The tiny city of Marigot - barely four streets wide - is the most French in spirit of any part of the Caribbean and looks in every way like a market town in France. Beside its harbour is Marina Port Royale with elegant luxury boutiques. The village of Orleans on the eastern edge of the island was the original French settlement and it retains some 17th century houses.
Saint Martin is one of the main yachting centers of the Caribbean. Simpson Bay is the largest lagoon in the region and is the base for a large fleet of private boats. For night-time entertainment, the Dutch side has a choice of casinos and both parts of the island have a great range of night-clubs, bars and discos.