St. Martin is the Caribbean Paradise You’ve Overlooked

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How much do you know about the island of St. Martin? Have you ever considered it as a luxury vacation destination? If you’re unfamiliar with the vacation opportunities in St. Martin, it’s might be because it’s one of those amazingly beautiful destination that, luckily for you, is flying a bit under the radar.

St. Martin is a tropical paradise that the whole family will enjoy. If your lucky enough not to be limited by significant budget constraints, you should check out the tons of private vacation villa rentals available in St. Martin.

When deciding to travel to the Caribbean paradise that is St. Martin, it will help if you’re slightly familiar with what you’ll find when you arrive. For those families interested in getting in the ocean, we’ve provided a few tips for snorkeling in St. Martin. In addition, we’ve also provided a few dining suggestions that everyone can take advantage of:

Snorkeling Guide

The Caribbean’s waters are home to a vast and diverse number of marine species. If you’ve never laid eyes upon the beauty of an active coral reef, St. Martin is the place to do so. For beginners with little or no snorkeling experience, you might think about signing up for one of the island’s many snorkeling excursions.

If you feel that you have enough experience to get by on your own, simply rent your own swim fins and mask and get on your way. Creole Rock is one of the spots you must visit. Located in the French Nature Reserve, Creole Rock is celebrated as one of the most diverse ecosystems around the island.

If you’re looking to see some of the island’s native turtle species, head over to Turtle Reef, aptly named for its’ active presence of both green turtles and hawksbill turtles. This is a perfect spot for snorkelers with less experience, as the deepest waters max out at a depth of just 25 feet, while the shallower sections offer amazing marine viewing in just six feet of water. Of course lots of other activities to experience, lots of things to do in St. Martin.

Dining Options

Food is important no matter where you decide to vacation. Fortunately, there is no shortage of delicious dining on St. Martin. With a unique heritage that is both Dutch and French, the people of St. Martin pair fresh fish from the sea with top-of-the-line French fare, creating cuisine fit for a foodie’s paradise.

If you’re in the mood for barbeque-style fare, be sure to check out Enoch’s Place in Marigot. Here you’ll be able to find Creole classics such as conch stew, cooked plantains, stewed chicken, and the best grilled garlic shrimp you’ve ever tasted!

If you’re cruising around the island and looking for a place to stop for lunch, don’t miss out on trying the fare at Tropicana, which is also located in Marigot. This restaurant specializes in island-style French cuisine. Salad lovers will be sure to discover a whole new appreciation for their salad with Tropicana’s tasty dressings, fresh produce, and unique combination of ingredients.

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