St. Maarten Carnival 2011PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten (July 13, 2010) – The St. Maarten Carnival Development Foundation (SCDF) has embarked on a “Save The Date” campaign to promote the 2011 St. Maarten Carnival. “Carnival lovers should mark their calendars for April 25 – May 2, 2011 with several pre-Carnival events scheduled during weekends from March 19 – April 2, 2011,” said Erno Labega, Public Relations Officer for the SCDF St. Maarten’s Festival Village turns into the largest open-air restaurant in the North Eastern Caribbean during Carnival featuring several food booths which are open 24 hours a day offering a variety of local and international cuisines as well as a hotspot for all major concerts.

For Carnival 2011, visitors can expect international shows with renowned artists, local cultural shows as well as the colorful and vibrant Grand Carnival Parade which spans two days.  The line-up of artists and exact dates for the parades and other events will be announced after the summer holidays.

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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.

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