USA Today’s Names St. Maarten/St. Martin One of the Best Caribbean Islands


The friendly island of St. Maarten/St. Martin has been named the fourth best Caribbean island in USA Today’s 10Best Readers’ Choice Awards, after Puerto Rico, Curacao and Dominica.

“St. Maarten is an island that is as unique as it is beautiful and our selection by USA Today readers as one of the top five islands in the Caribbean affirms our haven as an idyllic paradise for travelers of all ages,” said Edward Dest, interim director of tourism for the St. Maarten Tourist Bureau. St. Maarten came in fourth place in the poll, after Puerto Rico, Curaçao and Dominica.

St. Maarten/St. Martin is home to 37 square miles of breathtaking beaches and boasts numerous historical and family-oriented attractions. During the day, watersport enthusiasts can take full advantage of the island’s scuba diving and snorkeling facilities, while the capital of Philipsburg offers duty-free shopping with a bustling city atmosphere. 14 world-class, Vegas-style casinos and many nightclubs provide endless entertainment.

With the widest variety of dining experiences, compared to any other island in the world, Dutch and French St. Maarten offer a wide range of international and local cuisines with more than 365 restaurants. It is also the only Caribbean island with more than one establishment ranked on TripAdvisor’s Travelers’ Favorite Fine Dining Restaurants – Caribbean 2013 list, defining the destination as a stand-out culinary experience for visitors and reinforcing its reputation as the gastronomic capital of the Caribbean.

For more information on St. Maarten, visit the official site of the St. Maarten Tourist Bureau at

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