Kayaking is becoming very popular and is almost always offered at the many water-sports operations on both the Dutch and the French sides. Rental starts at about $15 per hour for a single and $19 for a double.

Dutch Side

TriSports. This company organizes leisurely 2½-hour kayaking and snorkeling excursions in addition to its biking and hiking tours; $49 includes all equipment. Airport Rd., 14B, Simpson Bay, n/a St. Maarten. 721/545–4384; www.trisportsxm.com.

French Side

Wind Adventures. Near Le Galion Beach, this outfitter offers rentals and instruction in kayaking, kitesurfing, windsurfing, wakeboard, Hobie Cats, and standup paddle surfing as well as ecotours. Baie Orientale, n/a St. Martin, 97150. 0590/29–41–57; www.wind-adventures.com.