St. Maarten was a nice place. My wife and I did a horseback beach riding excursion that she really loved! We rode a circular trail that ended with a short ride into the surf. 'tho the waves were higher than normal so we didn't go too far into the water at all. It was still a fun ride however :) Afterwards we took a island tour with one of the companies that offer such things. Our guide wasn't very lively, however. We got a better tour from the driver that took us to our horse ride, as about a third of both trips travelled the same course. But our guided tour did take us down to the harbor past some of the rich, super yachts that were anchored there. We also drove past the short beach at the end of the airport. From there, landing planes seem to come right at you as they approach. And when they take off, the back draft has been known to bowl people over...and even cars sometimes! Go to You Tube and do a search for "Maho Beach" and you'll see what I mean! :) We ended our tour at Orient Beach, the most popular beach there. Nice sand and warm water. And, if you're a adult, there's plenty of European style bathing in evidence...However, be warned, if you have kids this beach is right next to the Nudist Resort and sometimes there's some overlap. If that's a concern to you, another beach might be wise. There were no nude people on Orient beach, but there were topless folks when I was there... As a side note, the traffic on this island was the busiest of any of the ports. Keep that in mind when travelling; getting anywhere takes longer than you might realize. But all in all, St. Maarten was a lovely place and worth visiting again, I think!