Vaswani, on the other hand, has sacrificed a lot to fulfill his dream of showing St. Maarten’s promise to the rest of the world. In early 2019, he opened the Caribbean Brewing Company in Point Blanche, and in 2021 his Dutch Blonde Ale became the island’s first-ever to win silver at the London Beer Competition, immediately propelling it to the best craft beer in the entire Caribbean. This enthusiastic entrepreneur has since opened the Dutch Blonde Beach Bar, where guests can enjoy the brewery’s five beers and great food with beachside food, and his latest source of pride is the region’s first and only escape room (at which I currently hold the record time).

Next up? A speakeasy with craft cocktails. All because he thinks St. Maarten can and should be the biggest playground in the Caribbean. If anything, it’s destined to be one of the most talked about.

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