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Official Carnival kicked off

Official Carnival kicked off

Carnival Village officially opened on Thursday night April 14th, signalling the start of fete and bacchanal! the Official Carnival kicked off.

Official Carnival kicked off

Jump up!!!

The traditional opening jump-up started at Milton Peters Collage in South Reward just after8:39pm. There was a symbolic ribbon-cutting across the road by the St. Maarten Community Collective South Reward before revellers started their jump-up exercises through the streets to Carnival Village.

Official Carnival kicked off

King Momo leading the parade

For the first time, King Momo, the effigy that is set on fire at the end of the Carnival season, led the jump-up. The contestants from the various Queen Shows also marched at the beginning of the jump-up. No Limit, 4M HD, DJ Pauly, Wicked Boys and Band Clash winners XP Band were the bands involved in the large jump-up. Thousands jumped alongside each other with minimal incidents.

 

Official Carnival kicked off

Opening in the Village

Minister of Tourism, Economic Affairs, Transport and Telecommunication Irania Arrindell handed over the symbolic key to the village to St Maarten Carnival Development Foundation (SCDF) President and Director Michael Granger to signify the opening of the Village and Carnival season. Main sponsors TelEm and International Liquors and Tobacco Trading (ILTT) were also present during the opening.

The Village will be occupied every night for the next two weeks with a different event for the

Official Carnival kicked off

Crowd in the Village

public.

Lighting up the roads

Lighting up the roads

Rio Productions is Lighting up the roads on St Maarten last night the 10th of April with their fifth annual lighted parade, and done so very successfully!

Lighting up the roads

Revelers of the Lighted Parade 2016

New this year was the “Rio Village” located on the Ring Road opposite the Ennia Building. With this the organizers created a new “hot spot” where spectators can gather, eat, drink and party while waiting on the lighted parade to pass by and also the place where the parade ended with an awesome after party where the musical entertainment continued to play well after the parade.

Burning Flames and Small Axe were the bands on the road, and for the first time Soggy Dollar Bar joined the event with a trailer with light and sound effects while the DJ’s beats

swept up the revelers.

Every year Rio sets the bar a little higher for themselves and the event, finding that next level wow factor with their costume section and the flashing gadgets that main sponsors Chippie and CLT provided.

We enjoyed the fantastic light show, parade and revelers. Can’t wait what they’ll come up with next year!!!

Lighting up the roads

Revelers of the Lighted Parade 2016

Lighting up the roads

Revelers of the Lighted Parade 2016

Lighting up the roads

Revelers of the Lighted Parade 2016

The PopCycle Bar St Maarten

The PopCycle Bar St Maarten

Thye’re rolling up and down with The PopCycle Bar St Maarten at the Boardwalk until 4pm today and the same goes for tomorrow

The PopCycle Bar St Maarten

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doesn’t that just give you a “don’t worry be happy” feelin’…?

If you’re in the mood to taste one (or two) of our delicious handmade Popsicle or Poptails then meet them on the Boardwalk, they’ll be rolling up and down.

The  Gourmet Ice Pops are full of unique and exciting flavor combinations and are handmade with only the freshest ingredients! Contact us today to order some by emailing them at ThePopCycleBar@gmail.com.

REGATTA BRIDGES OPEN

REGATTA BRIDGES OPEN

REGATTA BRIDGES OPEN at extra moments of the day, so let us inform you when that will be.

Causeway Bay Bridge

REGATTA BRIDGES OPEN

REGATTA BRIDGES OPEN

in- and outbound trafic

8.15 am

9.45 am

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11.45 am

15.30 pm

17.15 pm

 

Simpson Bay Bridge

REGATTA BRIDGES OPEN

March 2016

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Thusrsday 3rd 8.00 am
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Friday 4th 8.00 am
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Saturday 5th 8.00 am
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Sunday 6th 8.00 am
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REGATTA BRIDGES OPEN

Fun at the Heineken Regatta

wellness pampering

wellness pampering

Get some wellness pampering at one of these exotic wellness & spa resorts

wellness pampering

Spas are health and leisure resorts which offer mineral water-based health treatments, as well as various personal care treatments, such as facials, massages, mud baths, and body wraps, among others.

wellness pamperingThe frequent use of Spas has become very popular around the world, especially because it is linked to improved physical and mental health, better quality sleep, stress reduction and fewer sick days. Studies have concluded that spa therapy reduces absenteeism from work and hospitalizatons.

