Exploring St. Maarten's lush beaches and exotic wildlife

View of St. Maarten
View of St. Maarten

Those looking to relax on island time should consider a Princess Cruises Caribbean cruise vacation. Princess Cruises has numerous itineraries to choose from that can take you to some of the region's most exotic, exciting ports.

One area you may want to visit on your trip to the Caribbean is St. Maarten. Infused with Dutch and French culture, this is one of the most unique locations you can stop while traveling through the region. St. Maarten is home to many beaches and bays where you can relax and under the warm, Caribbean sun or snorkel alongside the tropical marine life.

St. Maarten's split culture
The island is split between Dutch and French culture. On one side of St. Maarten, you'll find French cuisine and traditions that might make you feel as if you're in France. On the other, you'll experience Dutch culture and natives who still refer back to their Dutch heritage. Regardless of which side of the island you're on, the locals are always friendly and welcoming to travelers interested in new adventures.

St. Maarten Zoo
Perhaps one of the most intriguing venues you'll come across while one your Caribbean cruise to St. Maarten is the St. Maarten Zoo. This facility is home to hundreds of different mammals and reptiles, making it an educational location worth visiting if you're traveling with children. The St. Maarten Zoo has been a staple in Philipsburg and continues to be popular among locals and tourists alike. 

The Butterfly Farm
What's more unique than a farm with hundreds of delicate insects that would otherwise be difficult to catch and view in the wild? St. Maarten's Butterfly Farm has large mesh-enclosed areas where visitors can walk around with these beautiful flying insects and feel as if they're in a fantasy world. While here, you can also learn more about butterflies and their lifecycle while at the farm.

St. Maarten beaches
While you're in St. Maarten, you'll likely want to catch some rays under the warm Caribbean sun. You'll have your choice of more than a dozen beaches along the coast of the island, each with crystal clear water and white sands. Orient Beach is perhaps the most popular in the area. There are also numerous snorkeling opportunities that put you up close to St. Maarten's marine life along the island’s shores.