With colorful villages, trendy boutiques, watersports and dozens of beaches, St. Martin and St. Maarten share an island, but offer two distinct personalities. While the French side of St. Martin supplies trendy boutiques and flavorful restaurants, the Dutch side of St. Maarten is known for its spirited casinos and abundant nightlife. Swimsuit optional Orient Beach is packed with water sports, while Maho Beach supplies clear water, soft sand and entertaining, low-flying planes. With a variety of waterfront hotels, it’s easy to find great deals on a complete vacation package. Walk to nearby restaurants, indulge in private beaches and try local cuisine, a range of things to do, all possible with a vacation getaway to the island. Millions pass through Princess Juliana International Airport every year, while Grand Case Airport handles regional and private flights to the northeast Caribbean. Known for its consistent and comfortable weather, the dry season runs from December through March.