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Sail Date: February 2009
We did the segway tour and had a blast! It was 1 1/2 hrs. We went up and down the boardwalk and thru the market area and even a parking lot. If you've never been on a segway I would highly recommend this tour.
We did the segway tour and had a blast! It was 1 1/2 hrs. We went up and down the boardwalk and thru the market area and even a parking lot. If you've never been on a segway I would highly recommend this tour. Read Less
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Sail Date: February 2009
After multiple visits to this island, we elected just to rent a chair on the beach in Phillipsburg. Orient Beach is beautiful, but we've found the beach in town to be almost as nice, convenient, clean, less expensive and easy to get ... Read More
After multiple visits to this island, we elected just to rent a chair on the beach in Phillipsburg. Orient Beach is beautiful, but we've found the beach in town to be almost as nice, convenient, clean, less expensive and easy to get to via the water taxi. Oh, and you can find some great sea shells on the beach. Most places up and down this beach advertise chairs & umbrellas, sometimes along with a bucket of beer. One spot had two chairs, an umbrella and a bucket of five beers for $20. We stayed outside one of the hotels, and this afforded us access to the fresh water shower, rest room, changing room and they did come around for drink orders. I believe we paid $15 for three chairs and two umbrellas. Read Less
Sail Date: February 2009
We decided that we were going to shop and spend time at the beach. We got off the ship and it took us about 15 minutes to walk to the shopping area and beach in Philipsburg. We actually walked the length of the beautiful beach (crystal ... Read More
We decided that we were going to shop and spend time at the beach. We got off the ship and it took us about 15 minutes to walk to the shopping area and beach in Philipsburg. We actually walked the length of the beautiful beach (crystal blue water) and spent some time shopping. There were outside flea market type shops and the nicer upscale shops farther away. It was fun having lunch at an ouside restuarant and listening to the performers with wonderful voices and unusual dress! Very relazing and fun! There were excursions to pick from, many yacht tours, etc., but we were happy just hanging out. A beautiful island. Read Less
Sail Date: February 2009
We left this ship around 830 and cabbed over to Orient Beach. Our Cab driver recommended we not get TOO close to Club Orient so he suggested Kakao Beach. He dropped us off and said he would be back at 1230 to pick us up. Kakao Beach ... Read More
We left this ship around 830 and cabbed over to Orient Beach. Our Cab driver recommended we not get TOO close to Club Orient so he suggested Kakao Beach. He dropped us off and said he would be back at 1230 to pick us up. Kakao Beach was perfect. We were almost the first ones there. The staff was raking up a bit of seaweed that was present that day. We paid $10 pp for lounge chairs (umbrellas were an extra $5) on the 'front row'. They were $7 each on the 2nd and 3rd rows. The first hour or so there was quite a bit of fully nude people walking the beach. After that, it was mostly topless women. I would think Orient Beach is definitely not 'child friendly' for most Americans. Again, Kakao was great. Bar beach service was excellent. There was another mini bar on the beach as well as a full restaurant and gift shop. Also had small showers and restrooms. Our driver was there early and we cabbed back to the ship (15-20 minutes). Terrific Day. Read Less
Sail Date: February 2009
We really really wanted to head over to the French side of the island to hang out in Marigot. We were, however, thwarted. They were having their Carnival that week, and all the shops and restaurants were closed in honour of it. Still, ... Read More
