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What are the pros and cons of staying on the French and...

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What are the pros and cons of staying on the French and...

We are contemplating St Martin as our next vacation spot. Is there anyone who could give us feedback that could help us determine where on the island we would most like to stay. We are not big on night life but do enjoy relaxing days on the beach, some day excursions and exploring nearby towns ect. Any advice would be greatly appreciated.

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1. Re: What are the pros and cons of staying on the French and...

Then I would stay on the French side. Quieter, not alot of nightlife. Excursions available. Rent a car and explore during the day.

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We just got back from St. Martin's our home base was La Flamboyant hotel on the French side the rooms were very clean and the food was good. Bar not bad. We're not much for the night life either. But we found this place really good for the price. There are some day excursion but you have to book 24hours ahead. (We had an all inclusive package the only way to go).

I would suggest that you rent a car 46US a day with insurance cheaper by the week and this way you can tour the beaches if the wind picks up go to the Dutch side (Phillsburg). Better protected

The french side is more open so the waves are higher.

Orient Bay was great for swimming but to buy expensive water 6US a litre sandwich and fries 19US beer was 6US to rent a chair 21US (red chairs)go further down to where the yellow chairs are on the beach big saving 8US a day.

The Dutch side was cheaper for food 10-12US for a full meal and drinks 2 beers for 3US big difference for the same food and drinks.

Chairs 8US or 10US with 2 beers.

Mullet Bay was quite nice also Dutch side.

Baie rouge french side waves really high not great for swimming.

Fryers Bay not bad but lots of rocks.

The French side was a bit more expensive because the money is in Euro.

The town of Margot was expensive compared to Phillsburg they sell the same stuff so Phillsburg would be my choice never pay the price that there asking you can bring them down quite a bit.

My husband and I had a great vacations there and would go back in a flash.

Any other question feel free to ask I'll answer the best I can.

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3. Re: What are the pros and cons of staying on the French and...

Thanks for the feedback. Would you suggest staying on the Dutch side and maybe exploring the French side of the island.

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If you don't want to travel around by car Dutch side is your best bet. For shopping I perfer the Dutch side. For food if your out Dutch side. The only beach I found for swimming on the French side which is optional clothing is orient beach. The other beaches are nice but the waves were to high for me they swept me off my feet the under tow is something else.

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5. Re: What are the pros and cons of staying on the French and...

We have stayed on both the Dutch and the French side and prefer the Dutch for several reasons.

We aren't into "night life" too much either, but like to go to the casinos and out to have a few drinks after dinner. If you are on the Dutch side, there is so much to do and so many different restaurants, that you can leave your car at the resort at night and walk to where you want to go.

We always rent a car and go to Orient Beach during the day or shopping in Phillipsburg.

I found the French side more expensive to eat, for the most part, but I would NEVER go all-inclusive in St. Martin.

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6. Re: What are the pros and cons of staying on the French and...

Ditto Loanlady. We don't do casinos, but like to just hang out for a few hours after dinner. Prefer Dutch in the evening for that, so we stay there.

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7. Re: What are the pros and cons of staying on the French and...

What are the reasons you wouldn't op for an all inclusive? It doesn't appear that many of the tour operators offer much during the summer season. Has anyone stayed at the Maho Beach Resort? Any suggestions as to the best places to stay.

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8. Re: What are the pros and cons of staying on the French and...

Hi!

St. Martin has too much to offer by way of superb dining options. You will find much better dining on the French side but the FS is also much more expensive. The Dutch side feels kind of tacky to be honest, a concrete jungle atmosphere with casinos and buildings piled one on top of the next. We do not like the Dutch side for much else than duty free shopping in Philipsburg. Orient beach is the most popular beach destination and the clothing optional section is separated from the textile beach. It is of my opinion that the better accommodations are also on the French side. We have stayed at several nice hotels (Mercure Simpson, Nettle Bay, L'Hoste). My folks stayed twice on the Dutch side as well and still prefer the European flair and upscale nature of the French side. It all comes down to budget and what is important to you while on vacation.

Nakkie

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9. Re: What are the pros and cons of staying on the French and...

Thanks all for the feedback. This helps us narrow down where to stay and what to expect. Sounds like a great holiday destination and we are really looking forward to experiencing this island.

HappySmurf

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10. Re: What are the pros and cons of staying on the French and...

Definitely stay on the dutch side. we were treated like crap by the french.