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Place: St. Martin

St. Martin / St. Maarten Vacation Rentals
By Caitlin Moore

You know the feelingÖyour fingertips are frozen despite the fact youíre wearing gloves. Your cheeks are practically frostbitten after making your way across the parking lot to the car, and the sky is depressingly dark at such an early hour that you feel you donít have time to do anything but fix dinner, clean up, try to take care of a few things, and then go to bed in order to rest up for tomorrowís routine. Too many days like this could cause a person to go mad, so itís best to schedule in a little break for yourself. At this point youíre probably not that picky, but somewhere warm, exotic and blessed with an intriguing array of activities sounds like itíd do the trick.

St. Maarten/St. Martin, an island peacefully partitioned between the French and the Danish for the past few hundred years, is a solid pick that will satisfy any traveler and warm up those extremities in the blink of an eye. Eighty degree days, lots of sunshine, a culturally vibrant atmosphere and dozens of fabulous vacation rentals scattered across the island all provide the means for weathered, world-weary folks to find a little slice of Caribbean paradise.

The European-tinged shops and restaurants, the breathtaking beaches and the historic and adventure-oriented amusements are admittedly integral components to your upcoming trip, but there is something that must also be given its proper due. The place you lay your head each night, the home away from home where you spend your downtime, unpack your bags, and allow yourself to relax inside of, should be worthy of your time and money. It should complement your overall trip and provide a solid foundation for it. Quite simply, it should make you feel happy.

Luckily, both halves of this particular destination understand the need to live in comfort and style during your island vacation. Perhaps this trip is a long-overdue getaway for you and your partner in life, who has also been suffering from frozen-fingers-and-toes syndrome. Imagine settling into a breezy, spacious, tastefully decorated villa overlooking Marigotís Harbor. A garden tub means bubble baths, a private patio means intimate happy hours, a well-equipped kitchen means romantic dinners for two, and the spectacular view will provide a gently stunning backdrop for it all.

Starting to get the picture? Your vacation rental will compete with the scuba diving, the historic tours and the five course French meals as your favorite part of the holiday. Feeling at home in the Caribbean will tickle your sensibilities and never get old; who knew that you would ever experience the chance to live like some kind of privileged island dweller with the keys to an envy-inducing cottage nestled in the mountains of a lush, lovely landscape like this one?

Begin each morning by being awakened by the trade winds as they playfully breeze through the open windows. Sip coffee in your little yard or next to the pool and then head down to the beach for a morning swim or snorkeling session. Fill your day by wandering through the surprise-inducing streets, picking up some one-of-a-kind souvenirs, playing a little tennis or golf, and sating your appetite with some Caribbean fare or perhaps a French pastry and some tea. The choices are endless, and awaiting you at the end of the day (or whenever you need to head home for a nap) is your comforting, comfortable St Martin/St. Maarten Vacation Rental.

Go online to discover the one thatís right for you. Youíll probably know it as soon as you see it, and may even find that itís available for a nice healthy block of time. Donít skimp, dear traveler, be sure to give yourself plenty of time away from winterís cruel grasp. You know you deserve it, so get the planning process started today.

HomeAway.com has all the information you need to make a smart decision regarding your next vacation rental.