When visiting the beautiful shared land mass known as Saint Martin and Sint Maarten (the smallest land mass in the world shared by two independent nations - France and the Netherlands), there are many things to see and do.
An absolute "must do" is to go on the 12 Metre Challenge. You actually crew one of the real yachts that were part of the America's Cup Challenge. On our last visit, Sharon was the "winch wench" - responsible for winching (tightening and loosening) the mainsail during the race. After our boat (the Stars and Stripes) won that day's race, Sharon actually got to helm the yacht! A complete thrill!!
After the boat race, you finally get the time to look around and the view back to the island is great. The on-water perspective of Phillipsburg is awesome, the main port on the Dutch side which has lots of restaurants and shops (including an outpost of Longchamp!)!
Another great way to spend the day is to drive around the island, visiting different beaches, both on the French side and the Dutch side.
Our favorite beach (Sharon has visited this beach the three times she has been to the island) is Orient Beach on the French side. The beach is very long and shaped like a crescent, with lots of water sports available, including parasailing, and restaurants that will serve you in your lounge chair. But beware (or be adventurous), the southern end of Orient Beach is clothing optional!
There are many housing options on the island, from expensive hotels to condos. When we were last there we stayed at the Atrium Resort in Simpson Bay. It was very conveniently located, well run and very clean.
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