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Need a lot of info on villa rentals in St. Maarten. PLEASE HELP!

Need a lot of info on villa rentals in St. Maarten. PLEASE HELP!

Old Feb 8th, 2000, 11:31 PM
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Need a lot of info on villa rentals in St. Maarten. PLEASE HELP!

Hi everybody. We (2 couples) are looking to rent a villa on St. Martin, but the more we read on the web, the more confused we get. First of all, it looks like American people have a lot more money to spend then us (Europeans). That's why we want to know...
-There are some 4BR villas with pool out there that are under 2000$/4people/1week, but are they OK? No, we do not need to be near the beach. We are going to rent a car and go to the nicest beaches anyway.
-Which leads me to question 2: what are the nicest beaches? (secluded, quiet, no polution)
-Anybody rented these villas in the past: Arcadia, Mogador, La Mer, Vista Royale, La Casita, Jubelibra, Bellevue, Cibonet, Breezy Point, Wind Swept, Content? Any comments?
-What would be a good budget for eating out (per person, per day)?
-When renting a villa, do we need to stay out of certain areas that may be overcrowded?
Is the French side better than the Dutch side?
-How much for renting a car for 2 weeks?
-And finally: any great tips for trips?
Thanks a lot!
Old May 22nd, 2000, 04:49 AM
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Hi J.
We stayed in Casa Boca which is on the same street as La Casita is,and is owned by the same people.We were very pleased,and we aregoing back in June this year.
We loved the french side a lot and drove there many times while we were there.The drive is beautiful.
Old May 23rd, 2000, 04:49 PM
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My suggestion is to rent a villa on the island of Anguilla (10 min. ferry from St. Martin) Beautiful beaches, gourmet restaurants I met quite a few people from Europe there. We rented a gorgeous villa for $2,000. Mainstayvilla.com. Lots of luck and have a wonderful holiday.
Old May 30th, 2000, 05:33 PM
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Look at this web site. www.villalady.com
Some great villas on it.
Old Dec 12th, 2001, 07:50 PM
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We have been going to St. Martin EVERY year since Dec 1980.
For two of our visits we have rented fabulous villas through CARIMO, real estate. e-mail:[email protected]. A wonderful lady by the name of Sylvie has been our contact. www.carimo.com,, Tel: 011(590)87-57-58. We needed 4 bedrm accommodations & both residences were on the French side and both were terrific.
The other visits were spent at the Sea Palace, The Pelican, & Mullet Bay Towers.
The island has definitely had it's ups and downs. We have seen it grow quite rapidly & also seen many areas come to a complete standstill before completion and remain that way (unfortunately) year after year.
We return to St. Martin because in our 20+ yrs of vacationing there we have only had possibly 3 days of "some" rain; found many fabulous restaurants and beautiful beaches. We stay at least 2 wks in order to return to our favorite restaurants & try to add a new one on each visit.
Relax, and try to enjoy your vacation.
I go to NYC several times a year and you must not let your guard down there or in St. M.
Old Dec 13th, 2001, 04:20 PM
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I've been renting a villa on the French side of St. Maarten for the last 3 years - April will make my 4th year! Please e-mail me for details. Too much to get into here!

Old Dec 16th, 2001, 09:45 AM
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Small comment, since you ask: we have been to St. Maarten/St. Martin frequently, first to the Dutch and then to the French side, and the French side is definitely preferable! (I say this even though we are Dutch..)
Old Jan 26th, 2002, 09:54 AM
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We stayed at Jubilebra two years ago. The unit was very nice, but so mosquito-infested that the pool and deck were unuseable after dusk.
Old Jan 26th, 2002, 02:00 PM
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The French side of St. Martin is most certaily the place to stay!! We stayed at the L'Esplanade in Grand Case. Small, romantic complex on hill - gorgeous views, footpath to the beach, lovely pool with bar, beautiful landscaping. I believe there are only 12 units, ranging in size from 750 to 1200 sq ft. - you may be able to get a discount if you call them directly - but look up pictures etc on the web.
Grand Case may not look like much from the street, but the restaurants are wonderful - our first day, we thought, "I'm not eating in there", but enter the door and you are in a different world - elegant, beachfront, gourmet dining.
All the beaches are nice on St. Martin and you can see all of them in your travels around the 6-mile long island.
orient beach is beautiful(clothing optional) and you can take a little water taxi to a tiny island for about $6pp. Be sure to go to Le Meridian Resort (between Grand Case & Orient Beach)for a day on the beach (and an unforgetable drive) - good food in thier poolside restaurant. Orient Beach is the best - lots of little open-air restaurants and bars. Try the La Samada Resort - exclusive, but beautiful beach!
If you will be there for 2 weeks, you will have plenty of time to explore every inch of the island! We were only there one week and pretty much did it all - would have loved a 2nd week to spend add'tl time in our favorite places and to eat more meals (we were spoiled by the food in Grand Case).
Don't be intimidated by the driving - by the end of your first week you will be passing on hills and around curves just like a native!! ENJOY!!!!!

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