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St. Maarten - What To Do, Really  
User currently offlineJush From Germany, joined Apr 2005, 1636 posts, RR: 3
Posted (8 years 8 months 1 week 2 days 15 hours ago) and read 1920 times:

Hi A.netters!

Hope everything is alright and happy Easter to all of you who celebrate it.

I just wondered why someone chooses to go to St. Maarten for a holiday.
I mean I know Maho beach is fantastic for spotting but well you can't do it all holiday long.
So what can you do, really cause Maho beach doesn't look that nice really to do the standard beach things like enjoying the sun and having a swim in the water.
Furthermore, the island is not very big and one could wonder is there anything to see/do?


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It seems to me that if you have seen the big ones depart and land you have nothing else to do there. Correct?

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jush


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User currently offlineAirPacific747 From Denmark, joined May 2008, 2476 posts, RR: 24
Reply 1, posted (8 years 8 months 1 week 2 days 15 hours ago) and read 1914 times:

I have never been there, but I have been to Mallorca once. Well then tell me what is so great about Mallorca. I am sure that the beaches on Mallorca are not nicer than the ones on St. Maarten. Also, there must be other beaches on St. Maarten that are nicer than Maho beach. There are probably also a few "must see" spots on the island when you get tired of sunbathing and swimming in the sea/pool

User currently offlineNeilYYZ From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (8 years 8 months 1 week 2 days 15 hours ago) and read 1914 times:

I stopped off there on a cruise with my family in 2003, I went to Maho to spot the planes while my sister and parents did some shopping in town. They seemed to feel that there were a few shops that were alright, but I think my dad at least would have prefered to stay on the beach and watch the planes fly overhead. They said that one day there was enough, I agreed, I enjoyed the spotting, but I couldn't do it all week long, although if you were at an all inclusive resort on the island that could be an entirely different story.

User currently offlineLHMARK From United States of America, joined Jan 2000, 7255 posts, RR: 46
Reply 3, posted (8 years 8 months 1 week 2 days 15 hours ago) and read 1905 times:

You can pick up topless women at the Sunset Beach Bar. That'll kill an afternoon.


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User currently offlineCVG72 From United States of America, joined Feb 2006, 167 posts, RR: 1
Reply 4, posted (8 years 8 months 1 week 2 days 14 hours ago) and read 1881 times:

Go over on the French side at Orient Beach and just sit, relax, and watch the pretty girls go by. If that doesn't float your boat, you could go down to Phillipsburg and shop. And best of all, you can spot.

If you have one full day in SXM, here's where you should eat:

Breakfast: "Zee Best" A little crepe stand near the marina in Marigot.

Lunch: Street vendors, or people with "Lo-Los."

Dinner:"Le Tastevin" A very nice French restaraunt in Grande Case. If I had a choice, I'd eat there every night of my life.

Hope this helps a little.

CVG72



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User currently offlineBoeingfanyyz From Canada, joined Jul 2005, 991 posts, RR: 2
Reply 5, posted (8 years 8 months 1 week 2 days 13 hours ago) and read 1842 times:

Dont forget that there are tons of resorts (many all-inclusives) which are there for non-av folks who want a peaceful holiday and not the sight of a KL 744 rushing 300 feet about their head!

Cheers,
Boeingfanyyz  airplane 



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User currently offlineDAL767400ER From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 6, posted (8 years 8 months 1 week 2 days 13 hours ago) and read 1839 times:

Quoting LHMARK (Reply 3):
You can pick up topless women at the Sunset Beach Bar.

You're talking about A.Netters here, remember that  Wink .


User currently offlineLnglive1011yyz From Canada, joined Oct 2003, 1608 posts, RR: 15
Reply 7, posted (8 years 8 months 1 week 2 days 8 hours ago) and read 1785 times:

Quoting Jush (Thread starter):
I just wondered why someone chooses to go to St. Maarten for a holiday.
I mean I know Maho beach is fantastic for spotting but well you can't do it all holiday long.

Why not?

I'm the type of traveller who likes to just sit on the beach, with a cabana over me, with a nice book, and a pina colada in my hand. That's it.

Maho Beach is my perfect idea of a trip, at this point in my life.