Resort spas differ widely in size, price, setting, and programing, Some of them are aimed towards weight loss and therefore are restricted calorie, while others are all-you-can-eat.
Why don’t you allow yourself to be pampered at one of these exotic resorts in the friendly isle of St. Maarten.

THE CHRISTIAN DIOR SPA at THE CLIFF

wellness pampering
The Dior Spa, located at The Cliff resort in Cupecoy Beach, St. Maarten is the first Christian Dior spa in the Caribbean.
Here guests receive luxurious hydrotherapy and aromatherapy treatments, deep tissue massages, facials and body scrubs.
Spa goers also have access to the onsite pool, sauna and steam room.
Incorporated into each treatment are signature Dior products known as some of the most luxurious around.
read more on their website

RADISSON BLU RESORT MARINA & SPA

wellness pampering
Relax and Unwind at the Resort’s Incredible Spa in St. Martin
Le Spa, a full-service spa & fitness center is a sanctuary for balancing the body, mind and spirit.
Le Spa features a wide variety of exotic treatments using exclusive products from the French brands of Carita and Le Sultan de Saba.
Indulge in a relaxing Tropical Outdoor Massage, Black Stone Massage with natural Shea butter or a 40-minute Salt, Green Tea & Ginger Body Scrub.
read more on their website

NOA LE SPA

wellness pampering
Noa le Spa takes you into an unique atmosphere.
Which combines quality and tradition, design and innovation.
You will find in our balneotherapy complex route with Steam, Sauna, Jacuzzi, massage rooms, complete with a bar and a beautiful relaxation area.
We have for your viewing pleasure transformed the traditional sauna and hammam version of Italian design, while keeping the beneficial properties and recognized hammam and sauna.
read more on their website

MARQUIS BOUTIQUE HOTEL AND SPA

wellness pampering  wellness pampering
Peaceful, intimate, serene …
Our Wellness-Centre will complete your feeling of being in paradise.
Our treatments, which can also be provided in your room, are available “a la carte” or through a variety of packages:
Choose our Jetlag Massage, “Mini Cure” option or select one of our 3 or 5 day packages… Seize the moment!

Hotel Marquis is located on the hill-top of Anse Marcel, overlooking the entire bay.
We are close to the Goumet Capital of the Caribbean – Grand Case – and to Grand-Case Airport (3.1 miles or 5km) as well to Marigot (5.5miles or 9km) – the capital of French Saint-Martin.
The distance to Juliana International Airport is 10.5 miles (17 km).
read more on their website

Hotel Le Domaine Beach Resort and Spa

wellness pampering4-Star hotel on Saint Martin

The sea speaks to us of voyages.
The islands are havens of rest and relaxation.
The luxuriance of the Caribbean kindles dreams and the Tropics suggest a sense of warmth and the unknown.
On the island of Saint Martin, Le Domaine Resort & Spa offers you the chance to enjoy those special moments.
Located in the French part of the island, very much preserved and in the natural setting of the Anse Marcel, a protected haven of peace in the north of the island, the hotel of the Domaine de Lonvilliers Resort & Spa offers you all the enchantment of this little paradise.
read more on their website

wellness pampering

Caribbean Nature Alliance

Caribbean Nature Alliance

Welcome to our network for nature conservation. The Dutch Caribbean Nature AllianceCaribbean Nature Alliance is a regional network of protected areas. The DCNA assists support offers to the park management and conservation organizations on the Caribbean islands.

namely: Aruba, Bonaire, Curacao, Saba, Sint Eustatius, and Stint Maarten. Together we work to preserve our unique nature.

