Take a DEEP Breath…
The GOOD NEWS is you’ll be fine.
Mr TTR and I travel quite a bit… as long as you have Reservations for your room, you’ll be fine (even in the Caribbean)
The island of Sint Maarten (Dutch Side) /Saint Martin (French Side) is lovely… the first couple of days post Wedding (that is if you are going right there after the Wedding) and you’ll no doubt be quite exhausted and just looking to relax. Probably hang out at the Hotel, Resort, Guest House. (Have to admit I am curious WHERE you are staying)
The balance of your vacation and you can do as much or as little as you like (exploring on your own is totally do-able on this island). The island being 2 countries… does have a lot to offer, and it is quite different from one side to the other in that regard.
There are all the usual great things about the Caribbean… fabulous resorts, beaches, dining, sightseeing, history, and natural sites. And tons of water based activities… snorkelling and scuba are worth exploring if you haven’t tried those before. Lol, and as well there is “the sport” of plane spotting… at Maho Beach(pretty radical thing to do… GOOGLE for UTube Videos). AND there is also world famous Orient Beach, which has in addition to a regular beach (clothes on / topless) a “clothing optional” area.
As well there is the very exclusive island of Anguilla that lies to the North of St Martin (you can take the ferry there from Margot)… Anguilla is a British Island, where many Rich & Famous folks live / vacation… EXPEN$IVE Island, but worth a day-trip. They also have some of what are regarded as the best beaches in the Caribbean.
Here are some useful links to get you started…
Wikipedia – Sint Maarten = http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sint_Maarten
Tourism Sint Maarten = http://en.vacationstmaarten.com/
Wikipedia – Saint Martin= http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Saint_Martin
Tourism Saint Martin = http://www.stmartinisland.org/
TripAdvisor (Sint Maarten / Saint Martin Tourism) = http://www.tripadvisor.ca/Tourism-g147346-St_Maarten_St_Martin-Vacations.html
Hope this helps,
1- There are countless Jewellery Stores in the Caribbean, and this island is no different. Diamonds & Watches being the biggest draws. My advice is to KNOW what you are buying (switching merchandise is not unheard of)… OR realize that anything you buy could not be worth totally what you believe it is… (sometimes a too good to believe deal is just that). So KNOW your pricing info (ie Pandora) BEFORE you travel, and KNOW how much of a risk you are willing to take (I personally won’t spend more than $ 200, because I feel that is how much I am willing to lose on “just a souvenir” in the worst case scenario).
2 – Don’t know how much travelling you’ve done abroad… but you’ll need to pack your Street Smarts. This is a relatively safe country for the Caribbean… but still you need to keep your wits about you. Tourists get robbed because they are careless (or flash it around). So protect your stuff… don’t put it down casually like you might at home (ie keep your purse / beach bag on you, or between your feet in a restaurant for example). And don’t take anything to the beach you wouldn’t have a problem losing… I can give you more TIPS if you like just send me a PM