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Adventure Guides are about living more intensely, truly experiencing all that you encounter. This guide covers every aspect of visiting St. Martin & St. Barts and shows you how to enjoy it all to the fullest. Visitors rave about St. Martin's Dutch-side casinos, the many French-side restaurants, and sensational duty-free shops. St. Barts fans gush over the luxurious little hotels, exquisite meals, chic boutiques, and camera-shy celebrities seen lounging on the beaches. If you seek action, go for St. Martin. ...
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Overview

Adventure Guides are about living more intensely, truly experiencing all that you encounter. This guide covers every aspect of visiting St. Martin & St. Barts and shows you how to enjoy it all to the fullest. Visitors rave about St. Martin's Dutch-side casinos, the many French-side restaurants, and sensational duty-free shops. St. Barts fans gush over the luxurious little hotels, exquisite meals, chic boutiques, and camera-shy celebrities seen lounging on the beaches. If you seek action, go for St. Martin. Need more peace and quiet? St. Barts is for you. History, Sightseeing, Hiking & Biking, Detailed Maps, Shopping.

Top Temptations in St. Martin & St. Barts: Shop duty-free in Philipsburg and Marigot. Dine on gourmet French food in Grand Case. Sunbathe at clothing-optional Orient Bay Beach. Try your luck at one of the big casinos. Escape to a luxurious villa you can rent by the week. Dive and snorkel in the fabulous marine reserves. Hike up Pic Paradis (Paradise Peak). Picnic on Dutch cheese and French wine in a hidden cove. Study ancient Indian artifacts in Marigot's Museum.

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Table of Contents


Introduction     1
Which One's Best?     3
The Land & Sea     3
Geography, Topography & Ecology     3
Weather     5
Plant Life     7
Wildlife     13
Birds     15
Marine Life     17
The People     20
Language     20
Cuisine     20
Music     23
A Shared History     25
Early Times     25
After Columbus     26
European Colonization - the Short Version     26
Sugar & Slavery     29
The 20th Century     31
Travel Information     33
When to Go     33
Celebrations, Events & Holidays     33
Carnival     38
Travel Documents     40
Arrival     42
Returning Home     43
Departure Tax     44
Health & Safety     44
Crime     46
Money Matters     48
Currency     48
ATMs & Banks     49
Going Metric     50
Electricity     51
Time     52
Telephones     52
On-Island Phone Cards     53
To Call the Islands     53
Planning Your Trip     54
Tourism Offices     54
Making Reservations     55
Finding & Evaluating a Travel Agent     56
Insure Your Trip     56
Travelers With Special Needs     59
Getting There     60
By Air     60
By Cruise Ship     62
Package Vacations     63
Getting Around     64
St. Martin     69
The French-Dutch Split     72
Official Business     74
Getting There     75
By Air     75
Getting Around     76
Getting Married     81
Exploring the Island     83
Taxi Tours     83
Group Sightseeing Tours     83
Independent Touring     85
Adventures on Water     104
Best Beaches     104
Boardsurfing, Windsurfing & Kiteboarding     121
Sailing     123
Motorboat Trips & Rentals     128
Water Toys     129
Deep-Sea Fishing     131
Adventures Underwater     132
Popular Dive Sites     133
Adventures on Land     138
Horseback Riding     138
Hiking     139
Mountain & Off-Road Biking     141
Tennis     142
Golf     143
Shopping     143
Top Shops in Philipsburg     145
Best Boutiques in Marigot     152
Where to Stay     156
Private Villas     156
Resorts & Hotels     158
Accommodations Directory     160
On the Dutch Side     161
On the French Side     172
Where to Eat     187
Restaurant Directory     189
In Grand Case     189
Restaurant Directory     195
In Marigot     195
Restaurant Directory     199
In Philipsburg     199
In Simpson Bay     201
Nightlife     206
Popular Clubs & Bars     207
Casinos     208
Island Facts & Numbers     209
St. Barts     217
A Small Island Long Ignored     219
Official Business     221
Getting There      221
By Air     221
By Inter-Island Ferry     224
Water Taxi     224
Getting Around     224
Getting Married     227
Exploring St. Barts     228
Organized Tours     228
Taxi Tours     228
Independent Touring     229
Adventures on Water     243
Best Beaches     243
Jet Skiing & Water-Skiing     246
Surfing & Kiteboarding     247
Boating     248
Deep-Sea Fishing     248
Adventures Underwater     249
Adventures on Land     251
Horseback Riding     251
Hiking     251
Tennis     252
Exercise Facilities & Spa Services     252
Shopping     253
Top Shops     253
Where to Stay     261
Private Villas     261
Resorts & Hotels     263
The French Star System     264
Accommodations Directory     266
Where to Eat     281
Restaurant Directory     283
In Gustavia     284
St. Jean     290
Lorient      292
Pointe Milou     293
Anse des Cayes     293
Anse des Flamands     294
Grande Saline Beach     294
Grand Cul-de-Sac     295
Nightlife     295
Island Facts & Numbers     297
Index     303
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