Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Only Beaches? What else does St. Maarten and St. Martin offer?

The hurricane season (1) in fall has some windy and rainy days. It's time to explore the other attractions of the island. Here some ideas what to do:

Zip Line
The Fly Zone of Loterie Farm between Marigot and Grand Case has canopy/zip line tours for kids and adults.

The St. Maarten Park is a neat small zoo, although the biggest of the Caribbean, near the former Salt Pond. Some local, committed people work hard to get this zoo and park going.

The Yoda Guy
Nick Maley, the creator of the Star Wars characters, operates a small museum on Front Street in Philipsburg. He shows memorabilia from various films, where he had been contributing to.

About a dozen casinos on the St. Maarten side of the island offer their services at day and night time. The biggest casinos are in the Maho and Cupecoy area. A good casino guide is here at Fodor's.

Window front shopping or the special deal on jewelery, Philipsburg is the right place to do it. Marigot has some options, too, but is usually not so competitive due the exchange rate situation.

Pic Paradis
See the island from the top and walk from the Loterie Farm to the highest mountain of the island. You can also drive up to the top by leaving the main road in Rambaud between Marigot and Grand Case, see map.

Petites Cayes
Start at French Cul de Sac, walk around the Northwestern tip of the island to Anse Marcel and experience great scenary, amazing cactus plants, esp. the Turks head cactus, and a challenging path through scrub. More info on Petites Cayes.

Vacation Planning

If you consider returning to the island, now is a good time to look up a few potential places for your trip next year. This website shows the location of many properties on pop up maps and overview maps. Drive by and see, whether you like the area. Short term visit arrangements are more difficult to achieve. Still, a first impression from outside may already make up your mind, what you would prefer as your place to stay next year.

 (1) Although officially hurricane season is defined as between June 1 and November 30, higher risk of hurricanes exists and some rainy days are more likely in September. 

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