(Header photo courtesy of Christine Garner)


Tiny St. Maarten/St. Martin is a giant in the gastronomic world. The island, in fact, is the gateway to a world of flavors sure to please your palate. With hundreds of restaurants featuring melting-pot menus and innovative entrees, this Dutch-French island lives up to its reputation as the “Culinary Capital of the Caribbean.”

Across 37 square miles of rolling emerald hills and sparkling sandy shores, restaurants, cafes and bars reflect the cultural tastes of the settlers who have come here from all over the world. Innovative chefs as well are drawn to this regional gourmet capital, where they create fusion cuisines equal to and often surpassing those you’ll find in cosmopolitan cities.

In addition, you owe it to yourself to try the local creole fare. Stop by a lolo, a small traditional eatery where you can sample succulent barbecued meats and fish, as well as national favorites like conch and dumplings and callaloo soup.

Wash it all down with a fine wine from France, a thirst-quenching Dutch beer or a ubiquitous rum cocktail. And you simply cannot leave St. Maarten/St. Martin without sampling some of the locally made guavaberry liqueur.

See some recipes from various restaurants and bars on St. Maarten/St. Martin! Have a taste of the culture and gastronomic flavors of this unique island! Try it and let us know!

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