Last month, my wife and I spent a week at the Sol Hotel in Oyster Pond. It was our first visit to St. Martin. We will return!! We loved Oyster Pond!! But first, let me point out a problem with the title of this section of Tripadvisor of St-Martin. The title is: "Oyster Pond: Marigot". This is an error. Oyster Pond is not in Marigot. Marigot is a city on the West side of the island. Oyster Pond is a small section on the East side of the island. They couldn't be farther apart and still be on the island. Look at a map and you will see this!
Now for my review of Oyster Pond. When my wife and I decided to come to St. Martin, we had no knowledge of the island. We didn't know how different that the various parts of the island are. Phillipsburg, Marigot, Cupecoy, Terres Basses, Anse Marcel, Grand Case, Simpson Bay, etc etc etc are all very different in their personalities. Some are crowded. Some are quiet and secluded. Some are very very rich. Terres Basses has homes worth close to $100 Million dollars. Simpson Bay has private yachts that are among the biggest and most expensive in the world. The areas around it are there to serve the very rich. Phillipsburg looks to be a very poor city, except for the many diamond stores. Cupecoy has a new, nicely built-up area. Marigot is an upscale shopping center for clothing and other items. Grand Case seems to have as many restaurants as a major city, including some of the best and most expensive on the island, but Grand Case definitely does not have an upscale feel to it.
In one week, my wife and I visited almost every town and area and beach on both sides of the island. We concluded that our decision to stay at Oyster Pond was a great one, although it was entirely made at random. We decided on the small hotel called Sol Hotel because of its great reviews and moderate price, but we had no idea of the personality of Oyster Pond
Oyster Pond is unique on the island. It is rather small, and has far fewer restaurants than Grand Case, and no shops. It is a quiet place. It is a place where many of the French people live, who remain on the island all year long. There are a two handfuls of excellent restaurants, and the prices are moderate at almost all of them. While it is small, it has two completely separate parts. It has a French Side, and a Dutch Side. The Dutch Side has the Westin Hotel, which has the beautiful Dawn Beach, which like all beaches on St. Martin, is open to all. It is one of the best beaches on the island. You can drive to the Westin, park in their lot, and go to Dawn Beach. The only problem with the Westin is that there are lots of people trying to sell you a "time share". There is another section to the Dutch Side, which has restaurants, both fancy "Big Fish", and very relaxed. There is even a Lolo Locally Owned, Locally Operated) place to eat on the beach.
On the French Side, you will find Capt. Olivers, which is a big, but aging hotel with moderate prices, and a great restaurant, and a wonderful bar, the Dinghy Dock, which has big portions of good bar food, and a great atmosphere. There is Mama Pizza, which has excellent pizza, and the BZH Creperie (a place the locals go to), restaurants like the Planteur and L'Oasis, which are excellent French restaurants. There is a few small, reasonably priced hotels such as the Sol Hotel, and Les Balcons d'Oyster Pond. They are quiet, restful, and the views are spectacular. You can walk to Aux Pains d'Epices to buy croissants and other things for breakfast on your hotel terrace.
Every day we travelled to at least two other places on the Island. While it is off of the "major highway" that goes around the island, one can get from Oyster Pond to that major road in five minutes, and from there, you can get to any other place on the island in less than 45 minutes, unless you go in rush hour.
I hope you get the idea that my wife and I found Oyster Pond a great place to serve as the center of our life on the island for a week. If you want lots of action, and lots of people, and lots of shops, then you might want to stay elsewhere on the island.
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