PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten (July 28, 2010) - With 37 breathtaking beaches all open to the public, St. Maarten (www.VacationStMaarten.com) boasts a coastline that satisfies every visitor by providing the best shorelines for couples, families, foodies, adventure seekers and those looking to have fun in the sun.
"Our beaches are some of the most beautiful in the Caribbean and we take pride in the unique options each beach has to offer," said May-Ling Chun, interim Director of Tourism for the St. Maarten Tourist Bureau. "From the impressive views at Cupecoy to the boardwalk in Philipsburg and the unique plane-watching experience at Maho Beach, there's a beach that suites everyone," added Chun.
The following are some of St. Maarten's "Best Beaches" for:
The sunset: Cupecoy Beach, Dutch St. Maarten's only clothing-optional beach, offers a picture-perfect atmosphere to watch the sun descend, surrounded by sandstone cliffs and crystal clear waters.
Beach bars and plane watching: Maho Beach is most popular for its location, as it is situated at the end of St. Maarten's airport runway. With camera in hand and feet in the sand, this one-of-a-kind beach experience provides added enjoyment thanks to the Sunset Beach Bar, which keeps the drinks and music flowing while people are mesmerized by the thrill of low-flying planes.
Snorkeling: Snorkeling enthusiasts can enjoy the laid back vibe of Mullet Bay Beach which is frequently visited by locals due to its convenience and simplicity. While the beach offers snorkelers a close look at indigenous sea life, others can enjoy the volleyball courts and seaside barbeque restaurants.
Known as on of the best beaches on the island, Dawn Beach, situated on the eastern side of St. Maarten, offers endless amounts of white sand perfect for sun bathing and beach activities.
Shopaholics: St. Maarten is renowned for its duty-free shopping and Great Bay Beach combines both shopping and relaxing as it boarders the newly constructed boardwalk. Visitors can take advantage of the duty-free prices on jewelry, electronics, sunglasses, liquor and more, while enjoying vistas of the daily parade of cruise ships sailing into the harbor.
Couples: Baie Longue and Baie Rough are the perfect escapes for loved ones to reconnect with its tranquil location in the island's exclusive Terres Basses area. Couples are afforded the option of renting beach chairs while they take advantage of the surrounding quaint and quiet areas.
Happy Bay Beach also provides privacy for travelers looking to escape the crowds. The beach remains secluded as the small stretch of sand is not easy to get to. Couples can drive to Friar's Bay and hike the short distance to Happy Bay Beach.
Yachting: In Simpson Bay Beach, located near Princess Juliana International airport, travelers can watch mega-yachts that pass under the Simpson Bay Bridge. This south-facing bay is protected from strong Northeastern winds, making it a calm and quiet place for guests.
Foodies: Orient Bay combines the beach with bistro - further solidifying St. Maarten as "the culinary capital of the Caribbean." In addition to being an official "clothing optional" beach and offering a large variety of water sports, Orient Bay's numerous restaurants are represented by various bright colored umbrellas that line the shore.
Baie Grand Case beach is another great area for food lovers to spend the day soaking up the sun while enjoying lunch and dinner at some of the finest restaurants and lolos, which are casual restaurants serving island fare such as barbeque, fried plantains and Johnny cakes.
Families: Create memories to last a lifetime when parents and children visit the peaceful waters of Le Gallon Beach. Known for having the calmest waters on the island, this family-friendly beach surrounds coral reefs ensuring that the waters are calm and shallow.
For more information on St. Maarten visit the official site of the St. Maarten Tourist Bureau at www.VacationStMaarten.com.
St. Maarten is the smallest island in the world to be shared by two nations, Kingdom of the Netherlands and France, creating a European-influenced vibe with a Caribbean flair. As "the culinary capital of the Caribbean," St. Maarten offers an eclectic array of cuisine fusion for food lovers with more than 365 restaurants, one for each day of the year to satisfy the tastes of every palate and pocketbook.
Located at the northern end of the Lesser Antilles, the island's 37 square miles has 37 breathtaking beaches and is home to many historical and family-oriented attractions. During the day, watersport enthusiasts can take full advantage of the island's scuba diving and snorkeling facilities. The capital of Philipsburg offers duty-free shopping with a bustling city atmosphere, while 14 casinos and numerous nightclubs provide endless entertainment.
Accommodations are varied and include elegant private villas, family oriented resorts, quaint cottages and luxury spa resorts. Air service is available to Princess Juliana International Airport from numerous U.S. and Canadian cities as well as from Europe, South America and the Caribbean.
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