Saint Maarten with teens

Old Dec 9th, 2009, 02:17 PM
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Saint Maarten with teens

I'm off to St. Maarten with my teen girls for Christmas. Would welcome any and all suggestions of activities, eateries, and places to hang out.
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Old Dec 10th, 2009, 05:11 AM
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you should have a great trip - i live in SXM so I may recommend different places than a lot of people. Sunset Bar on Friday night has great entertainment. It's also a great place to sit and watch the airplanes land- which is a sight to see. Walking the Boardwalk in Philipsburg and Front and Back Streets. The pier in Marigot - Serafina's has desserts unlike I've ever seen. in Cole Bay - Trey Wah has great Chinese food and an indoor and outdoor area. Cherie's at Maho - good food and live entertainment. This is a duty free port - liquor-cigarettes-european designs - jewelry. Most shops will bargain. Hope this helps
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Are you staying on the Dutch or French side? Will you have a car?

Certainly go to Loterie Farm. That's fun. The best water sports are on Baie Orientale, but it's going to be busy. Dinner recs depend on where you're staying and transportation.
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above suggestions are all good. I live in st maarten too. be sure to rent a car.
they will love sunset bar and grill.
and take them to karakters on the beach at simpson bay.
http://www.karakterbeach.com/
shopping in Philipsburg
the Maho area is full of shops, restaurants, and bars to hang out in.
a day trip to Anguilla is always fun too.
where are you staying?
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Old Dec 11th, 2009, 09:59 AM
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We are staying at Royal Palm Beach Resort in Cole Bay (so dutch side, right?) thank you for your suggestions. Keep them coming! Better to rent a car when we get there or set it up beforehand?
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For Christmas? Are you kidding? Reserve a car five minutes ago.
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Old Dec 12th, 2009, 05:26 AM
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yep, reserve a car now!!!!!!!
you are staying in a great location. Lots of bars and restaurants right within walking distance.
there will be plenty to do!
Be sure to try Lee's Roadside Grill right across the street!
down the beach from your hotel is Buccaneer Beach Bar and Greenhouse Restaurant by the Atrium hotel. BBB is a nice hang out place.
both places are good for light meals.
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http://www.12metre.com/

If you enjoy sailing, this was a blast. Your girls might like it.
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Old Dec 26th, 2009, 05:33 AM
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We are travelling in feb to St martin and St kitts......I was thinking of the french side as it wouldnt be so commercial....but is it so remote that we will have to drive forever to get to activity? travelling with my husband, our 17 yr old daughter and her boyfreind, so two teens who love the beach and shopping, etc.....we will rent a 4x4 jeep wrangler to tour the islands.....any advice is welcome!
looking for great properties withiin a reasonable budget...not low end....not terribly high end but somewhere in the middle but really nice.....we need the extra space for the boyfriend as well....
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Old Dec 28th, 2009, 04:36 AM
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NOTHING on the island is remote !!

It is only 37 square miles, and, thought the traffic can often be pretty horrendous, you can easily drive round it in a couple of hours, perhaps even including several stops, depending on the time of day.

You are correct when you say that the French side (where I live) is less commercial - it is also FAR less developed than the Dutch side which boasts high rises, casinos, KFC, Burger King etc. plus, in season, a massive daily influx of one day cruise visitors - sometimes up to 20,000 - only a relatively small proportion of whom make it to the French side.

You will not find ANY of the above listed 'attractions' on the French side, and the atmosphere is totally different - you could be on two different islands. After all a phone call from one side of the island to the other is treated as an international call !!

The night life IS far better on the Dutch side, and is almost non-existant on the French side, though many of the best restaurants in the entire Caribbean are to be found in Grand Case (French side), and Orient Bay (French side) boasts what is generally considered to be the best beach on the island, with a good selection of lively beach bars/restaurants, and water sports of all kinds.

The shopping opportunities - particularly on Front Street in Philipsburg - the capital of the Dutch side - are endless (and the island is completely duty free). The shopping in Marigot - the French side capital - is more relaxed, and there is a good selection of middle to up-market stores from which to choose.

You should be aware that the Dutch side of the island is - essentialy - a dollar zone (though the official currency is the NA Guilder - which nobody uses !).

On the French side all prices are - officially - in Euros, though the US$ is readilly accepted. If your restaurant bill - for example - is presented in Euros, the establishment will convert CASH at their own exchange rate which sometimes is better than that of the bank, and never - in my experience worse.

If you pay a bill or for a purchase using a credit card, the sum will normally be billed back to your credit card issuer as a Euro purchase, and will be converted by the card company to US$ at their rate.

Frankly, I reckon that it is better to use cash (in Dollars), and very many establishments will not accept American Express cards, though all others are welcome almost everywhere.

Having said that, it is not a good idea to carry large sums of money in cash all the time - particularly at night in the casino/nightclub areas on the Dutch side - though the level of crime on the island is really no more than in most other tourist destinations - just take normal precautions and don't leave your brain at home just because you are on an island in the Carribean !

Without having any idea of your nightly budget per room, it is difficult to offer any 'pointers'. With that additional information no doubt I, or several other contributors to the forum, could be of assistance.

I hope that the above helps.
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wow! just saw this...thanks for this nice letter back! very infomrative.....I have been doing adequate research and feel we have a great vacation planned thus far...the only concern I have right now is with one property...I chagned from the Radisson to the Alamanda.....anyone? good or bad decision?
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david sxm, thank you again for your lengthy and helpful answer!
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adventurer 101 Personally I think that you have probably made the right decision in changing hotels.

The Radisson is, undeniably, VERY beautiful, with a fabulous pool, a nice private beach and pretty marina. I know that fellow forum contributor Barbara 1 thinks that it is great, but some of my friends - and family members - who have stayed there were less than impressed for various reasons. My guess is that the place has not yet fully 'bedded in' having had a very delayed opening last year. As a result some of the staff apparently seem to lack training. I understand that the food is expensive for what it is, and the spa is certainly likewise.

The Alamanda is a totally different type of hotel. It doesn't aspire to being a top class international set up. It is a good standard 'beachside hotel', which is considerably less up-market than the Radisson. It is, however in a much more accessable location, right in the center of Orient Bay, with all sorts of restaurants and beach bars, small shops etc. within a few paces walk - but it is still quiet and comparatively private.

The comments that I have heard from friends and others who have stayed there suggest that it is more than basic, but still unpretentious and comfortable. All seem to be satisfied with what they found in the way of accomodation etc. which is evidenced by the number of repeat guests I have met - and of course the location is ideal.

It really depends what you want. If you want to impress your girlfriend or new wife, and don't want to stray far from beautiful surroundings, then the Radisson it is. If, however, you want a location where there is more activity around (but not 'in your face') and more alternatives to hotel dining etc. within easy reach, then it's the Alamanda.

Let us all know how you made out when you return home.
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