Ascendant Holidays is introducing its members to St. Marten, a unique island in the Caribbean.
It is considered a dual-nation representing Dutch and French history, culture, and cuisine according to Ascendant Holidays.
Despite only being 37 square miles, this island packs a wallop regarding the scope of activities to participate in and places to see.
For those who have been interested in a chance to dip their toes into the world of scuba diving but are not certified, SNUBA (a combination of snorkeling and scuba diving) offers the opportunity.
This island is a tropical paradise for those who scuba dive and love to swim among schools of fish. Guides accompany non-certified divers who wish to learn to scuba diving without the required certificate. Instead of wearing a tank on one’s body, they tether it to a raft and the body of your dive buddy.
Members of Ascendant Holidays who are history buffs will love Fort Louis.
The largest monument on the island that was built in 1767 and is named after the French king who defended Marigot at that time. It overlooks the island from atop a hill and when the weather is clear people can see all the way to Anguilla.
The Butterfly Farm offers 15-20 minute tours of the various species of butterflies that can be observed from the egg cycle to caterpillar to adult, vibrant colors and all. Parrots, macaws, and other native animals and birds can be seen at the largest Caribbean zoo at the famous St. Marten Zoological Park by Ascendant Holidays members and their families.
The highest point of Pic Paradis is located in the center of St. Marten and is reached by Loterie Farm and shows exceptional views of the island from above looking down on the lush vegetation and rainforest. Wild monkeys occasionally can be spotted in coconut palms.
Learning to sail is one of the favorite activities on the island. Experts will hoist the sails and do all the hard work while mentoring Ascendant Holidays members.
A day sail to Prickly Pear Cay while watching flying fish jump out of the water is a thrilling excursion. Once you reach, the beach people are invited to snorkel and eat barbeque that is fixed for all day sail participants.
Extreme sports fans will be captivated during their experience at Emilio Wilson Estate, a former plantation from the 18th Century that now houses multiple high-level attractions.
The Flying Dutchman zip line and a quick tube ride are examples of fun activities here. Pirate Sky is a gondola lift that goes up Sentry Hill until you reach 1125 feet up with various platforms that overlook the island. The zip line drops 1,050 feet at speeds of 56 mph. The Schooner Ride involves sitting inside an inner tube down a mountain, through all types of twists and turns ending at the old house and museum.
One excursion that is unique but popular is the Guavaberry taste test.
This liquor is a combination of aged oak rum, cane sugar, and wild Guavaberries found in the middle of St. Marten. In Phillipsburg, Ascendant Holidays members will find the Guavaberry World Headquarters in an old townhouse that hosts visitors who love this sweet, fruity liquor.
Orient Bay offers a potpourri of fun activities for those Ascendant Holidays members who prefer to stay busy. Some of the most various water sports include jet skiing, snorkeling, parasailing, cruising on banana boats, and wind sailing. This is the most active beach on the island.
St. Marten is filled with a multitude of activities and excursions that are fun and exciting for the whole family to enjoy.
This is one place on the Caribbean wish list that is a must-see for Ascendant Holidays members.