Nicole Rivera Rivera shares her tips for how you can experience the very best of Dutch St. Maarten and the French St. Martin in a weekend.


How to Get Around

Rent a car. You can go between the Dutch and the French side in no time. The Dutch side were the airport is, has a more touristy/cruise vibe and the French side a more resort vibe. Remember to pack a swimsuit, comfy sandals, laid back clothes and sunblock.


Dutch St. Maarten


In the Dutch St. Maarten go for a walk, drink, eat, shop and swim in the Great Bay Beach area in Phillipsburg. If you are into candy sweet rums taste some of the Guavaberry Emporium flavors. 

St. Maarten Top Spots:

  • Karakter Beach Bar & Restaurant - Dip your feet in the sand while you eat.
  • Shieka’s Bistro - Join the locals for some home style cooking with vegetarian options.
  • Vesna Taverna - Greek-French cuisine. 


French St. Martin

View from Fort Louis

In the French St. Martin side you can get adventurous with the Palm Beach Watersports crew and enjoy parasailing over blue waters. Walk to Orient beach and take it off at the nude beach area, no cameras allowed. 

Take a drive to Marigot Bay, around Marina Fort Louis, walk to the top of the fort and take in the breathtaking views of the island (as seen above)

Grand Case food area

St. Martin spots:

  • Grand Case is filled with options, Talk of the Town is one of them, enjoy the steel drum band while you’re eating and looking at the ocean.

Enjoy the sun!

By Nicole Rivera Rivera


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