Bird watching on holiday – or “avitourism” as it’s now known in the travel industry – is big business. Whether you’re a seasoned birder, or can’t tell a Blue-footed Booby from a Bananaquit, here are the top tropical destinations for bird watchers to indulge their hobby, reads Reader’s Digest Magazines Canada Ltd. In its “10 Best Tropical Destinations For Bird Watchers.”
The story written by Susan Campbell, describes St. Maarten/St. Martin as a, “…hot spot for migrating sea birds, the dual-nation island of St. Maarten and St. Martin has a burgeoning bird watching scene.
“Visitors to the annual Migratory Seabird Festival can enjoy guided tours to the island’s 164 species in a variety of locations via SeaGrape Tours, and learn more about the birds through local environmental organizations like Les Fruit de Mer and the Nature Foundation. You won’t need your binoculars to spot St. Maarten’s national bird, the Brown Pelican – it can be found on every beach!”
The St. Maarten Tourist Bureau is very pleased with this publicity that the destination has received from Reader’s Digest travel section ‘Travel the World.’
“The free publicity that the destination is receiving is priceless, and contributes to displaying the niches of the tourism sector and what else the island has to offer visitors besides sea, sand and sun,” the St. Maarten Tourist Bureau said on Thursday.
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Other destinations mentioned in Reader’s Digest top 10 include Panama, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Guatemala, Trinidad & Tobago, Huatulco (Mexico), Dominica, Inagua Islands (Bahamas), and Aruba.