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St Maarten (Dutch) & St Martin (French)
St Martin/St Maarten are at the top of the Lesser Antilles, between Anguilla and St Kitts. The island was divided between France and Holland in 1648. It is a three hour ride between the Dutch capital of Philipsburg and the French capital of Marigot. You must show your cruise pass or passport when travelling from one side of the island to the other. Philipsburg tends to be crowded and can be explored easily in less than an hour. The main shopping streets are Front St (Voorstraat) and Back Street (Achterstraat) and run parallel to each other. Old Street lies at the end of Front St and contains many pretty al fresco restaurants and the Old Street Shopping Centre with 20 shops and pizza restaurant. Marigot is less commercialized than Philipsburg and resembles a French seaside resort with colorful markets and a broad beautiful harbor overlooked by restaurants and cafes featuring the best of Caribbean and French cuisine and goods. For general information about the island, click on: http://www.stmartin.com/ www.st-martin-vacation.com/Thingstodo.html ; http://www.experiencestmaarten.com/shopping/directory.html?id=53 http://www.experiencestmaarten.com/ www.sxm.info.com and http://www.sxm-info.com/newsletter.html http://www.jmbcommunications.com/sxm.html http://www.caribbeanhighlights.com/default.htm www.caribbean.co.uk www.st-martin.org http://www.stmaarten.org/ www.st-maarten.com http://www.mrstm.com/islandinfo.php http://www.st-maarten-info.com/St-Maarten-Activities/st_Maarten_activities.html