Modesto2 From United States of America, joined Jul 2000, 2898 posts, RR: 5 Posted (8 years 8 months 1 week 4 days 2 hours ago) and read 2456 times:
I'm planning to nonrev to SXM for a day or two of spotting and relaxing. For those of who have been there, what are good hotels in the area and any tips about places to go and things to do at Maho Beach? Any other info is appreciated. Thanks!
TOLtommy From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 3501 posts, RR: 5
Reply 1, posted (8 years 8 months 1 week 4 days 2 hours ago) and read 2445 times:
Honestly, the French side of the island is a bit nicer. Phillipsburg is a busy town when the cruise ships are in. Marigot has a nice harbor with restauarants all around it. Grand Case was once the gourmet capital of the caribbean. It got pounded pretty good by a hurricane 15 years ago, never quite regained its status. But the main street thru the village still has many very nice restaurants. As as much fun as it is to watch planes land at Maho Beach, the scenery on Orient Beach is much much better!
Iahflyr From United States of America, joined Jun 2005, 4790 posts, RR: 21
Reply 3, posted (8 years 8 months 1 week 3 days 22 hours ago) and read 2315 times:
Dude, just take a towel and stay on the beach! Enjoy, it is a true wonderful island with many fun things to do. I am betting you aren't airplane spotting!!!! Don't forget to visit Marigo and have some local fresh grilled lobster and that island beverage (are you really old enough to drink adult beverages )they are famous for, only now my old age won't remember what it's called!
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If you overlook the hicky throws and decor - the units are clean and a fraction of the cost of the large hotels near Maho Beach.
It's on Simpson Bay, the opposite side of the runway from the Terminal and you can throw a stone from your room into the sea!! The beach is beautiful and sipping a cocktail or beer there in the evenings as you watch the sunset is just heaven! There's also a BBQ and equipment but if you're not up for self catering, there's a great selection of bars and restaurants just a short walk away in Simpson Bay itself.
PS: whatever you do, please don't spend the whole trip in the Sunset Bar - there's more to St Maarten than an airport!