St. Martin

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St. Martin

The pleasures of Saint Martin are legendary, from its haute cuisine to its golden beaches. When you walk through the doors of Saint Martin, walk through the doors of France, and not just figuratively. Saint Martin is part of France as Marseille and Nice, and a flight from Paris to is a domestic.

Visit the capital of Marigot on market day when vendors fill the parking lots, in front of bistros and boutiques that line the harbor, with products ranging from home-brewed alcohol to burlap sacks filled with cinnamon, nutmeg and pepper. Saint Martin is an island full of action but also quiet. Orient Beach, perhaps the most famous naturist beach in the Caribbean, is also an excellent location for water sports, from windsurfing and jet skis to parascending, which is attached to a parachute practice in turn dragged by a boat.

For a different adventure, visit Loterie Farm, where an old trail used by the slave will take you high up in the trees of bread, which descended from the original plants brought to the Caribbean aboard the HMS Bounty. Another trail leads to Pic Paradise, the highest point on the island.

You can feast at one of the many restaurants on the island, where you can eat well on a budget. In the village of Grand Case, fine restaurants line the road along the beach. But amid these culinary palaces there are also lolos, the wooden huts overlooking the sea, where you can dine lavishly with stewed conch, fried fish, rice, beans and plantains, all for about $ 10. From the flat area known as Sandy Ground to Marigot and the less frequented Nettle Bay, savvy cooks just waiting to tempt you with their creations. Better to eat in abundance, so that your days will be full of activities, from a visit to the Butterfly Farm, where beauties like the nymph of the trees Cambodian and Brazilian blue Morpho will transform your day into a parade of fluttering colors, up to Mont Vernon Plantation , where you take a trip back into the history of rum production and understand what life was like in those days.

AIRPORTS / FLYING TIMES: Airports: Princess Juliana International Airport Simpson Bay, St. Maarten, NA, L’Esperance Regional Airport Grand Case, St. Martin, FWI Flying: Caracas – 1 hour 30 minutes, Miami – 3 hours, Montreal – 5 hours, New York – 4 hours, Paris – 8 hours, San Juan – 40 minutes.

There are direct flights from the UK. Air France offers flights from Heathrow via Paris, and KLM from Heathrow via Amsterdam. There are connecting flights from Antigua. All international flights land at Juliana International Airport (SXM), Sint Maarten, and domestic flights all’Aérodrome de L’Espérance (SFG), Saint Martin.

CLIMATE: The average daytime temperature in winter varies between 26.7 and 28.3 ° C. The summer is a few degrees warmer. The nights are cool in winter.

RESTAURANTS: The island boasts more than 300 restaurants with a variety of cuisines. It is in fact considered the “capital of the Caribbean cuisine.”

LANGUAGE: French is the official language of Saint Martin but English is widely spoken.

NIGHTLIFE: Entertainment available includes dinner dances, cocktail lounge music, discos, cinemas, casinos (Dutch side).

– Marina Port la Royale. Shopping complex, which includes top designer labels Italian and French.
– The newly restored Fort Louis, the main historical building, built in 1789 during the reign of Louis XVI, with a magnificent view overlooking the entire French capital.
– Pic Paradise, the island’s highest point, 427 m.
– The Museum “On the Trail of the Arawaks,” is historical and cultural heritage of the island. It displays artifacts from the Arawak Indians, telling the story of the colonization of Saint Martin, with an art gallery.
– The Lottery Ecocenter Farms, located in the lush interior region of French St. Martin, is the only private nature reserve on the island. This former sugar plantation, surrounded by over 60 acres of grassland, tropical rainforest and soaring mountain peaks, offers visitors the chance to discover the fascinating heritage of St. Martin. A growing population of wild fauna and flora, including green monkeys, raccoons and a variety of birds, bears witness to the efforts made to preserve nature. Future plans for Loterie Farm: botanical gardens, activity and conference center, a space for practicing fitness in nature, Creole restaurant outdoor grilled meat.
– The Butterfly Farm, where you can walk amongst the rare and exotic butterflies from around the world flying freely in a tropical paradise, with music, flowers and fresh waterfalls.
– Colombier, an area that will take you back in time to “Old St. Martin.”
– “The Old House” Museum, located between the French Quarter and Orient Bay, in an old sugar plantation in the eighteenth century, called “Spring”. To discover what life was like on the sugar plantations and history of the Caribbean through the great adventure of rum.

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