1011yyz



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User currently offlineLSPA From Switzerland, joined Jan 2006, 190 posts, RR: 4
Reply 8, posted (8 years 8 months 1 week 2 days 8 hours ago) and read 1775 times:

for av-fans st.marteen is kinda like the vatican for pilgrims. a must-go. for the rest of the time just sit on the beach, get a tan or sunburn and enjoy life! i've never been there but i definetly want to go.


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User currently offlineCxsjr From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 9, posted (8 years 8 months 1 week 2 days 6 hours ago) and read 1754 times:

Quoting Jush (Thread starter):
I mean I know Maho beach is fantastic for spotting but well you can't do it all holiday long

.... oh, believe me, some people spend the whole of their trips there from morning through night!  Yeah sure

When I visited, I went to Maho twice and the remainder of the time, we toured around the island. The beaches are OK and the water is clean but unless you're into big hotels, the nightlife is limited. We stayed in a guest house on Simpson Bay and had BBQ's on the beach at night with endless alcohol which was big fun Big grin

But you must be careful. I accidentally left my Canon Ixus camera in the centre console of the car for no more than 10 minutes at an extremely remote spot with not a soul in sight ... you know what's coming ... when we got back to the car, the camera was gone!

I have to say, I've been once and whilst I thoroughly enjoyed it, it's not on my list of places to go back to.


User currently offlineHBIHLtoEZE From Switzerland, joined Aug 2004, 282 posts, RR: 2
Reply 10, posted (8 years 8 months 1 week 2 days 6 hours ago) and read 1750 times:

Given that this is part of an aviation forum there is plenty to do - watching, experiencing, feeling, picturing and almost touching the planes coming over maho beach...

However, SXM has something else to offer: it is the party spot No 1 in the West Indies (that's what I experienced and was assured), you can have all kinds of activites concerning the Atlantic - superb diving, snorkelling, swimming (try to reach Anguilla for instance...),
relaxing on the beaches, or you can trace the Caribbean's history and read some good books about the Caribbean (I recommend Olaudah Equiano's account of his life for instance).
You can buy (not that I would recommend it) the things you are offered by the locals in shady alleys...

Or hop in a Winair prop to another island...

It is really more than just a good spot for aviation enthusiasts.

Cheers



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User currently offlineTIA From Albania, joined Mar 2006, 524 posts, RR: 2
Reply 11, posted (8 years 8 months 1 week 2 days 2 hours ago) and read 1717 times:

I was there for a week in March, and I spent a grand total of 4-5 hours (one afternoon) at Maho beach to see the planes. If you think that there is nothing else to do on the island, you are so mistaken. At the end of my vacation, I felt like I had not even experienced a quarter of what that island had to offer.

As HBIHLtoEZE already said, you can really party your a** off in SXM if that is your thing. There are quite a few fun beach bars and clubs, which are mostly concentrated in the Maho beach area. I was staying on the French side, about 40 mins away from Maho, but that did not stop me from going there for the nightlife.

Other than Maho, there are 36 (IIRC) other beaches on the island all for you to enjoy. You can choose between a crowded, commercialised beach like Orient, and a quiet and more secluded one like the north shore of Pinel Island, or Happy Bay. You can find whatever suits you best.

If shopping is your thing, you can spend days shopping in SXM, although I personally find it a waste of time. Philipsburgh is booming during the day with a wide variety of stores. Marigot has many stores too, as well as a very cool looking mall. After all, SXM is known for its shopping being duty free and all.

Another great thing about SXM, that you won't find in many other islands is the selection of restaurants and food. SXM is considered to be the gourmet capital of the Caribbean, and that is one aspect of my vacation, that I truly enjoyed, even though I don't care that much about food. You can find anything in SXM, (especially in Grand Case) from cheap, but good local food in the Lolos (as mentioned by someone else) to very expensive and elegant restaurants.

The people of SXM are also very friendly. A few of them might seem a little rough around the edges, but they really are friendly and very helpful. I know that some people find the French rude when they visit France,  duck  but all the French people in SXM (or even in the highly exclusive SBH) are amazing.

I would recommend anyone who goes to SXM to rent a car. It is not expensive to do so, and it enables you to experience so much more, than just staying all day long in your all-inclusive resort. I drove around the island so much and thoroughly enjoyed it. If for some strange reason you run out of things to do in SXM, or if you simply want to try out any of the surrounding islands, it is extremely easy and quite affordable to take day trips to St. Barts, Anguilla, and Saba. You can even hop on a turboprop to get to some of the more distant islands if you so desire.

