Kingdom of the Netherlands

St. Maarten

This split-culture island has lively Dutch nightlife, fabulous French dining — and of course, a few beautiful beaches.

Divided into the Dutch-controlled St. Maarten and the French-ruled St. Martin, this 37-square-mile-island still manages to blend Dutch, French and Caribbean influences effortlessly. These distinct heritages each bring their own flair, whether you are looking to party like the French until dawn, take in a lively native dance show or sample Dutch-inspired cuisine. Made famous for its local airport with a landing area that barely clears the bright water, St. Martin has an endless variety of water sports, duty-free shopping, and plenty of festivals, markets, and traditions to savor on your trip. Destination weddings in St. Martin allow you to explore the breathtaking scenery for your dream photo backdrop.