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St. Martin/ St. Maarten- around the island

Jun 28, 2007  Tips I got from those who frequent the island
3.0 of 5 bubbles based on 5 votes

What to do around the island

  • Explore locations featured in this Trip List: Philipsburg, Grand Case, Quartier D'Orleans, Marigot
  • Category: Best of
  • Traveler type: Shopping, Never been before, Repeat visitors, Beachgoers
  • Appeals to: Couples/romantics, Honeymooners, Singles, Families with small children, Families with teenagers, Budget travelers, Tourists
  • Seasons: Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall
  • 1. Philipsburg
    Philipsburg, Sint Maarten

    Best place to shop on the island- especially for diamonds and knock-off purses. Get there early for good free parking or you will be walking, walking, walking. Paid parking is very reasonable. If you don't want to be hassled in the stores, go when the cruise ships dock- they are so busy you can browse in peace. Never buy for the list price and shop around!

  • 2. Cheri's Cafe

    Get there before 8:30 for a good seat for the show. If you don't want a lap dance from the large "woman" avoid the front table. Street show starts at 9:00 om nightly- bar seats give the best view for both. Great place for kids- friendly and fun.

  • 3. Grand Case
    Grand Case, Saint-Martin

    Best restaurants on the island. Le California is wonderful! (tip here not included). Le tastevin is okay. Check menu wherever you go to see whether the tip is included- it usually is. For the lolos- Talk of the Town has excellent ribs, chicken and shrimp. Extremely reasonable! Stay to watch the boat races.

  • 4. Atlantis Casino, Sint Maarten

    Sign up for the member card as soon as you get there- it's free and only requires a driver's license. It gets you either $10 at the tables or at the machines. You match it with $10 of your own- so essentially free $10.

  • 5. Le Galion Beach
    Le Galion Beach, Quartier D'Orleans, Saint-Martin

    Bring a swimfloat and just float around all day- no waves whatsoever. Almost completely private and right next to Orient Beach if you decide you want to do some sporting. Great for kids! Avoid it on Sunday as the locals set up for the whole day and you'll never get a spot much less peace. Make Sunday a pool day because nothing is open.

  • 6. Marigot
    Marigot, Saint-Martin

    Go wednesday for the West Indies market. It was ridiculously hot the day I went but still worth it. Go early for good parking and stop by a cafe for a croissant and cafe au lait. Order in French or English. Great place to get a painted print. Heard La Vie en Rose is a great place to eat but did not go myself.

  • 7. The Boathouse Restaurant

    Great place to eat in Simpson Bay. Good prices and exceptional quality- great view. The Pasta Cafe is alright too. TIp is included. Make sure you always check the menu for this. If it's not there- don't be afraid to ask.

  • 8. Bavaria

    Great restaurant! It was closed on this visit - will open in July- but what a great place! Really authentic, really yummy. Don't miss out- in Simpson Bay.