Sint Maarten is one of the most touristed islands in the Caribbean, but despite the large resorts, casinos, fast-food chains and a sophisticated capital it still has quiet niches to explore. There are powdery white-sand beaches, secluded coves and good diving.
The island is a prime jumping-off point for trips to its neighbours - it's cheap and easy to get to Anguilla, Saba and Sint Eustatius, some of the region's most rural and least developed destinations. And the lower-key French side of the island is a short trip from anywhere in Sint Maarten.
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