One of the sides (Dutch or French) will have whatever it is you're looking for
The Dutch side is really too touristy and the French side might be a bit sedate for some.
Just get there take a deep breath and enjoy your visit!!!
Orient Beach is the most well known spot on the island of St. Martin/St. Maarten, it is located on the French side of the island and is well known, I assume, because it has a nude beach. We were dropped off right at the entrance to the Club Orient which is the resort behind the nude beach.more
This small fort is actually largest historical monument in St.Martin. It is also 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...more
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,...more
World famous Caribbean artist Roland Richardson has a gallery in Marigot. In fact, he wSee 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...more
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...more
We stayed here in 1999 and it was the best vacation we ever had. Grand Case Beach Club was clean,...more
I stayed here not too long ago and had some great experiences. I went alone, and wanted to write a...more
La Samanna is incredibly beautiful. It is a world class establishment, but it's extremely overpriced...more
We were at an art gallery and asked the curator for a suggestion of a good place to grab a light bite and a coffee. She directed us a few blocks away to Sarafini's. It's on the water near some very scenic sights, but has the feel of a local favorite. Residents stopped by to buy breads or just a cup of coffee or ice cream for the kids. They have a...more
While on tour in St. Martin, we drove by a bakery in Marigot. This was an authentic French Bakery! I knew my first destination after exiting the van would be straight to that bakery! There were wonderful pastries and fresh bread baking! We had chocolate eclairs and a ham and cheese something. Delectable!more
This is a great dance club on the French side of the island. My recommendation...get a late dinner along the marina. Make it last a long time with wine, capucino and shots after the meal. Sit back, relax and enjoy the sites of everyone walking by. Then around midnight, hit the club and party all night long.
Dress Code: Anywhere from casual to fancy. But if you want to hook up, you should dress to impress.
I usually use reviews to make my bookings and Susan,s review was used in my selection. So to assist others I too will put a review out there.I recently visited St Marteen in June 2012 and rented a car from Next Level Car Rental, they are the best. The agent Vicky was very patient and helpful to us, she went the extra mile to assist us with anything...more
Hello everyone,I don't usually write reviews but I had to tell you about my newest discovery.I recommend anyone to rent at Next Level Car Rental agencies located on both the french and Dutch part of the island. My friends and I have been coming to the island for the past 8 years every single year. And I can tell you I know alot about the island and...more
Buses run on both sides of the island and are easy enough to spot. They are actually mini vans and trips cost anywhere from $1.50 to 3.00. Destinations are posted on the front window. Please note, most buses stop running around dusk so if you miss one, you'll need to get a taxi which can get pricey.more
A great gallery featuring lots of local art. Specializes in mostly prints. Gallery owners are nice people and will take time to chat. If you want to bring back a nice memory of your time in the islands...this is a great stop. Buy a print that catches your eye. I found one that takes me back to how relaxed I feel when I'm on the island! Anywhere...more
Jewelry and electronics in Sint Maarten can be found at outstanding prices compared to what you can find in the U.S. Perfumes, colognes, and liquor are also bargain finds. Diamonds, gold, silver, and tanzanite are all great buys in Sint Maarten. Tanzanite is very rare and you can get great deals in only 2 spots in the Caribbean. Charlotte Amalie...more
There are birds in St Martin called Bananaquits or locally sugarbirds, because if you put out a dish or small plate of sugar out on your deck or patio they will come by to feast---gorgeous golden birds similar to our goldfinches but bigger....also sometimes if you put out a small bowl of water they will bathe in it, if it has not rained in a...more
THEY LOOK THE SAME! The only difference will be the bus (really a van) has a little sign on it reading bus and its licence plate will say bus. However, if you're not savvy, you don't necessarily look for these things, or are looking for a proper city bus-ish vehicle. One might come round 10 times and you've missed it, only to become frustrated and...more
During recent trip to St Maarten, our Sea Castle villa was broken into and robbed. Thieves stole $4000 in cash and electronics. After filing a police report, St Maarten detective came to the Sea Castle and confirmed a faulty lock on sliding glass door was most likely the way the robbers entered. The owner and Island Properties rental agency did...more
It appears to be national pastime in both part of Saint Martin/Sint Maarten to masquerade as a taxi driver as a way of making a fast buck. They are known locally as "Gypsy Taxis". Because of the lack of any public transportation after 6pm, tourists will often later in the evening proferred lifts by cars purporting to be hackney type taxis. They...more
What the Thrifty sales staff won't tell you is that some St. Mateen's thieves check to see if some rental cars are unlocked by jimmying the passenger lock. You may not notice the lock is damaged till much later, or not at all if you never use the key to enter from the passenger side. When you return the car and the damaged lock is reported or...more
You're walking down the street, and a car stops at your side, a man drives and a beautiful woman accompanies him. The will try to take you to show you a new Hotel. There, a woman will try to sell to you a Holiday Resort Packet. Leave the hotel and return quickly to the beach, to drink a Margarita and to enjoy the life. AVOID THEM Show you...more
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On a return trip to St. Maarten in 2005, two of our tablemates took a local ferry from Marigot to the island of Anguilla, spending most of the day driving the island. Not much excitement there, but some nice beaches if you're looking for sun and sand. The ferry to Anguilla is inexpensive (around $10pp) and takes about 15-20 minutes in each...more
Avoir eu plus de temps, je me serait arretý ý Grand Casse. Il s'agit d'un village de pýcheurs et l'atmosphere y est trýs amicale. On y retrouve quelques restaurants mais il ne s'agit clairement pas encore d'un secteur touristique, d'oý son charme. On y est passý en autobus lors de notre retour de la Baie l'Orient et je sentais que je manquais...more
There are so many different watersports to do here!!! Wakeboard is my favorite but you can also practice kitesurf, bodyboard, snorkling, diving....come and enjoy!!
Inside the strike up the band lounge we watched one of the shows here awful more than one person talked about the chubby girl dancers they had. One of the young men couldn't even start to left his partner off the groundand most only lifted them a foot off the floor just awful it was like waiting for one of the young men to fall with those chubby...more
The beach and water at Orient Bay are wonderful! The sand is white and soft, and the water so clear that you can see your toes! One afternoon, I saw a group of people standing in the ocean, looking down. I waded out, and saw they were feeding bread to the fish. One person handed me a slice, and I dropped crumbs into the water. I was immediately...more