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Which Island to chose? St. Maarten or Martinique?

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Which Island to chose? St. Maarten or Martinique?

Hello there!

We (two adult sisters&our mum) are planning our first trip to the Caribbean.

It's quite complicated to find a place that fits all our needs - one of us is mainly interested in beautiful white beaches whereas the other two prefer to get to see something more beside the beach (architecture, historical sights, rain forest, etc ...)

I guess there's no island where you get "everything", so it would be best to combine some islands, like St. Maarten/Anguilla/St. Barts or Martinique/Guadeloupe/Dominica/St Lucia?

We're NOT interested in Cuba, Dom. Rep., Puerto Rico and Curacao/Aruba/Bonaire and we don't want to take any inter-island flights ...

Thanks for ideas/recommendations!!

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1. Re: Which Island to chose? St. Maarten or Martinique?

For history and nature, pick Dominica. For beaches, pick Martinique. An easy ferry ride apart...

All the best,

<Erik> & [Sandya]

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2. Re: Which Island to chose? St. Maarten or Martinique?

Thank you for your advice!

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3. Re: Which Island to chose? St. Maarten or Martinique?

We have been to all the islands that you mentioned except Aruba. Choosing the best destination really depends on what you enjoy. St Martin is fun, very good restaurants, casino’s on the Dutch side and a beautiful beach on Orient Bay. Be forewarned, Orient Beach is clothing optional and the island is conjested.

It was years ago that we went to Martinique, but we enjoy the laidback vacationing, the French flavor. You mentioned St Barts, my personal favorite. This island is safe, relaxing, great dining and plenty of small beaches to explore. If you like to sail, that’s also available.

One island that you didn’t mention is Turks & Cacaos. Grace Bay and the surrounding waters provide great diving or snorkeling, sailing and beach going. For the "unspoiled" possibly St John’s but I wouldn’t waste my time on St Thomas. Wherever you go, you’ll have a great time. The destinations are beautiful, but it’s your traveling companions and the people that you meet that define the vacation. Enjoy and don't forget the sun block

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4. Re: Which Island to chose? St. Maarten or Martinique?

I may be way too late to be of help to you- but I'll weigh in - never been to Martinque (although planning a trip)

St. Martin's is my favorite island. Not sure where you are located- but it's a quick couple of hours flight from east coast US. We love everything french so we stay on that side for great restaurants, beach and a little quiet. A quick drive to the dutch side and you have shopping, boardwalks, nightlife, lots of activity - the best of both worlds.

We loved the quick ferry to Anguilla (Shoal Bay is the most beautiful beach ever). Our ferry to St. Barts not so good - apparently always a rough ride to and the boat was filled with very sick people including us - ride back just fine.

The Orient beach is very exciting - there is a portion where people are wearing suits if that is more comfortable. Wonderful restaurants/bars on the beach. Also you must go to Grand Case - can eat a wonderful lunch outside and hit the beach or go back at night for fine dining.

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