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Sail Date: January 2009
Probably our least favorite stop. We took a ship excursion, which was a tour of both sides of the island. Stopped for a little shopping on the Dutch side, then over to Orient Beach on the French side. Included was a bbq lunch at the Boo ... Read More
Probably our least favorite stop. We took a ship excursion, which was a tour of both sides of the island. Stopped for a little shopping on the Dutch side, then over to Orient Beach on the French side. Included was a bbq lunch at the Boo Boo Jam restaurant, which was quite good and had plenty of food. The beach itself-nothing special. Remember-St Martin is known for their clothing optional beaches. Read Less
Sail Date: January 2009
Loved it!! In fact we are thinking of going back there for a vacation. Nice shops on front street and reasonably priced drinks and food
Loved it!! In fact we are thinking of going back there for a vacation. Nice shops on front street and reasonably priced drinks and food Read Less
Sail Date: January 2009
We have a friend that lives here, he took us around the island. As a DJ from Island92, he was a fantastic guide, we visited parts of the island the locals visit. He took us to Baie Rouge, fantastic beach open to all, but used mainly by ... Read More
We have a friend that lives here, he took us around the island. As a DJ from Island92, he was a fantastic guide, we visited parts of the island the locals visit. He took us to Baie Rouge, fantastic beach open to all, but used mainly by locals. Soc (our guide) took us to the airport where the jets take off and land right on the ocean. There are warning signs to beware, but some folks can't read and stood at the end of the runway as a jet took off. It blows the sand right off the beach! Nice little bar right there. We love shopping and walked about the area where the ferry drops you. Try Tulula Mangos on the beach, great drinks and food, and you can see your ship in the distance. Read Less
Sail Date: January 2009
This is a country split by the French and Dutch. It is poorly managed on both sides and boasts little except conflict. The tour driver mentions this conflict to often. I just wish the port of call was Frigate Bay and not where we landed.... Read More
This is a country split by the French and Dutch. It is poorly managed on both sides and boasts little except conflict. The tour driver mentions this conflict to often. I just wish the port of call was Frigate Bay and not where we landed. Read Less
Sail Date: January 2009
We rented a car and drove the loop around the island. Best part: Sunset Beach Bar and the airplanes flying in just over your head, Desperado and Amstel Bright beers, water taxi to & from Phillipsburg. Worst parts: LOTS of poverty over ... Read More
We rented a car and drove the loop around the island. Best part: Sunset Beach Bar and the airplanes flying in just over your head, Desperado and Amstel Bright beers, water taxi to & from Phillipsburg. Worst parts: LOTS of poverty over the entire island, bad drivers & traffic in populated areas. Overall, we were quite disappointed with St. Maarten and don't really have any interest in going back. Stick with taking the water taxi to Phillipsburg and enjoy that area. That's all you need (and want) to see aside from the airplanes at Maho beach. Read Less
Sail Date: January 2009
What a great port! We booked a glass-bottom boat tour, which included transportation to the "French" side. The shopping portion of the "Sea-n-See" tour in the French town was awesome! I wish we'd had another hour ... Read More
What a great port! We booked a glass-bottom boat tour, which included transportation to the "French" side. The shopping portion of the "Sea-n-See" tour in the French town was awesome! I wish we'd had another hour to shop. Fantastic unique handmade items available, from watercolor originals starting at $20-$30 to distinctive carved "sculptures" made from Tagua nuts ("vegetable ivory") in the "flea market" area, to original art in the shops surrounding the flea market area, ranging into the hundreds and thousands of $. Tour returned us to the Dutch side, where we ate lunch at a restaurant on the beach. The only downside at all is the 1-2 mile hike back to the pier from the beachside "boardwalk" in the Dutch town. Save yourself $4 cash for a watertaxi ride instead of spending your last cash at an Internet Cafe and you'll be glad you did! Read Less
Sail Date: January 2009
Very enjoyable port. We took 2 tours -Natural Wonders of St. Martin which showed is the Dutch and French sides, and the real highlight - the America's Cup Sailing Regatta. What a thrill! One my favorite excursions ever.
