French and Dutch have lived side by side on St. Maarten/St. Martin for hundreds of years—with no border patrols or customs between them. The French side has a more genteel ambience, more fashionable shopping, and a Continental flair. The Dutch tends to be less expensive, has casino hotels, and more nightlife. Water sports abound all over—diving, snorkeling, sailing, and windsurfing are all top draws. And it's easy to while away the day relaxing on one of the 37 beaches, strolling the boardwalk of Dutch-side Philipsburg, and exploring the very French town of Marigot. Although luck is an important commodity at St. Maarten's 13 casinos, chance plays no part in finding a good meal at the island’s excellent eateries.
- Great Food The island has so many good places to dine that you could eat out for a month and never repeat a restaurant visit.
- Lots of Shops Philipsburg is one of the top shopping spots in the Caribbean, and Marigot brings a touch of France.
- Beaches Large and Small Thirty-seven picture-perfect beaches are spread out all over the island.
- Water Sports Galore The wide range of water sports will satisfy almost any need and give you the perfect excuse to finally try stand-up paddleboarding or kitesurfing.
- Nightlife Every Night There is a wide variety of nightlife shows, discos, beach bars, and casinos.