St. Maarten Voted Top 10 ‘Best Islands in the World’

St. Maarten was voted as one of the top 10 ‘Best Islands in the World’ by US News.  The ‘Friendly Island,’ which boasts 37 beaches, more than 365 restaurants and a plethora of day and nighttime diversions has something for everyone, making it a great getaway destination.  No fly and flop holidays here – it would be crazy not to take advantage of all there is to see and do.

“As a destination we are greatly honored to make the list as one of the top 10 ‘Best Islands in the World’ by US News.  It is a great achievement for St. Maarten and we appreciate the support from the millions of travelers that visit us throughout the years,” said May-Ling Chun, interim Director of Tourism for the St. Maarten Tourist Bureau.

One of the many reasons to visit the island is for the world-class sailing.  I visited the 32nd annual Regatta recently, and looking forward to watching the ESPN Caribbean special feature which showcases the highlights and history of the competition, as well as the beauty and culture of the island.   I thought I had a lot of luggage, but when I stood in line beside  the ESPN photographers at the airport check in, my case looked like a doll’s purse.  

The ESPN Caribbean special gives viewers a first-hand account of the competition on board one of the event’s main contenders, as well as a behind the scenes view of boats from the past that have been restored to their original beauty. The vintage sailboats are truly a labor of love and absolutely stunning to see.  The robust parties held before and after the Regatta were highlighted….the music was fabulous, and the dancing went on and on!

The annual St. Maarten Heineken Regatta has become a world-wide, one-of-a-kind sailing event with exciting entertainment, musical performances and parties that has attracted tens of thousands of sailors and enthusiasts over the years. This International event plays host to more than 32 countries and over 180 entries, making it the largest regatta in the region. The actual competition consists of round-the-buoys contests and point-to-point destination races against the backdrop of St. Maarten’s breathtaking coastal views.  I can’t wait to see it next year!  The 33RD Annual Heineken Regatta will be held February 28 – March 3, 2013.  To view the ESPN Caribbean feature on the 32ND Annual St. Maarten Heineken Regatta, visit

Watch for my upcoming article with a focus on  roadside eats in St. Maarten, the  “Culinary Capital of the Caribbean” coming out soon in Canadian Yachting Magazine,

 photos:  Melody Wren

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About The blog of travel & lifestyle journalist Melody Wren

Melody is a freelance writer because she believes that work and fun should not be mutually exclusive. She writes about travel, food, lifestyle and green living. Melody loves staying in a place long enough to get acquainted. Local customs, markets and traditional cultures are magnets for this writer. When not writing she’s either on the road, in the air, or savoring something tasty. Most of her travels feature outdoor adventures of some sort, although she typically avoids sleeping on the ground. She is an ordinary person that enjoys challenging and pushing herself, facing fears with an eye on experiential travel. She needs to do it, feel it and see it so she can write about it. Her hope is that her stories encourage readers to get out there and do the same.
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