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Six Breathtaking Reasons Why You Should Visit Sint Maarten, ‘The Happy Island’

PHILIPSBURG — Beaches, culture, cuisine, sailing and shopping are just a few reasons vacationers flock to Sint Maarten.

Rainforest Adventures’ Rockland Estate Park has added six more exciting experiences to the list with something for everyone and 20 percent savings on select direct bookings for a limited time.

#1 — St. Maarten is known for its dramatic views and visitors are treated to some of the most breathtaking scenery from Sentry Hill, one of St. Maarten’s highest elevation at 1,125 feet. At Rockland Estate, walkways and platforms encircle the mountaintop showcasing 360-degree vistas of the dual-nation island as well as the neighboring islands Saba, St. Barts, St. Eustatius and Anguilla. Those who want to linger can get comfortable with a beverage at the hill top bar, a must do experience.

#2 – Sightseers won’t have to climb Sentry Hill to enjoy the views, they can sit back, relax and watch the beauty unfold as they ascend on the Soualiga Sky Explorer a chairlift spanning a total of 2,997 ft. to the top.

#3 –The popular Schooner Ride sends adventurers down the mountain in large 44-inch inner tubes on this specially designed 657-foot track of curves and straightaways. Every Saturday and Sunday from noon to 3:00 pm guests can purchase a ticket for Schooner Happy Hour and breeze down the mountain for as many rides as time allows.

#4 – There’s another stop on the Soualiga Sky Explorer as it ascends providing an additional chance to combine this location’s sensational landscape with exciting adventure on the Sentry Hill Zipline. This traditional, 4-span zip line takes adventurers on a 500-meter flight across the mountain ridge.

#5 – In addition to a Soualiga Sky Explorer chairlift ride to the fantastic views, each adventure begins at the historic Emilio Wilson Museum, a restored plantation house originally built in the 1700s. The museum tells the powerful story Trace Wilson who was born into slavery on the property in 1818 and her direct descendant Emilio Wilson. Guests will see depictions of what life was like on a plantation and learn about the customs, traditions, lifestyle and stories that earned Sint Maarten the nickname ‘The Friendly Island.’

#6 – After an adventurous day, Rockland Estate guests can end their visit at Emilio’s “and dine with history.” The restaurant is located within the 17th century walls of the plantation’s Sugar Cane Boiling house once home to Emilio Wilson.

The Schooner Happy Hour ticket is $33 for adults and $25 for kids and seniors. Now through January 31, 2019 guests can save 20% on the Sky Explorer and 360° Views package, adults $52, $40 kids and seniors, and the Sentry Hill Zip and Schooner package, adults $89, $85 kids and seniors, for bookings direct with Rainforest Adventures using code ONLINE20.

Rainforest Adventures Rockland Estate St. Maarten is a 2018 USA Today Travel 10Best Readers’ Choice Award as one of the Best Caribbean Attractions and has been nominated by The Daily Herald, Best of SXM 2018 awards for Best Excursion/Activity and Best New Restaurant.

For more information and bookings email sales.sxm(at), visit or call toll-free from North America at +1.866.SKYTRAM (1.886.759.8726). Follow us @rainforestadventuresxm on Facebook and Instagram, and on Twitter @RFA_SXM.

About Rainforest Adventures 

Each year over 400,000 visitors experience Rainforest Adventures eco-parks located in Costa Rica, St. Lucia, Panama, Jamaica and St. Maarten. In addition to more than 22 years of experience, in construction and operations of eco-parks, Rainforest Adventures owns and conserves 2,700 acres of rainforest, home to more than 1,000 species of birds and 2,000 kinds of exotic plants. With over 400 employees, it also offers sustainability programs for visitors and local schoolchildren designed for the protection and conservation of the environment. For more information visit

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John McCarthy is primarily known for his investigative reporting on the U.S. Virgin Islands. A series of reports beginning in the 1990's revealed that there was everything from coliform bacteria to Cryptosporidium in locally-bottled St. Croix drinking water, according to a then-unpublished University of the Virgin Islands sampling. Another report, following Hurricane Hugo in 1989, cited a Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) confidential overview that said that over 40 percent of the U.S. Virgin Islands public lives below the poverty line. The Virgin Islands Free Press is the only Caribbean news source to regularly incorporate the findings of U.S. Freedom of Information Act requests. John's articles have appeared in the BVI Beacon, St. Croix Avis, San Juan Star and Virgin Islands Daily News. He is the former news director of WSVI-TV Channel 8 on St. Croix.

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