Before the destruction caused by Hurricane Irma, I stopped at St. Maarten on my cruise. My family went on an island tour so we could see both the French and Dutch sides. It was beautiful.
St. Maarten is primarily known for its beautiful beaches. While we took advantage of the beach after our island tour, we also walked around Philipsburg, the capital of the Dutch side. Philipsburg has plenty of shops and restaurants on Front Street.
On the beach, jet skis are available for rent, as are beach chairs. Snorkeling excursions are available, but I saw a lot of people snorkeling right from the beach.
We rented a couple of chairs and an umbrella, and completely enjoyed a couple of hours on the beach. It was the most relaxing time we had on our whole trip.
I’ve heard that at least one cruise line plans to add St. Maarten to its itineraries again in November. This is great news for an island that heavily relies on tourism. If you are looking for a beautiful place to sit back and relax, I can’t think of a better place than St. Maarten.