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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, 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.

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When To Go

When to Go to St. Martin/St. Maarten

The high season begins in December and runs through the middle of April. During the off-season, hotel rooms can be had for as little as half the high-sea...

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