We all know that the United States is one of the most overworked countries in the world. Sadly, for many of us, a full week vacation means working from somewhere else. Contrary to many beliefs, this practice of a “working vacation” does nothing to improve work productivity, and usually leaves you needing another “real” vacation. As an alternative, think about a long weekend as the perfect getaway with friends and family. Weekends are our downtime designed to relax, reflect and rejuvenate. With less than a month to go for Presidents’ Day, Monday, February 15th 2016, a quick trip to St. Maarten/ St. Martin Island may be just what you need.
Many would agree that St. Martin (called St. Maarten by locals), is the friendliest of all Caribbean islands. The 87 square kilometer island is divided between France and Netherlands. The island’s northern half is St. Maarten (53 sq. km), which belongs to France. No surprise here, this part of the island is known for gourmet cuisine, beach parties and duty-free shopping. The Dutch control the island’s southern half (34 sq. km), which is an autonomous state within the Kingdom of Netherlands. Both the French and Dutch areas of the island offer aqua blue beaches, sprawling resorts, and a vibrant nightlife of casinos, bars and clubs. You can charter private jets to St. Maarten from most major US cities. US citizens do not need a tourist visa to travel to St. Maarten, a valid passport is enough. That makes this island a destination of choice for last-minute holiday plans, where you can enjoy two distinct cultures of the French and the Dutch in one vacation and indulge in the island’s activities including diving, snorkeling, windsurfing and sailing.
The island of St. Maarten has an international airport on the Dutch side. As your jet prepares to land at the island’s Princess Juliana International Airport, you will realize why this airport is listed among the world’s most scenic airport landings. Normally tourists can’t wait to leave an airport when they arrive at their destination. St. Maarten is an exception because Princess Juliana International Airport is an attraction in and of itself. So what sets it apart from airports in the rest of the world?
- The spectacular Maho beach is located across the street from the airport.
- People go out of their way to make sure that they are on the beach so they can experience when planes are landing or taking off.
Private jets to Princess Juliana International Airport are credited with bringing in the second highest revenue for the tourism industry in the Caribbean islands. Though there are warning signs, thrill seekers cling to the airport’s fence to experience a ‘jet blast’ when planes land or take off. This is due to the fact that jet engines are capable of producing winds of more than 100 mph. Aviation enthusiasts also throng the Sunset bar located near the end of the runway, and instead of music, the bar broadcasts air traffic control messages and has flight schedules displayed on a surfboard.
The best time of year to visit St. Maarten is between December and May. Take advantage of Presidents’ Day Weekend, when you can dine, scuba or just relax. Book Exclusive Charter Service now and experience the arrival at one of the most stunning airport approaches it the world and an ideal long weekend getaway.