Sint Maarten Travel Guide

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Sint Maarten Things to Do

  • Visit Pinel Island

    The nice thing about Pinel Island is you can get the best part of going to the beach without being bothered by people trying to sell stuff to you.

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  • Caribbean under water

    Few people realize that there's a whole new world to discover behind the beautiful bars and beaches. The underwater world of the caribbean is a great way to remember your holiday. You will forget the beach, the shops and that nice bar but you will never forget the great experience of being able to breath under water and spend time with people that...

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  • Roundabout History

    Various round-abouts in St Martin have sculptures in the middle that represent the various phases of history of St MartinI only have photos of two of them - the Emancipation one - I took three photos as we drove around the roundabout, and the Salt Pickers. The Salt Pickers had a very hard life. The sculpture shows a central figure which is a man...

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Sint Maarten Hotels

  • Le Petit Hotel

    248 Boulevard de Grand Case, , 97150, Caribbean

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Business

  • Les Balcons d'Oyster Pond

    23 avenue du lagon Oyster-Pond, 97150, Caribbean

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Solo

  • Hotel L'Esplanade

    Although the vast online reviews rave about this hotel-we must respectfully disagree for the...

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Sint Maarten Restaurants

  • Nothing to say but YUM!

    Serafina's is a wonderful place where you can order French pastries, food, sandwiches and coffee and dine outside overlooking the beach. Anytime we go there, we try to make a stop. We've had nothing that we didn't like....and it's hard to select because it all looks SOOOOOO good! Loved the pizza when we were there on our first trip....anything...

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  • way too salty!

    We went here for our first anniversary. The service was a bit slow and the server just didn't seem knowledgable as she read off a piece of paper whenever we asked a question. I got a seared tuna with pasta. The dish was super salty, so much that it ruined what was a fine pice of tuna. My wife also said her food was extra salty. Presentation was...

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  • Breakfast

    I was dying for good coffee and someone suggested this place. It's very charming and the staff is friendly, but they did mess up our order twice. Sad, since all we got were drinks. I first ordered cappucino, which was ok, but not as strong as I like. Wife ordered a mango smoothie and for some reason he brought a banana smoothie. He was quick to...

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Sint Maarten Nightlife

  • Going out in Philipsburg

    When you are on Sint Maarten, there are a lot of Nightclubs. Most of them are in Simpson Bay area. You also have a club in Philipsburg. I think it is the only club on the Boardwalk. Whent there and had a great time. It' s called Oualichi Club and you can hear the music all over the Boardwalk, so it isn't hard to find. They played all sorts af music...

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  • BEFORE YOU GET ON THE CRUISE SHIP

    Where other bars lose their way - Sharkeys understands. It's all about the alcohol! Sharkeys is so close to the cruise ships they are in danger of being hot by an anchor. If you want to fuel up before you cast off - this is it! Music is low key, they have a full bar, reasonable prices, cold beer is cold sand the staff are quick. There is no better...

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  • Night Life on St. Maarten

    I love the Sunset Beach Bar. Where else can you find great drinks, a live bar and lots of dancing all in one place. That and the beach washing up at the shoreline or the gentle breeze blowing through your hair as it is open air. I recommend it for the entertainment and ambiance, friendly bartenders and lovely dancers. It's in an excellent location...

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Sint Maarten Transportation

  • Take a Water Taxi

    The easiest way to get to Philipsburg from the Cruise Port was to take a water taxi. There are plenty of taxis available and the cost is low at $7 per person for unlimited trips for the day. Once you purchase your fare they put a colored bracelet on your wrist to identify you have paid the fare. The water taxis are in good condition with plenty of...

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  • Leisure Car Rental

    My wife, and I recently rented a Car from Leisure Car Rental in St. Maarten, and I must say, we were very happy with their Car, and Excellent Service! We have been to St. Martin several times before, and this was by far the best Car Rental experience we ever had. We picked up, and returned the car at the Airport. We did hit a bump on the road one...

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  • Cruise Ships

    Since St. Maartin is an island, you can only get there by boat or by plane. It is a port that is one of the busiest in the Caribbean. Over 1.3 million people visited the island by cruise ship each year. Since 2005 they've used an extended pier built by a 3-year project. Four cruise ships can visit at once. As of July 2010, they finished...

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Sint Maarten Shopping

  • Shopping on the Dutch side

    Both times I've been to St. Maarten, we've docked on the Dutch side. The shopping area is within walking distance of the port area, there you will find the usual assortment of jewelry stores, souvenir shops and bars. The cruise ship will happily give you a guide to the shopping opportunities here, me, I'm not much of a shopper so the only thing we...

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  • In the Car Rental Office

    I had rented a car from Alamo, but they didn't have an office in the dock area. They had a kiosk in the airport and an office with the cars at a remote location. When we returned the car we saw that there was a little shop in the office. I took photos because I thought it was interesting, but we didn't buy anything there. Somehow the Originial...

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  • Best Price, Value and Service in the...

    We have dealt with the Bhudrani family since 1985. I have sent anyone who will listen to shop there. Those who went have always thanked me profusely. The store backs all its sales. Once I got an opal that cracked, and it was replaced free of charge. Repairs are done in NYC. The store has the best prices. We are frequent cruisers, and have seen...

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Sint Maarten Local Customs

  • Medical Issues

    My wife and I were sailing on a Celbrity Cruise of the Caribbean for 12 nights. She boarded the ship with what she thought was a cold. By day three she had a full blown sinus infection and a fever. Fortunately she was able to go to a Pharmacy in St. Maarten and get the antibiotics she needed. The process itself was quite interesting.We went to the...

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  • Phone Home

    Upon arriving at the port there were several rows of pay phones. Obtaing a calling card ahead of time will be helpful in making those calls home instead of paying a high fee aboard the cruise ship.

