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St. Maarten Voted Top 10 'Best Island in The World' by; Activities, Beaches Abound on 'Friendly Island'

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PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten (May 29, 2012) - St. Maarten was voted as one of the top 10 'Best Island in the World' by US News. The 'Friendly Island,' which boasts 37 beaches, more than 365 restaurants and a plethora of day and nighttime diversions for all, has something for every traveler, making it an ideal vacation destination.

"As a destination we are greatly honored to make the list as one of the top 10 'Best Islands in the World' by US News. It is a great achievement for St. Maarten and we appreciate the support from the millions of travelers that visit us throughout the years," said May-Ling Chun, interim Director of Tourism for the St. Maarten Tourist Bureau.

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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