Sint Maarten to Neighbor Islands

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Once off the plane in St-Martin/Sint-Maarten, you can hop your way around some of the Caribbean’s cutest islands by ferry and never see another plane until it’s time to go home.

Head to the French side of the island and hang out in Grand Case, where your dining choices range from beach-shack casual to fine-French bistro. For beach time try the local favorite Friar’s Bay, then from Marigot, make the 25-minute ferry run to Anguilla. Once there, choose between two beaches: popular Shoal Bay East or the quieter, windswept Junk’s Hole.

Back on St-Martin/Sint Maarten, head down to Philipsburg for some retail therapy. Get a ferry to Saba, and enjoy views of its splendid volcano. Explore the small town of Windwardside, then head out for a hike up Mt Scenery. Rent some diving gear – waters here teem with nurse sharks.

Back in Philipsburg, take the ferry to St-Barthélemy. Have lunch at the gorgeous French capital of Gustavia, and then sun yourself on white-sand Anse de Colombier. Although St-Barth is fabled as a playground of the rich and famous, the beauty of the island is that this matters little once everybody’s in T-shirts and shorts.