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  • Approprite Dress and Manners

    It is considered rude if you walk into shops with inappropriate attire. Beachwear such as swimsuits should be covered up and you shouldn't be flashing tons of flesh. Looking respectful will get you the "right" attention from locals and shop employees. We were in a shop when a woman came in wearing what appeared to be a small bedsheet over her...

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Sint Maarten Warnings and Dangers

  • Bandit hatians

    the guys to never trust are riding modified scooters. Don't drive in lowlands after dark. Basically everything you see or that has been typed in this blog is true. I run around after dark but in a local car. The Toyota rental cars are too easy to spot but the jeeps are the easiest. As far as buying weed (don't) it isn't really illegal for locals...

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  • jet skis

    watch out! Anyone can rent a jet ski and though there are roped of areas of the beach they are not supposed to enter, they do anyway. They come way to close to swimmers.

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  • Watch Your Money and Belongings

    St. Maarten is a relatively safe place but you should still be careful. Most tourist carry money, credit cards and purchases around and are ready for the "stealing". Be careful and don't forget there are bad types out there.

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Sint Maarten Tourist Traps

  • Philipsburg: Cruise Ship disembarkation

    Philipsburg is one of the major cruise destinations, which is fantastic if you are on a cruise but not so fun if you are the one swarmed by the passengers exploring. After about 4:30 on any disembarkation day the streets empty out completely. Or, get off Front Street onto one of the side streets. If you know a day when the ship will be there, go...

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  • Be careful when in Philipsburg...

    Be careful when in Philipsburg or when you are driving into Marigot. Some of the locals will offer to sell you drugs. This happened to me several times and made me quite uneasy. Another important tip about the French side. Also, when paying by credit cards, be sure you're certain what the U.S. amount is opposed to Euros or Netherlands Antillean...

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  • They are kind of hard to avoid

    Because we arrived on St. Maarten via ship, once we disembarked and walked the long pier it's a tourist trap awaiting. If you're trying to keep track of little kids that like to wander off buy trinkets that make noise. We happened to buy a flute that we found very valuable. There are people everywhere so we always knew where she was with her...

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Sint Maarten What to Pack

  • Packing for the Warm Weather

    A carryon or a suitcase will do depending on how long your trip. Light comfortable clothing such as shorts, tee shirts, sundresses are good to keep you cool. A hat is also a good idea to keep your head and face from getting sunburned. Comfortable shoes for walking and flip flops for the beach. Shampoo, conditioner, lotion, razor, shaving cream,...

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  • Pack light !

    A suitcase or a backpack whatever you like, its staying at your hotel anyway.Take a daypack for your beach and swimming wear. Light linnen clothes. Jeans. Sandals. Flipflops. Beachwear. Everything you like in a warm humid climate. (People in St. Maarten dress whatever they like, sporty, classy etc.)Bring some nice clothes for going out. Just your...

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  • Sint Maarten Hotels

    20 Hotels in Sint Maarten

Sint Maarten Off The Beaten Path

  • WTF???

    The Allure of the Seas, the world's largest cruise ship, pulled up alongside ours when we were in Sint Maarten. One would think that it can't be too cheap to book a balcony room on that baby, right? If so, then you can afford to either pack enough granny panties or have the few that you own washed on board.Your neighbors, across the way, do not...

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  • Creepy Statues

    The second statue is of Peter Stuyvesant and it's not that bad, but what about that first one? It reminds me of some creepy dictator. Sure, I could've read the plaque and found out, but what fun is that?

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  • Fort Amsterdam Groot Baai St Maartin...

    For some reason, I did not check on lighthouses that I could see in the various ports we visited, or I would have known that Sint Maarten had a lighthouse. The light station was established 1876. It is not active now, but it consisted of a post light mounted on a short square tower atop the ruins of Fort Amsterdam. Findlay's 1879 light list...

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Sint Maarten Sports & Outdoors

  • bike

    biking seems pretty popular here. But make sure you are in biking shape because the hills here are killer. Tri sport rents bikes, as do several other outfits. A bike, of course, and with all the hills and turns, a helmut would be a great idea here.

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  • kayak

    With the calm waters, and lagoons, Sint Maarten is a perfect place for kayaking. The best deal we found was at Tri Sports in Simpson Bay. They offer tours, but you can also rent and go out on your own. They also rent bikes, and do hiking tours as well. They have a launch dock right out back that will drop you into the inner harbor. We paid about...

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  • Swim in the Caribbean Sea

    Wow! the water here is beautiful. The only place I've been with more perfect water was Boracay in the Philippines. crystal clear and warm as a bath. Plus, in most areas, it's calm. We played in the water every single day we were here. Chairs and umbrellas can be rented everywhere for $10-20. Some places even give you a bucket of beer. swimsuit...

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Sint Maarten Favorites

  • Roundabout History

    Many of the round-abouts have statues in them representing the history of the island.I haven't seen them all.One that I haven't seen is a woman and child which the Peridot Foundation erected in 2003 in response to the public outcry against domestic violence. And I don't think I have seen One T'ete' Lohkey,considered an anti slavery heroine,who was...

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  • Christmas Time in the Islands

    Christmas to me is usually snow covered trees but this past Christmas it was Christmas trees , palm trees and sand. Christmas in the Caribbean was wonderful; warm weather, beautiful beaches and best of all no family to stress us out.

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  • Other Cruise Ships

    It's interesting to check out other cruise ship in the various harbors where yours arrive. In Sint Maarten we had a full house. As we approached the harbor that morning there were already two other ships there. And then to our right, the mother of all cruise ships, The Allure of the Seas, pulled up and passed ours to get to harbor first.Maaaan that...

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