New Haven, CT (PressExposure) May 13, 2009 -- Thanks to its unique dual identity, St Maarten island is now considered as the âGourmet Capital of the Caribbeanâ. Whether you prefer a quiet dinner with your loved one in the veranda of your vacation condo, or you want to dine out, there will always be good food ready to be served!
St.Maarten island [http://www.portocupecoy.com/location/lifestyle-attractions] offers a variety of local and international cuisines and some of the best restaurants are located at Grand Case in the French side of the island. Whether you are looking for an upscale restaurant or a local shack offering island cuisine such as barbeque ribs, you will surely find a place where you can dine in comfort.
The islandâs cuisine boasts of a combination of European, Caribbean and American influences, thanks to its half French and half Dutch identity. Local spices can be found in many local stores such as the Le Grande Marche, which also features a variety of wines from France, Chile and California. The best champagnes such as Dom PÃ©rignon and world renowned rums such as Guavaberry, Bakers and Antilles Spice Clipper are sold several supermarkets in St Martin island [http://www.portocupecoy.com/location/lifestyle-attractions].
Do you want to share that distinct Caribbean taste to your family and friends back home? Well, try some of the sweet and spicy souvenirs from Lord and Hunter or Shipwreck shops. You can also purchase hot sauces which are available in different flavors such as mango and passion fruit. Add tropical jams, t-shirts, local maps and books to complete your souvenir basket.
If you are looking for local liquors, there are many brands offered at the Guavaberry Emporium which is located in Philipsburg, the capital of St Maarten island. Are you looking for cigarettes at duty free prices? The Caribbean Liquors and Tobacco offers many popular brands.
Donât forget to check out the outdoor Marigot Market in the French side. Here you can find exotic seasonings and spices, local fruits, seafood and many island souvenirs.
When it comes to serious shopping, Sint Maarten [http://www.portocupecoy.com/location] is simply the best in the world. Here you will find almost anything and at duty free prices too!