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Setting sail from Philipsburg
Philipsburg is the gateway to an intriguing little Caribbean island with a dual personality: the Dutch side, St. Maarten, is the livelier of the two, with shopping malls, casinos and more of a nightlife scene, while French-speaking St. Martin is a more refined (and more expensive) affair, with a laid-back, continental air and a host of exclusive resorts and restaurants. Travelling between the two halves of the island is hassle-free, and both sides boast beautiful beaches, friendly locals and pleasant little towns and villages.
For a change of pace, go to Loterie Farm at the foot of Pic Paradis, the highest point on Saint Martin, where you can cool off, see the wildlife and rent a cabana for a day of swimming in the cascades.
Tiny Anguilla is home to no less than 33 beaches, blessed with some of the most gloriously white sands in the Caribbean. A clutch of high end hotels and gourmet restaurants attract a well-to-do crowd, but the island has a more low key, laid back vibe than its glitzy neighbours, St Martin and St Barths.
British Virgin Islands: Virgin Gorda
Languid, laid-back Virgin Gorda is blessed with beautiful beaches and wonderfully friendly people. Life proceeds at a slower pace here, and highlights include The Baths, an unusual collection of granite boulders, grottoes and pools on the island’s southwest shore.
British Virgin Islands: Norman Island, Sopher’s Hole (Tortola)
British Virgin Islands: Jost Van Dyke
The idyllic island of Jost Van Dyke, named after an early Dutch settler, is known for its laid back vibe and friendly beach bars, including the famous Foxy’s, which counts Keith Richards amongst its past customers. It’s a place to kick back and relax, and the clear blue waters are also perfect for snorkelling.
Saint Kitts and Nevis: Saint Kitts
Laid back and low key, Saint Kitts is an island typified by rolling green hills, characterful beach bars and the lingering remnants of the sugar cane trade that once dominated here. Attractions include the UNESCO-listed Brimstone Hill fortress, the 18-mile Scenic Railway and the faded Georgian elegance of the capital, Basseterre.
Saint Barthélemy: Gustavia
The tiny French Caribbean island of St Barths is renowned as a haunt of the rich and the famous, and you can certainly live well here if you’ve got the means; the petite capital, Gustavia, boasts an array of gourmet restaurants and chic boutiques aimed squarely at the A-list. The beautiful beaches, on the other hand, are free and open to all.
Arriving in Philipsburg
Air enthusiasts get really overexcited at Sunset Beach bar on Maho Bay, where the landing planes seem almost close enough to touch. It’s really quite dramatic.
Your home from home
True clipper ships, these beautiful 4 mast vessels reflect a proud seafaring heritage in their elegant sails, warm woods and polished brass.
What we love
Star Clipper and her sister ship Star Flyer certainly stand out from the crowd. In full sail she is an awe-inspiring sight, reminiscent on a bygone age, yet she combines this tradition with the comfort of a modern cruise line, ideal for those who wish to experience a tall ship cruise. Climb the mast or relax by the small pool, you can be as involved as you wish on this easy-going and friendly ship.
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Where to stay in Saint Martin
Le Petit Hotel in Grand Case is such a fantastic choice – right on the beach, and great value.
What to do in Saint Martin
There are some amazing hikes on the island, so if you feel up to it, hire a guide to take you on one of the trails.