The most recent protected area of the Dutch Caribbean, the Marine Park of the Man of War Shoals, is the most important island on the island and offers a safe haven for whales, sharks, sea turtles and hundreds of species of fish. It’s a good thing, but it’s a good thing, but it’s a good thing. “The Man of the War Swarm” on September 4, 1801.

Artifacts such as large anchors, cannons, barrels, cannon balls and pottery are still on the popular St. Maarten dive site, which is a marine archaeological treasure. Studies on biodiversity, in the region is high. The construction of the Shoal Marine Park is recognized by the SPAW Protocol and the Federal Decree on Maritime Administration.

see more about the Nature Alliance:
http://www.dcna.nl/

Caribbean Nature Alliance

NATURE SXM St Maarten Martin

NATURE SXM St Maarten Martin

NATURE SXM St Maarten Martin

Anse Marcel

In the far north of the island is Anse Marcel, with the Riu hotel. Also a nature reserve and a number of beautiful hiking trails, which makes it more interesting to stay here.



Interior

Pic Paradis is the highest mountain in St Maarten. It is 411 meters high. On the slopes of Pic Paradis is the Loterie Farm, where you can take part in jungle tours, ziplines or an excursion toNATURE SXM St Maarten Martin thermal springs. Although it is a very friendly island, adorned Saint Martin is still mainly with columnar cacti and lower bolcactussen. Only at the St.Peters – Sentry Hill ridge is sufficient rain for tropical forest. Along the edges grows wild everywhere hybiscus, croton, paradise flowers and poinsettias.

Mangroves

Two large lagoons, Simpson Bay Lagoon (Dutch / French) and Oyster Bay (French) offer peace and space for a unique community: the mangrove forests of Saint Martin. On stilt roots in balancing the saltwater mangroves stretch out and are a haven for animals. More than fifty species of birds, including American Little egrets, find food and nesting. Invisible is a vast breeding ground for fish and crabs which inter alia imported raccoons and mongooses love.

Man of War Shoal Marine Park St. Maarten

Since late 2010, the first national marine park of St Martin, the Man of War Shoal Marine Park NATURE SXM St Maarten Martinopened. In this park you will better protect the beautiful reef off the coast of St. Maarten. The area is known as the Proselyte Reef Complex and is of great importance for nature on St. Maarten. With the opening of the marine park is actually the first protected natural area open on the island, a good step towards sustainability. The reef is named after a gun frigate ran aground here in early 19th century. At the bottom are still many archaeological treasures, including guns, pots and anchors, which now constitute the habitat of many fish and corals.



Island Hopping

From St. Martin you can easily visit the smaller, surrounding bounty islands, including Ile de Pinel and Tintamarre île. By ferry or boat you can also make a day trip to other islands such as Saba (15 minutes), St. Barths (15 min flight.), Anguilla (20 minute flight, with the most beautiful beaches of the Caribbean Sea) and St. Eustatius (20 minutes).

Diving and snorkeling on St Maarten

The island offers plenty of beautiful coral reefs where you can snorkel or diving. Especially Great Bay and Little Bay are good diving spots. Man of War Shoal Marine Park is a wonderful place to dive: whales, dolphins and sea turtles swimming among the many smaller fish.

Nettle Bay St Maarten SXM

Nettle Bay St Maarten SXM

According to the Caribbean Journal Nettle Bay St Maarten SXM is one of worlds Best Caribbean Beaches to Move To
Nettle Bay St Maarten SXM“Part of the Sandy Ground zone, this is a standout amongst the most delightful shorelines in French St Martin furthermore an amiable neighborhood that consolidates private quiet (townhouses and estates) with the solaces of tourism, which means extraordinary shops, eateries and shoreline bars right adjacent. It doesn’t hurt that ‘s near the constantly vivacious town of Marigot.”

