PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten (May 19, 2010) – Novice and experienced sailors alike will have the journey of a lifetime onboard the 12 Meter Regatta ( where participants have the opportunity to become part of the crew as they are assigned positions and taught to jib, tack, grind or simply relax and take in the scenery off the shores of St. Maarten (

Passengers board a multi-million dollar America’s Cup Race Boat and compete in a mini-race on retired racing ships including Canada II, True North and Dennis Conner’s USA winning Stars & Stripes.

This top-rated, half-day excursion leaves from Bobby’s Marina each morning in Philipsburg and ends with a Caribbean rum punch party for the winning boat.

To book the 12 Meter Regatta excursion, contact your hotel activity desk or call (599) 542 0045 while on-island.  Cruise passengers can contact their individual cruise lines for more information.

St. Maarten offers a wide variety of day and nighttime diversions, including land and sea excursions, available for visitors of all ages and activity levels.

Those who would like to get back to nature can hike the numerous trails scattered throughout the island, ride horseback across sun-swept beaches, or snorkel from a 60-foot catamaran.

For adventure seekers, island thrills include parasailing and skydiving, or tour the island by motorcycle, ATV or scooter.  Strap yourself into the captain’s chair for some deep-sea fishing or descend the depths and explore historic wrecks and lost cannons.

Other pursuits include golf, tennis, walking tours and, of course, beach combing on any of the 37 beaches island-wide.

Nighttime comes alive with St. Maarten’s many clubs, bars and casinos.  Hot spots abound in Maho, Simpson Bay, Cupecoy and Philipsburg.  If your late night turns into an early morning, point your sandals to Dawn Beach and greet the new day’s sun as it emerges from the Atlantic.

For more information on activities in St. Maarten, visit the official site of the St. Maarten Tourist Bureau at

St. Maarten

St. Maarten is truly a unique island in several ways.  It is the smallest island in the world to be shared by two nations, the Netherlands and France, creating a European-influenced vibe with a Caribbean flair.  St. Maarten is also the culinary capital of the Caribbean with an eclectic array of elegantly-perfected culinary fusion to keep “food lovers” returning each year.  And with more than 300 restaurants, the island has tastes to satisfy every palate and pocketbook.

Located at the northern end of the Lesser Antilles, the island’s 36 square miles has 37 breathtaking beaches and is home to many historical and family-oriented attractions including the vastly abundant treasure of rare animal and plant species at the St. Maarten Zoological and Botanical Garden.  Unique attractions include the historic Fort Amsterdam, the St. Maarten Museum, and the picturesque and symbolic Mount Concordia, where the Treaty of Concordia was signed more than 350 years ago to promote peaceful coexistence of two cultures on one island.

The Dutch capital of Philipsburg offers duty-free shopping with bustling city atmosphere in the heart of the Caribbean, while nightlife activities provide endless entertainment with 14 casinos and numerous nightclubs.  During the day water sport enthusiasts can take full advantage of the island’s scuba diving and snorkeling facilities which are located throughout the island. The island boasts a wide array of marine biodiversity and unique underwater dive sites that include the H.M.S. Proselyte, a notable British frigate which sank in St. Maarten’s waters since 1801.

Accommodations are varied with many designed to exceed the expectations of even the most discerning traveler and include elegant private villas, family oriented resorts, quaint cottages and luxury spa resorts.  Air service is available to Princess Juliana International Airport from numerous U.S. and Canadian cities as well as from Europe, South America and the Caribbean.