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Colorful swimwear boutique in Marigot, French St. Martin

ST. MARTIN / ST. MAARTEN / What to Wear

Dress throughout the island is generally informal. Casual sports clothes in cotton and other light fabrics are typical. One can choose to wear the latest fashions but jeans, shorts, polos, tees, sandals, sneakers and boat shoes are de rigueur. While swimwear is perfect for the beach, it is not considered proper in town. In the evenings, women tend to "dress up" a bit but, for the men, ties and jackets are rarely seen. Some upscale resort hotels may require jackets for men and dresses for women at dinner, particularly during the high season. Check when making reservations.

A hat, sunglasses and sunscreen are recommended for solar protection during the day. On the French side, topless swimming and sunning are common at pools and beaches. The only designated clothing-optional area, however, is a section of the beach at Orient Bay.

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