Caribbean side: This long stretch of sand is just 5 minutes from the town of Marigot and is home to a number of resort hotels. Rocks, rocks and strong currents mean that this is not the ideal seaside resort, but the gentle breeze of the trade winds makes this rare beach a pleasant place.

Laguna Side: These are the most beautiful beaches in Simferopol, and the beach is within walking distance of the hotel.

 

Here you go to all our beaches



working in the caribbean

working in the caribbean

Are you struggling to find the right job in the caribbean?

working in the caribbeanDo you know what you need for a successful relocation? Working in the caribbean!

Do you know, that you can get professional help for these things?

Why don’t you let an expert do all the hard work for you? All you have to do is to write your resume and hand it over to a Caribbean Job Portal.

Your resume will be instantly posted to thousands of recruiters in the caribbean area. Or you can just go there and scan throught the incountable job offers.
Visit their forums for valuable insider tips and if you found your job, be sure to get their relocation check list.

People say that especially , working on Curacao, Aruba, St. Maarten and the BES islands is experienced as a very interesting environment with interesting work. A good sense of responsibility is considered important, and is usually there will be worked intensively on networking and relationships that may be important for your future career.

This offers professionals interesting opportunities to get interesting work in an international and pleasant working environment. There is usually a good balance between work and private experience.

Getting in contact with the leading companies in Aruba, Curacao, Sint Maarten and the BES islands is of course essential.
One of the ways to achieve that is for instance to subscribe at a career portal.
that is a place where job seekers and recruiters or employers easily can meet.

The main advantage of using these kind of portals is you will find the local recruiters who are acquainted with the local job market.
Those professionals know the better jobs , have the best connections, have the local experience, and are really trying to find you a job! which in the end is what you try to achieve.

No matter what your ambitions are, there is always an way to get a job on St Maarten / St Martin.

Bars n Dancings

 Bars n Dancings

Let’s hang out at some Bars n Dancings.

COLE BAY

Bars n Dancings
Pineapple Pete
We are very happy to welcome you to Pete’s village – The place to enjoy while you are in St. Maarten! Here you will find the original Pineapple Pete Restaurant and Bar where you will have a superb dining experience for lunch and dinner, with great food and great service! Next to the restaurant is Pete’s Pool Room, an entertainment area with 8 pool tables, dart boards, arcade games and much more. Head in to Pete’s Corner Shop and Collectibles and browse through t-shirts, hats and more, handcrafted jewellery items, local rum and great memorabilia to bring home from your trip!
read more on their website

Bars n Dancings

CONCORDIA

Bistro la formule

Le Bidule

Pein D’so

GRAND CASE

Calmos Café

La Factory

Le Club

Le Moon

Maeva Beach

Pasta Nostra

Red Case Bar

Sunset Café
From the most discerning palate to the heartiest appetite, the Sunset Café is sure to please. From a fine French pastry or a full breakfast for two to a quick and energizing lunch you can take on the beach, there is something for everyone at our on-site restaurant. Witness the amazing transformation as the Café becomes a romantic candle-lit fine French restaurant for the evening, while catching a glimpse of the green flash at sunset.
read more on their website

Custom Menus & Unique Dietary Needs Zen’it
Le Pub (Grand Case Bay)

  

HOPE ESTATE

L’Essentiel

KIM SHA BEACH

Buccaneer Beach Bar
Look out for our weekly special events and parties with great drink specials. On Friday and Sunday we are the place to be, as our special bonfire-fireballs light up the beach. Buccaneer Beach Bar offers a great venue for your next event. We accomodate both small and large parties. Buccaneer is located right on Kim Sha beach with beautiful turquoise sea and white sandy beach to refresh and relax you.
read more on their website

MARIGOT

David’s Bar & Club
La Flibuste Marigot
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Le 13e round Marigot

MAHO

Platinum

The Sopranos

Bamboo Bernie’s (Maho Beach)

