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St. Maarten Welcomes Yachties As It Ranks Tops In The World For The Best Food, Drinks, Hangouts For Crew By

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PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten (Sept. 6, 2011) - has named its recommendations for "the best crew hangouts in the world" with St. Maarten capturing four of the top twelve spots with the number one selection being the Soggy Dollar Bar in Palapa Marina. Other St. Maarten yachtie hot spots on the list include: Sunset Bar, situated at the end of the island's Princess Juliana Airport Runway, long a favorite spot for visitors and locals alike; the Sand Bar, located in the Yacht Club at Isle de Sol; and Karakter Bar, located on beautiful Simpson Bay Beach.

Other highlights recommended in St. Maarten include The Sopranos Piano Bar at the Maho Beach Resort for the "best signature drinks" and Bamboo Bernies, in the Sonesta Maho Beach Resort complex, for the "best tasty treats."

"St. Maarten, known as the marine capital of the Caribbean, has a long history of being a favorite destination for yachting enthusiasts," said May-Ling Chun, interim Director of Tourism for the St. Maarten Tourist Bureau. "We offer a safe harbor, expert services, a duty-free port, a large international airport and many onshore entertainment options-as validated by The culmination of all St. Maarten has to offer makes it a great destination to work and to play" said May-Ling Chun, interim Director of Tourism for the St. Maarten Tourist Bureau. "Each winter we host vessels of all types and sizes as their home away from home, our annual St. Maarten Heineken Regatta -now in its 32nd year, brings together the world's best sailors for a wonderful celebration of racing and 'Serious Fun' events."

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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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