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Well, because the French side uses the Euro, the Dutch side is more affordable. And because of that it's had more development in recent years, so hipper hotels and restaurants. That being said, both sides are nice. As for how long it takes to get from one to the other, that depends on the traffic (which can be bad) and where you are. The Dutch side is much smaller.
Posted by Alice in Travel Land[/QUOTE]
My wife and I just returned from a week on the island, my first visit in 20 years and her first visit ever. We stayed on the French side and found it much quieter and less developed. The Dutch side has 12 casinos and highrise gated hotels. The Dutch capital Philipsburg is crowded and features one jewelry store after another. Philipsburg is also the port for the cruiise ships. The French side is much more European. We found it much more to our liking.