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St Martin Attractions On-Land

Apr 26, 2008
There are many stunning locations on the Caribbean Desert Island of St Martin. There are wonderful coves and bays, as well as long unbroken stretches of stunning snow white sand. Dramatic cliffs and tropical jungle hideaways, there is so much to see and do it can easily fill up a whole vacation.

Below is a brief guide to some of the highlights that this tropical retreat has to offer the first time visitors or the multitude who would not consider anywhere else as a yachting vacation heaven.

Orient Beach is considered the spot for the well dressed and well tanned to be see and be seen while visiting St Martin. Well to do locals, and tourists alike make their way to Orient Beach to take in the sights and pleasures of this little piece of paradise famed for its liberal attitudes towards bathing attire.

This beach can also offer unrivaled water sports opportunities and facilities. There are a number of high quality eating establishments that exhale all manor of exotic fragrances. This clothing optional beach does not have a tacky or tasteless atmosphere, more a sophisticated French Riviera feel.

Marigot Fort Louis encapsulates a one hundred and fifty berth marina, and benefits from easy direct access to the sea. This has made it a magnet for the internationally diverse yachting crowd that gathers on the island for some of the big races that are held around its shores.

On the Dutch side of the island, the boats are forced to navigate the difficult Simpson Bay Bridge, which only opens twice each day. Simpson Bay also provides a full service marina that has no less than 120 slips, which can accommodate sumptuous yachts with lengths of up to 60m.

Anse Marcel conceals a small harbor and a very attractive short beach, which can be easily found next to the Marina Port de Lonvilliers. Many yacht charters operators ply their trade from this popular little marina. Along the edge of the marina there are many lively little stores offering all kinds of local wares. As well as some extremely inviting sidewalk restaurants and continental style cafes.

Marigot Port La Royale is a busy marina found towards the leeward side of the island. It boasts a shopping area and many quaint little restaurants and cocktail bars. There is also a bi-weekly open-air market on the wharf.

Diving is a major attraction all over the island, with stunning coral formations, clear sandy bottoms and large wrecks dotting the coves and bays, all around its shores. The waters are crystal clear offering excellent visibility even on any rare cloudy day.

The island offers first class villas for those who did not bring their own yachting accommodations to this enchanting Caribbean hideaway.
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Blue Ocea Villas offers an extraordinary selection of private villas on the islands of Saint Martin, Saint Barthelemy and Saint Maartin. Search for vacation villas In St Martin and St Barth as well as vacation villas for rent in St Maarten.
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