We really really wanted to head over to the French side of the island to hang out in Marigot. We were, however, thwarted. They were having their Carnival that week, and all the shops and restaurants were closed in honour of it. Still, we made the best of it. After room service breakfast (where all of our write-ins were brought to us with no problems at all), we ventured ashore and hit the water taxi ($6pp/rt). Having no excursions planned, we found a little french cafe on Old Street (Au Petit Cafe), and found a treasure! Really pleasant, smiling staff, and NO pressure to order tons of food. We sat at a table outside and watched the world go by, eventually having a snack and doing some relay shopping (he'd go, then I'd go). The food was delicious, and the attitude was so nice and relaxed that you'd hardly know that there were THREE ships in port. (The rest of the streets were crazy crowded.) After that, we wandered around, poking through a local grocery for island fruits (we were denied), seeing chickens stalking along the sidewalks, and finally going the full length of Front Street on our way back to the ship. Mom went to (I think it was) The Wet Bar and said she had the best chicken wings she's ever eaten in her life. If you're looking for jewelry and electronics, St. Maarten can't be beat. Also, make sure to go to the Guavaberry factory and get a Guavaberry Colada. DELICIOUS! We got back to the ship to find that they were handing out ice cold towels, which was absolutely perfect after being hot and sweaty all day. Read Less
Sail Date: February 2009
We LOVED St.Maarten. Since we are beach people, we didn't even get over to the French side, but rather boarded the water taxi to the Great Bay Beach in Phillipsburg, where we met "Louie" who rented us beach-side chaise ... Read More
We LOVED St.Maarten. Since we are beach people, we didn't even get over to the French side, but rather boarded the water taxi to the Great Bay Beach in Phillipsburg, where we met "Louie" who rented us beach-side chaise lounges. We pretty much were in heaven, remained in Phillipsburg, where we had lunch on shore, and barely mad it back to the ship on time. We particularly liked the female shirt vendors that were patrolling the beach and selling tropical shirts, and hats. Bargaining with them was half the fun of being there. Read Less
Sail Date: February 2009
We had a great tour experience using Bernard's St. Marteen Island Tours. He took on 4 additional passengers at the last minute which meant a crowded van, but oh, well. He gave us lots of information and provided free beverages. I ... Read More
We had a great tour experience using Bernard's St. Marteen Island Tours. He took on 4 additional passengers at the last minute which meant a crowded van, but oh, well. He gave us lots of information and provided free beverages. I had asked about where to buy country flags for my son and at one of our stops, he had one of his other drivers meet him with 2 flags which he gave to me. Nice. Read Less
Sail Date: February 2009
St. Maarten - We got off the tender and walked right over to the beach. Since we live in the Midwest, we don't have nice beaches. A local meet us on our walk and offered to set up two chairs, umbrella, and get us a bucket of beers for ... Read More
St. Maarten - We got off the tender and walked right over to the beach. Since we live in the Midwest, we don't have nice beaches. A local meet us on our walk and offered to set up two chairs, umbrella, and get us a bucket of beers for $20. I said you got a deal! The kids played and we relaxed and walked that long beach in search of shells. It was a nice way to spend the morning. We also got some ice-cream. The best part was we only spent about $30. Read Less
Sail Date: February 2009
Drinks here were pretty cheap too. We drank lots of rum and had a great time. I REALLY recommend the guavaberry rums on St. Maarten. The store that sells is has tastings so try to find it (the shopping area is tiny so it's not hard ... Read More
Drinks here were pretty cheap too. We drank lots of rum and had a great time. I REALLY recommend the guavaberry rums on St. Maarten. The store that sells is has tastings so try to find it (the shopping area is tiny so it's not hard to find). This beach is within walking distance of the ship, don't bother with the water taxi unless you have problems walking a mile or two. Read Less
Sail Date: February 2009
Love this port. clean by island standards, good shopping, beautiful beach, decent restaurants and bars. 99cent beers right on beach. just all in all a beautiful place.