Bliss Maho Beach
Dance under the stars! With the stars! At the center of the action in Maho next to Sunset Beach Bar, ‘Bliss’ is usually one of the last stops on a heady night out and dancing under the stars with a cool breeze is often more enjoyable and fun than inside a cold airco club filled with smoke and beer smells! Bliss is currently under renovation whilst the crew are on tour, so don’t expect it to be open until the season kicks in about November time…..
read more on their website

Sunset Beach Bar (Maho Beach)
sun-set-beach-bar

Fasten your seatbelts for fun in the sun! Sunset Bar & Grill is St. Maarten’s most popular beach bar and it’s easy to see why. We are right on a beautiful white sandy beach, but also right at the end of the runway of Princess Juliana International Airport.
read more on their website

Tantra Maho Beach
Submerse yourself in a sanctuary of sound and energy. With its global inspirations stimulating your every desire of taste, comfort, and harmony, succumb to Tantra! International and Local DJs playing the best mix of music possible… Priding ourselves on never being repetitive or stale, our DJs are constantly pushing the party to higher and higher levels…
read more on their website

Cheri’s Café (Maho Plaza)

Next Club (Maho Plaza)

Casino Royale (Maho Reef)

NETTLE BAY


Le Shore
Spot

ORIENT BAY

Bikini Beach
Bikini Beach Tapas bar and grill has been one of the highlights on orient Beach for almost 20 years! Elisa and her multi-lingual team will soon win you over to make Bikini Beach your home base while in St. Martin.
read more on their website

Coco Beach Baie
Kakao Beach

Kontiki Beach

Paris Texasbar & drinks

Waïkiki Beach

OYSTER POND

Anima

PALAPA MARINA

Soggy Dollar Bar
Originated and Perfected at Sandcastle’s Soggy Dollar Bar in the 1970’s, this smooth, full-flavored rum cocktail has become the essence of Caribbean imbibing.
The correct concoction of premium dark Rum, Cream of Coconut, Pineapple and Orange Juice (proportions are secret), topped with fresh grated Grenadian Nutmeg makes the swim (no dock) to the Soggy Dollar Bar worth the effort.
read more on their website

PELICAN RESORT

Red Piano

Great Piano Bar – Live Music every night
read more on their website

PHILIPSBURG

Axum Art Café and Gallery

bar & drinks

Chesterfields
For almost 27 years, Chesterfields has been serving up memorable meals for hungry sailors, local business people and our friends. Back in the 1980s, Chesterfields was the gathering place in Great Bay for cruisers, racers, captains and crew. Hurricanes Louis and Lennie gave us an opportunity to rebuild our deck overlooking the bay, as well as making a few other changes to the restaurant, but over the years, Chesterfields’ friendly staff and great food have made Chesterfields a tradition here in St. Maarten.
read more on their website

bar & drinks

The Greenhouse

The Greenhouse Bar and Restaurant has been in St. Maarten since 1986, a mainstay on the island. We are the number one seller of certified angus beef in St Maarten and and our number one selling item on the menu is lobster. Dan Liemandt, the owner of the Greenhouse, along with General Manager Conan Westemeyer and Manager Marion Meijer will always be there to help in any way possible.
read more on their website

Ocean Lounge

Taloula Mango’s a.k.a Blue Bitch Bar
Blue-Bitch-Bar

Shop and chill out at the Blue Bitch Bar and Restaurant in Sint Maarten (Dutch West Indies, Caribbean). Check our drinks, menus and T-shirt collection.
read more on their website

SAINT LOUIS

Lago Heights

SIMPSON BAY

Alley Hang-Out
The Alley Lounge is not just a lounge. It’s an Ultra-Lounge. This is the place for V.I.P. parties, the place to chill out and listen to great music, the place to have fun and hang out with your friends. It’s a home away from home. It’s your living room outside of your house. Your sanctuary. Your Ultra-Lounge. With it’s own bar, you never have to worry about waiting for your drinks. And with a floor staff serving you, there’s not even a need to get out of your comfy sofa. Just chill out, relax and enjoy yourself. That’s what the Ultra-Lounge is all about.
read more on their website

Heritage House Lounge

Hollywood Casino

Impluze