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14 hours ago, KLAconQueso said:

SOLD! We're planning on doing something similar in Marigot - locating a French cafe for a slice of baguette and a coffee. 

We were thinking about hanging around Phillipsburg and walking back to the ship ourselves rather than getting dropped off - is there a fair amount of beachfront bars in walking distance that we could plant ourselves at for an hour or so before going back? If so, any recommendations? It's our first time to SXM! 

Several bars on the boardwalk. I didn't go in any of those, so I can't vouch for the food and drinks there. One that stands out in my memory, only for the name, was the "Blue Bitch Bar." 

 

Eric Reeves

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Free refills is an American thing.. You need to ask if refills are free in any country outside the US..

Side issue, but when we travel back to the UK my wife is always having to ask for a large glass of water and ice.. and constant refills.. it is kinda funny seeing non pub places looking for a large glass.

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5 hours ago, ericreev said:

Several bars on the boardwalk. I didn't go in any of those, so I can't vouch for the food and drinks there. One that stands out in my memory, only for the name, was the "Blue Bitch Bar." 

 

Eric Reeves

I’ve heard of that one - unfortunately, we will be in SXM on a Sunday and I do know they are closed on Sundays. 

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On 2/9/2018 at 10:16 AM, Dannyor40 said:

I just want to see what everyone's favorite beach is in St. Maarten. It sounds like the French side is still recovering from Irma. Pros and cons? Thanks

We like to go to Pinel Island. Irma pretty much destroyed the two beach resorts there, but from what I read a couple of weeks ago it seems they are pretty much back up and running.

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17 hours ago, KLAconQueso said:

I’ve heard of that one - unfortunately, we will be in SXM on a Sunday and I do know they are closed on Sundays. 

 Plan on taking a taxi over to Orient beach. I had an excellent lunch right there on th beach last time I was there( red snapper I believe.) 

 

Eric Reeves

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On 2/9/2018 at 1:08 PM, KLAconQueso said:

Probably not exactly what you're looking for, but we're going on a Bernards SXM Tour when we go to the island in a couple weeks. It takes you around both sides of the options and I think one of the tour variants offers a beach stop. When they drop you off, you have the option to stay at the downtown area rather than go back to the ship so you get a bit more time to explore on your own. They have great reviews, but I'll be happy to share my own feedback once we go! 

http://www.bernardstours.com/

 

On 2/9/2018 at 1:46 PM, Floski said:

We did this tour in '16 and it was fantastic.  Although my back was absolutely killing me, I still had a great time.  Going to Maho and getting some video of arriving airplanes was a bucket list moment.  Marigot was very nice, and we had time to eat a nice French lunch (of course with macaroons, silly!) and a little time to walk around.

 

They also have Caribs and mixed drinks on the bus!

 

I've heard nothing but good things about Bernard's tours, so it looks as if I'm going to book one for my Adventure cruise in December. I'm on the website right now, did you guys book tour #1 or #2? Thanks! 

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Just now, accio7 said:

 

I've heard nothing but good things about Bernard's tours, so it looks as if I'm going to book one for my Adventure cruise in December. I'm on the website right now, did you guys book tour #1 or #2? Thanks! 

We booked tour #1 - I'll be live blogging here on the forums when I'm on board the week of the 24th, so I'll be sure to take pictures and share whatever feedback I can! 

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2 minutes ago, KLAconQueso said:

We booked tour #1 - I'll be live blogging here on the forums when I'm on board the week of the 24th, so I'll be sure to take pictures and share whatever feedback I can! 

That's awesome, thanks! I'm currently reading @twangster's live blog posting from St. Maarten that he linked earlier in this thread and getting excited for this December cruise :)

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23 minutes ago, KLAconQueso said:

We booked tour #1 - I'll be live blogging here on the forums when I'm on board the week of the 24th, so I'll be sure to take pictures and share whatever feedback I can! 

We booked tour #1 also, but for February 28th while on the Oasis.  This will be our first time to use Bernard's Tours, but have heard many good things.  Hopefully will be a good way to see some of the recovery efforts and boost the local economy.

