DO NOT go to St. Maareten w/o seeing the French side!!! If you care to eat while you're there, that's the place to do it. They're known for their spicey seafood restaurants. We went through one little fishing village (forget the name) that was one restaurant after another. Marigot (French capital) would be another good place to shop and eat. Give yourself plenty of time for the return trip. Traffic gets bad at rush hour on the island. I posted a couple pics of shopping at the pier and Marigot. St. Maarten ROCKS!!!