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Savoring cheese, rum & perfume on St. Martin/St. Maarten

There I was in my white lab coat, examining 40 vials and trying to determine which combinations to mix to get the best outcome. Admittedly, I wasn’t performing some important scientific discovery or creating a medical breakthrough, but it felt almost that significant. What if I screwed up, made ridiculous choices as to the most effective ingredients and came away with an awful smelling product. Yup, I was making perfume at the Tijon Parfumerie & Boutique on the French side of the Caribbean…

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Local tourism rebounding nicely after fall 2017 hurricane devastation

Hurricane-affected countries are rebounding after last September’s devastation by Irma and Maria. The least affected countries are at or near normality, while the worst hit ones, which recorded decreases ranging from -18 percent to -7 percent in 2017, continue to make progress, five months after the storms.   The following is an update on the progress of some of the worst hit destinations as provided by the countries, along with the hotel picture made available by the Caribbean Hotel and…

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  • St Martin/Maarten is known for its beaches, shopping, and nightlife (especially casinos), But just recently, Forbes shone a light on its eco side, in the form of the French side's St. Martin Nature Reserve: https://www.forbes.com/sites/sandramacgregor/2022/10/10/discover-th...
    Discover The Amazing Biodiversity Of St. Martin’s Nature Reserve
    Discover why St. Martin is a fantastic vacation destination for animal lovers.
  • The Sonesta Ocean Point Resort is included on a list of 9 romantic resorts for Valentine's Day put together by a freelancer for USA Today. I find her list skews too much toward bigger resorts and largely ignores charming smaller inns, but I can attest to one, Palm Island (above) in the Grenadines - but it still makes for an interesting read: https://eu.usatoday.com/story/travel/10best/2022/01/07/9-of-the-mos...
  • Season is over
    Now, after Easter, most weekly visitors are gone and it became quiet on the beaches and in the restaurants. Some cruise ship tourists are still arriving at Philipsburg and you see the tour buses, the ATV's, and rental cars cruising the island between 10:00am and 5:00pm. Afterwards, it is quiet again.
    Now, it's time for carnival on the Dutch side of the island.

  • St. Maarten and St. Martin are still one of the most attractive island in the Caribbean. Prices are kept on a moderate level due to the very competitive situation. Despite the unfavorable exchange rate of USD>EUR, even the French side offers many attractive places for accommodation, and excellent restaurants at fair prices. Lowest rates are from mid April until mid December. September is a month to avoid due to hurricane risk and usually torrent rainfalls.
  • St. Maarten Carnival is approaching....April 25 - Mary 3, 2011...why not join us for carnivall with our complete package - www.stmaartengetaway.com
  • Check out Authentic Caribbean Holidays that provides exciting tours to St. Maarten/St.Martin - www.stmaartengetaway.com
  • Both French and Dutch sides get a Tripatini blog shout-out in the recent Best Caribbean Shopping Off the Beaten Path, Part 2!

  • I have joined because I read in a Philadelphia paper that St. Martin is now an independent country. We visited St. Martin yeaars ago, and it was a lovely island. I can still remember the beautiful beaches and hills in the north.
  • Two New Countries are Born. St Maarten/Saint Martin is one of them.

  • Please CLICK HERE to help a Tripatino with a question on St. Martin. Thanks!
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