Saint Martin/Sint Maarten Wins Big in USA Today’s 2019 10Best Caribbean Readers’ Choice Awards

Published on : Friday, March 15, 2019

St. Maarten received seven distinctions in USA Today’s 2019 10Best Caribbean Readers’ Choice Awards. The Friendly Island and several of its stakeholders were acknowledged across six categories, including “Best Island for Romance,” “Best Caribbean Restaurant” (Bistrot Caraïbes and Emilio’s), and “Best Caribbean Attraction” (Rainforest Adventures). The island was nominated for each list by Melanie Reffes and Chelle Walton, two journalists who specialize in the Caribbean.


“These awards truly highlight the diverse array of fantastic activities, restaurants and opportunities that our island provides,” stated St. Maarten’s Director Tourism, Ms. May-Ling Chun. “We are incredibly thankful for these honors and hope that these distinctions will prompt even more people to visit St. Maarten and experience everything our island has to offer.”


St. Maarten’s Topper’s Rhum Distillery received the first-place honor on this year’s “Best Caribbean Rum Distillery” list, beating out some of the world’s most famous rum brands such as Bacardi, Brugal, Appleton Estate, Angostura, Cruzan, Mount Gay and Barbancourt.


In other food and beverage-related honors, two of St. Maarten’s restaurants, Bistrot Caraïbes and Emilio’s, placed fourth and fifth respectively on this year’s “Best Caribbean Restaurant” list, making it the only destination to receive two acknowledgments in the category and furthering the island’s reputation as a gastronomic powerhouse.


“These awards are a testament to the people of St. Maarten, whose determination and hard work continue to yield recognition and results,” stated St. Maarten’s Minister of Tourism, Economic Affairs, Traffic & Telecommunications, the Honorable Stuart Johnson. “We often have the privilege of welcoming back visitors for decades in a row, and this array of acknowledgments truly speaks to that. The public, including those who have visited our island year after year, gave us these honors, and we are so thankful for their enduring support. Many thanks to everyone who voted for us.”


Below is a full list of St. Maarten’s awards:




Source:- Caribbean Tourism Organization


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