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Traveling 11/-11/6

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Mt Laurel, NJ
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Traveling 11/-11/6

First, I'd like to thank everyone who has offered so much advice on this board. It has been priceless.

So, my story. My husand and I are celebrating our 1 year wedding anniversary in St Martin. We're booked in Le Petit Hotel in Grand Case and we're very excited!

Our trip is short, but we want to make the most of our stay. We really can't sit around (as much as we should and would like to - we just have ants in our pants). I figure we'll sit on our beach the first day and grab dinner. Day 2 and Day 3 will be full days on the island so we'd like to see all we can. One of these days we MUST go to Anguilla. Only problem is - my hubby and I both get sea sick... is the ferry long and rough?

The other full day we'd like to explore the St Martin's beaches... we have a list of: Friars Bay (hike to Happy Bay), Cupecoy, Mullet Bay, Baie Rouge, Petit Plague, and Orient.. I'm not really feeling Orient right now though because we're not looking for a lot of action. I'll be 4 months pregnant and won't be doing a lot of drinking or water sports. We would like some beautiful scenery, great locations for pictures and walks.... opinions on doing Pinel Island and Prickley Pear?

Since we're only traveling around for two days really (and out for 3 dinners) we figured we'd just taxi it. Probably going to cost a little more, but I don't want to be bothered with a car.

So, I guess I'm just looking for an insiders opinion on what's doable in two full days. I really want to see Anguilla, so the rest will have to revolve around that. (Also, is the ferry expensive?). I want to take some great pictures, so please offer your opinions... thanks!

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Sorry - dates are 11/9-11/12.. not that it makes a difference. Just shows we have two full days and two "half" days.

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Sounds like way too much running. If you are doing Anguilla one day and have only one other day left I don't see how you can do Pinel or Prickley and still see island beaches. Anguilla is a 20 minute ferry ride but you have to get to Marigot and it will be an all day affair. Orient is beautiful and very close to where you are staying and Petit Plage is also very close. Orient beach has restaurant/bars but you really can just chill on the beach if you don't want to party. If you are taking cabs and stopping at numerous beaches it will cost you a small fortune.

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You are right to avoid Orient Beach - I really don't know why everyone raves about it (unless you are young, free and single) its not romantic and too busy. Go to Petit Plague beach and relax. You put up your flag and the boys will bring you a drink from the Sunset Cafe. Also book a table there for dinner - it is very very romantic and the food is superb.

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If you get seasick and are pregnant I really would reconsider going to Anguilla - there is lots to see in St Maarten, if you are suffering on the boat you just won't enjoy yourself. The market in Marigot is a good day out from Grand Case, you can even catch a bus there and they are very frequent. Also Marigot has some fabulous designer baby shops. St Phillipsberg is a shoppers paradise for jewellery and electrical goods. As it's your first wedding anniversary you could both grab yourselves a bargin present. Go on a day the cruise ships haven't been in and just before closing. One of my friends bought a fantastic Sony digital camera that retails in the UK for £300 ($550) for only $150. The jewellery and watches are fabulous and again a fraction of the price of the UK and US.

Have a wonderful holiday - and treasure the romance together.

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my 2 cents - forget Anguilla this time around, you're just not there long enough to do that much running around. Truth be told, its the same beaches, climate and flora you'll find on St. Martin, just a lot quieter. With only 4 days, Here's what I would do:

First and last day are travel days so hang locally, the beach at Grand Case Beach Club is very nice (the one outside Petit Hotel is small and comes and goes with the tide). Pool at L'Esplenade is beautiful. maybe sample a lolo like Talk of the Town for dinner.

Day 2 - rent a car, drive to Friars Bay, spend the morning there. Drive to Mullet Bay and have lunch, spend late afternoon. Then onto Maho area for sunset at sunset beach bar. From here you can go back to hotel, rest, shower, etc., Drive into Marigot Marina for dinner and then to Casino Royale for a little gambling, after that check out the show at Cheri's next door.

Day 3 - If u want to take a day trip, Ilet Pinel will more than suffice, When u get back, have a drink at one of the restaurants on Orient. that night dine in Grand Case.

Last day, get up nice breakfast at Sunset Cafe, pack and spend the last few hours at beach/pool by hotel - or if theres time cruise into Marigot or Philipsberg for last minute shopping on your way out.

Lastly, don't forget, I believe you have rights at the L'Esplenade pool - beautiful, nice for a late afternoon drink.

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