Hi all! Please bear with me, I'm posting from my phone.
My post is not to start any kind of debate about crime and safety, it's merely to get helpful information on the particulars of being safe in St Martin. Lately I've been reading about the crime in Saint Martin.
We're pretty savvy travelers and have been all over the Caribbean in the United States. We do exercise common sense when traveling, however these recent stories I've been reading are a bit disconcerting.
I googled "crime in St Maarten" and I read all kinds of things on the internet. Some people say it is a crime ridden Island and, in some travel forums, people who live there work there,own , or have vested interests, on the island try to whitewash what's really going on, because it is in their best interests to portray St Martin as a safe tourist destination.
I am hearing things like don't travel to Grand Case at night and don't go to Phillipsburg after 4 pm, don't walk the beaches at night, and don't rent cars on the Dutch side because it makes you targets, etc
With that being said were looking very forward to our trip and will take all of the necessary precautions that we feel should be taken when traveling. Common sense things like leaving the jewelry at home not flashing money for Kara around expensive electronics. We are however renting a car and are staying at the Bellair Beach Resort which we understand is on a quiet beach in Little Bay.
So for those of you in the know can you please give me some realzworld advice that I haven't already outlined above on looking out for our safety in St Martin?
Any advice would be sincerely appreciated namely what areas to avoid when to avoid them and what type of precautions we should take. I know it sounds like I'm being overly cautious here but I'm traveling with my lovely wife and her safety is paramount.
Thank you very much!