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Explore the Best of Both Worlds in St. Martin

Most people know that there are two sides to every story, and for travelers in St. Martin, that phrase may be enough to provide inspiration to vacations. The island is filled with its own contradictions, as blends of refined and relaxed pastimes, historic and modern sites and peaceful and thrilling activities greet vacationers at every turn. Travelers planning trips to villas in St. Martin can see these fascinating relationships for themselves, as getaways to the Caribbean hideaway are ideal for exploring all facets of island life. 

Refined and Relaxed
A place as upscale as St. Martin offers plenty of opportunities to enjoy some of the finer things in life, while the laid-back atmosphere provides an ideal setting for rejuvenation. Relaxing in your private villa or on one of the many sandy shores are popular ways to enjoy your vacation, but if you are in search of slightly more high-end activities, you're in luck. 

Travelers eager to kick back in style can charter a yacht for their party. Coral reefs, uninhabited islands and miles of pristine coastline are waiting to be explored, ideally by boat, but those who prefer just to lounge around can do so on the open water. 

Historic and Modern
While the Caribbean villa you're staying in may be the ultimate modern oasis, complete with an on-call staff that can cater to your every whim, there are many spots throughout the island where you can tap into its colonial history. Wathey Square is home to an 18th-century courthouse and a few other bustling spots. 

Founded in 1631, St. Martin boasts cultural influences from the Dutch and French. The island is even divided in two, with the top half featuring a distinct Parisian flair and the southern portion having customs that come straight from the Netherlands. But if you don't want to concern yourself with European ties during your stay, focus on St. Martin's unique history instead.

There are some displays at the St. Martin Museum and the Museum of St. Martin, which are located in Philipsburg and Marigot, respectively, that delve into the island's past. The many cultures and peoples who inhabited the region are showcased, and a stop at either of these locales can offer some perspective and information for travelers. 

Peace and Thrills
After spending so much time exploring the ins and outs of St. Martin, you may want to find your inner peace - or it could have whet your appetite for even more adventures. While plenty of quiet time for reflection can be found at any of the local beaches, such as Happy Bay or Petites Cayes, jet-setters who aren't satisfied can step outside of their comfort zone. 

If you find that you want to participate in more heart-pumping excursions, consider looking under the sea for your next activity. Snorkeling or scuba diving are popular choices, while other water sports and hiking paths offer a chance to work up a sweat and an appetite. A stop at any one of St. Martin's nine casinos can also help you find some thrills, especially if you feel the urge to bet it all and use your windfall to buy perfect souvenirs. 

Thinking about an island getaway? Contact Island Hideaways today or call 800.832.2302 to speak with a villa agent who will help you find the perfect villa for all of your vacation needs.

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Explore the Best of Both Worlds at Villas in St. Martin

02/27/2013

Most people know that there are two sides to every story, and for travelers in St. Martin, that phrase may be enough to provide inspiration to vacations.