Where do I stay in St. Marteen???

Jul 21st, 2010, 07:34 AM
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Jul 21st, 2010, 08:55 AM
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@DavidSXM, since you seem to be an expert on the French side of the island, I was hoping for some advice. My husband and I as well as another couple are coming to St. Martin in March and we are planning to stay of the French side. We are planning two rent villas/condos. We found a couple of great options for the price. One in the front building of the old Hotel Mt Vernon so it has wonderful sea views and another beachfront in Cul De Sac. I am wondering if you could provide insight to the safety and ease of getting around in the two areas.
I am not asking for a safety guarentee, as I know better than to leave my lap top in the back seat of my car at home and should not expect to do so while I travel, but because we are not staying at a hotel I am wondering if we need to take saftey into consideration when we rent a villa/condo.
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Jul 21st, 2010, 09:39 AM
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I think that your best bet would be to address this question to kellybeaches or Kristin.

They both wrote extended trip reports of their last visit to SXM and, if you scroll down to the bottom of the St Martin/Sint Maarten forum, you will still find both accounts.

They rented a villa (I think in Happy Bay) and were, apparently, delighted with the accomodations etc. It might possibly be a good property for you to consider.

Personally, I am not a fan of the Mont Vernon Hotel - though if the villa is a completely separate property, you may be OK.

Cul de Sac and the Mont Vernon areas are pretty safe, but always use caution, and make sure to lock the property, and firmly secure the shutters when you go out.

It is also not a good idea to walk back to Mont Vernon along the beach from the bar areas on Orient Bay after dark. You would almost certainly be OK, but there have been isolated instances of problems there late at night.

As far as general safety goes, just use common sense, and don't leave your brain at home just because you are on vacation - as a lot of people seem to do when they come here !

Also, bear in mind that this is a completely duty free island - though water is expensive, so it is almost more cost effective to flush the toilet with vodka ! The drinks are therefore a lot stronger than you are probably used to at home - all the bars 'free pour' spirits, so you nget a larger measure.

Both Mont Vernon and Cul de Sac are easy to get to and from but, having said that, a rental car is pretty much essential if you intend to be here for more than about 48 hours. A third world country would be ashamed of the roads but, as the entire island is only 37 square miles, you really can't get lost !

Public transport (such as it is) is a complete no no, so it boils down to a rental car or taxis - the latter are not cheap, while car rental is.

I hope this helps a bit.
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Jul 29th, 2010, 08:02 AM
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Yay! Congrats on your decision Mr & Mrs Pittsburghsteeler!

Hope you won't be too tuckered out from your trip to put your review up before I head out there myself on Labor Day. Can't wait to hear what you think of PH so I know what to expect. While I know everyone has their own opinions and expereiences your review of the hotel and island should be the most accurate and up to date for us. So excited for you. Have a wonderful time.
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