St Martin/Sint Maarten
The island is approximately 36 square miles and is shared between two countries. The French side is known as St Martin and the Dutch side, Sint Maarten. Border formalities don't exist as the border crossings are just inconspicuous signs when passing between the two sides of the island.
The island is surrounded by pristine white sandy beaches, has many hotels, villas, guest houses and excellent restaurants. Over 500,00 holiday makers visit the island each year, mainly from the USA, Canada, Europe and South American countries.
The Dutch side is the most developed with many large resorts (and many more presently being built) and casinos. The French side is a little quieter and has a deceidedly Gallic influence in language food and culture. No casinos.
Both sides of the island are duty free, there is no customs desk at any international arrival point. Both capitals, Philiispburg on the Dutch side and Marigot on the French side are a shoppers paradise, Marigot especially where numerous boutiques sell the latest fashion straight from Paris.
St Martin/Sint Maarten is a small transport hub for trips to the neighboring islands of St Barts, Anguilla, and Saba. All of which can be reached from St Martin/Sint Maarten by boat.