Activities for Your Villa Vacation in Saint Martin
Every vacation in Saint Martin is bound to be different, given the variety of activities available to fill up any itinerary. Experienced travelers who have been on vacation in St. Martin will tell you that this island paradise should be known for much more than just water sports and fine dining - there are plenty of things to do here that few people take advantage of, so read up on the island's unique activities if you're planning to go on vacation in Saint Martin/ St Maarten. Here are a few suggestions:
Most people will make at least a few trips to the beach while on vacation in St. Martin, but the island's strips of fine white sand are good for more than just sun-tanning. All of St. Martin's beaches are open to the public so, taking advantage of the crowds on vacation in St. Martin and the locals, many sports-rental, concession, and crafts vendors have set up shop along the shore. On the Dutch side (St Maarten), Mullet Bay and Simpson Bay are generally considered among the best beaches, while Baie de Grand Case and Orient Beach are dominant on the French side.
Gambling is legal here but only on the Dutch side, so head south of the border if you'd like to visit a casino on your vacation in St. Martin. The Coliseum and the Rouge et Noir are small, independent casinos in Philipsburg and are great as starting points for a night on the town at a local club or bar.
To really experience the Caribbean, arrange your vacation in St. Martin to coincide with the annual Carnival celebration. This festival of parades, calypso music, and lots of good food takes place before lent on the French side and after Easter on the Dutch, and there are usually plenty of spirited visitors to share your vacation in St. Martin with during this time. There is also a festival devoted solely to Calypso, guaranteed to spice up any vacation in St. Martin, held every July on the French side.
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