The island is officially divided into two parts: St. Maarten and St. Martin, that is, the Dutch side and the French side. Along with the language on the street signs and the currency switch from dollars to euros, one can feel the change in lifestyle and attitude when traveling from one side to the other. And there are other stark contrasts: the white sand and perfectly clear water juxtaposed with the slummy inland side streets, the color of the barely browned tourists next to the natives they buy beach chairs from, the jumbo jets flying in and out of SXM just above the tiny heads of the people below. . .