The StMaarten/StMartin Connection
"…the SXM newsletter for savvy travelers!
Connecting YOU with Paradise!"
Dear Friends of StMaarten/StMartin,
Here I am writing again with May and spring upon us. How I look forward to those wonderful spring days with rising temperatures and periodic rain showers to help the flowers grow; followed 90 days later by the warm balmy sunny days of summer. Oh, how I love those 80, 90 and sometimes 100 degree days while basking in the sunshine of my yard counting the blades of grass.
As I have gotten older, I have grown to dislike winter more and more; and I have experienced many of them. I no longer enjoy bundling up in my ski jacket, wearing a winter hat, heavy gloves and lacing up my ski boots. At 40 years of age, I loved skiing and dreamed of doing it in the Swiss Alps (never did); by 50, I enjoyed a drink in my hand sitting by the fireplace in the lodge much more; and, at 55, I thought that I had hung up my skis and poles for good only to be enticed at 65 by my brother-in-law and his family to venture out on the slopes of Colorado. Since then, my skis, boots and poles have been gathering dust; and as I approach 74, I truly do love the warmth of my home and a good scotch much more than falling on my ass on a snowy mountain.
But how I can complain, you ask; when the New York Metropolitan area (New Jersey and Connecticut included) just finished its warmest winter since they (whoever they are) began keeping records. But, I remember those winters past including last year’s when we had a snowstorm virtually every week for eight weeks in a row.
Here are a few warm thoughts. St. Maarten/St. Martin has never had snow. Island homes/villas do not have heating systems. The average daily temperatures on island are between 72 degrees at night and 85 degrees during the day. By the way, this is for 365 days per year. Every day the sun shines brightly. Every day, warm Caribbean breezes caress the island. Every day, you can watch the Seagulls and Pelicans fish for their daily meals. St. Maarten/St. Martin DOES NOT have any cold weather. In the evening, when the temperature drops to 72 or 73 degrees, some of our island friends wear sweaters. On average, the island gets 45 inches of rain per year - that's equal to less than four inches per month. This is my kind of weather!
Yes, the Caribbean has hurricanes! And the hurricane season runs from the end of June through November 30th. But September is the worse month for hurricanes. Thankfully, the island hasn't had a terrible hurricane in years.
If you live in an area of the world and are currently getting away from winter doldrums and are looking to get away from it all, St. Maarten/St. Martin is the place for you. Besides the great weather, the way of life is relaxing and less stressful. And, if you're a person who likes to fish, as my friend Lee Halley of www.LeesFish.com always says, "Every day is fishing day!"
See you there!
President/Publisher | www.StMaarten.org
Winner of the 2006/2007 St. Maarten Hospitality & Trade Association's Crystal Pineapple Award for Outstanding Tourism Journalism - Former Board Member of the St. Maarten/St. Martin American Marketing Association
Featured in this issue:
1. Featured Villa: Villa Amaryllis | Sotheby's Int'l Realty
2. Featured Activity: Belmond La Samanna Spa
3. Featured Restaurant: Temptation by Dino Jagtiani
4. Sam's Selection | StMaarten/StMartin Images
5. Sign Up to Win a Dream Vacation for Two
6. Featured Hotel: La Vista Resort
7. The Wine Cellar: Seeing the World by Jean Carol Hager-Rich
8. What's Happening in Paradise?