Category Archives: ISLAND AKTION

KLM takeoff “Only on Saint Maarten”

KLM takeoff “Only on Saint Maarten”

this is one of the many reasons why we often say “KLM takeoff Only on Saint Maarten”, whether it is with of without the “KLM takeoff “, “Only on Saint Maarten” is repeatedly said several times a day by many, if not almost all.

let for now the picture do the talking…

 

Klm takeoff SXMKLM takeoff “Only on Saint Maarten”

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.

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

10.15 am

11.45 am

15.30 pm

17.15 pm

 

Simpson Bay Bridge

REGATTA BRIDGES OPEN

March 2016

Inbound 

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Thusrsday 3rd 8.00 am
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Friday 4th 8.00 am
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7.00 pm
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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

Scuba Diving St Maarten

Scuba Diving St Maarten

The general consensus among traveling divers who crisscross the world in search of the best sites, is that the Northern Caribbean islands are a paradise for underwater exploration. Scuba Diving St Maarten.

Around the coasts of Saint-Martin / Sint Maarten, more than 55 sites are currently listed and visited daily by dive centers, which welcome every year a growing number of passionate lovers of the subsea. From beginners to masters, all levels can find here welcoming structures to start discovering the island´s largest playground: its underwater environment.
Scuba Diving St Maarten
Numerous sites are included within the limits of the Dutch and French natural reserves and guarantee fabulous discoveries on the coral formations and in the sea grass fields. Our waters are full with fish, and observers´ and photographers´ dreams are fulfilled. In addition to the natural sites, many wrecks also shelter marine life. Some of them were voluntarily sunk to become new sites, such as the Tugboat at Tintamarre, the Fuh-Sheng, the Carig Ghost, the Mehares or La Renee. Proselyte has become an archeological underwater site. The anchors and artillery of this English frigate sunk in 1801 in front of Philipsburg Bay make it one of the most often visited sites. Regularly, teams of local divers adventurously go in search of new subaquatic seascape, drawing a new, denser map for divers, from the discovery of a peaceful, rich coral head to more “technical” sites for the more fanatical.

Suggested contacts:

Scuba Diving St Maarten

DIVE SAFARIS
Palapa Marina – Simpson Bay
Bobby´s Marina – Philipsburg
divesafaris@caribserve.net
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SCUBA FUN
Pointe Blanche – Philipsburg
Marina Dock Maarten – Great Bay
Marina Carlson – Anse Marcel
Maho
contact@scubafundivecenter.com
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THE SCUBA SHOP
Palapa Marina – Simpson Bay
Captain Oliver´s Marina
Oyster Pond
info@thescubashop.net
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Mountain Biking St Martin

Mountain Biking St Martin

For years, local mountain bikers have responded to the hills´ challenge, opening or re-opening trails and setting up training or competition circuits. Mountain Biking St Martin.

Shoreline trails have also been made part of their luscious playground Mountain Biking St Martinproviding an alternative to the more strenuous mountain trails, fitting mood, physical condition, the pleasures of physical excursion or leisurely riding. These nature and sport lovers will graciously welcome visitors into their paradise.

In the tropics, this sport requires a few precautions: drinking water is absolutely necessary, even for short rides. A bandanna, worn under the required helmet, will pleasantly absorb perspiration. When scheduling the ride, one should take into account the tropical sun´s fierceness, as well as the fact that in Saint-Martin / Sint Maarten night sets surprisingly fast. Thorny bushes might be the price to pay to discover magnificent sites unreachable otherwise, re-discover the simple pleasure of picking wild fruits or of wandering around without boundaries. In order to maintain this increasingly rare natural balance, one should always make the effort to keep the trails and the cattle fences in good shape, remembering that mountain biking is made possible thanks to the generosity of the land owners, who trust us.

Suggested contacts:
AUTHENTIC FRENCH TOUR
Rue de Hollande – Marigot
frog.leg1@orange.fr

TRISPORT
14b, Airport Blvd.
trisport@caribserve.net
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Water Sports St Maarten

Water Sports St Maarten

Kite surfing, windsurfing, surfboard, body board, water-skiing, wake boarding, light cat sailing… the lively world of water sports can find its happiness all year long on the waves of Saint-Martin / Sint Maarten. Water Sports St Maarten.Water Sports St Maarten

The Ocean and the various ponds on the island together with their essential partners, the helpful trade winds, can give on infinite variety of choices to enjoy every water sport, from the first beginner´s session to the most unbelievable days of competition.

The wide flat water extension in Simpson Bay Lagoon is perfect for water-skiing and wake boarding figures, while the Atlantic Ocean and the Caribbean Sea are ideal locations of great waves for surfboarders and body boarders. The local sportsmen like to say that the good season to practice their sport in the best conditions lasts “about” twelve months a year… however, everybody admits that the “SXM-Challenge” is the most exciting event of the year!  surfing st maarten martin
On Orient Bay beach, the creators of this “classic-in-the-making” offer three days of events which attract a large number of competitors of all levels.
From the early hours of the day, pros and amateurs compete on the waves, demonstrating the best of their techniques on the different routes drawn up by a friendly team of organizers… before giving up the last of their energy to unforgettable parties. For the last few years, some mini raids in light catamarans have been organized from Saint-Martin to the neighboring little islands. Without any thought of competition, those long hours of sailing in small teams lead to idyllic bivouacs. Facilities are rather basic, but the friendly atmosphere and the beauty of the scenery as well as a powerful spirit of adventure are always part of the experience.

