White sand beach in St. Maarten.

Here are our top insider travel tips for your destination wedding or honeymoon in St. Maarten:

If you plan on visiting both the Dutch and French sides of the island, the best way to get around is in a rental car. Luckily, rental car rates are quite affordable on the island.

Orient Bay is the place to be seen. This party-lover’s beach has activities like parasailing and windsurfing, but isn’t recommended for swimming.

St. Maarten has great shopping throughout the island, but the best bargains on jewelry, china and more can be found on Front Street in Phillipsburg.

Feel like trying your luck? St. Maarten has 13 casinos, but many agree that the Casino Royale is the best with 400 slot machines and 20 gaming tables.