St Maarten Highlights
The island of St Maarten is split into a Dutch side (St Maarten) and a French side (St Martin), so don't be confused if you see two different spellings for this popular Caribbean retreat.
The Dutch side is lively with casinos and nightclubs. The capital is Philipsburg, which has a distinct European flair. St. Martin, the French side, is more low-key. Beautiful beaches surround the whole island, the majority of them with white sands and turquoise water. Snorkeling here is excellent.
Like most Caribbean islands, St Maarten has average daily highs between 83°F (28°C) in January and 86°F (30°C) in July and average lows that rarely dip below a comfy 72°F (22°C).