St. Martin and St. Maarten Travel Guide

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Plan Your St. Martin and St. Maarten Vacation

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, have 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.

Hotels

St. Martin and St. Maarten Hotels

St. Maarten/St. Martin accommodations range from modern megaresorts such as the Radisson and the Westin St. Maarten to condos and small inns. On the Dutch...read more

Restaurants

St. Martin and St. Maarten Restaurants

Although most people come to St. Maarten/St. Martin for sun and fun, they leave praising the cuisine. On an island that covers only 37 square miles (96...read more

Things To Do

Things To Do in St. Martin and St. Maarten

Explore the best sights, entertainment, and shopping with our top choices and insider tips.

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St. Martin and St. Maarten Experiences

  • Top Reasons to Go to St. Maarten/St. Martin

    Great Food: The island has so many good places to eat that you could eat out for a month and never repeat a restaurant visit.... Read more

  • St. Maarten vs. St. Martin

    If this is your first trip to St. Maarten/St. Martin, you're probably wondering which side will better suit your needs. That's hard to say, because... Read more

  • Condo Rentals

    Condo rentals are another lodging option. They appeal to travelers who aren't interested in the one-size-fits-all activities offered by the resorts... Read more

  • A Day in St. Eustatius

    Unless you're a diver or a history buff, chances are you have never heard of St. Eustatius, or Statia, as it is often called. So many ships once... Read more

  • Concordia

    The smallest island in the world to be shared between two different countries, St. Maarten/St. Martin has existed peacefully in its subdivided... Read more

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