The Dutch side
The south side of the island offers an array of excursions and tours for thrill seekers including zip-lining, horseback riding, hiking and Harley Davidson tours. Plus, party buses and boats can help you navigate the land and sea around the island. That’s all in addition to a hopping nightlife, including hotspots like Celine Charters in Simpson Bay. But if you’re seeking a more relaxing pace, you can always enjoy a petting farm, visit a butterfly farm, create your own perfume, induldge at a soothing spa, take up snorkeling or simply experience a bit of sunset sailing.
Some of the best sights on this side of the island are the St. Maarten Museum (including an interesting exhibit on Hurricane Luis), The Carousel (a beautifully restored Italian carousel), Mullet Bay Beach (a beach popular with locals), Casino Royale (one of the thirteen casinos), Front Street in Philipsburg (a great place for shopping), Cupecoy Beach (set near limestone cliffs) and Fort Amsterdam (a Dutch bastion built in 1631).