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st-maarten-testimonialPaula Stoffels, British Columbia

We arrive on Saturday to the beautiful island of St. Maarten... and we are prepared with our very own copy of the "St. Maarten Island Guide". Thanks guys you have done a fantastic job of creating the ultimate travel guide! We now know the best places to go and see... saves us hours of time researching! :) See you soon!


Joyce Cummings, Springfield MA  
"The tips about how to negotiate good deal save me $1200 on the new diamond bracelet I bought – thank you very much!"
Jan Campbell, UK
"A great read and so many things I didn't know after going to SXM for so many years! Well worth the $44 even without the coupons! Thank you SO much!"
Sara- Beth Thiesen, Little Rock , AR 
"My goodness…these coupons and discounts made my day and my husband happy…"
Joe, the Bachelor, USA
"I found the Adult entertainment part quite inspiring and I liked your recommendation – will visit again for sure…"
Jed & Clara, NY
"We had a really special time in St Maarten we will never forget and thanks to this guide we saved a fortune!"
Richard and Sharon from Seattle. 
"We have been cruising for years and only now we found a real source for information from someone who really knows what they are talking about – love your 1-day plan option – it made it so easy for us to really decide what we want to do without all the hassles. Thank you guys!"
Michelle, NY
"We enjoyed a great lunch in Escargot, exceptional! – thank you for the coupon!!"
Ben Thompson, NJ
"They did not tell us on the ship about the ‘secret beaches’ – we are glad you guys did…we had a blast!"
Jessica, Chicago IL
"After getting the eBook, the whole family asked me what to do, as if I was a local St. Maartener…I definitely felt like one…"

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St Maarten Nightlife – Orient Bay, St Martin

St Maarten Nightlife – Orient Bay, St Martin

St Maarten Nightlife – Orient Bay, St Martin

We’ve held back showcasing this little gem because, well, selfishly we didn’t want it to get too popular!

Once a French side locals’ hangout, ‘Le Village’ is now becoming known with visitors as well and the atmosphere on a friday night is cool, relaxed, sophisticated and very friendly.

Watch this short video and see for yourself.


St Maarten Shopping – Bargains Everywhere!

Diamonds International – One of The Best Duty Free Jewelry Shopping in St. Maarten

st maarten diamonds internationalIf you haven’t heard of Diamonds International before – by the time you get on the plane or cruise ship, you will hear a LOT about them!

Diamonds International was established over two decades ago. What began as one store in St. Thomas has now blossomed into more than 125 locations.

Diamonds International is now one of the largest jewelry retailers in the world. They have more locations in the Caribbean than any other fine jeweler, but their network stretches from the company’s New York City headquarters into Mexico and as far as Alaska. Continue reading

A Practical Guide to Shopping in Marigot St. Martin

Marigot is a Quite Different Shopping Experience to Philipsburg…

It has it’s own unique charm – reminiscent of the French Riviera

The Mediterranean/ Continental ambience of the French side capital Marigot (pronounced ‘marry-go’)  where you can have breakfast at one of the fine ‘croissanteries’ of Marina Royale.. The aptly named ‘Le Croissanterie’ is a modest establishment, right by the water, that probably has the best croissants on the island and where you can get a filling breakfast for a family of four for a great price. Perfect to get your day started.

st-martin-marigot-le-west-indiesParking in Marigot is rarely the same struggle as in Philipsburg, although you should be aware that the layout of the French side capital is more spaced out than Philipsburg so you’ll need to take some good shoes or, if you cannot walk far, plan your trip in advance so you can park close to where you need to be. A large parking lot at the south end of Marina Royale (where you will find the Tourist office and Arhawak museum) will give you access to the main town center where you will find classy French boutiques and brand names alongside inexpensive gift and souvenir shops. Continue reading

Shopping St. Maarten

St Maarten Front St PhilipsburgWhat Could Be Better Than Duty-Free?

How About FREE Duty Free?

With no customs import or export duties, goods are free to flow in and out of St. Maarten/ St. Martin relatively unregulated – plus if you consider no sales tax and high volume turn over, it makes a great recipe for a shoppers paradise!

On top of this, we’ll give you the inside scoop on:

  • Bargaining and negotiating – how to know you’ve really got the ‘best price’
  • Using coupons to get a steal of a deal
  • How to get extra discounts
  • The best places for the deals
  • What is ‘grey market’ and how does it affect you?
  • Is there such a thing as buyers remorse?
  • Building relationships with your retailer
  • How to say ‘no’
  • When to say ‘yes’

I personally know of people from the US or Puerto Rico who have bought an inexpensive cruise to the caribbean just so they can go shopping for certain items – think about it, if you are in the market for the latest Bvlgari timepiece or cinema-sized flat screen TV and know that you can save $100’s (or $1,000’s if the item is high-ticket enough) by shopping in St. Maarten, then a $500 cruise can not only be a great and inexpensive weekend away but a good reason to save.




Find Out More about St Maarten!


To make your shopping trip even better we added a coupon book to our Ultimate St. Maarten Guide, which worth more than $1000 in savings and give a ways. With the money you can save with our coupon book…you just shop more…


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