Explore Saint Martin/Sint Maarten
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St. Maarten/St. Martin is often referred to as the "gastronomic capital of the Caribbean," so cruisers are in for a treat. The half French, half Dutch-owned island has heavy influences from both culture, but also offers a number of cuisines from across the globe.
Visitors will find a number of casual cafes and laid-back island bars that serve a combination of Caribbean specialties, American classics, and European cuisine.
Most cruise ship passengers arriving to the island will dock in Phillipsburg, St. Maarten, the Dutch side of the island. This massive port accommodates numerous mega-ships at the same time, and downtown Phillipsburg is an easy walk with loads of shopping opportunities and dining options to choose from.
A handful of vessels opt to dock in Marigot, a quieter side of the island that is owned by the French with several outstanding restaurants that are ideal for a casual breakfast or an elegant and romantic evening out.
The experts at 10Best.com have sorted through the restaurants, cafes, and beach bars on the island and have put together this list of 10 favorites for cruise ship passengers. While most are located near the port in Phillispburg, there are also a couple options in Marigot for passengers arriving on that side of the island.