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We booked Best Island Jeep Safari at https://secure.shoretrips.com/excursion/region-car-sxm-058682/caribbean-central-america/st-martin-st-maarten/best-island-jeep-safari The experience was fantastic! We ended up being the only two people booked on the tour, so we essentially had a private tour guide for several hours. He was wonderful and informative. Whatever tour you take on St. Maarten, make sure it takes you through both the Dutch (St. Maarten) and French (St. Martin) sides. The ships dock on the Dutch side and it's all most people ever see. Don't just go to the tourist boardwalk that could be on any island. Really see the place!
Skip the open air market on St. Martin, as the items for sale are all made in China. It's a tourist trap.
Make sure your tour guide takes you to the best place to see the wild iguanas. Tell him you know about the place with the chickens with the small pond where the guides routinely feed the iguanas to keep them staying around. It's unbelievable! Iguanas everywhere! Lounging in trees, crawling out from under bushes, swimming in the pond, etc. When the guides unwrap their tin foil of lettuce and other things the iguanas come running like dogs. Truly an unbelievable experience. My niece has told everyone about having a wild iguana lick her toe. Some of them were small like a large lizard, and there was a big guy who must have been at least 40 pounds. There was also everything in between. When the guide takes you there you'll see some broken down buildings and think it's where you're going to be robbed and killed, but it's one of the best parts of the tour.