St. Maarten Experiential Travel Guide: 20 Things to Do, See and Eat

St. Martin beaches

Whether you’re visiting St. Maarten / St. Martin as a day trip from a Caribbean cruise or you’re spending a few days to explore the island, here’s all you need to know to plan your visit. Drawn from spending ten days traveling all around the island, our St. Maarten Experiential Guide provides the best things to do in St. Maarten, including our favorite beaches, non-touristy adventures, and day tours, as well as recommendations on restaurants and practical travel details to help you plan and book your trip.

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Bassin-Bleu Waterfall — Jacmel, Haiti

Exploring Bassin-Bleu Waterfall in Jacmel, Haiti

Life is a continual exercise in expectation management. Witness our journey to the Bassin-Bleu waterfall outside of Jacmel in southern Haiti.

Haiti, it turns out, possesses quite a many blue pools, all quite aptly if not unimaginatively named Bassin-Bleu or “blue pool.” The most famous of these, pictured below, is outside the town of Jacmel. If all the photos of Haiti's bassins-bleus are anything to go by, each one is pretty much the essence of inviting: hidden and tempting; turquoise, deep blue or mystically translucent pools of water depending on the angle of the sun and time of the day of the photo.

But half the fun is getting there.

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Travel to Haiti: First Impressions

Haiti. It’s a country that most people today still associate with earthquakes, coups, and unrest – a sort of irretrievable chaos. Before traveling to Haiti, we knew very little about the country. Even after performing our own research — let’s face it, there’s little information on Haiti beyond the headline news – we weren’t quite certain what we would find, experience or feel while there.

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Next Up: Exploring Haiti

Why we’re going to Haiti later this week. A view to a different side of the country, including its re-emergence — and we hope, a path to sustainable tourism development. It’s also about our pursuit of Haitian culture, landscape and cuisine – and the unknown.

Waterfalls of Bassin Bleu near Jacmel, Haiti.
Waterfalls of Bassin Bleu near Jacmel, Haiti.

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