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St. Martin and St. Maarten Hotels

The Horny Toad

  • View of the resort from the beach.

  • View From The Beach

  • Lots of sunshine and a little shade!

  • Beach just outside my room

  • Betty's friendly cat


  • Tidy rooms
  • Friendly vibe thanks to the fantastic owner
  • Beautiful beach is usually deserted


  • Rooms are very basic
  • Need a car to get around
  • No kids under seven allowed
  • No pool

Updated 08/04/2014

Fodor's Review

Because of its stupendous view of Simpson Bay and the simple but comfortable rooms with creative decor, this lovely guesthouse is widely considered the best on this side of the island. Its virtues are many, but the one thing that keeps patrons coming back year after year is the hospitality of owner Betty Vaughn (ask her how the inn got its name). Treating her numerous return guests like long-lost relatives, she is so welcoming that you simply can't resist her charms. Ditto

her high school beau, Phil, recently reunited with her in marriage after a 52-year wait after both lost beloved spouses. It's no wonder you really feel like you are visiting the beach house of your favorite aunt. Book early, because the Toad fills up fast, but know that smoking is not allowed at all. The ground level is wheelchair-accessible.

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Hotel Information


2 Vlaun Dr., Simpson Bay, St. Maarten

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721-545–4323; 800-417–9361-in the U.S.


Hotel Details:

  • 8 rooms
  • No meals

Updated 08/04/2014

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May 24, 2008

spent 9 night here may08 perfect place to stay

have be a guest here since 1992 come every year for at least week or two. perfect place to relax only 8 units right on simpson bay , onwer keeps the place immaculate. she just added wifi, great for all that bring there laptop. thanks betty harvey and beth

By Naomi

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Oct 17, 2005


Went in June 2005 after reading Fodors, only to learn a massive construction project immediately adjacent to inn, went from dawn to dusk made stay unbearable. Owner ulimtately refunded my deposit; a weary and noisy mistake for her and for me that should have been avoided by this female solo traveler.

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