Suggested contacts:

kyte surfing st maarten martinCREOLE ROCK
Snorkeling
Hotel Grand Case Beach Club
Petite Plage
gcbcwatersports@hotmail.fr
alex.seb@caribserve.net
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KITE SURFING
Baie Orientale
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Hiking St Maarten St Martin

Hiking St Maarten St Martin

Both sporty and culturaly, Hiking St Maarten St Martin is a way of discovering the most unexpected sites of Saint-Martin / Sint Maarten. The paths used by today´s hikers have first been, in former times, the main means of communication to go from a village to another, or from a home to a harvest, grazing or fishing location. They had a logical purpose, which has now run into oblivion. Their present interest is to offer access to an incredible variety of landscapes.

 

Discovering the forest clutching to the hill crests in the center of the island, the ravines and valleys sloping down, the rocky shorelines, the vestiges of the past encountered around a trail bend, the close-by islets, is a step by step reassembling of a giant geographical and patrimonial puzzle. The hiking distances are never very long but, depending on the season, vegetation may block a trail at any moment, or the sun, temperature or rain may render very hard a hike that, in other climates, might be a routine warm-up for a good hiker. Before starting, it is always better to seek information on the state of trails from local hikers, have powerful sun protection (sunblock, glasses, hat…), and a first-aid kit. Also, thorny bushes and occasional wasps are good reasons to keep arms and legs covered on wooded trails.

1. Northeast Crests (4,5 km. 410 m.)
This path follows a wooded ravine, leaving from Pic Paradis toward Orient Bay. Shortly before crossing RN7, it leads through the abandoned hamlet of Petit-Fond, where some ruins and a few graves lay.

2. Central Crests (6,5 km. 155 m.)
Starting at the antennas at Paradise Peak, and leading to the Concordia Pass and Mount St Peter´s, this classic path hugs the crest line, alternating between savanna brush and underwood. After rainy periods, overgrowth may at times make it hard to see. From the level of a Creole garden, track # 11 allows a descent toward the village of Colombier, as the crest line path goes on alongside the old stone wall materializing the border, to reach the Concordia pass, then Mount of Accords, and finally the antennas at Mount St Peter´s.

3. Southwest Crests (4,5 km. 315 m.)
Only for experienced hikers, this path is an extension of the central crest line one, which prolongs towards Sentry Hill, with a few hazardous sports. The rest is easier, slopes down to Cay Bay beach to end at Fort Amsterdam after following the shoreline.

4. Williams Crests (4,5 km. 290 m.)
This path diverges from the crests to reach Reward Pass, then goes on alongside a stone wall to reach a concrete path leading to Mary´s Fancy plantation.

5. Careta Gully (3,5 km. 410 m.)
From the hairpin curve on Paradise Peak road, go down to a well before joining a large path leading to the Hope reservoir.

6. Hope Gully (2,5 km. 315 m.)
Same departure point as # 1. This less than obvious trail, following the bottom of the ravine as much as possible, requires quite a bit of guessing. If the bottom is not usable, climb up on the left to a dirt road. This path goes through the archaeological site of Hope Estate. The road to the site then leads to the reservoir.

7. Eden Well (3,5 km. 215 m.)
Leaving from the west antenna at Paradise Peak, go down a ravine on the North slope to the ruins of the Paradise sugar plantation, the island´s highest point, and a well with two large cast iron boilers, before going up to the crest line path, not far from the departure point.

8. Lottery Gully (3 km. 335 m.)
Connected to # 9, this historical path used to be, in ancient times, the shortest way from Marigot to French Quarter.
Hiking St Maarten St Martin
9. Moho Gully (2,5 km. 360 m.)
From the crest line, this path takes you to French Quarter in 35 minutes, passing the Moho spring and an Arawak petroglyph: a carved rock.

10. Grand-Fond (3 km. 320 m.)
From the crest line next to the tower, a track leads down to French Quarter. A path then branches out to the top of Mount Flagstaff.

11. Colombier / beginning (2,5 km. 205 m.)
Leaving from the village edge, by a telephone booth, on a path leading to homes, then following Creole gardens to lead to the crest line path. Beautiful overviews of the valley.

12. Colombier / end (2 km. 225 m.)
Short, but fairly hard to follow, this path leaves from the back end of the village, follows the ravine bottom to a well, along garden walls, to climb up to the crest line path.

13. Rambaud – Friar´s Bay (1,6 km. 90 m.)
Short and easy, this path goes down a valley. Villagers used to follow it to reach Guichard Pond and Friar´s Bay beach.

14. Petites Cayes (3,5 km. 100 m.)
Follow the dirt road along the right side of the Marina. At the end, a narrow path climbs right up a hill offering a beautiful view of a small pond, and, on the other side, of Little Cay beach, which is reached through a fairly steep slope. A shore path then leads to Great Cay, then Cul-de-Sac.

15. Gevene Bay (2,5 km. 60 m.)
At the southern end of Guana Bay beach, follow an unmarked but obvious coastal path. At the foot of the Back Bay rocks, the beautiful natural pools require a stop before proceeding to Point Blanche.

16. Tintamarre (3,5 km. 30 m.)
A wild, unmarked trail which covers the Atlantic coast of the island, passing by a former plane landing strip to lead to the beautiful calcareous cliffs at La Fourche. A splendid decor, with St Bart´s, St Martin, Anguilla, and Saba as background.

17. Pointe Arago (2,5 km. 60 m.)
Circling the Marigot business harbor, the path then follows the shore, passing by the volcanic rocks at Pointe Arago and the small, discrete Lovers´ beach to end up at the road to Friar´s Bay beach. Beyond that, one can reach, in 10 minutes, the secluded and beautiful Happy Bay.

Suggested contacts:
DUTCH HIKING CLUB
Tel. 599-542-4917

TRISPORT
14b, Airport Blvd.
trisport@caribserve.net
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