Traveling with family is a hassle if you don't plan carefully. My family had a chance to visit the St. Maarte in 4 hours so we did the best we can do to enjoy the place.
St. Maarte is a small island that's divided by two independent countries. You will find yourself either Dutch or French side. So plan ahead and enjoy things that you want to do most.
When you travel consider your company what everyone wants and likes and go from then.If you're a history freak like us, consider the shore island tour that gives you a better understanding at the same time visit the two countries and had a chance to shop and I called it " tourist trapped"
St. Maarte- is a dutch side and more likely less expensive than the other side. If you arrive by cruise you will find yourself in Philipsburg which is the Dutch side.St. Marti- is a french side and more likely they are more in European style and find mostly the fashion shopping.
What to do:
Shopping- Girls best friend. Jewelry has huge shopping market so better prepare your pocket if you want to take advantage no sales tax.
Food- Don't leave the place without trying some of their cuisine so you feel you're a local and not a tourist.
Enjoy the panoramic view- the view from our deck is spectacular.
Getting around: Though people in St. Maarte speak their own language but you will find people are good in English language so you have no worries at all in communication.
Taxi- they called it water taxi if you prefer the boat and pay $6 one way.
Rent a car- This is a cheap way if you want to get around in the two countries. Find some good deal travel agency before you book.
Documents: I'm a filipino with a green card holder so that's my document I carry all around and my passport going back to our cruise together my cruise card ID's that was issued by Royal Caribbean International.