Island News

Caribbean Rum And Beer Festival Returns


The Caribbean Rum and Beer Festival is returning to St. Maarten at the Festival Village on November 4. The one-of-a-kind event is an exposition of rum and beer beverages combined with the 2016 Taste Contest, workshops, cooking demonstrations, cocktail competitions, rum and beer seminars, music, entertainment and pure fun. 

“This will be our second year here in St. Maarten,” explained Festival Director Cheryl Collymore. “Last year our exhibitors and patrons were so enthusiastic about how everything had come together that we just knew we had to come back to this amazing island. We are excited to be back and will be adding new activities such as an evening of rum and gastronomy at a local restaurant, the ‘Rum and Cigar’ zone and the ‘Chocolate, rum and beer pairing’ segment.” 

With its onsite seminars presented by world-renowned rum and beer professionals, the event allows patrons to better appreciate the complexities and the uniqueness of the more than 100 rum and beer products on offer at the event. Visit Caribbean Rum and Beer Festival for complete details.

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St. Maarten, Saba, Statia to Boost Coral Restoration

coralrestorationNature conservation organizations in St. Maarten, Saba, Statia and Turks and Caicos will soon start planting structures made from bamboo and rope in their marine parks with the objective to regenerate coral species severely depleted over the last few decades.   The focus will be on Elkhorn and staghorn corals, species which are fast growing and relatively insensitive to sediment, a signifi cant factor affecting coral on all of the islands, said Nature Foundation in a press release.

With this project the participants hope to create new reefs. Nature Foundation, Saba Conservation Foundation, St. Eustatius National Park Stenapa and Turks and Caicos Reef Fund are now in the process of selecting the exact locations.  The project is managed by the Marine Park Management Organizations, Wageningen University/ IMARES in cooperation with International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) and funded by the European Union (EU).  

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The plan is to source small coral fragments from so-called mother colonies of Elkhorn and Staghorn coral on the islands. The fragments will then be hung on locally developed ladder-like, flexible structures that are placed under water with at least five structures being deployed per island. The trees can be removed to prevent them from being damaged by storms or strong current. The coral fragments can grow 10 to 12 cm a year: after three years in the nursery they can be transplanted to form parts of new coral reefs.

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Island a Top 10 Best Tropical Destination For Bird Watches

birdwatchingReader’s Digest Magazines Canada has named St. Maarten/ St. Martin in its “Ten Best Tropical Destinations for Bird Watchers.”  An article written by Susan Campbell describes St. Maarten/St. Martin as a, “…hot spot for migrating sea birds, the dual-nation island of St. Maarten and St. Martin has a burgeoning bird watching scene.  “Visitors to the annual Migratory Seabird Festival can enjoy guided tours to the island’s 164 species in a variety of locations via SeaGrape Tours and learn more about the birds through local environmental organisations like Les Fruit de Mer and the Nature Foundation.

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Rio Productions Lights Up Streets With Parade

PHILIPSBURG--Carnival lovers jammed and jumped in the fifth annual Rio “Lightin’ Up de Road” parade on Saturday evening.  The streets were lighted with pink and green shirts behind Fantastic 4 (former Burning Flames) band and Small Axe Band. Fantastic 4 are pioneers of soca music and famous in the entire Caribbean and North America for their top-quality music and outstanding performances. The theme for the 2016 Lightin Up De Road parade was “The Clash of the Titans,” chosen was because two famous Caribbean bands performed on the road for one night.  Several costumes were also part of the parade while hundreds of spectators enjoyed the private jump-up. New this year was the Rio Village where the participants and spectators could meet to enjoy great music and enjoy local dishes.

Carnival Village Officially Opens With Big Jump Up

Carnival Village officially opened on April 15th 2016, signalling the start of the jump-up. No Limit, 4M HD, DJ Pauly, Wicked Boys and Band Clash winners XP Band were the bands involved in the large jump-up. Thousands jumped alongside each other with minimal incidents.   Minister of Tourism, Economic Affairs, Transport and Telecommunication Irania Arrindell handed over the symbolic key to the village to St Maarten Carnival Development Foundation (SCDF) President and Director Michael Granger to signify the opening of the Village and Carnival season. Main sponsors TelEm and International Liquors and Tobacco Trading (ILTT) were also present during the opening.  The Village will be occupied every night for the next two weeks with a different event for the public.

Island Water World (IWW) Wins At St. Barths

Team Island Water World from St. Maarten won the Melges 24 one design class at the La Voile de St. Barths Sailboat Regatta over the weekend.  Team GFA from Martinique finished second and Team Gill from St. Maarten was third.  “In difficult conditions of light wind and strong currents it was a question of good tactics and weather knowledge to edge out the competition,” said Bus.  Several other St. Maarten boats competed in the regatta that attracts many top sailors from around the world.

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Oyster Bay Beach Resort – The Family-Friendly Resort for Travelers of all Ages offers Active options on St.Maarten / St.Martin

ST. MAARTEN, DUTCH WEST INDIES – Situated on spectacular Dawn Beach on the eastern end of Dutch St. Maarten, Oyster Bay Beach Resort is well-positioned for traveling families to take advantage of the many land- and sea-based options found on the island of St. Maarten / St. Martin. 

While at Oyster Bay Beach Resort (OBBR), guests of all ages can enjoy the award-winning infinity pool or swim and snorkel in the waters of Dawn Beach.  For guests that want to explore further, the OBBR’s concierge is the on-site expert for connecting guests to the adventure and activities on the family-friendly destination of St. Maarten.

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