Love this port. clean by island standards, good shopping, beautiful beach, decent restaurants and bars. 99cent beers right on beach. just all in all a beautiful place. Read Less
Sail Date: February 2009
Amazing, Highlight of our vacation. Day 5 took us to St. Maarten. Blazing sun. Steel drums. Shops, great food. beautiful turquoise colored water. white sands. GREAT. A better deal as far as transportation. $6 all day non stopped water taxi ... Read More
Amazing, Highlight of our vacation. Day 5 took us to St. Maarten. Blazing sun. Steel drums. Shops, great food. beautiful turquoise colored water. white sands. GREAT. A better deal as far as transportation. $6 all day non stopped water taxi to and from ship or shops. We again picked the beach which was a 5 minute water taxi ride way. Getting on St. Maartens beach was nice. You will get swarmed with very sweet people selling bags and hats and hair braiding. I am a big kid and needed my hair braided. I got 4 braids in the front. $1 a braid. Not bad at all. My dad bought about 6 very nice shirts with out even leaving his chair. My mom bought a nice big beach bag as did my sister. The sand was very shelly. my feet were hurting after 4 minutes in the water, but you will learn to deal when to look around at where you are. Living in New Jersey and standing in nearly clear 70º water, under a 90º sun in St. Maarten, i dealt with the painful sand. When i got too hot, about 10 ft always was ice cream shops. bars and if your hungry.. food every where. Also tons of shopping. I did also see someone walking with a McDonalds bags so good ol' american food is at arms length. Read Less
Sail Date: February 2009
Rented a car for the day (been there before for a week, so knew what to do). Started by driving to Marigot, and the marina shops, then the main street shops nearby. I enjoy Marigot because many of the shops are not chains, so you can ... Read More
Rented a car for the day (been there before for a week, so knew what to do). Started by driving to Marigot, and the marina shops, then the main street shops nearby. I enjoy Marigot because many of the shops are not chains, so you can find interesting French items, and the French have much better style than you will find on the Dutch side. We visited Grand Case which is an interesting artist/beach community northeast of Marigot. Great restaurants and again unique shops. Later we ended up at Dawn beach, where we rented chairs and an umbrella for the afternoon. We also rented snorkel equipment and swam out to an interesting reef from the beach. It is supposedly the best beach for snorkeling on the island. Read Less
Sail Date: February 2009
Very pretty port, shopping was great. We went on the Lord Sheffield Tall Ship Excursion. What a thrill it was sailing with wind blowing through our hair. The crew as fabulous. Always ready to steady you as you moved around the boat or ... Read More
Very pretty port, shopping was great. We went on the Lord Sheffield Tall Ship Excursion. What a thrill it was sailing with wind blowing through our hair. The crew as fabulous. Always ready to steady you as you moved around the boat or to help you back on after snorkeling. Even got to jump off the bow sprite (I think that's what it's called) That was a great time. We had appetizers, drinks (alcohol or not), barbecue, and desert. Got some great pics of fish under the boats float. Water alittle murky because of the past weather but still pleasant. Dropped off in port and started the shopping again. My favorite sport. Would love to visit again. Read Less
Sail Date: February 2009
We took a cab to the St Maarten Zoo.. it was a nice chance for the kids to see the local animals. It was sort of expensive $10 for adults and a very small zoo. The kids liked it so I guess it was worth it.
We took a cab to the St Maarten Zoo.. it was a nice chance for the kids to see the local animals. It was sort of expensive $10 for adults and a very small zoo. The kids liked it so I guess it was worth it. Read Less
Sail Date: February 2009
Took the RCI St. Maarten Island Tour at 9:00am until Noon. I have been to St. Maarten a few times and I saw things I never saw before. This was really great, it was a large clean air conditioned bus. It took us all around the island both ... Read More
Took the RCI St. Maarten Island Tour at 9:00am until Noon. I have been to St. Maarten a few times and I saw things I never saw before. This was really great, it was a large clean air conditioned bus. It took us all around the island both Dutch and French sides. We went to Marigot which was beautiful and we did a little shopping there. Saw beautiful look out points that were breathtaking. They gave us the choice to be dropped off in St. Maarten to shop or go back to the pier. We chose to be dropped off and we shopped. Then we took a water taxi back to the ship for $4 per person. Read Less
Sail Date: February 2009
