Family-Friendly Caribbean Getaway on Private Beach
With its tiny coves and shallow reefs, St. Maarten has earned a reputation as one of the Caribbean’s best snorkeling destinations. The water is particularly clear for snorkeling at Simpson Bay, which is situated among dozens of white-sand beaches on the southern Dutch side of the island. Flamingo Beach Resort wraps around the sea near here; you'll have access to your own private stretch of beach. And when you're not scoping out the scene underwater, you can find a number of outdoor bars and 24-hour casinos along the beach.
Throughout the week, Flamingo Beach Resort finds ways to keep families occupied, with activities such as scavenger hunts, T-shirt painting, and aqua aerobics. But if you just want to relax, feel free to use the resort's lounge chairs, palapa huts, and blue-and-white-striped umbrellas on the beach. The onsite infinity-edge pool looks out to the ocean, where sailboats and cruise ships float by throughout the day. An open-air bar by the pool features small chalkboards that announce happy-hour specials and the day's homework assignment.
Each 750-square-foot studio room features a full kitchen, a spacious living room, and a furnished balcony. Splashes of vibrant colors in the artwork, upholstery, and window treatments give rooms a playful vibe.
St. Maarten: Snorkeling Sites and Lively Nightlife on Island's Dutch Side
Located in the northeast Caribbean, the 37-square-mile island of St. Maarten has been peacefully shared by the French and the Dutch for nearly 350 years, giving the island two very distinct yet harmonious personalities. Both parts of the island share crystal-clear bays filled with palatial coral structures and tropical fish. Take a guided snorkeling trip through Creole Rock on the French side, a collection of boulders encircled by reefs. Dolphins, eagle rays, and barracudas are frequently spotted here.
Back on shore of St. Maarten, casual barbecue restaurants known as lolos line the beach and serve up heaping portions of creole ribs and rice complemented with guava-berry rum. Dozens of clubs and casinos make up the active nightlife scene on the island’s Dutch side, too. Just a short walk from the hotel, the bars at Simpson Bay are filled with live music and neon lights, and when those close, locals and visitors alike can keep the party going at 24-hour casinos.
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