St. Martin is shared by two nations (the Netherlands and France), so it oozes Dutch solidity and European flair. At the northern end of the Lesser Antilles, the 37-square-mile island boasts white-sand beaches and important historical attractions including Fort St. Louis, which overlooks Marigot Bay on the French side and dates from 1767. St. Martin boasts accommodations of every category, but Porto Cupecoy is the newest: Situated around a cove on the western side of the island, the Mediterranean-style ivory- and ochre-colored buildings have balconies and covered terraces with plunge pools, gardens, or sitting areas, and there are 184 chic and sophisticated one- to four-bedroom units. Relax in the pool, play tennis, or head for the beach across the road.
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EXCLUSIVE DEAL: Book seven nights and get three additional nights free (for a total of 10 nights) for one- to four- bedroom rentals, based on availability. Rates start at $375. Offer valid until December 31. Mention Coastal Living when booking.