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St. Martin: pure sunshine, rich culture, & endless exploration

Friday, August 23rd, 2013

 

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Breathe in the fresh, salty, tropical breeze of pure bliss. Oh, to be resting upon the  warm sand of one of the many peaceful beaches of “St. Maarten” … or “St. Martin,” as  the name simply depends on which side of the island you are on. Yes, this 37- square-  mile Caribbean paradise houses not one, but TWO established nations. With an  approximate division of 60/40, the French Republic consists of about 37,000  inhabitants, while the Dutch population resides around 41,000. What a beautiful burst of culture this island has to offer!

 

Founded by THE explorer himself, St. Martin was first sighted by Christopher Columbus on November 11, 1493.  As this date signifies the Holy Day of St. Martin de Tours, this piece of paradise was thus named after him. In 1648 St. Martin became the world’s smallest landmass to be divided by and shared between two sovereign nations.

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 The island’s unique share of culture provides for an endless array of things to see and do. Perhaps you wish to spend the day in Saint Maarten, the Dutch side, where breath-taking beaches reside and the nights fill with excitement as this side of the island’s nightlife takes center stage. Seeking to enrich your financial abundance while in paradise?  Casinos are plentiful in Saint Maarten. Perhaps later in your stay you crave the sweet sophistication of a French Caribbean town. Marigot, located on the West side of the island is filled with quaint bistros (known for their rich French and Indian Caribbean cuisine) and outdoor markets.

SONY DSCPure sunshine and clear blue skies tend to be the norm on St. Martin, allowing for the perfect beach experience. Choose to let go and relax in a soft bed of sand or take the adventurous route- the island has plenty of water sports to explore. Windsurfing, snorkeling, sailing, deep sea diving…. just try them all!

Just when you thought this island couldn’t be any more perfect, traveling to and from St. Martin happens to be as easy as the island’s breeze. Located about 150 miles southeast of Puerto Rico, the island is but a three hour flight from NYC and a quick 2 hr 45 min flight from Miami. And yes, there are direct flights! Many major airlines including Delta, Continental, American, and United offer direct flights right into the island’s main airport- Princess Juliana International Airport.

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Now you have a visual picture painted about the wonderful vacation opportunity waiting for you. Fit Bodies, Inc. provides the opportunity to vacation and teach at a top resort on this island.  The largest teaching vacation organization in the world, Fit Bodies, Inc., is thrilled to offer resort guests the teaching talents from exceptional yoga teachers. Learn more about the weather, activities and luxury travel opportunities to Saint Martin. Teaching vacations with Fit Bodies, Inc. are available to St. Maarten, at the gorgeous Sonesta Maho Beach Resort and Casino.

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