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Safety Concerns?

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Safety Concerns?

My wife and I are taking our first trip to Orient Beach in May. Are there any suggestions concerning safety or crime. Thanks in advance.

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61. Re: Safety Concerns?

Make sure you visit some of the other great beaches. Friar's Bay Beach Cafe in Friar's Bay offers free chairs if you buy lunch there and the food is excellent. Also, take the ferry to Pinel Island. Both places are very secure. A note though, don't leave anything in your car when you park for the ferry to Pinel. There are also two very nice brand new places at Nettle Bay, Dream and Sand.

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62. Re: Safety Concerns?

Fair enough to have noted our travels, and we have been fotunate. But, my point was that diligence is advised in many places, and not only in developing countries, that leaving anything in cars is unfortunately " asking for trouble" and that ignoring that can have nasty repercussions. I am very sorry for your experience and hope that further travels will be more positive.

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64. Re: Safety Concerns?

I took my family to the Big Island in Hawaii 2 years ago. We rented a car and were told the situation there is similar to what you discuss here. Don't leave anything in your car, leave the doors unlocked so they don't break the windows, etc. They said the telltail sign is if there is broken glass all over the parking lot. We certainly did see broken glass.

Mind you, this advice was for beach parking lots up and down the coast, not for "the busiest road in town", but still...

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65. Re: Safety Concerns?

We went to Maui two years ago and the safety "problem" sounded identical to what you read about St Martin. Had a great time there also. The only petty theft problem we have ever experienced was when we left an IPOD on the seat of the plane when disembarking at SXM. It apparently was snapped up by a fellow vacationer in the few minutes before we realized. If you take normal precautions you are probably as safe as in the US.

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66. Re: Safety Concerns?

I'm making my first trip to St Martin. My wife has to save her vacation time for later in the year so I'm traveling alone (male, age 59). To keep costs down I've rented a studio in Mt Vernon for the first 2 weeks in April.

I don't plan to cook much, or rent a car. I figure I'll walk down to the Club O end every day, and eat supper in beach restaurants on the way back to Mt Vernon. I see sunset is at about 6:30. I know it gets dark quite quickly. Clearly, walking alone down the beach in the dark is not a good idea. I had thought I'd be eating at Boo Boo Jam often, but I see now that it has burned down.

What are my options other than eating at 5pm? Would a taxi driver be annoyed by a relatively short ride? What would it cost? Is it safe to walk back to Mt Vernon on the road that I think runs parallel to the beach all the way?

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67. Re: Safety Concerns?

Dining options

There is no parallel road and you would have to walk all the way out to the main road-not possible

There are two restaurants on the road in which are not too far

Le Tatu (sp?) which is not too expensive and Sol E Luna which is gourmet and priced accordingly

Just a little further than Boo Boo Jams is Palm Beach club which is upscale

There is a Pizza place at Mt Vernon

If you are cabbing it you might go to Grand Case instead of Orient Village-probably about the same cost but you can eat at the LoLo's for $10-15

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68. Re: Safety Concerns?

Car theft increase tests Gendarmerie resources

thedailyherald.com/islands/1-islands-news/36…

Gang pulls off five robberies in 1 day

thedailyherald.com/islands/1-islands-news/36…

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69. Re: Safety Concerns?

From Erich Kranz' current newsletter

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Crime/Traffic: The Gendarmes stopped 115 motorists in the Bellevue roundabout between 1:00 to 5:00AM on Sunday morning, finding 13 under the influence. The head of the gendarmerie announced that his priority was drunken driving. The limit on the French side is 0.05 BAC versus 0.08 in the US. That's about 2.5 drinks for a 150 lb man and then one per hour thereafter. It's proportional to weight and that alone should dictate that women should drink less, but they also lack an enzyme that helps metabolize alcohol.

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70. Re: Safety Concerns?

We just got back from Orient Beach a few weeks ago. We walked the beach and plaza at night and was completely safe. We actually saw alot of police woman and men all over in st.martin.

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