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Divi Little Bay Beach, Isle De Sol Yacht Club, St. Maarten Receive Second Consecutive Blue Flag Award

International Criteria Met For Prestigious Eco-Label

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PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten (Dec. 17, 2012) - The St. Maarten Tourist Bureau is pleased to announce that Divi Little Bay Beach and Isle de Sol Yacht Club have been awarded the prestigious Blue Flag eco-label for its second consecutive year. St. Maarten remains the only country in the Dutch Caribbean to have Blue Flag locations.

This accomplishment is no small feat as both locations that were awarded the Blue Flag were required to advance certain aspects of their facilities to meet the high standards and international criteria in order to be considered for the prestigious eco-label.

The Blue Flag is awarded to beaches or marinas that meet a specific set of criteria concerning environmental information and education, water quality, safety, services and environmental management. The program is designed to raise environmental awareness and increase sound environmental practices among residents, tourists, marina, beach or resort management and staff. The eco-label has become an international symbol of quality recognized by governments, non-governmental organizations and tour operators and is used for the promotion of the awarded beach, marina or destination.

"We are extremely proud and pleased that both Divi Little Bay Beach and Isle de Sol Yacht Club have received the esteemed full Blue Flag status for a second consecutive year," said Edward Dest, interim Director of Tourism for the St. Maarten Tourist Bureau. "Thank you to the management and staff who worked hard to keep these areas eco-friendly and up-to-par."

For additional information on St. Maarten, visit the official site of the St. Maarten Tourist Bureau at www.VacationStMaarten.com.

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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