I am traveling from New York to St. Maarten in mid July for vacation. I am confused as to the Dutch and the French sides of the island, and whether there are any restrictions or borders between the two.
I am a US Permanent Resident (Green Card Holder). When I checked the respective websites, it appears (unless I am wrong) that I do not need a visa for the Dutch side, but *WOULD* need a visa for the French side.
This is because green card holders from countries otherwise requiring visas are exempt from a visa for the Netherlands Antilles; however, green card holders from visa requiring nations are not exempt for the French territories.
But for all practical purposes isn't the island contiguous? There are no borders or immigration checks between the two halves? If so, can't one freely travel between the two halves?
Any informed advice would be most welcome. If necessary or the correct thing to do, I will then get a French visa.
And of course, as importantly, if anyone can recommend particular spotting locations by the airport, that would be lovely too.