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Sail Date: December 2008
We chose to tender in instead of walking about a half mile to the beach area. What a beach area!!!! It had a very wide concrete walkway that was smooth as silk. Such an EASY roll!!!! There were numerous eateries and stands selling ice cold ... Read More
We chose to tender in instead of walking about a half mile to the beach area. What a beach area!!!! It had a very wide concrete walkway that was smooth as silk. Such an EASY roll!!!! There were numerous eateries and stands selling ice cold beer for $1 US. Lots of women with hats and bags along the beach, trying to sell them. Also, the beach front restaurants rent chairs and umbrellas along with allowing you to sit on their beach area for a nominal fee. There were only one or two of the eateries that were wheelchair accessible. We ate at one, and got huge portions of food for a reasonable price. The back streets are a totally different matter. The one right behind the beach front businesses is a single lane, and is the sidewalks are narrow in places and somewhat difficult to navigate. The architecture is beautiful. Many stores were not wheelchair friendly and had steps and narrow doorways. There was a casino where they picked up my husband (chair and all) to get him up the stairs. (Very friendly people) They also had a removable ramp to get him down the stairs. Read Less
Sail Date: December 2008
Been there, done that. Shopping and nice beaches. What could be bad (besides the hoards of people with 6 ships in port and all of the traffic)? One tip: If you go to Orient Bay, the taxi drivers will drop you at the most expensive ... Read More
Been there, done that. Shopping and nice beaches. What could be bad (besides the hoards of people with 6 ships in port and all of the traffic)? One tip: If you go to Orient Bay, the taxi drivers will drop you at the most expensive beach where beach chairs and an umbrella are $25 for two. Walk down the beach a little to get better deals. Read Less
Sail Date: December 2008
Went on our own to Orient Bay. Carnival cancelled there excursions here because of weather and surf. That made it even better no crowds, a little breezy and one brief shower is all their was. A great sunny day
Went on our own to Orient Bay. Carnival cancelled there excursions here because of weather and surf. That made it even better no crowds, a little breezy and one brief shower is all their was. A great sunny day Read Less
Sail Date: December 2008
We walked from the ship to town rather than use the water taxi. We enjoyed the shopping more than we expected and found a great spot on the boardwalk for lunch.
We walked from the ship to town rather than use the water taxi. We enjoyed the shopping more than we expected and found a great spot on the boardwalk for lunch. Read Less
Sail Date: December 2008
Excellent, ship docks next to the town, great stretch of beach, shops galore, tax free, take a trip to Maho Beach, great fun $18 dollars in a taxi. nice views on the way.
Excellent, ship docks next to the town, great stretch of beach, shops galore, tax free, take a trip to Maho Beach, great fun $18 dollars in a taxi. nice views on the way. Read Less
Sail Date: January 2009
We loved St. Maarten. This island is owned by both the Dutch and the French. We docked on the Dutch side of the island and for $5 per person, took a water taxi the Phillipsburg (the capital) for shopping, lunch and beach time. We first ... Read More
We loved St. Maarten. This island is owned by both the Dutch and the French. We docked on the Dutch side of the island and for $5 per person, took a water taxi the Phillipsburg (the capital) for shopping, lunch and beach time. We first shopped the port recommended shops and walked away with some beautiful jewelry and fun souvenirs. We ate lunch on the beach (one block over from the shops) at the Barefoot Cafe -American cuisine made and served by the locals. The food was excellent and the beer was cheap. We then walked onto the beach for some fun in the sun. There were some locals trying to sell merchandise on the beach but a simple no thank you was all it took. We didn't make it over to the French side, as we tried to avoid the higher costs and nude beaches. I just couldn't imagine our younger kids reporting back to their friends and family that they saw naked people. We had a great time staying close to the ship and having it all; shopping, food and beach in the same proximity. Read Less
Sail Date: January 2009
This port seemed to have the most available shopping, particularly jewelry. The prices seemed to be very reasonable overall. There are many beaches available for you to choose from. If the beach is what you are looking for, I would ... Read More
This port seemed to have the most available shopping, particularly jewelry. The prices seemed to be very reasonable overall. There are many beaches available for you to choose from. If the beach is what you are looking for, I would recommend forgoing an "excursion"; just outside of the dock, there are cabs available to go directly to the beaches at a lower price than an excursion would cost. We chose Orient Beach. It was a beautiful spot on an absolutely perfect day. Once dropped off by the cab, down the southernmost end of the beach, you are allowed to do totally nude sunbathing. Be prepared for all kinds of sights! Read Less
Sail Date: January 2009
We love St. Maarten. Mostly for the shopping, but also because it's beautiful. My only complaint about the port is my aforementioned jet-ski accident which was my fault. This port is quickly becoming known as "the scene of the ... Read More
We love St. Maarten. Mostly for the shopping, but also because it's beautiful. My only complaint about the port is my aforementioned jet-ski accident which was my fault. This port is quickly becoming known as "the scene of the crime" to my brother-in-law; the first time we went there, his wife ended up with a new diamond pendant. This time, she got a new camera. He says all this island does is cost him money. Read Less
Sail Date: January 2009
St. Maarten is a wonderful place to go, whether you are into shopping for water sports or just sunning. Orient Beach has both clothing optional and regular beaches and you can choose which you prefer. They also have many places to sit and ... Read More
St. Maarten is a wonderful place to go, whether you are into shopping for water sports or just sunning. Orient Beach has both clothing optional and regular beaches and you can choose which you prefer. They also have many places to sit and eat. Enjoyable. Read Less
Sail Date: January 2009
Upscale and touristy. Unfortunately, the ship is there on Sunday, so many of the stores on the French side were closed. This is the place to buy jewelry if you are so inclined.
Upscale and touristy. Unfortunately, the ship is there on Sunday, so many of the stores on the French side were closed. This is the place to buy jewelry if you are so inclined. Read Less
Sail Date: January 2009
Took a taxi($18 each way) to Orient Beach for the day. Went to Kon Tiki restaraunt and rented chairs/umbrella($20) and had a great lunch of pizza and salad.
Took a taxi($18 each way) to Orient Beach for the day. Went to Kon Tiki restaraunt and rented chairs/umbrella($20) and had a great lunch of pizza and salad. Read Less
Sail Date: January 2009
Our next stop was Saint Martin. My favorite island! We rented Jeep from Hertz. The rental window is located just outside the security of the port and to the right. Most did not have the cars on site and you were shuttled to another ... Read More
Our next stop was Saint Martin. My favorite island! We rented Jeep from Hertz. The rental window is located just outside the security of the port and to the right. Most did not have the cars on site and you were shuttled to another spot to get the cars. The drive was a little hectic just until we got outside the city Center, but there really is only one main road that circles the island. Make sure you stop off in Grand Case for some French food and Orient Bay for some sun/fun. Read Less

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