On the French side you will find more of the flavor of France
This side of the island has few traditional tourists sites. Nude beaches are the norm on this side of the island. Travelers will find more small French styled boutiques, cafes and small expensive hotels.
St Maarten - St Martin Vacations, Tours, Hotels, Resorts
This is the smallest island in the world that is divided into two sovereign nations. One half of the island is Dutch, and the other half is French. Each side has co-existed for hundreds of years without border patrols or customs.
Vacationers also get the advantage of island hopping to Anguilla, St Barts, Saba and St Eustatius for day trips.
St Martin is a dependency of Guadeloupe, and an overseas department of France.
No identification is needed to pass through the French or Dutch borders of the island - in fact the only thing you may notice is a sign if your vehicle is not going too fast to see it.
All flights from the U.S. arrive in Dutch St Maarten
The Dutch side of the island is more Amercanized with lots of condos, time shares, big resorts, casinos and hotels. St Maarten is also a premier Caribbean shopping destination - second only to St Thomas.
St Maarten is part of the Netherland Antilles, which is part of the kingdom of the Netherlands.
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