New Haven, CT (PressExposure) May 28, 2009 -- Perhaps you have heard about St Maarten Antilles [http://www.portocupecoy.com/resources/st-maarten-antilles], also known as St Martin Island. Many people get confused with these two terms, thinking that these are two different places. Geographically, we are actually talking about the same island, but one unlike any.
St Maarten Antilles / St Martin island [http://www.portocupecoy.com/resources/st-martin-island] has been divided between two countries for more than 350 years now. The French side (known internationally as St. Martin) is more relaxed and sophisticated. It has first class resorts and white sand beaches which are usually secluded in any time of the year. Marigot is a resort-like village, with yachts docked on the harbor, and shops lining the beachfront. On the north of the St Martin, one will find the Grand Case where the best restaurants in the island are located.
The Dutch side (St Maarten Antilles) is more active. This is where most tourists go if they want a lively destination of white sand beaches, casinos, historical sites, shopping areas and an active nightlife. Philipsburg, one of the main entry points, is a duty free port. It welcomes a variety of tourists daily. Despite its differences however, the border between the north and south is almost invisible as both are strikingly beautiful.
Aside from the beautiful scenery, both sides of the island share many similarities. For one, English is one of the major languages. St Martin may use Euro and St Maarten uses the Netherland Antilles Florin, but in both sides of the island, the US dollar is widely accepted. Temperature in the island is warm all throughout the year, making it a wonderful escape from the extreme cold of winter. Even in summer, the temperature is still comfortable and the humidity is manageable.
Tourists to the island have different backgrounds, but despite this, both sides of the island have retained their traditions and their cultureâs unique characteristics. It is due to this combination of cultures which gave St Maarten /St Martin its unique flavor.
If you are thinking of visiting the area, donât worry about which side of the island your Vacation Condo [http://www.portocupecoy.com/resources/st-martin-island] or Caribbean condo should be located. In this side of the world, crossing borders is not a crime, so you can enjoy both sides during your travel!