It's difficult to say which side of St. Martin/St. Maarten you should choose. Both sides offer everything from deluxe hotels to small inns and villas, so it becomes a matter of which culture you prefer, what attractions you wish to be near and whether you'll be using public transportation, which is not available in all areas. Read More ...
The Dutch side is more cosmopolitan and crowded with casinos and bigger hotels, but poses fewer language barriers to English-speaking visitors. The French side is still very French.
St. Martin/St. Maarten is more pet-friendly than most other Caribbean islands; several hotels allow small dogs. Inquire when making reservations.
Rock-bottom budget travelers should investigate their accommodation's location before booking; some neighborhoods attract very seedy characters.< Show Less