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Holidays to St Martin are set to the backdrop of a remarkable fusion of French and Dutch colonialism with a spicy Caribbean twist. Neither the Dutch nor French wanted to give up their share of this small jewel – an entente cordiale that has produced an enchanting cocktail of cultures.
There’s simply nowhere quite like it – a St Martin holiday is a unique experience...
The tiny Caribbean island of St Martin is so stunning that both the Dutch and French governments refused to give up their claims to it hundreds of years ago, meaning it’s still split between the two. And once you see this lovely rock at the north-east tip of the Caribbean island chain, you’ll understand why.
The sea here is a dazzling aquamarine, and many snorkellers say it hides some of the Caribbean's best opportunities for exploring life under the water. But it's not all about daytime activities on holidays in St Martin. The sea may be as clear as another of St Martin's famous attractions – white rum – but that's about the only similarity between the two.
In fact, St Martin is one of the Caribbean's best spots for after-dark fun and entertainment. And you'll quickly find yourself at home in the friendly bars, where rum cocktails are the perfect choice. The island also has numerous salsa bars and several major nightclubs – particularly in Simpson Bay, where venues are open around the clock.
Its French connections, meanwhile, mean that visitors on St Martin holidays are spoiled when it comes to dining, too. Despite the 50-50 ownership split of the island, France dominates in the culinary field. And the food capital of the island is considered to be Grand Case, home to some particularly fine eateries where you can try local specialities such as stuffed crab. For a cheaper meal, you can also try the cooking huts dotted on the roadsides, where delicious lobster, chicken and barbecued ribs can be enjoyed for next to nothing.
You can also save yourself some cash on hotels and car hire by bagging a bargain with the TravelSupermarket search tool. Car hire facilities are located at Princess Juliana Airport (SXM), where planes coming in to land just feet above the beach.
So get into the swing of your St Martin break now by using TravelSupermarket to search for great deals on holidays today.
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