Philipsburg, St. Maarten

Sint Maarten, the Dutch side of the island, is completely different from the French side. With its tourist-friendly nightlife, a slew of shopping centres including duty-free shops in capital Philipsburg, tacky casinos, numerous condo units and sprawling resorts, it can sometimes feel overdeveloped and artificial, but you’ll also find a few peaceful, picturesque beaches around Simpson Bay and Little Bay.