*THE BELOW INFORMATION IS INTENDED FOR U.S. CITIZENS ONLY
There are some differences between these two sovereign nations, however, there are no official borders or border crossing. Traffic moves freely across both sides of the island. Friendly and safe, there is no reason to be trapped in a resort - this island is to be enjoyed and explored. Rent a car and go exploring! Note: when the cruise ships are in, St. Maarten traffic can be unusually heavy, and slow down your touring.)
St. Maarten is sunny and warm year-round, averaging 78-80'F year-round. Most rainfall occurs around late summer and early fall. St. Maarten is lush, green and mountainous, offering lovely views. Hurricane season lasts from June to November.
U.S. citizens can visit for up to 90 days with a valid passport and a round trip or continuing ticket.
Enjoy white sand beaches and crystal clear water temperatures that average 81'F year-round.
Snorkelers and divers appreciate fairly shallow waters (typically 60 feet or less), wrecks, old coral reefs, and rock formations encrusted with sponges, hydroids, and coral.
Hotels can come fully equipped with everything from casinos to spas, and extensive water sports facilities. Many include breakfast, and there are just a few all-inclusive options. The Sonesta, for example, is all-inclusive, and Divi Little Bay has an all-inclusive plan.
There are a few chain hotels like Westin, Sonesta and Wyndham, but most properties are independent.