Very enjoyable port. We took 2 tours -Natural Wonders of St. Martin which showed is the Dutch and French sides, and the real highlight - the America's Cup Sailing Regatta. What a thrill! One my favorite excursions ever. Read Less
Sail Date: January 2009
Stayed on the ship for most of the morning, then went into town to shop for a few hours. The Yoda Guy store was interesting if not a little weird. Probably should have just gone to Orient or Maho beach or done an excursion of some sort, ... Read More
Stayed on the ship for most of the morning, then went into town to shop for a few hours. The Yoda Guy store was interesting if not a little weird. Probably should have just gone to Orient or Maho beach or done an excursion of some sort, since we were docked from 7 am to 11 pm. Maybe next time. Read Less
Sail Date: January 2009
Unfortunately St. Maarten didn't do it for me. This is one place where behind the wealth, it was very evident the divide between rich and poor. This is not the reason I don't get too excited about St. Maarten - the truth is that ... Read More
Unfortunately St. Maarten didn't do it for me. This is one place where behind the wealth, it was very evident the divide between rich and poor. This is not the reason I don't get too excited about St. Maarten - the truth is that the history that was here or is here, is not embraced. The dutch heritage is hidden behind casinos, marinas, and more shopping stores like Diamond's International. The French side to seems to be missing that flavor. I was so disappointed with our three hour tour of the country side which included comments from the driver like this..."on your right side, you will see our local car wash", on your left side is our electric plant. A traffic accident detoured us around to the Princess Juliana Airport, which is famous for the beach landing strip where tourists stand near the runway and take pictures. I found Phillipsburg, the capital of the dutch side to be interesting in the shopping district beyond that, the casinos and the resorts did not appeal to me at all. If you are a Star Trek fan go to St. Maarten one highlight for me was meeting Nick Maley, who was the makeup artist for Star Trek. There you can buy collectibles from him and he will personalize them for you. To me a map that the Liberty took on our Cruise with our family name, date and signed by him was a highlight of St. Maarten...oh not to forget about the Guavaberry liqueur they sell on the island - which makes one hell of a Pina Colada! Read Less
Sail Date: January 2009
St. Maarten this is one that we've been to many times. We love to have drinks and appetizers at Toulula Mango Grillit's right on the beach. Just go to the right as you exit the water taxi pier. The restaurant is open-air, and had ... Read More
St. Maarten this is one that we've been to many times. We love to have drinks and appetizers at Toulula Mango Grillit's right on the beach. Just go to the right as you exit the water taxi pier. The restaurant is open-air, and had a band stage on the beach-side of the sidewalk in front of it. A new discovery for us on St Maarten is Pinel Island. Pinel Island is north of Orient Beach. It's a $25 one-way cab fare from downtown. You will get dropped off in parking lot for the "ferry" over to Pinel Island. The ferry (more of a little dinghy) runs every 30 minutes, and costs $7 pp, round trip. The last ferry returns from the Island at 5PM. Pinel Island has only 3 restaurants/bars, and the beach is gorgeous with very calm waters. The nicest thing is that it doesn't have all of the hawkers trying to sell you stuff. Just decided which bar you're going to drink from, and set up a tab for chairs, umbrella, drinks, etc. We loved it, and will most definitely return on our next visit. If you want more info, just google search Pinel Island there's some great pics. Read Less
Sail Date: January 2009
We took the "Best of St. Maarten and Beach Trip. This was a 4 1/2 hour tour on a bus. It went to Marigot for a shopping stop. You could pick from a new expensive mall, nearby stores and restaurants or a flea market with many, many ... Read More
We took the "Best of St. Maarten and Beach Trip. This was a 4 1/2 hour tour on a bus. It went to Marigot for a shopping stop. You could pick from a new expensive mall, nearby stores and restaurants or a flea market with many, many choices. We also went to Orient Beach, which is very big and a popular spot. Read Less
Sail Date: January 2009
My favorite stop as we enjoy the excursion to Orient Beach. This tour is very well organized...you receive a glass of rum punch, a lounge chair on the beach (the umbrella is $3 additional), and a nice sit-down lunch and free beer or soft ... Read More
My favorite stop as we enjoy the excursion to Orient Beach. This tour is very well organized...you receive a glass of rum punch, a lounge chair on the beach (the umbrella is $3 additional), and a nice sit-down lunch and free beer or soft drink (with a waiter). The water was a bit rough; but, it was beautiful. We had a nice breeze so it was very comfortable. Of course, there were some "interesting sights". Read Less
Sail Date: January 2009
HOT, HOT, HOT, this had to be the hottest day of our cruise. Four cruise ship in port today making getting from the pier to downtown a long task. The water taxis work really well, best option. Last time I was here was 10 years ago, wow ... Read More
HOT, HOT, HOT, this had to be the hottest day of our cruise. Four cruise ship in port today making getting from the pier to downtown a long task. The water taxis work really well, best option. Last time I was here was 10 years ago, wow have things changed. I used to sit on the beach and just relax, it was quiet and only one ship in port. Now, its another port that gets wrecked by to many ships. If you come here, take a tour and see the rest of the island. Read Less
Sail Date: January 2009
I will return here as the people and the island were very inviting! Beware if you do go to Orient Beach, men wearing thong bathing suits are not all they are cracked up to be!
