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    FORT ST. LOUIS

    by DAO Updated Feb 9, 2014

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    This small fort is actually the largest historical monument in St.Martin. It also has the best viewing vistas on the whole of the shared island. This includes the absolute best place to view sunsets. It would also be the most likely place to build a fort. It was erected in 1767 on the direct orders of King Louis XVI. This was obviously previous to the French Revolution and the loss of his head in 1793. In fact the Dutch seized the fort after the start of the Revolution in 1789 to head off any sort of anti-royalist elements from Guadeloupe getting subversive ideas.

    It was originally built to to protect the settlement at Marigot and its done a very good job. Today Marigot is a beautiful village and bay. Not only do you get panoramic view of the island, you can also see the British island of Anguilla.

    The fort is a steep climb and is open every day from 8:00am to 12:00pm and 1:00pm to 6:00pm.

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    Orient Beach

    by garridogal Updated Dec 9, 2011

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    This gorgeous beach is, in my opinion, ruined by the extraordinary amount of peddlers that are allowed to swarm people who are just trying to enjoy the place.

    It's set-up is very European with a series of individual clusters of beach chairs that are accompanied by a restaurant/bar/snack-bar (they vary). They're all comfortable chez lounge chairs, facing the gorgeous water which is rich in tones of sky and aqua blue.

    However, you can't enjoy the view when standing between you and it is someone who'd like you to buy a necklace, bracelet, sarong, dress, scarf, aloe or regular massage. When I first realized that this is how things were going to be the thought that crossed my mind was "Are you f**king kidding me?" At one point I was laying on my stomach and one vendor who noticed the sunburn on my back just started rubbing aloe on it while trying to sell me a $30 massage. The aloe felt wonderful of course, but I had not solicited this massage and I felt more anger than relief.

    The owners of the restaurants must be getting a kick-back from them. The only respite from this madness is to swim. The water was gorgeous and the waves were wonderful so I greatly enjoyed that.

    I'm sorry that this review is so negative and that's not my usual style, but I was so disappointed in this beach.

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    Baie Nettle

    by bsfreeloader Written Feb 13, 2008

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    Just west of Marigot in Sandy Ground, Baie Nettle features a decent beach. The beach is fronted by a number of hotels and restaurants but is relatively uncrowded. Looking back toward the Marigot marina and the surrounding hills, it features a nice backdrop as well. Unfortunately, the far end of the beach is excessively littered with rubbish and is popular only with foraging stray dogs.

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    Baie Orientale

    by bsfreeloader Written Feb 18, 2008

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    Orient Beach is the most developed, most popular, and busiest beach on the island of St. Martin/Sint Maarten. Protected from Atlantic rollers by a reef, the beach is a two-mile long swath of sugary white sand surrounded by turquoise waters. It is reputed both for its natural beauty and setting and for being the island’s foremost swimsuit optional beach.

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    Scuba

    by sunbum Written May 9, 2006

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    There are charters everywhere around the island. Go on the water taxi to Saba and sign up for the 2-dive outing. We opted for only the afternoon dive and got a taxi to take us around the island and had lunch in the small town at the top of the hill. The water was warm down to 82' and the coral and fish were amazing.

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  • Heineken Regatta

    by Fate3000 Written Jun 17, 2004

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    If you have a chance to sail in the Heineken Regatta (held every March), DO IT! And if you don't have a boat, try to party with the sailors in Phillipsburg at the Greenhouse or in Marigot Bay and if you become friends with the right ones, they might invite you along the next day - it happened to me!

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    Butterfly Farm at entrance to Orient Bay Resort

    by dustmon Written Jul 9, 2010

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    While staying at Orient Bay, this was a natural visit for me--I love animals and stuff like that, so my next door lady friend and I went up the driveway to the Butterfly Farm---a huge tented area full of beautiful butterflies, and folk who are willing to take the time to discuss them with you. There is a fee to enter, but well worth it, once you get inside. There are many species fluttering around the enclosed area, as well as places where you can view pupae and cocoons and hear info on their lifestyles.....Many photo oportunities abound in here so take your cameras. The gift shop at the end is wonderful as well, with butterfly gifts for anyone at reasonable prices....

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    Bikini Beach at Orient Bay

    by shargurl Written Mar 26, 2008

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    Bikini Beach has great things to do. Lots of watersports available (ex. waverunners $90/hr or $45 for 1/2 hour). Massages at the Buddha Garden ($75 hour or $45 1/2 hour). Not to mention the people watching and just lying in the Caribbean sun. This beach is also European style, so you will be able to go topless if you like, we opted not to but did see one woman walking down the bbeach. Club Orient is located at the far right of the beach where you can go fully nude.
    Beach is free but if you want lounge chairs, it will cost you $7/each chair and an umbrella is $3.

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    Roland Richardson gallery

    by shohman Updated May 2, 2011

    World famous Caribbean artist Roland Richardson has a gallery in Marigot. In fact, he w
    See my comments on the main page for more info. in fact, he was born right next door. Original Paintings are for sale and Mr. Richardson will even do a portrait of you if you want. Ot you can just browse around if you like with no pressure to buy.
    On Thursday's Roland has a meet and greet in the early afternoon.
    We were fortunate enough to bump into him and have a long chat. See my blurb on the opening page for more details.

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    Orient Beach

    by BigBlueOne Written Apr 28, 2008
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    This is a very cool, very large beach on the eastern side of the French part of the island. There's a decent, but overpriced, bar area and plenty of places to rent any type of water fun item you might desire.

    The water here is much too rough for any snorkeling, so if thats your thing you'll want to go elsewhere.

    Also, there is a section of the beach here that is clothing optional so beware you may see some 'stuff a sagging'.

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    Fort St-Louis

    by lewistfo Updated May 1, 2004

    Le Fort St-Louis est situé a quelques pas de la place du marché Marigot. On y accède par un sentier qui grimpe la montagne.

    Les ruines du fort sont intéressantes à voir et donne une occasion d'admirer une grande partie de l'ile.

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    Baie l'Orient

    by lewistfo Updated May 1, 2004
    Ile deserte, pleine de tout-nu

    Baie l'Orient, la plage des hôtels de touriste, elles est la plus belles de l'ile et fait face au vent. Les vagues y sont donc puissantes. De là, on apercoit les voiliers passer en direction de St-Barth. On voit aussi l'ile déserte sur laquelle on est allé passer quelques heures lorsqu'on était justement en route pour la même place.

    Nous avons passé la journée a un hotel pour prendre un verre, manger et relaxer au soleil. Grosse vie sale!

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    Marigot

    by ais1inn Written Apr 5, 2004

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    Marigot from the Fort

    Must go see downtown Marigot. (especially at sunset). It's got small, crazy roads and little hidden away shops and fantastic clubs. Be sure to eat at "la Vie En Rose" while you're there.

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