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St. Maarten unaffected by Tropical Storm Isaac; Airports, hotels, schools, businesses remain open

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PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten (Aug. 24, 2012) - The St. Maarten Tourist Bureau (www.VacationStMaarten.com) issued an advisory update informing travelers that the island was unaffected by Tropical Storm Isaac that passed by St. Maarten on Wednesday, Aug. 22, 2012. "St. Maarten was unscathed by Tropical Storm Isaac and all hotels, businesses, schools and the airport remain fully operational" said Augusto Priest, acting 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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