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Saint-Martin : Focus of the month


The Tourist Office of Saint Martin is pleased to offer you a monthly Focus on :

  • A culinary speciality
  • A plant or an animal
  • A personality or an activity
  • A place of special interest or a beach

...To show you the specifics of our island and waiting for your next visit to the "Friendly Island" …

Junior Saintil

Focus on a personality: Junior Saintil

Junior SaintilMeet Junior Saintil, he’s the sous-chef at Spiga, an Italian restaurant in Grand-Case.

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Billfish Tournament 2014

Focus on an event : Billfish Tournament

billfish tournamentThe 2014 Saint Martin Billfish Tournament was again a very tight competition between 27 of the best teams in the Caribbean, with several boats vying for the top spot right down to the last minute on day 3.

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Seaworld Explorer

Focus on an activity : Seaworld Explorer

seaworld explorer saint martinUnder the sea…under the sea !

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The Gunslingers

Focus on a personality : Aldric Benjamin

gunslingers saint martinInterview of Aldric Benjamin, Gunslingers.

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Milkaya Laïjah

St. Martin's personality : Milkaya Laïjah

milkaya"I believe that clothes should be worn by women above all to flatter them, make them desirable and attractive. However, this should be done in an intelligent way since sensuality can easily switch into vulgarity".

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Olivier Lange

St. Martin's personality : Oliver Lange

olivier langeA Man of Vision, The Real Captain Oliver

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Pineapple Cake

St. Martin's specialty : pineapple cake

gateau ananas An easy recipe ! Enjoy !

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Heineken Regatta 2013

Focus on the Heineken Regatta 2013

heineken regatta 2013With the Heineken Regatta, the party is on land and at sea in St. Martin. Welcoming, warm and colorful: that is the reputation of Saint-Martin!

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The Lolo

Focus on : the lolo...

lolos grand caseThe lolo’s history began with the colonization in the 17th century.

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Plantain gratin

St. Martin's specialty : Plantain gratin

gratin banane jaune The plantain is an inedible banana raw.

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Tuesdays in Grand Case 2013

Interview of Chantal Vernusse

chantal vernusseChantal Vernusse, director of Calypso Event, the company that organizes the Tuesdays in Grand Case.

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Miss Saint Martin for Miss France 2013

Interview of Suzon Bonnet

miss saint martinSuzon Bonnet is our Miss Saint Martin for Miss France 2013, French beauty contest.

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The border obelisk

Focus on a place : the border obelisk

saint martin border obelisk When the Spanish abandoned the island in1648, some French and Dutch families settled in the mountains and started to cultivate taro and tobacco.

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Locri

St. Martin's specialty : Locri

locriWhen Saint-Martiners gather for festive occasions this combination of chicken and rice is often on the menu.

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Youth Waves

Focus on musicians : Youth Waves

youth wavesTo entertain their neighborhood friends, teenage “musicians” Patou, Alex, Junie, and Pascal would come together to “play music”.

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Pigeon peas & rice

St. Martin specialty : Pigean peas and rice

rice and peasLike funchi in the South, this hearty dish accompanies almost any meal in the Winward Islands.

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Okra Fungi

St. Martin specialty : Okra Fungi

okra fungiOkra Fungi is a typical recipe from St-Martin that st-martiners eat with fish on Saturday!
Yvette Cynthia Hyman-Connor added a personal touch to it!

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I love my Ram

Focus on an event : I love my ram

i love my ram 2012"I Love My Ram" celebrates its 12th birthday in July 2012.

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Asif Hakh

Focus on an artist : Asif Hakh

asif hakhSelf taught artist Asif Hakh moved to St. Martin in late 2003 but is originally from Guyana

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Grand-Case

Focus on a place : Grand Case

Grand CaseThe village of Grand Case has retained all its authenticity, particularly in its housing.

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The Catholic Church in Marigot

Focus on the Catholic Church in Marigot

eglise-marigotThe church was built in 1941 on the road to Fort Louis.

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Horse Riding

Focus on an activity : Horse riding

equitationThe horse arrived in Saint-Martin with the first Spanish settlers.

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Crab and Rice

St. Martin easter specialty : Crab & Rice

crabandrice “Crab & Rice” is a popular dish in the Caribbean.

It is usually cooked during the Easter holidays when families gather on the beach during the weekend for the day or to camp.

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St-Martin's Museum

Focus on St. Martin's Museum

museeA visit to the Museum « On the Trails of the Arawaks » will plunge you in the heart of the history of Saint-Martin.


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Fort Louis

Focus on a place of interest : Fort Louis

fort louis st martinFort Louis was built in 1789 on a hill overlooking Marigot Bay and the island of Anguilla by the locals in the town, on the orders of Jean Sebastian de Durat, who was governor of St Martin and St Barth, for the king of France at the time.