In other words, you can find anything in SXM. You just have to make an effort to explore the island.


User currently offlineLooneyToon From United States of America, joined Mar 2005, 444 posts, RR: 1
Reply 12, posted (8 years 8 months 1 week 2 days 2 hours ago) and read 1712 times:

awe dude! You've gotta get to St. Maarten, the place rocks! There is everything for everyone: nightclubs, casinos, topless women, cigar lounges, strip bars, beaches, plenty of good food, topless women, airplanes, boats, topless women, you get my drift? I love that place!

If you get bored, check out Saba and St. Barths, they are cool too.



LooneyToon
User currently offlineCxsjr From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 13, posted (8 years 8 months 1 week 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 1679 times:

Quoting LooneyToon (Reply 12):
There is everything for everyone



Quoting LooneyToon (Reply 12):
topless women



Quoting LooneyToon (Reply 12):
topless women



Quoting LooneyToon (Reply 12):
topless women

..... gay bars, topless men?  no 

 stirthepot 


User currently offlineAndesSMF From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 14, posted (8 years 8 months 1 week 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 1677 times:

Well, what the hell do you go to the beach for????? For my upcoming trip to Cancun, We plan on spending the entire time swimming, sunning, eating and sleeping. So you have a beach, with all the trimmings, and now you add airplanes to the mix. What do you have? A future vacation for me!

User currently offlineCopaair737 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 15, posted (8 years 8 months 1 week 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 1677 times:

I'm planning to go there with my twin brother and a couple of friends this summer. Sounds like quite the place. Seeing as I'm a huge aviation fan, Maho Beach would be like Mecca, and the topless women....thats the cincher. What are the hotspot nightlife centers? I assume there are bars beachside at Maho, so I'd prolly spend most of my vacation with a Harvey Wallbanger in one hand, chatting it up with the hotties, and then taking time to watch the spectacle of large jets at short distances above your head. Sounds like a plan.

-Copa


User currently offlineCOrocks From United States of America, joined Feb 2001, 1215 posts, RR: 0
Reply 16, posted (8 years 8 months 1 week 1 day 14 hours ago) and read 1642 times:

For me, I thought that it was about the same as any other island. Shopping, food, beaches. The diving was okay, not great. The snorkeling was some of the worst I have seen in the Caribbean. Not sure why this was - just very few fish near the island. You have to go way out.

The beaches are great. As many have said, you can do either the secluded beach or the touristy beach. Both are great.

Of course, the plane watching was great.

If you just like chilling out at night and listening to Jazz music and drinking, we enjoyed the Sopranos bar near Maho beach.


User currently offlineLooneyToon From United States of America, joined Mar 2005, 444 posts, RR: 1
Reply 17, posted (8 years 8 months 1 week 1 day 6 hours ago) and read 1588 times:

Quoting Cxsjr (Reply 13):
..... gay bars, topless men? no

of course there are those on St. Maarten. Especially topless men.

Quoting COrocks (Reply 16):
The diving was okay

I hear Saba, which is a short flight away, has good diving.

there are lots of good "chill out" places.



LooneyToon
User currently offlineAA61Hvy From United States of America, joined Nov 1999, 13977 posts, RR: 57
Reply 18, posted (8 years 8 months 1 week 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 1568 times:

If you're going with your chick..you can get shitfaced and get laid...I enjoy doing that on my vacations...


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User currently offlineAirCop From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 19, posted (8 years 8 months 1 week 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 1538 times:

Quoting CVG72 (Reply 4):
Go over on the French side at Orient Beach and just sit, relax, and watch the pretty girls go by. If that doesn't float your boat, you could go down to Phillipsburg and shop. And best of all, you can spot.

Topless, been my experience the Germans like the nude beach at Club Orient on Orient Beach. Besides the airport and beaches, there something for everyone taste on the island, casino's, great food, sightseeing, etc.


User currently offlineMiamiair From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 20, posted (8 years 8 months 1 week 13 hours ago) and read 1515 times:

This is what I go there for:

Disconnect
Relax
Good Food
Shopping
Drink
Good Smokes
Nice Scenery
Take some pictures

I take the wife and my son. They love it.


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