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4 minutes ago, SouthernYankee said:

We booked tour #1 also, but for February 28th while on the Oasis.  This will be our first time to use Bernard's Tours, but have heard many good things.  Hopefully will be a good way to see some of the recovery efforts and boost the local economy.

Oh, how exciting! Three days after us! :) Have a great cruise! 

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1 hour ago, accio7 said:

 

I've heard nothing but good things about Bernard's tours, so it looks as if I'm going to book one for my Adventure cruise in December. I'm on the website right now, did you guys book tour #1 or #2? Thanks! 

We did tour #2. 

 

It was fab.  I believe there were about 4-5 stops, including a good while at Maho Beach.  Sadly, the weather on Orient wasn't as good when we got there - overcast.  The driver was super cool.

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Has anyone done the ATV tour? I was trying to decide if that would be a good option too. I enjoyed it when I was in Mexico and the tour guide knew I rode motocross and we would race to each little intersection and wait for the others to join. Then they said no sharp turns and the first thing my dad did was tip his lol. Last time I was in Mexico we only got the dune buggy that the shifter broke off while I was driving lol. So was looking forward to getting on another again but wasn't sure if it was just a boring ride or if they let you have a little fun at some point. 

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I read on one of the RC facebook pages that the French side of Ste. Martin, including Marigot, was really hit hard by the hurricanes,

and that a lot of shops and restaurants in the city are still closed, and the beaches have been decimated with erosion.

 

Can anyone support/refute this?  I'm looking at Nov to go back, but really want to hit Marigot and Orient Beach.  Of course, there's 

nothing to guarantee that they won't be hit again this season (praying not).

 

Thanks

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Something I did the two times my cruises stopped in St Maarten.. I rented a jeep both times.  Think it's all of 13 miles completely around the island.. did a complete island tour, driving around..  Car / Jeep gives you flexibility to check out both countries.  Can swing by that airport and see planes landing.. Check out lunch in Marigot.  Hit a little of Orient Beach.. Just something to consider. Almost impossible to get lost.. 

In fact Orient Beach has two of my favorite stories while on cruises. 

First time there was on my honeymoon.. made it to Orient Beach.. stayed on the north end of beach.. just topless.. new wife and I decided to take a nice little walk up the beach away from the crowd..   As we're  walking up the beach, out of the water, bronzed and glistening, walking out of the water a young topless lady of twenty something.. For you older folks, picture Bo Derek, just a little younger and better endowed.  Wife goes holy sh*t.. Now being a newly wed I amazed myself..actually kept my mouth shut..  On way back past where she was sunning.. 3 guys coming in other direction, they glanced over and damn near tripped over each other staring.

Second time.. completely different experience..  Went to get a few drinks at one of the bars there.. just as we walk forward an OLD man, over 70, stepped in front of my wife and friend we met on cruise..  The gentleman was from the "clothing optional" side.. All he was wearing was a black fish net sarong..  All you hear from my wife, please don't turn around, please don't turn around.. yep.. she was seeing a wrinkle old bare ass man.. 

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New to cruising but not to St. Martin - if you like laid back beaches and good food, my favorite places are Karibuni on Pinel Island (https://www.tripadvisor.com/Restaurant_Review-g12673480-d2236618-Reviews-Restaurant_Le_Karibuni-Pinel_Island_Saint_Martin_St_Martin_St_Maarten.html) and Friar's Bay Beach Cafe (between Marigot and Grand Case): https://www.tripadvisor.com/Restaurant_Review-g3216454-d1758833-Reviews-Friars_Bay_Beach_Cafe-La_Savane_Saint_Martin_St_Martin_St_Maarten.html. You should be able to get cabs to either place, and arrange for pickup with your driver. Friar's Bay used to have a nice hiking trail to Happy Bay but I'm not sure what Irma did to it. Happy Bay is accessible by boat and on foot, and there are no facilities.

On the more luxe side, Loterie Farm is gorgeous and there's probably an excursion. No beach but a really nice pool/jungle complex. http://loteriefarm.com

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