy­alty.

Laid-back while the sun is up, Philips­burg turns lively when it sets.

Two aptly named streets run the length of town. Front Street “fronts” the wa­ter and Back Street

bor­ders the other end. In be­tween, the city is packed with restau­rants, casi­nos and shops, many o er­ing im­ported goods from the Nether­lands such as cheeses, cho­co­lates,

Delft­ware and, yes, wooden shoes.

Va­ca­tion­ers can en­joy a range of sports on St. Maarten, in­clud­ing snor­kel­ing and div­ing, horse­back rid­ing, shing and kayak­ing.

Taste of St. Maarten

One of St. Maarten’s na­tional dishes, callaloo soup, is a nu­tri­tious blend of spinach and kale, avored with pork and spicy pep­per.

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