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At sea, with H2O

Focus on H2O...

h2oAt sea, with H2O!
A unique project of discovery whose objective is to offer the opportunity to adults, children, seniors, physically challenged and non swimmers to experience the underwater world.

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Loterie Farm

Focus on a place of interest : the Loterie Farm

loteriefarmThe Loterie Farm opens its door to a wonderful tropical forest mixing eco-adventure, laid back luxury and a dose of Caribbean cool.
Experience the obstacle course or the extreme fly zone and discover from the canopy some of the indigenous trees of Saint-Martin.

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Grand Case Tuesdays

Focus on Grand Case Tuesdays

mardis grand caseEvery Tuesday, from January 10th to April 3rd, the old village of fishermen which has become the gastronomic capital of the Caribbean, livens up around the biggest arts and crafts market of St. Martin.

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Butterfly Farm

Focus on a place of interest : the Butterfly Farm

st martin butterflyThe Butterfly Farm houses in its area of 0,559 sq miles the finest specimens of butterflies around a beautiful tropical garden, a small waterfall and ornamental lakes populated wish Japanese fishes.

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Tintamarre Island

Focus on a place of interest : Tintamarre Island

tintamarreA wonderful haven of peace and greenery covering 100 hectares in the middle of the ocean, the island of Tintamarre is located 4km off the northeast coast of Saint Martin..

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Sucrier

Focus on a typical bird of St. Martin : "Sucrier à ventre jaune"

sucrier saint martinThis remarkable little sparrow of about 10cm, whose scientific name is Coereba flaveola, is one of the most common birds in the Caribbean.
Its nest, ball-shaped, is placed in the trees, just meters from the ground.

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Ma Doudou Rhum

Ma Doudou Rum

ma doudou rhum saint martinMa Doudou is a small family run business based in Cul-de-Sac. Its specialty homemade rum has been in productivity for more than 20 years.

The quality of their products, their unique rum flavours and their original hand painted bottles make Ma Doudou rum the most popular and most appreciated rum in St. Martin.

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The Iguana

Focus on a illustrious representative of St. Martin : The Iguana...

iguane saint martinWith its electric green color, it is not uncommon to meet one that will may be try to intimidated you with its famous nods ...

The term “iguana” is also derived from the Arawak, one of the first tribes of Saint Martin.

These prehistoric "monsters" love to bask in the sun and even sometimes on the tops of trees, an incredible show !

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La'Rich

larich-1 Painter, Poet, Body Painting Artist & Entrepreneur

Art, is who I am, it is what I am and it is all I have ever dreamt of being. It is the rhythm of my soul the essence of me.”

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Corail Helicopters

Focus on an activity : overflight of the island

corail helicopteresExperience a taste of Paradise from above...

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Adriana Sylvestre

Focus on a personality : Adriana Sylvestre

adriana sylvestreAdriana Sylvestre, Junior Minister of Tourism 2013/2014

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Jonathan Julien

Focus on a personality : Jonathan Julien

flyboard gmInterview of Jonathan Julien, flyboarder

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Percy Rankin

Focus on a personality : Percy Rankin

percy saint martinInterview of Percy Rankin, musician

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Billfish Tournament

Focus on an event : Billfish Tournament

billfish tournament saint martinThe Saint Martin Billfish Tournament was founded in 1997.
The founders wanted a tournament that would attract teams from all around the region but that would also include the local fishermen.

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Captain Oliver's Regatta 2013

St. Martin's events : Captain Oliver's Regatta

captain oliver regatta saint martin 18-19 May 2013 : 9th annual Captain Oliver's Regatta

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Trip Tips

A perfect week on St. Martin

a stay on st martinSaint-Martin offers a multitude of things to do and of places to see to suit everyone’s taste and satisfy every desire...

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The Tamarins Golf Practice

Focus on the Tamarins Golf Practice

practice golf saint martinGolf is probably one of the oldest games that man has practiced kicking a stone with a stick ....

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Saint-Martin Carnival Committee

Interview of Jean-Philippe Richardson

fdcsm-equipeJean-Philippe Richardson, President of the FCDSM (the Saint-Martin Carnival Committee).

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Pic Paradis

Focus on a place : Pic Paradis...

pic paradisAt 424 metres, Pic Paradis is the highest point on the island.

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Guavaberry Rhum

St. Martin's specialty : Guavaberry Rhum

guavaberry saint martinThe guavaberry is a fruit that grows in the islands and is also a liqueur produced from the fruit.

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Eco-tourism

St. Martin's fauna and flora

eco tourism saint martinSaint-Martin, the Caribbean island famous for it exceptional fauna and flora, just got few of its sites rewarded by a new label.

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The Course de l’Alliance Boat Race

Focus on an event : the Alliance Race

course de l alliance 2012Nestled in the heart of the Caribbean, Saint-Martin is the ideal destination for sea lovers and active travelers. The island is unique in the Caribbean for yachting and cruising.

