Sun-seekers in Sint Maarten have plenty of beaches to choose from, with this stretch of sand near the French border attracting surfers and sunbathers alike.
The island has long been a popular port for cruise ships. For many visitors, the capital of Philipsburg is the first stop.
Front Street, the main drag, features a collection of souvenir shop, jewelry stores, parfumeries and other shops, all with duty-free status.
One of the most important and symbolic sites on the island. Built in 1793, the building was once the home of the city's founder, Captain John Phillips.
The 2-mile-long Great Bay Beach ranks as a favorite among visitors for its close proximity to the cruise port and shopping of Front Street.
One of the best ways to explore Sint Maarten's beautiful shores is with a paddle in hand. The stellar views make the island an excellent kayaking destination for paddlers of all levels.
The waters just off the shores of Sint Maarten provide a habitat for a colorful assortment of sea life, including corals, sea turtles, rays and tropical fish.
If you’ve had enough of the noisy spectacle at Maho Bay, head to nearby Mullet Bay Beach for a quiet alternative. This somewhat secluded beach is popular among locals.