Blue Mall Shopping Center Opens in St. Maarten offering new array of Upscale Stores

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PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten (Jan. 7, 2013) - What is projected to become one of the most upscale and exclusive shopping areas in the Caribbean just surfaced with the opening of the Blue Mall shopping center in Cupecoy, St. Maarten. Convenient to both the French and Dutch sides of the island and away from the hustle and bustle of downtown, the mall's soft launch featured the opening of six stores - Enjoy SXM, Fashion and Chic, Swarovski, Swatch Watches, Bacchus and Yogen Fru.

Additionally, Blue Mall will open more stores and other amenities through the first quarter of 2013.

Offering a unique and unparalleled shopping experience in the Caribbean, the Blue Mall shopping facility combines modern architecture with the openness of the region's lifestyle.

"St. Maarten is already a shopper's paradise offering guests duty-free shopping and an abundant assortment of stores," said Edward Dest, interim Director of Tourism for the St. Maarten Tourist Bureau. "The opening of Blue Mall further solidifies the island as a shopping capital to both our visitors and residents with over 110,000 square feet of merchandise and dining."

Blue Mall, located at 162 Rhine Road, Cupecoy, St. Maarten, is easily accessible from the French side of the island via Terre Basses and is just a short distance from Princess Juliana International Airport, Mullet Bay Beach and Cupecoy Beach.

For additional information on St. Maarten, visit the official site of the St. Maarten Tourist Bureau at www.VacationStMaarten.com.

St. Maarten

St. Maarten is the smallest island in the world to be shared by two nations, Kingdom of the Netherlands and France, creating a European-influenced vibe with a Caribbean flair. As "the culinary capital of the Caribbean," St. Maarten offers an eclectic array of cuisine fusion for food lovers with more than 365 restaurants, one for each day of the year to satisfy the tastes of every palate and pocketbook.

Located at the northern end of the Lesser Antilles, the island's 37 square miles has 37 breathtaking beaches and is home to many historical and family-oriented attractions. During the day, watersport enthusiasts can take full advantage of the island's scuba diving and snorkeling facilities. The capital of Philipsburg offers duty-free shopping with a bustling city atmosphere, while 14 casinos and numerous nightclubs provide endless entertainment.

Accommodations are varied and include elegant private villas, family oriented resorts, quaint cottages and luxury spa resorts. Air service is available to Princess Juliana International Airport from numerous U.S. and Canadian cities as well as from Europe, South America and the Caribbean.

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