St. Maarten was next and the jewelry store got us like they do every time we go there. We like Grand Jewelers and their “free” beer. After that it was off to Orient Beach. We love the beach in spite off some of the people who should ... Read More
St. Maarten was next and the jewelry store got us like they do every time we go there. We like Grand Jewelers and their “free” beer. After that it was off to Orient Beach. We love the beach in spite off some of the people who should take a look in the mirror before walking in public looking like that. Read Less
Sail Date: February 2009
In St.Maarten, we took a tour I found online, with Bernards Tours.($35pp) He is Great! He supplies all the water, soda, beer, and rum punch at no extra charge. He gives you an Island tour, with stops to shop, then 2 hours at Orient ... Read More
In St.Maarten, we took a tour I found online, with Bernards Tours.($35pp) He is Great! He supplies all the water, soda, beer, and rum punch at no extra charge. He gives you an Island tour, with stops to shop, then 2 hours at Orient Beach, we did stop at another pebbly beach, but I can't remember it's name. He picked us up again and took us shopping again at our request, then onto Maho Beach to watch the planes come in. Do not get close to the fence when they land or you will get blown back in the water and having sand for supper. Then he took us back to the Pier to return to our ship. He did a great job of tolerating us obnoxious tourist. I bet he has some wild tales to tell his friends. The Islands are just beautiful along with the warm weather. We had a blast!!! Read Less
Sail Date: March 2009
Orient Bay was great! If you go, be sure to visit Kokomarina restaurant. Phenomenal food for a good price. They also give you a whole bottle of homemade rum to drink at your table! Also visit Sunset Beach Bar at Maho beach. Have your ... Read More
Orient Bay was great! If you go, be sure to visit Kokomarina restaurant. Phenomenal food for a good price. They also give you a whole bottle of homemade rum to drink at your table! Also visit Sunset Beach Bar at Maho beach. Have your picture taken with 747 on short final to the airport. We did the 12 Metre Regatta shore excursion and it was a blast as well. Worth every penny. Read Less
Sail Date: March 2009
In St. Maarten, we went out on our own. We grabbed a taxi and went to Orient Beach. This is a beautiful beach although if you have small children you need to consider that it is a "clothing optional beach" and a few people ... Read More
In St. Maarten, we went out on our own. We grabbed a taxi and went to Orient Beach. This is a beautiful beach although if you have small children you need to consider that it is a "clothing optional beach" and a few people chose the option. We decided to rent 2 lounge chairs at $5.00 each which worked out nicely. There were many beach bars to purchase drinks and snacks. The water was crystal clear and there were several beach activities to chose from including parasailing and jet skiing. When we were ready to return to the ship, there were at least a dozen taxis waiting to take us back. Read Less
Sail Date: March 2009
St. Maarten - This was not our first time here. The beaches are awesome and our plan to take a taxi to Orient beach was fooled by the weather. If you are given a good beach day make the trip to one of the beaches, they are awesome. We ... Read More
St. Maarten - This was not our first time here. The beaches are awesome and our plan to take a taxi to Orient beach was fooled by the weather. If you are given a good beach day make the trip to one of the beaches, they are awesome. We ended up walking to downtown from the ship docka nd doing a little shopping. We also sat on the beach in front of town for a short bit. It was clean and open, it started to get full as the weather cleared and the sun came out. Read Less
Sail Date: March 2009
We took advise from other reviews and got our own taxi to Orient Beach,$6/person one way, rented beach chairs and umbrellas for about $20.There were lots of beach bars and restaurants and bathrooms.The beach was clothing optional which ... Read More
We took advise from other reviews and got our own taxi to Orient Beach,$6/person one way, rented beach chairs and umbrellas for about $20.There were lots of beach bars and restaurants and bathrooms.The beach was clothing optional which isn't a problem for us but may be if you have kids traveling with you.We only had soft drinks and ate lunch back at the port mall.There were quite a few shops there,the usual DI.International,etc,and local artisans.Found a Piranha Joe's for T-shirts.We also like to find locally brewed beer shirts for our son.Found them in ST.Thomas,Barbados, &Antiqua. This port was the only one that offered a little shuttle to the pier for $1 from the shopping area,a nice service for those who struggle with the walking distances.I wish more ports would offer it ! Read Less

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