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Best Value for Food, Wine and Water Sports
St. Martin -St. Maarten is a caribbean location that provides something for everyone. This was our fourth visit, and we keep returning because it is a wonderful place to experience gourmet dining as we enjoy it in Paris, with a creole twist that is always satisfying. For this reason, we stay on the French side, in the village of Grand Case, where we can walk to a huge selection of first rate restaurants, and have easy access to a number of beaches, the delighful city of Marigot, art galleries and wonderful supermarkets which stock French food and wine at very reasonable prices. It is easy to get around the island, and we also spent some time on the Dutch side. St. Martin is also close to Anguilla, St. Barth's and Saba, so it is possible to see quite a bit of the Caribbean if you choose. The entire island is a duty free port, so it is possible to find real bargains here. You cannot beat St. Martin for value, and if you love fine food as well as sun and snorkeling, it is a must visit.
A slice of perfection...
Things that were perfect: Weather, beaches, food, people, music, air & sea. Things that were lacking: 0 St. Martin is one of the most incredible places on earth - period. We're going back 9 months later and will return again and again. It is so very easy to fall in love with this island!
Lovely and still not too overpopulated.
I wish I had more time to explore this wonderful dual-destination. It has become a bit popular for my taste (I prefer places a bit more off the beaten path and NOT cruise ship destinations), but St. Martin/St. Maarten still has a relaxed atmosphere about it. Some lovely restaurants on both sides of the island and great walking destinations for those who love to go where the sights take you.
One Island- Two cultures
What an unusual island to boast two countries within it. Dutch and French languages and culture getting along in harmony and the lovely Orient Beach to boot!
Cruise Into St. Marten
We arrived on a cruise to St. Marten. The sail in was beautiful and the town is amazing. We got off the ship and made are way over to the water taxi that shuttles you to the main town. As soon as we boarded they started up the music and the singing and dancing began. The town itself is easily walkable with lots of things to see and do. The beach was awesome and the water was very nice. We also were able to take in a local band performing Christmas music for everyone in the square. I have to say that listening to the Christmas music in the Caribbean was the most I will remember about this day. I only wish we could have stayed longer! We are planning on going back for a land vacation soon.
We stayed at the Pelican Resorts. Swim-up bar right outside our room. Our friends could not make their timeshare - so they offered it to us. Sorry about their luck.... The Sunset Bar and Grill - where the planes come in - was f a n t a s t i c Frankie G from Tennessee - at the Red Piano bar was where we spent the nights,. The restaurant Ciao and Toppers mmmmm...
First visit to St. Maarten
We were fortunate to have a room on the 9th floor, but rooms below the 8th floor were horrible and old. There was no beach and the airport was right beside us with planes landing/taking off from 7 am to 7 pm. And horrible street noise from the bars.
Great Stop on our Cruise
Calling all Star Wars fans!!! Make sure you visit the 'Yoda Guy' when in town. Lot's of memorabilia of all things Star Wars from one of the designers of Yoda!!
Honeymooning in St. Maarten
St. Maaten was the perfect place to go for our honeymoon! We actually scored a great deal! My husband found a website where time shares were selling for 1/5 of the cost it normally would be per week. So we jumped on this deal. We stayed at the Pelican resort in Simpson Bay for one week, and the second week we stayed at Flamingo resort ? it?s neighboring resort. We were impressed with both; especially Flamingo where we stayed on the bottom floor literally steps to the sand. Food was wonderful on the island ? a tad expensive because of most brands being imported from the U.S. We ate at Bon Appetite across from Flamingo resort and we LOVED it. Everything we had there was wonderful. Our favorite meal was Sopranos Piano Bar for this-crust Italian style Pizza located in Maho Beach. We enjoyed French pastries on the French side of the island which were delicious. One of our favorite memories were watching the planes come in so close it almost blows you off your feet (Maho Beach). We can?t wait to go back to St. Maarten!!
my daughter bought me the trip for christmas,it was a wonderful surprize,we had a blast