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Things to Know BEFORE You Go to the French Islands

Essential Information US, Canadian and EU visitors will not find any Caribbean island which requires an entry visa, although US visitors require special permission to visit Cuba. Travel insurance is recommended for any trip to the Caribbean, particularly emergency evacuation coverage in case airlift is required. Check also that insurance policies cover so-called dangerous activities such as scuba diving. FRENCH …

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How to Get To St. Martin FWI

Airports and airlines: Grand Case Esperance Airport has regional flights to Guadeloupe and St. Barts. Cruise ports: None, but served by Philipsburg. Yachting: Marina Fort Louis has secured a lot of business from neighboring St. Maarten. Charter yacht bases at Oyster Pond and Anse Marcel. Ferries: Regular service to Anguilla and St. Barts.

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How to Get Around St. Martin

Taxis can be found around the harbor in Marigot or at Orient Bay. Rates are fixed according to zone. Buses run regularly from Marigot and Grand Case to Philipsburg, but not around Orient Bay. Hail them along the route and look for the destination in the window. Most car rental firms are around the airport on the Dutch side of …

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Where to Stay in St. Martin

Overview The landmark hotel is La Samanna in the Lowlands, just over the border from the Dutch side, an elegant resort which hosts the occasional celebrity. The new Riu Palace at Anse Marcel, previously a Radisson, finally looks to have got this quiet cove right and should add a shot of much-needed quality to the French side. Otherwise, some pretty …

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What to Eat & Drink in the French Islands

At the top end, Caribbean dining stands toe to toe with anything on offer in major North American or European cities, not least because a trail of renowned chefs have made their way to the Caribbean to take charge of restaurants in the luxury resorts. The real joy, however, is discovering those unannounced roadside stalls and beach bars where the …

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