St Martin/St Maarten

The Caribbean’s Best Chef – 2015

 With the increasing culinary might of the Caribbean region, this was not an easy choice. From Anguilla to Puerto Rico, Grand Cayman to St Martin, there are culinary hubs around the Caribbean, places that put a premium on food, where …

St Martin’s Ice Cream Boat

 After many hours in the sun, after a few too many ti’ punches, you hear it. There isn’t the traditional Mr. Softee jingle. It’s more of a high-pitched honk, but it gets your attention. And that’s important when you’re trying …

Caribbean Photo of the Week: Sunset in Simpson Bay

 The latest Caribbean Photo comes from CJ reader Michele Korteweg, who sent in this beautiful shot of sunset in the Simpson Bay Lagoon in Sint Maarten. It was taken on board Calypso, “the boat that took us on a tour …

LATEST NEWS

 By Sarah Greaves-GabbadonCJ Travel Editor Ever felt like you need a vacation from your vacation? A place where you can skip the sightseeing, paddleboarding, and zip-lining that’s cluttering your to-do list and simply sit? If you’re in St Martin there …

 Redefining all inclusive design  By Alexander Britell ST MAARTEN — The hotel room. There are so many, big and small, in the Caribbean, and to this day no one really seems to be able to define what a “Caribbean” hotel …

 It’s the little corner of the Dutch side of St Maarten known for the famous Sunset bar, the Sonesta resort and the Casino Royale. But hidden on the main street in the neighbourhood of Maho is Gio’s, a top-grade gelateria …

 A wonderful eatery in Grand Case By Alexander Britell SAINT MARTIN — It’s hard to find a bad meal on Grand Case Boulevard. In fact, it’s just about impossible. The question, then, is where to eat, whether at the waterfront …

 More flights to caribbean hub By the Caribbean Journal staff Air France is expanding its flights to St Maarten, the company announced this week. The new service will mean an additional flight on Saturdays between Paris and SXM Airport, increasing …

 Above: Pinel Island (All photos by CJ) By Alexander Britell PINEL ISLAND — It isn’t an easy choice. Not here, not in the late morning sun with St Martin’s hills towering across the bay. Here on Pinel Island, there is …

 Above: Hotel L’Esplanade (All photos by Caribbean Journal) By Alexander Britell GRAND CASE — The palm trees know. You can see it in the way they shake, the way they wave in the wind in the late afternoon. They know …

 Above: the BM Snack food truck in St Martin (All photos by CJ) By Alexander Britell ST MARTIN — It’s the doughy, crunchy, spicy wonder: the bokit, the famous street sandwich of the islands of Guadeloupe. But thanks to a …

 Above: the beach at Le Sand in St Martin (All photos by Caribbean Journal) It’s not really a secret — French St Martin has some seriously beautiful stretches of beach. Perched just off the waves at Nettle Bay in St Martin …

 Above: Sandy’s Creole Cuisine in Marigot (All photos by CJ) Just at the edge of the ferry terminal in downtown Marigot, St Martin, you’ll find a cluster of tiny eateries. As with almost all of the restaurants in this Caribbean …

 Above: the pistachio mousse at Le Tastevin (all photos by CJ) By Alexander Britell GRAND CASE — Maybe it was the pistachio mousse dessert. Or perhaps it was earlier, with the duck ravioli. No, it was almost certainly the foie …

 Above: Le Soleil in Grand Case (All photos by CJ) By Alexander Britell GRAND CASE — Every once in a while, you have that “wow” moment at a restaurant — when you take a bite, close your eyes and forget, for a …

 Above: Grand Case Beach (All photos by CJ) By Alexander Britell GRAND CASE — Bobbing in turquoise water, Ti’ Punch in hand on a shiny Sunday morning. It’s at moments like these when you’re reminded of those oft-repeated component parts …