On my trip to Antigua in 2005 I could see the outlines of the nearby islands St. Martin and Anguilla. Anguilla is the long, narrow island to the north, which belongs to the United Kingdom. It is only a 20-minute ferry ride from St. Martin. St. Martin is shared between the French and Dutch (the Dutch spelling is Sint Maarten) and is slightly south of Anguilla, with the French side on the north side of the island and the Dutch side on the bottom. The part of St. Martin that sticks out to the west is shared by both countries and features Simpson Bay, a large haven for ships of many sizes. Also on a small patch of land on the south side of Simpson Bay, on the Dutch side, is Princess Juliana Airport.
Both islands, though close to each other, have very different personalities. Anguilla is quiet and laid back with a few high-end resorts, and St. Martin is bustling with hotels, casinos on the Dutch side, traffic and tourists.
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