A dose of culture: Front Street’s Sint Maarten Museum, in Philipsburg, brims with island artifacts like shipwreck loot and ancient pottery.
For the kids: Bring towels to this Caribbean vacation spot’s world-famous Maho Beach, where planes glide just a few feet above your head as they land on the nearby runway.
Get active: Marvel at the coral reefs surrounding Creole Rock through the clear glass windows of the semi-submersible SeaWorld Explorer.
Souvenir to take home: Hot sauce from the Sint Maarten Guavaberry company, made with an island recipe. (Habanero Lime and Liquid Fire are two favorites.)
Don’t leave without: Going for a horseback ride along Cay Bay at this Caribbean vacation spot.