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It is not surprising that St Maarten makes the most of its wonderful location on an island in the Caribbean Sea, and with year-round water temperatures averaging 80°F, it makes a great diving and snorkeling destination. There are plenty of other water sports on offer, such as windsurfing and waterskiing, and many people like to experience the Caribbean by boat, either a by chartering a yacht or letting someone else be skipper on a boat cruise. If you prefer dry land and love nature then you will enjoy a birding tour to try and spot one of the 150 species that call St Maarten their home.

With the amazing clear blues seas of the Caribbean and plenty of sunlight filtering through to explore the underwater world, St Maarten is an excellent scuba diving destination. Octopus Diving offers equipment rental and dive excursions to 30 sites around the island. It also offers full PADI certification courses. If full scuba diving is not for you, then you can join a snorkeling excursion.

Quite possibly there is nothing better to do when in St Maarten than to set sail on the Caribbean Sea, and you can charter a yacht from Sunsail. You will need to head over to Oyster Pond on the French side in order to collect the boat.

A great way of experiencing the Caribbean Sea is to take a boat cruise around the island, and you can go with Aqua Mania Adventures, which provides complete day packages, including lunch.

There are several other water sports options on St Maarten, such as waterskiing, windsurfing, and wave running. Simpson Bay Resort has the largest water sports center and equipment rental choice in St Maarten, including the rental of ocean kayaks.

The Caribbean waters around St Maarten are bountiful for game fishing, with marlin, dorado, sailfish, and tuna swimming in the sea. Rudy’s Deep Sea Fishing offers several fishing excursions, from those suited to novice to expert fishers.

Nature lovers will be satisfied with the ample birding available on St Maarten since it is home to around 150 species. St Maarten Bird Foundation provides group educational tours, taking you to the best spots on the island, as well as tailor-made packages to suit your needs.

A thrilling way to experience the island is to rent a motorbike or a quad bike. Harley Davidson Rental and Tour offers rental of the touring bikes for the day, and Solid ATV offers rental of quad-bikes for you to explore the rugged areas of the island.

Offering an exotic and unforgettable experience for you and your guests, getting married on St Maarten is popular. St Maarten Marry-Me provides complete wedding packages and can help assist with all arrangements to make it a truly special day to be remembered.

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