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St. Maarten Escape   by Richard Rspad

When you really need a break from life and are looking for sun and fun, St. Maarten is perfect choice. Following is an overview of a St. Maarten escape that will recharge your batteries.

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St. Maarten Escape

The island of St. Martin is located in the Caribbean Ocean, and has the distinction of owned by two countries: France and the Netherlands. Divided roughly in half, the French side is known as Saint-Martin while the Dutch half is known as Sint Maarten. Collectively, the island is known as St. Maarten/St. Martin, or St. Martins.

The island was divided all the way back in 1648, and has stayed that way ever since. When choosing to visit this island, you have to make a decision whether to stay on the French or Dutch side. Choosing the Dutch side means a fun nightlife with beaches and casinos, so planning a St. Maarten escape is natural for many visitors.

One of the classic spots to plan your St. Maarten escape at is the Caravanseri Beach Resort, located on Burgeaux Bay. This resort definitely shows all that St. Maarten has to offer with three separate freshwater pools, tennis courts, and many different water sports such as snorkeling, diving and fishing. Duty-free shopping and other excursions make this St. Maarten escape a great choice for people looking to experience more of the island, and the newly built Dolphin Casino offers gamblers a place to bet to their heart's content. Three restaurants and bars are also located on the Caravanseri Beach Resort premises making this a full service resort that caters to all of your needs. 75 air conditioned private rooms, all with balcony or patio, make this resort complete.

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Another place worth looking at for your St. Maarten escape is the Summit Resort Hotel located on the Simpson Bay Lagoon. This resort is the place if you want seclusion along with an easygoing atmosphere. All of the rooms at the Summit Resort are studio suites, and they are contained within cottages that are placed on footpaths bordered by tropical flowers and scenery. All rooms are air conditioned and include balconies or porches, perfect for those relaxing evenings. This resort is also just a short walk from two of the best beaches on St. Maarten, Cupecoy Beach and Mullet Bay Beach.

Choosing a St. Maarten escape means you will have the unusual combination of European charm and Caribbean hospitality, all in a lush tropical setting. While on the Dutch half of the island, be sure to enjoy some time at the many white sand beaches and bustling casinos, as well as do some affordable duty free shopping.

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About the Author - Richard Rspad is with ResortSpaDestinations.com - reviews and articles on spa resorts. 
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