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St. Maarten Named In 'Top 5' Caribbean Destinations By Tripadvisor Travelers' Choice Awards 2011

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PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten (May 19, 2011) - St. Maarten placed in the top five of TripAdvisor Travelers' Choice Awards "Top 25 Destinations in the Caribbean and Mexico."

"This is the fourth consecutive year in which our island has been chosen among the best vacation destinations in the Caribbean & Mexico by those who matter most - vacationers. We are grateful for the over 10 million vacationers who've given their unbiased opinions about places they have visited," noted May-Ling Chun, interim Director of Tourism for the St. Maarten Tourist Bureau.

TripAdvisor is one of the largest online travel communities in the world. It began its TripAdvisor Travelers' Choice Destinations Awards in 2008 to "honor the world's top destinations, earning their distinction from those who know them best 'real travelers.'" In its inaugural edition, Philipsburg, St. Maarten, was chosen as the third best vacation destination in the world, with only Milford Sound and Queenstown, both in New Zealand rated above it.

St. Maarten

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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