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Jelani G.Fleming

Focus on our Junior Minister of Tourism

jelaniBorn on the island of Guadeloupe, on June 26th, 1996 is the son of Jean-Michel Fleming & the late Florentine Fleming-Vanterpool; named Jelani G. Fleming.

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The Courthouse

Focus on a place : the Courthouse

palais justice saint martinRue de la Liberté, the typical colonial architecture of this building makes it stand out from neighbouring buildings: The Courthouse

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700 new species

700 new species identified in the waters of Saint Martin!

rnn saint martinAt the time when the Réserve Naturelle de Saint Martin was created, a total of 480 different species of flora and fauna were estimated to exist in the various zones on land and at sea.

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Cindy Choisy

Focus on a personality : Cindy Choisy "Cinlad"

cindy choisyCindy CHOISY is a child of St. Martin. She has always shown a taste and aptitude for the Arts.

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Christophe Leroy

Focus on a personality : Christophe Leroy

christophe leroyChristophe Leroy is a passionate Chef.

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The Tijon Parfumerie

Focus on the Tijon Parfumerie

tijon grand caseThe Tijon Parfumerie in Grand Case, St. Martin offers visitors and locals alike two unique island opportunities

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Captain Oliver's Regatta

Focus on the 8th Captain Oliver's Regatta

captain-olivers-regattaThe Captain Oliver's Regatta occurs this year on May 19th & 20th.

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Baie de l'Embouchure

Focus on the Baie de l'Embouchure & Baie Lucas

baie-embouchureThe site of Oyster Pond is located south of the French Quarter neighborhood, on the east side of the island.

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Creole Rock

Focus on the Creole Rock

rocher_creoleCreole Rock is located within the limits of the Marine Park and is environmentally protected.

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Whales and dolphins

Focus on the wildlife : Whales and dolphins..

dauphins-rnn The plateau formed by the islands of Saint Martin, Anguilla and Saint Barthélemy is a zone for the reproduction oh humpback whales, which adore the warm waters to seduce their partner and couple.

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Codfish Fritters

St. Martin specialties : Codfish fritters

accras Codfish fritters are so delicious !

They can be served as appetizers, or as a part of the main course, or as a fine lunch on dish with a green salad.

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Mardi Gras Fritter

St. Martin, an island of a thousand flavours

beignetsThe Mardi Gras is the last day of carnival, people go wild and eat rich food before spending 40 days of abstinence. In that occasion people make delicious Mardis Gras Fritters or beignets made of fried dough with add a lot of sugar. They are so tasty!!!

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Sea turtles

Focus on the wildlife : Sea turtles...

sea turtlesThe exploitation of sea turtles, since of the beginning of colonization, led them to the brink of extinction.
Since 1991, total protection of marine turtle is enforced, and quite well respected.

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Culinary Specialties

St. Martin, an island of a thousand flavours

st martin islandMixture of various influences that Saint-Martin has known over the centuries, French cuisine with Caribbean flavors is the specialty of the island.

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The Nature Reserve

Focus on the National Nature Reserve of St. Martin

st martin natureOver the last decade, the island of Saint-Martin has adopted ecotourism by developing a wide range of alternatives for hiking enthusiasts and nature lovers to discover the secrets and surprises of its fauna and flora.

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Santa Claus' House

Santa Claus' loves St Martin

st martin islandIf it is a well known fact that Santa Claus’ workshop is situated in Lapland, you might not know that he likes relaxing in the Caribbean as well.

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The Shrubb

Focus on a West Indian Cocktail : the "shrubb"

shrubbFor a little sunshine in your year-end holidays, we offer a traditional Christmas drink of the Caribbean "Shrubb," rum with sweet scents of citrus and vanilla.

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Marigot Market

Focus on a place of interest : Marigot Market

marche marigotMarigot market is best described as a melting pot of colours, smells and lively hustle and bustle.
Stalls manned by locals selling fruit and vegetables, spices, local meats and fresh fish caught that day are housed under a mass of open Creole huts along the water front.

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Long Bay Beach

Focus on a beach of St. Martin : Long Bay

plage baie longue saint martinLocated in the heart of the Low Lands on the western coast of the island, Baie Longue, or Long Bay, is the first beach on French side of the island, when travelling north from the Dutch side.

One of the longest beaches on the island, Baie Longue stretches from La Samanna's Hotel Resort****L on the left to "Pointe du Canonnier" on the right.

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CTO - Hugh Riley

hughriley

Mr Hugh Riley, Secretary General, Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO) for the CTO’s State of the Industry Conference, scheduled for September 14-17, 2011.

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Sir Roland Richardson

roland-richardson-st-martin

 

Born on the island of St. Martin, Sir Roland Richardson is emerging internationally as a leading artist in the School of Caribbean Art, offering a unique view of his native West Indian culture as a “Plein Air” impressionist.

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