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stmaarten-ad2Since 1995, Sam & Barbara Fusco's book, The Value Guide of St. Maarten/St. Martin has provided an imaginative and visual glimpse of this wonderful exciting island to tourists from 204 countries and territories around the world. This savvy travelers' guide overflows with valuable information on the world’s smallest island shared by two democratic nations including family fun activities, profiles on hotels, restaurants, villa rentals, real estate investments, restaurant recipes, duty-free shopping, the best beaches, island weddings, water sports, exciting nightlife, casinos, car rentals, health spas, deep sea fishing, sailing, scuba diving, regattas, cyber cafes, hospitals, doctors, dentists, pharmacies, religious services, entertainment, and beautiful island photos.

St. Maarten, the Dutch side of the island, became an independent country in October 2010. St. Martin, the French side, is a territory of France. Together, they are located in the Eastern Caribbean Sea and are encircled by 37 cottony white sandy beaches caressed by emerald blue/green waters under pastel skies. On several beaches, rock formations jut into the sea creating scenic beauty tempting adventurous explorers. Standing in crystal clear water up to your chin, you can still see seashells on the sandy bottom and small tropical fish swimming around you. Warm breezes, daily sunshine, palm trees, a tropical climate, incredible beaches, challenging water sports, exciting casinos, wonderful resorts, fabulous restaurants, and a relaxing lifestyle will tame the workaholic in you. After 48 hours on the island, you will ask your friends or loved ones, “What day is today?” because, you will have lost all track of time!

The authors started vacationing on St. Maarten/St. Martin in 1978 and since then, they have visited approximately 70 times. For the last decade, they’ve spent ten weeks each year on island and consider it their second home. Included within these pages are their personal experiences, recommendations and tips to make your vacation or holiday a memorable occasion. The 183 page Value Guide is the island's most comprehensive travel guide! Loaded with valuable and interesting tourist information for families as well as couples, it's the ideal companion for your trip to paradise. Enjoy The Value Guide. It's absolutely FREE! Go! Make memories!

--Click here to download a FREE copy of The Value Guide... 

As mentioned above, Barbara and I first visited “The Friendly Island” in 1978 with some friends who had been there before. We liked it, but it didn’t become our top travel destination. In the next few years, we visited Aruba, Puerto Rico, Bermuda, and the Bahamas complimented by numerous trips to Europe. In fact, it was a few years before we returned to St. Maarten/St. Martin. Eventually, we went back again and began enjoying it more and more. Over the years, we met many local people and developed friendships; and, people began greeting us with, “Welcome Home!”

Little by little, the island started to grow on us. We began to visit twice a year and sometimes three times annually. When we couldn’t go to Europe or felt like a quick getaway, we would go to “The Friendly Island” and visit the “sugar birds” at La Samanna Resort. Now, approximately 70 trips later, it is our #1 travel destination and our second home. Now, we are there twice a year for five weeks or longer each trip; and, the wonderful memories and fun just continue to grow. Read “Why We Love St. Maarten/St. Martin” for additional thoughts. For us, writing about St. Maarten/St. Martin is truly a labor of love.

What totally amazes us is that we are now celebrating the 20th Anniversary of The Value Guide and our web site, www.StMaarten.org. We first published The Value Guide in May 1995 as a 128 page French/English soft cover book, which was sold via the Internet in 14 countries. In September 1995, our web site StMaarten.org went live. Since then, our book and web site have achieved significant visibility and readership worldwide. Today, more than 2,000,000 people from 204 countries and territories, all of the Canadian Provinces, and 49 of the 50 United States have visited www.StMaarten.org.

The Value Guide is produced electronically from our web site. And, thanks to the Internet, we are able to frequently update the Guide’s content so that it remains timely and fresh. As mentioned, profiles of island businesses and island information are continually added to www.StMaarten.org; so, you may wish to make us your home page. Also, consider subscribing to our bimonthly newsletter, The StMaarten/StMartin Connection, to stay on top of “What’s Happening in Paradise.” Have a wonderful vacation/holiday, make beautiful memories, and don’t forget to recommend us to your friends, family and colleagues.

Regards,

Barbara & Sam Fusco

Co-Authors 
Winner of the 2006/2007 St. Maarten Hospitality and Trade Association's 
Crystal Pineapple Award for Outstanding Tourism Journalism
Former Board Member of the St. Maarten/St. Martin American Marketing Association 


 

 

Patriot Cheerleaders Visit St.Maarten for Photoshoot

Divi Little Bay Beach Resort welcomed the popular Patriots Cheerleaders to the island on July 23rd, 2018 with a meet and greet cocktail party with invited guests. 

The girls are here to shoot their 2019 swimsuit calendar and film various video productions.  Minister of Tourism Stuart Johnson was among the invited guests and welcomed the ladies to The [ ... ]

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A total of 107 new businesses have opened in the country since the passing of Hurricane Irma, initial statistics coming out of the Economic Census Survey show.

According to the Department of Statistics STAT, the majority of these new businesses are in the food service sector.  These new businesses currently employ 386 persons, 201 or 52 per cent of whom [ ... ]

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Port St.Maarten Sees 15 Percent Growth in Cruise Passengers

Port St. Maarten has seen a growth of fifteen percent over projections from January to June.  Port management anticipates a “stable off-season” and a “strong” high season similar to pre-Hurricane Irma numbers in 2017.  A total of 733,666 cruise passengers via 230 cruise ship calls visited in the first half of the year.  March had the highest [ ... ]

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Divi Resorts Seeks to Add 98 New Rooms

Divi Little Bay Beach Resort is exploring the possibility to add 98 rooms to its inventory of 128 rooms. Of the total, 110 rooms are operational post-Hurricane Irma and the rest are expected back online soon.  The resort is fully booked for July. 

The news of the expansion was shared by Tourism and Economic Affairs Minister Stuart Johnson following [ ... ]

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Oyster Pond Resort Reopens After Repairs, Remodelling

After nine months of reconstruction and remodeling due to Hurricane Irma, Oyster Bay Beach Resort officially reopened June 1 with close to half of its accommodations and all of the amenities online.  The remainder of the resort is expected to be complete by year’s end.  As rooms are completed, they will be available to the guests. 

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Multihull Challenge Sets Sail in February

The Caribbean Multihull Challenge/St. Maarten will set sail for the first time February 8 to 10. Organized by the St. Maarten Yacht Club, founders of the St. Maarten Heineken Regatta, The Challenge will be open only to multihull.

Back in the 1950’s St. Maarten was the birthplace of multihull sailing in the Caribbean with inspired designs from Peter Spronk who [ ... ]

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