St. Maarten featured on CNN.com in Top Five Best Beaches to Lounge

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PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten (March 25, 2013) - With 37 square miles of pristine shorelines along its coast, St. Maarten has been featured by CNN.com as one of the top five destinations in the world for beach goers in the website's list of "17 Beaches We'd Like To Be Lounging On."

While other contenders on the list were highlighted with individual beaches within a destination, St. Maarten as a whole was chosen by CNN.com readers as a best spot for beach lovers to lounge and relax on.

"We are incredibly proud to have our beaches highlighted as some of the best in the world by a distinguished outlet such as CNN.com," said Edward Dest, interim director of tourism for the St. Maarten Tourist Bureau. "Our island's picturesque shorelines and diversity of beaches help make St. Maarten a favorite destination of travelers around the world."

With 37 beaches, one for every square mile of the island, travelers can take comfort in knowing there is a perfect beach for each visitor. From clothing-optional beaches on the French side of the island, to the Dutch side's popular Maho Beach (one of the few places in the world where aircrafts can be viewed in their flight path just outside the end of the runway), there is an ideal lounging area for everybody.

For more 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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