I will return here as the people and the island were very inviting! Beware if you do go to Orient Beach, men wearing thong bathing suits are not all they are cracked up to be! Read Less
Sail Date: February 2009
Tour to Orient Beach with a lounge chair and lunch was fine. Fit our purpose to see a bit of the Island and relax on a beach and have a nice lunch.
Tour to Orient Beach with a lounge chair and lunch was fine. Fit our purpose to see a bit of the Island and relax on a beach and have a nice lunch. Read Less
Sail Date: February 2009
I love shopping in Philipsburg and Orient Beach and Oyster Bay. Renting the car for a day is an inexpensive was to see it all. The new harbor is wonderful.
I love shopping in Philipsburg and Orient Beach and Oyster Bay. Renting the car for a day is an inexpensive was to see it all. The new harbor is wonderful. Read Less
Sail Date: February 2009
We did the "two flags tour" which introduced us to the french side and dutch side of the island.We spent a little time in Marigot(the french capital)which has a craft market and a fort which you can climb up to.Philipsburg(the ... Read More
We did the "two flags tour" which introduced us to the french side and dutch side of the island.We spent a little time in Marigot(the french capital)which has a craft market and a fort which you can climb up to.Philipsburg(the dutch capital)is a lot busier and more to offer in the line of shopping and amenaties.The beach here is absolutely glorious and we spent a while here in a local bar just watching the world go by whilst being entertained by the local singer who could give Bob Marley a run for his money! Those of you who dont want to do a trip but just want to sunbathe can walk to the beach from the ship easily in 15mins.There are plenty of sunbeds and the bars and restaurants are just at the back of the beach. Read Less
Sail Date: February 2009
We have been to Baie Rouge and Orient Beach on this island and both get our nod for places to just unwind. We usually rent a car (very easy to do and to get around), but took a taxi this time and he came back for us at a specified time.... Read More
We have been to Baie Rouge and Orient Beach on this island and both get our nod for places to just unwind. We usually rent a car (very easy to do and to get around), but took a taxi this time and he came back for us at a specified time. Read Less
Sail Date: February 2009
This port was a busy port and the first port of our itinerary on a Sunday. We where one of the 3 boats and the funny thing is half the stores where closed sunday even where there was like probably 7000 people coming from the ports with ... Read More
This port was a busy port and the first port of our itinerary on a Sunday. We where one of the 3 boats and the funny thing is half the stores where closed sunday even where there was like probably 7000 people coming from the ports with money in hand since this was the first port. We instead took a $30 cab ride to the middle of the island and had a leisurely 2 hr lunch in the hidden forest cafe in the loterie farm the food was great here (creole style cooking) and it's in the middle of the island with no water in sight. The cab has to climb quite a bit of elevation to get here. On the cab ride back we asked him to take us past marigot so we can see the french town on the way back to philipsburg. That was pretty much a ghost town cause they don't open on sundays. As we made it back to Philipsburg we walked from one side to the other and found several of the stores where closed that day. Else it was pretty nice seeing most of the area from our lunch trip. Read Less
Sail Date: February 2009
Went to Orient beach. Paid 6 dollars per person to get there. Wacky taxi system down there in the islands. It gives you rates on the door but then we got charged a flat rate. Just make sure you know how much it will be per person before ... Read More
Went to Orient beach. Paid 6 dollars per person to get there. Wacky taxi system down there in the islands. It gives you rates on the door but then we got charged a flat rate. Just make sure you know how much it will be per person before you start the ride. Orient beach is beautiful. Be prepared to see bikini's minus the tops on this beach. I was surprised to see a charge for chairs at anywhere from 7-11 dollars. You get a chair and a drink (run punch or beer) for that rate. Being from Hawaii it seemed strange to pay for sitting on the beach. There just wasn't any room for laying your towel down and relaxing. Read Less
Sail Date: February 2009
Have been to Saint Maarten several times and still enjoy this island. I can still remember when Front street was still a dirt road. Try the Guavaberry store, if you like very unique and flavorful island rums.
Have been to Saint Maarten several times and still enjoy this island. I can still remember when Front street was still a dirt road. Try the Guavaberry store, if you like very unique and flavorful island rums. Read Less
Sail Date: February 2009
We arrived in St. Maarten on a Sunday, which means that the Dutch side of the island was open and the French side was completely closed. We elected to just go ashore and walk through the port town. The water taxi was working and made the ... Read More
We arrived in St. Maarten on a Sunday, which means that the Dutch side of the island was open and the French side was completely closed. We elected to just go ashore and walk through the port town. The water taxi was working and made the trip ashore much more pleasant. The island was very clean and friendly with plenty of wares to choose from. Read Less

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