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st-maarten-testimonialPaula Stoffels, British Columbia

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Saba – World’s Scariest and Shortest runway

THIS is the World’s scariest and shortest runway!

Forget about the ’10 most dangerous airport’s in the world’ – this one on the tiny island of Saba near St Maarten has to be seen to be believed!

Crowds flock to St Maarten to watch the planes land over the famous Maho beach, but few of them know about the secret of Saba just 10 minutes fling time to the south of St Maarten.

Landing and taking off from the volcanic rock of Saba is a thrill ride in itself.

Check out this video to see what we’re talking about:

Saba – World’s Scariest and Shortest runway



More stories and videos about airport landings in Saba, St Barts and St Maarten.

Drone Captures Steve Jobs yacht Venus

Drone Captures Steve Jobs Yacht Venus Squeezing Through Bridge in St Maarten

Amazing unique aerial footage above Steve Jobs luxury yacht ‘Venus’ exiting the narrow channel in St Maarten to go out to sea.


‘Venus’ has been in St Maarten for around 2 weeks for a scheduled stop and Saturday set sail on a private charter to an unknown destination, but first it had to navigate through the infamous ‘Simpson Bay bridge’ which is the entry and exit to one of the Caribbean’s largest sheltered lagoons.





Watch here as drone captures Steve Jobs yacht Venus as it narrowly avoids scraping against the side of the bridge opening…..



Credit to Brian Muston for a great drone video!

Best Things To Do In St Maarten

Best Things To Do In St Maarten


Great article from US News about the best things to do in St Maarten – St Martin along with world rankings under various categories.


We would, in our humble opinion, agree with some but not all of the things on their list – it’s obvious to us they haven’t got an ‘insider’s’ edge like we have and have missed a few not-so-obvious attractions like particular restaurants or the many scenic and secret photo spots and beautiful lookouts that you won’t find in any online guide or website – EXCEPT perhaps our own insider’s guide – St Maarten Island Guide.

St Martin Grand Case



St Maarten is ranked….


#2 in ‘Best Winter Vacations’

#3 in ‘Best Caribbean Honeymoons’

#5 in ‘Best Caribbean Vacations’


#5 in ‘Best Islands in the World’



St Martin Le Galion Beach




US News Travel Section has a survey of all the islands ranked in ‘Best’ categories where you too can vote for the island you love the most or you think should NOT be on the list – check it out HERE.

For the Best Things To Do In St Maarten – St Martin click HERE or HERE




Best St Maarten – St Martin Restaurants

Best St Maarten – St Martin Restaurants

Known as the culinary capital of the Caribbean, St Maarten – St Martin has a lot to offer by way of world-class dining experiences.






The best St Maarten – St Martin restaurants also regularly make the lists of many international journals and magazines including Caribbean Journal, Conde Naste and Travelers amongst others.


We are SO LUCKY to have not only sampled the best St Maarten – St Martin restaurants but also MANY of the restaurants on the latest published list of the 50 Best Caribbean Restaurants from ‘Caribbean Journal’ and in our humble opinion St Maarten – St Martin has more than it’s fair share of excellent international class dining experiences.


This is not just about the food, but also the ambiance, service, mood, music, view and service……..and as the French would say that ‘je ne sais quoi’ – the indescribable ‘I don’t know what’ that can only be experienced and fails to be relayed adequately in the written or orally descriptive word.










st-maarten-terrace-porto-cupecoyGreat to see that 3 of the best St Maarten – St Martin restaurants made the list!:


Sol E Luna


Le Tastevin


We really believe that Le Pressoir, L’Auberge Gourmand AND, purely for the authentic Caribbean nature and experience – ‘Johnny B Under the Tree’ in Cole Bay should have made the list.




When you are next in St Martin and want a really great evening ambience with lively music, people and an authentically French-Caribbean ambiance you can’t do any better than ‘The Village’ – ‘Le Village’ at Orient Bay.






Bon Appetit!



Fathers Day St Maarten

Fathers Day St Maarten 2014

Stuck for last minute ideas?



To all you dads out there, we hope you have a great day and if you’re in St Maarten, here are just a few of the things you can get up to on this sunny Father’s day St Maarten 2014….



Lunch At Palm Beach



Jet Pack Ride, Flyboard, Jet Ski….


Westin Hotel St Maarten

Westin Dawn Beach – Famous ‘All-you-can-eat’ Brunch


St Maarten Water Sports

The thrills of Orient Bay – Parasailing.


Where is this secret rock pool?

Natural Pool Dipping


Saba Nearby St Maarten

Island Hopping






Tranquil forest hike, flyzone, natural pool, Tree Lounge


Or Simply…..




