"Two flavoured island." Top 5 Page for this destination Saint Martin by melissa_bel

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Second port of call... St-Martin!

I was able to wake up early aboard the Grand Princess this time to be able to see the ship docking not far from Philipsburg, the capital of the Dutch-side of the island. Yes, this tiny piece of land is the smallest land-mass to be shared by two countries: France in the North, the Netherlands in the South. And they both have very distinct personnalities.

Fun vs Glamour

While the Dutch-side has a laid-back, anything goes, party-hang-out, commercial approach, the French-side side sees itself as a "democratic" version of star-studded island of St-Barts, with low-key glamour, fabulous eating and gorgeous beaches. There is something for everyone here. As I slowly watches the island getting closer and closer, I am thinking... I'm going to enjoy the place.

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:One island, two cultures, great beaches, great dining, lots of things to do
  • Cons:The Dutch side is really too touristy and the French side might be a bit sedate for some.
  • Last visit to Saint Martin: May 2002
  • Intro Updated Jun 14, 2004
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  • Ekahau's Profile Photo
    May 28, 2006 at 6:05 PM

    Beautiful place thanks for the tips.

  • cadiana88's Profile Photo
    Jan 26, 2006 at 1:16 PM

    I was there, excellent comments!!!

  • catalysta's Profile Photo
    Jan 21, 2005 at 7:19 AM

    Excellent write up for such a brief visit! Couldn't agree more, I love the French side, could forget the Dutch side easily, & Orient Beach is too too...cat

  • minstrel74's Profile Photo
    Jan 17, 2005 at 1:32 AM

    Sounds and looks like an interesting and beautiful place. I look forward to the chance to visit someday!

  • jamiesno's Profile Photo
    Nov 21, 2004 at 9:41 AM

    A friend of mine went here, it is suppose to be very french correct? Cheers from bbbrrrrr Labrador, Canada :-)

  • Anchovy56's Profile Photo
    Sep 12, 2004 at 10:11 AM

    a co-worker has been going here for 25 years....I believe notables such as Bill Gates and Robert Redford have homes here...Thanks for sharing your travels...

  • Geisha_Girl's Profile Photo
    Aug 26, 2004 at 9:46 PM

    Aaaah, fabulous St. Martin write- up! I came so close to dipping my toes in the crystal waters here! Alas, had tickets in hand, but traded them in for something even more special! ;-) Great page Melissa!

  • AliasGirl's Profile Photo
    Aug 23, 2004 at 9:08 AM

    I have always wanted to visit Saint Martin. But I never could decide which side to stay on! So we went to Grand Caymans instead. Now thanks to your tips, I know where to go. :)


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