New USA Today contest: St. Maarten in the mix for best romantic island

POSTED: 11/19/14 9:25 AM

GREAT BAY –St. Maarten is among twenty destinations  for the title of “Best Romantic Caribbean Island” in USA Today’s 10 Best Readers’ Choice Awards.

The island is in the mix with the Dutch and the French side under one label. The other contestants are Abaco, Anguilla, Antigua, Curacao, Dominica, Eleuthera, Grand Bahamas, Grenada, Jost van Dyke, Martinique, Nevis, Providenciales, St. Croix, St. John, St. Kitts, St. Lucia, Tobago, Tortola and Virgin Gorda.

Voting closes on December 8 at noon. Island-lovers are allowed to votes once per day, so potentially one participant could – from today until December 8 – vote 21 times at

In a boisterous press release, the public relations bureau KTCpr praises St. Maarten as an island with “a natural, picturesque backdrop of swaying palm trees, turquoise blue water and white-sand beaches.”

The release mentions “countless activities and attractions for romantic outings” like sunset catamaran cruises, horseback riding, beach-side couples’ massages, and “intimate meals.”

KTCpr furthermore points out the option to get married in St. Maarten and boasts of “breathtaking beaches and numerous historical and romance-oriented attractions.”

Scuba diving and snorkeling facilities, duty-free shopping with a bustling city atmosphere in Philipsburg and fourteen “world-class, Vegas-style casinos and plentiful nightclubs” are mentioned as sources of “endless entertainment.” Furthermore the press release claims that the island is home to 365 different restaurants.

Last year, USA Today also organized a contest for Caribbean islands, under the flag of “ten best Caribbean island destinations.” St. Maarten ranked fourth in the contest, behind winner Puerto Rico, runner-up Curacao and Dominica.

This was the jury’s final assessment on that occasion: “Visitors to St Martin / Sint Maarten get to sample two distinct cultures on a single island. On the French side of the 37-square-mile island, travelers spend their days shopping Riviera-inspired boutiques, dining on the island’s best cuisine, zip-lining through the rainforest of Loterie Farm or dropping their tops at Orient Bay. The Dutch side offers more overt glitz and glamor in its casino resorts and the high-end duty-free shops of cobbled Philipsburg.”


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