Mélange Travel & Lifestyle Magazine April 2017 | Page 431

When you get there, here are some things you simply must do. SCUBA DIVING For many vacationers, scuba-diving is one activity they envision themselves doing, but many do not have scuba certification. When you visit St. Maarten, a lack of certification will not stop you from having that experience as there is SNUBA. The name is a combination of snorkelling and scuba, and allows visitors to have the diving experience, without being diving experts. It is a safe way to explore life beneath the blue as you are safely connected to a floating oxygen tank, as well as a guide to take you exploring. Even without a scuba certification, you will have a certified good time! BEACHES Speaking of a good time, spending time on the white-sand shores of St. Maarten’s beaches is a treat! If you should visit one beach inSt. Maarten make it Cupecoy Beach. Surrounded by limestone cliffs, and located at the southern tip of the island, this beauty welcomes the eager visitor to play in its waves and enjoy the soft caresses of the sand. Partly clothes-optional, this beach is one that invites the adventurer, as well as visitors just looking to relax and bathe in its majesty. It is definitely a place worth going. ZIP-LINING From the sea to the air, St. Maarten’s attractions will keep you there. If you enjoy the magnificence of nature, as well as have an adventurous spirit, you must go zip lining at Loterie Farm! The start of the experience sits on top of St. Maarten’s highest peak- Pic Paradis. Take in the lush greenery and breathe in the air of vacation, and then get to why you’re there- for Fly Zone or Fly Zone Extreme, Loterie Farm’s zip lining experiences. This activity is for adults only, but that doesn’t mean you can’t feel like a kid again as you fly through and above trees as old as 200 years and feel the rush of adrenaline fill you with excitement. Be fearless or conquer your fear, and what better place to do it than St. Maarten? GASTRONOMY While your explorations may fill your hunger for exhilaration, St. Maarten will entice your palate with the flavours and spirit of the country. Two words: Guavaberry Emporium! Located in the nation’s capital of St. Philipsburg, Guavaberry Emporium is home to St. Maarten’s famous guavaberry liqueur, as well as a variety of island flavours you can sample and purchase. Like the exotic guavaberry fruit, the drink made from it is a pleasure to the senses, and Guavaberry Emporium is the place to go to experience it. Browse the stores, take in their wares, and take home treasures from the island. The vibrant energy of the place, the