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Which part of the island to stay in???

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Which part of the island to stay in???

My boyfriend and I are planning our first trip to St. Martin in November. I am not sure which area of the island would be best for us to stay. We are a young (30ish) couple, love restaraunts, bars, etc, enjoy being out and about over lounging on a beach (but would also like the option of being close to the beach). We don't mind having to take taxi's to various areas but also don't want to break the bank with transportation. If anyone has any recommendations on which area to stay in it would be greatly appreciated.

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1. Re: Which part of the island to stay in???

We are also going in November and this is what I have learned: The Dutch side is the night life side - clubs and more happenings. The French side is considered by some to be the 'better' side thought I don't know why! You can choose to rent an apartment, condo or small villa and in these, you are self sufficient. Villas all have pools as do some condos. If you like to surf, the best bet is Guana Bay apparently (D side). Have a great time!

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Most likely the Simpson Bay area with its nighlife would be best for you. Lots of restaurants and casino action nearby that you can walk on over. Hotels in the area include Flamingo, La Vista. Atrium, Royal Palm...try renting a timeshare for accommodations more like home and for less money..

L'Embouchure or Galion Beach is well know for windsurfing activities and is next to Orient Beach, a short stroll away.

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3. Re: Which part of the island to stay in???

Grand Case is a good option for restaurants, but no for clubs. Also is a quiet, nice place to stay. If you are not renting a car, transportation could be an issue.

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4. Re: Which part of the island to stay in???

simpson bay area all the way. lots of bars, rest, and a couple of beaches. not too far from maho as well. look into a car for sure. usually you can get one for a couple hundred bucks or less. it is well worth it vs. taking taxis everywhere.

i also second the recommendation to look into renting a timeshare unit to stay in. there are tons of nice units avail on the island. it is awsome having a kitchen with a fridge to have access to easy snacks and beverages whenever you want. we usually do brkfst and luches in the room and go ut for most dinners.

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We're looking for an ocean front villa/condo with calm waters. Which side of the island is that?

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def not the east side for calm waters. a lot of condos should be avail in the simpson bay area. the big beach there is usually calm. mullet bay is a great calm beach to visit but i am not sure if there are any condos on that beach. i don't think there are. some are close by though. but maybe things have changed.

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Here are the beaches, if you see one or more of interest let us know and we can advise on accommodations.

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http://www.sxm-beaches.com/

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You can find calm waters on all sides - many protected bays make this possible.

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They're all lovely. Our requirements really are - close to a town for a little shopping/restaurants/grocery store, and an oceanfront accomodation, with at least 3 - if not 4 bedrooms and calm swimable seas. I'm not familiar with the island at all, with the exception of the airport for layovers. The Maho/airport/noise location is not very appealing. I don't really have a preference for French vs. Dutch. It's 5 ladies doing the trip...so safety is always a concern.

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http://www.thevillasongreatbay.com/

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this one is close to town but is only 2 BR, ocean front and you can walk into Philipsburg.

There are many 3BR, 4BR but not near to town.

Edited: 8:19 pm, June 18, 2012
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10. Re: Which part of the island to stay in???

Other options include Orient Beach, everything except it is not near town, ocean front hotels, villas very near the beach, dining, secure residential park, upscale,

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My wife and I have always liked Orient Beach because there is a lot of daytime beach activity and things quiet down at night but you still have bars/restaurants open for dinner.

There are quite a few restaurants and bars in Orient Village. Safari Grill (French), Ti Chi (Asian), Le Piment (pizza, casual dining), Cote Plage (French),Little Itale (pasta) Across the street is Paris Texas, a Tex/Mex place w/bar, and Tap 5 for pizza and other light meals. Le Cadre serves mostly tapas. Additionally right outside Orient complex on the main road is Rancho Del Sol for dinner and drinks.

In the Orient complex is also Cafe Plantation, and L'Astroble at the Esmeralda resort. They are both very good and more upscale.

Several beach bars have parties at night during high season - Waikiki, Budha Bar at Bikini, Kontiki and Boo Boo Jams, Aloha for lunch. Pedros for BBQ and more..

.There is an ATM located at the gas station in Grand Case on the main road down the hill from the police station as you are coming into town from Marigot and there is also one on the main road to Anse Marcel. Restaurants like tips to be paid in cash even when a credit card is used. It is a good idea to have some USD or Euro handy.

Edited: 8:30 pm, June 18, 2012
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