St Maarten Past

St Maarten Past

A rare video digitized 8mm film from 1980 – A look back 34 years ago.


See St Maarten Past as it was decades ago. Footage of parts of St Maarten, the Carnival of that year and a few shots of St Barts at the end!





Check out some more Cultural archives HERE

St Maarten Carnival 2014

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Watch it Live from Anywhere in the World!

St Maarten Carnival 2014 promises to be one of the best in years with quite an international line up.

Here is the schedule from the official opening date yesterday. Below is a link to the FB page and LIVE STREAM.


NOTE: The Grand Parade is on Wednesday 30th April starting 11am


  • Opening of Carnival 2014                        Monday April 21
  • Miss Mature Pageant                              Tuesday April 22
  • Teen & Senior Pageant,                           Wednesday April 23
  • International Concert (Zouk),                Thursday April 24
  • Night of the Hit Makers Concert,           Friday April 25
  • Jouvert Morning Jump Up,                     Saturday April 26 (4am)
  • Riddimbox Presents Concert,                 Saturday April 26
  • Daybreak Breakfast Fete,                        Sunday April 27 (3am)
  • PJD2 Caribbean Queen Show,               Sunday April 27th
  • Senior Calypso Finals                              Monday April 28th
  • Sabor Latino II Concert,                          Tuesday April 29
  • Junior & Grand Carnival Parade,          Wednesday April 30
  • Second Day Parade,                                 Thursday May 1
  • International Show Reggae,                            Friday May 2
  • Youth Extravaganza,                                          Saturday May 3
  • Family Fun Day,                                                  Sunday May 4
  • Burning of King Momo/Closing,                    Monday May 5



More links:

LIVE Webcam of Great Bay

Carnival Info


On Facebook




Palm Beach

Palm Beach

Chic sophistication on St Martin’s most popular beach

Orient Beach






A personal favorite of ours, Palm Beach at Orient Bay is at once relaxing, chic, sophisticated and ‘cool’!


If you want to get away from the noise and people pollution of the ‘Big Five’ restaurants or ‘Lo-lo’s’ of Orient beach on the Eastern end, then get yourself over to the western end!


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Although ‘Waikiki’ restaurant is one of the more popular hang outs on Orient Bay, it’s a little too pretentious and unnecessarily pricey for our tastes – it’s a socialites favorite and a place to ‘see and be seen’ much akin to Nikki Beach (and Waikiki is definitely trying to fashion it’s own brand based on Nikki’s worldwide success!).


Take all of the great food Waikiki has, lower the prices, turn the volume down, get rid of the table dancers and space out the sun chairs and then you have Palm Beach.







WARNING: If you go to Palm Beach on Sunday be prepared to meet half of St Martin! It’s their spot on a Sunday especially……


Tip: Don’t turn off on the usual entrance to Orient Bay – it’s the one by the Cisco gas station and Paintball.



Click below for more info on

St Martin and St Maarten Beaches


Calmos Cafe St Martin

Calmos Cafe St Martin

A Magical Treasure in French St Martin


Calmos Cafe St Martin Grand Case


Dining on the beach with your feet in the sand is one of the pleasures of a Caribbean – and no one does it better than Calmos Cafe St Martin.


Located in the heart of Grand Case right across from the central parking lot, Calmos Cafe is a delight for so many reasons – chic atmosphere, cool music (live Latin or Reggae bands or just cool ambient music), great food and best of all right on the beach where you can enjoy the sunset.


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Browse the superb interior panoramas on their website Calmos Cafe St Martin and don’t forget if you’re in St Martin between January and April to go to ‘Harmony Nights’ every tuesday for a feast of sensations with a very cultural evening street fair.


For great ideas on other beach restaurants and the many different activities in St Maarten – St Martin CLICK HERE.



St Maarten Heineken Regatta

St Maarten Heineken Regatta

Some ‘Serious’ Fun!


It’s that time of year again and teams from all around the world are arriving in St Maarten in preparation for the 34th annual St Maarten Heineken Regatta starting March 6th through til March 9th..


As usual we will be taking many photos and video and posting them on our Facebook page as well as on St Maarten Island Guide.


You can also watch the racing around Great Bay LIVE on our St Maarten webcam which we will position to see the best vantage point and also to see the action on the boardwalk during the party!


Here is a quick intro video for you to enjoy telling you what the ‘serious fun’ is all about at this years’ St Maarten Heneken Regatta – Enjoy!





For more in-depth information go to the St Maarten Heineken Regatta official home page

St Maarten Cruise Cam
2015 Cruise Ship Schedule