From lively restaurants and bars to tranquil beaches and cool museums, St Maarten ticks all the boxes on most holiday wish lists...
After being sure to experience market days in Phillipsburg and Marigot, the island's two capitals, many will head down to the Grand Case Beach Club, which is rightly considered to be the gourmet capital of the Caribbean.
With everything so easily accessible by car, tourists can really get the most out of a holiday in St Maarten.
Of course, first stop for many will be the beach. And with 37 of them to choose from you don't have to go far to find what you're looking for. In the north-east of the island - about a 10-minute drive from the airport - you'll find the Baie Orientale resort. This is considered to be the best beach on the island. However, at only 1.2 miles long and close to several hotels, it can get a little busy. Head south east or south-west and you'll find some less crowded, but still stunning, beaches among the shallow bays.
For a delightful day out - particularly if you're travelling with children and have decided to rent a car - St Maarten has a delightful butterfly farm. You'll find it in the east of the island at Quartier d'Orleans (about a 10-minute drive south-east of the airport). There are more than 40 species of butterfly and your ticket can be used as many times as you want during your stay.
A natural wonder that should be seen on St Maarten is the Great Salt Pond. It can be found in the south, next to the small town of Philipsburg, some 20 minutes from the airport. The pond was once the centre of the salt industry, though production ceased across St Maarten in the 1960s. The Great Salt Pond is now a picturesque nature reserve.