Trying to decide between Saint Martin vs. Sint Maarten? You can hit both on the same island (no border). But French St. Martin is better for dining and beach clubs. Dutch St. Maarten is better for nightlife, extreme plane spotting and duty-free shopping.
Planning a Caribbean vacation?
The Caribbean makes for a great sun-and-sand escape in winter!
Quick Caribbean travel information:
Number of islands: Over 700 in the Caribbean Sea
Largest Caribbean island: Cuba
Our favorite Caribbean islands: Antigua, Barbados (we got engaged here), St. Barts, St. Lucia and St. Vincent & the Grenadines
When to go: The best time to visit the Caribbean is between December and April (avoid the hurricane season from about August to October/November)
Currency: The United States dollar (USD) is accepted in most places
Famous people from the Caribbean: Bob Marley (reggae musician), Usain Bolt (sprinter) and Rhianna (singer)
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There are at least 7 reasons to stay at Esmeralda Resort on the Caribbean island of St. Martin. For one, beautiful Orient Beach is just a hop and a skip away. And its restaurant offers to-die-for French food.
If you’re wondering where to eat in St. Martin, get yourself to Grand Case! Many of the top restaurants in Grand Case are French, serving fois gras, garlicky escargot and the finest French food outside of France.
Thinking of chartering a yacht? Here’s all you need to know about bareboat vs. crewed yacht charters, the best yacht chartering companies and the top yachting destinations.
Planning to visit the Caribbean island of St. Maarten and St. Martin? Lucky you! Here’s what to know to have the best vacation possible on this unique Dutch and French island.
Discover the best of both countries on this tiny Caribbean island. Hit French Saint Martin for its French restos and buzzy beach clubs. Dutch St. Maarten is known for its casinos, watersports and shopping.
On the beach? Close to yummy French restaurants? Suites with kitchens? This St. Martin resort ticks the boxes for a great Caribbean holiday!
Where to stay on St. Martin (French side) and St. Maarten (Dutch side)? We review the best hotels, from the boutique L’Esplanade to the stylish all-inclusive Sonesta Ocean Point Resort.