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Saint Martin Things to Do

  • FORT ST. LOUIS

    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...

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  • Orient Beach

    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, go right you'll be hanging out with the naked folks, go...

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  • Orient Beach

    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,...

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  • Roland Richardson gallery

    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...

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  • Grand Case

    Grand Case is the gourmet capitol of the world, second to Paris. Located in the north on the French side of the island. Le petite favorite is a small shopping centre, restaurant, and more. Beautiful to look at with all the gingerbread trim.

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  • Butterfly Farm at entrance to Orient Bay...

    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...

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Saint Martin Restaurants

  • Cheap eats

    The lolo's (locally owned and locally operated) is at the north end of the beach between the beach and the main rd. Here there are some outdoor restaurants that have barbeques. Really yummy. Fish, Ribs, Plantain, Rice and Peas (actually red beans), Spaghetti, and more.

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  • Neighborhood bakery, and much 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...

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  • A French Bakery in the Caribbean

    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!

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Saint Martin Nightlife

  • by Fate3000 Written Jun 17, 2004

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    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.

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Saint Martin Transportation

  • Shared taxis

    Like many Caribbean ports, there is a shared tax system that charges a per person fee and decreases with the number of people. We ended up with 6 people in our van which dropped the per person price to $7 to Orient Beach, with just two it's $9 per person and they aren't eager to go until they get more. The prices are fixed and posted at the cruise...

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  • Next level Car Rental

    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...

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  • Next Level Car Rental

    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...

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Saint Martin Shopping

  • West Indies Mall

    This is a small, but beautiful mall. Mostly clothing and jewelry. Prices are in Euros but they do take US $ as well. Everything from Italian shoes, jeans, lotions, etc. One store had great deal on shoes that I really wish I took advantage of.

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  • Art Store

    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...

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  • Hot buys on jewelry and electronics

    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...

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Saint Martin Local Customs

  • Bananaquits/sugarbirds

    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...

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  • Lolo's

    All over the island you will see roadside street food, Lolo's. Don't worry, it is perfectly safe and delicious. Really, it's hard to get a bad meal on either side, but lolo's offer a true sense of local food. From ribs to stews to saltfish and johnny cakes. Give it a try and enjoy.

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  • Buses vs. Taxis

    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...

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Saint Martin Warnings and Dangers

  • Sea Castle Villa Renters Beware!!

    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...

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  • stray dogs

    one thing about this island, there are stray dogs galore. Most are harmless, but use common sense. This one was getting some shade under the table next to us. another one crawled under my wife's beach chair while we were laying out.

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  • Beware of Unlicensed Taxis

    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...

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Saint Martin Tourist Traps

  • Avoid Thrifty Car Rental at St. Maarten

    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...

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  • Avoid resort sellers!!

    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...

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Saint Martin Off The Beaten Path

  • Anguilla or Bust!

    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...

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  • Village pýcheurs de Grand Casse

    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...

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Saint Martin Sports & Outdoors

  • by p_tite_mayo Updated Apr 21, 2005

    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!!

    Wake Board (my first time)

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  • getting dark inside strike up the band...

    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...

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  • Snorkeling and Beach Bummin!

    If you want pristine white beaches and outstanding snorkeling or diving opportunities, check out Sint Maarten/St. Martin. Orient Beach on the French side is the nicest beach. Watching the Italian women walk by on Orient Beach.

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  • Fish feeding

    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...

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