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Caribbean Day Trip: Three Islands You Can Easily Reach from St. Maarten

February 13, 2014 at 12:50 PM | by | Comments (0)

The phrase "island hopping" gets thrown around a lot when we're dreaming of travel or reading about the ways of high-profile jetsetters, but when you consider it in the scope of reality, it becomes a rather tall task. Short flights between islands are rarely a bargain, and how much damage can you really do with a week's worth of vacation?

Visitors to St. Maarten will find plenty to do on the island itself, but those thirsty for a day trip will be pleased to know that it is located at the center of a well-rounded group of islands, providing a number of plausible day-trip and overnight options. The best part? You can go by boat to all of them.

St. Barth's

St. Barth's is one of the more luxurious islands in the Caribbean, both in reputation and reality. A majority of visitors rent villas in the hillsides and mingle with yacht owners in Gustavia Harbor -- a great place to sit and watch the boats come in (and maybe try to make friends with one of those aforementioned yacht owners). The French influence ensures plenty of good (albeit pricey) dining options on the island, and we'd recommend renting a Jeep, motor bike, or ATV to cruise around. If you want to plane spot like you can in St. Maarten, post up on the Baie de Saint Jean at the end of the island's airport. Ferries to Gustavia Harbor take about 45 minutes from Philipsburg.

Saba

This rocky island has a land mass of only 5 square miles but tops out at nearly 3,000 feet above sea level, making it better known for its hikes and vistas than its beaches. We will be visiting Saba for the first time next week, so we'll be sure to bring you the full scoop on this mountain that also doubles as an island. There are several options for ferries to travel the 28 miles from St. Maarten.

Anguilla

If Saba goes straight up and is known for its adventure activities, then Anguilla might just be the exact opposite. This beautiful 35-square-mile island is known for its selection of pristine beaches, such as the white sands of Mead Bay. This is the type of place you go to do nothing, to relax, sip cocktails, maybe play some golf, and perhaps pamper yourself at one of the island's luxury resorts (Cap Juluca, for example). Just nine miles from St. Maartin, getting there is a breeze.

[Photos: Will McGough/Facebook]

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