About St. Maarten/ St. Martin
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St. Maarten has carved itself a special niche as one of the most attractive 'service centres' for professionally crewed yachts, throughout the entire Caribbean. Last season, this was once again portrayed with the marina dockage space being occupied ‘Back to Back’ by some of the most notable and well known boats in the industry, who were choosing to base out of St.Maarten and take advantage of all the island has to offer. St.Maarten has a superb range of technical services available to service yachts in 11 different marina facilities... from sails / canvas, mechanical engineering, carpentry, GRP works, painting, welding / fabrication, electrical and systems integrated electronics, CCTV, fuel cleaning, refrigeration and rigging... right through to a private aircraft charter company, a computer sales / service outlet, custom catering services, specialist Tender and Life Raft service centres... and a variety of refit / repair companies, seriously worthy of consideration. There are a number of highly respected Yacht Services agents, ready to assist in any way they can; and a first rate selection of provisioning options... from little gourmet stores and a choice of excellent supermarkets, through to some of the Caribbean's top 'specialist provisioning' outlets and dedicated fine wines suppliers.
The island's duty-free status, combined with its direct links to the USA and Europe, gives yachts the opportunity to purchase any spares / equipment / provisions, without paying tax or import duties... and with both Budget Marine and Island Water World - the Caribbean's two largest chandlery chains - based from here, one is assured the fastest possible access to any spares requirements. There are also some of the best dedicated electrical spares and galley hardware stocks to be found here, a selection of fine florists, some fantastic dive shops, a superb retail electronics store and great surf shops. Beyond all this, when the week's work is done... one can rent a Harley Davidson motor cycle to tour the island; enjoy some great watersports, windsurfing, and kiteboarding up on Orient Beach; rent a bicycle or kayak; do some horse riding; scuba diving; visit the Butterfly Farm; let your hair down at Waikiki Beach Club; spend an afternoon at Loterie Farm enjoying their ‘Fly-zone’ extreme canopy tour… and in the evening, sample some really fine dining at any one of a great selection of top class restaurants, before taking ‘St.Maarten nightlife’ to its infinite limits… and beyond!
The 37th St.Maarten Heineken Regatta, one of the most exciting and well attended racing events in the Caribbean calendar, will be held between: March 2nd to 5th March 2017.
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