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Honeymoon in St. Maarten.St. Martin

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Honeymoon in St. Maarten.St. Martin

Hi everyone,

first time posting in this forum, I've been reading a few of the topics and have picked some informaiton that has helped me. My issue here is my finace and I are getting married in Cancun Mexico, May 7th, 2008 and are looking to have our honeymoon start on May 11th, but we have always done all-inclusives since they are easier to book, but we've been told that to experience this beautiful island its best to go to the restuarants and walk the streets.

I've looked at many of the resort or places one can stay and I have to say many of them look old, not that this is a really bad thing but we would like to stay somewhere fairly modern, I saw on another post where people suggested the Rainbow beach, Princess Heights and The Cliffs, which are all places I think we would prefer to stay at rather than some of the other places we have seen.

May I ask from peoples experiences how much should we expect to pay if we eat out at restaurants for a week (breakfast, lunch and dinner)?

Trying to see if this will all fit in our budget.

any help you can provide is appreciated.

cheers,

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Jambum - If you each or shop on the French side of the island, be informed of the lower value of the dollar against the Euro. On the plus side, there are some places, mostly restaurants that advertise 1:1, i.e., dollar and euro are equal. If you take advantage of those offers, that helps costs alittle bit.

Check out the beautiful La Samana resort, pricey but gorgeous.

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Your meal budget can be what you want it to be. You can have an incredible meal for $10 - $15 , or you could pay $200.

That's the great thing about SXM - something for everyone!

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Many places come with a small kitchen. We make our own breakfast (French bacon, eggs, bagette, pate, juice, coffee etc.) This also gives the option of leftovers for lunch sometimes. This gives you more options for great dinners. There are over 300 restaurants on the island that range from inexpensive to spectacular. Spend some time reading previous posts. You will find many recomendations. La Samana is beyond our budget, but I would not go there even if it was. Too many bad reviews for what they charge. Too many other options.

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Wow, I am in awe. It appears you will travel from Canada to Mexico for wedding and then travel somewhere else for honeymoon. I would have been tickled to be able to get married AND honeymoon in Cancun way back when we got married. Sorry I can't be of much help on your question, but by and large SXM is older properties. There are a handful of decent highrise timeshares and just a few "new" high rise hotels. It appears the island is just recently starting to respond to travelers by building more modern facilities, most of which are on the Dutch side. The French side economy has been fairly stagnant with the gov't appearing to be asleep at the wheel. Don't get me wrong, we LOVE SXM, and it's a great honeymoon/vacation destination. It is not, however, a newly booming travel spot such as Cancun has been since the big storm.

Sidenote: I hope you saw the 20/20 article about the wedding party in Mexico who all got robbed while the reception was going on. Obviously an unusual event but definetly not something you would ever think about happening during such a joyous festivity.

Congrats & Have fun where ever you end up.

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Cliffs, Rainbow and Princess Heights are all new (PH just opened 18 brand new units). Cliffs is a high rise and the most $$. Rainbow is right next door and is cheaper, but not all units have good views and they way overbuilt the facility, so it is like a big concrete supermax. The beach at Rainbow and Cliffs is very small, basically a strip of sand at the base of a limestone cliff (hence the name). At high tide, it sometimes nearly disappears. Both are close to the nightlife in the Mayo area (bars, restaurants, casinos), but the area is very crowded. Princess Heights is in a basically residential neighborhood with million dollar villas, except for the Westin hotel. PH has beautiful units (might want to ask for one of the new ones, which I haven't stayed in, but the pictures look great. I also like PH's location because it is on the French border and offers easy access to Orient Beach and Grand Case. PH has much better views than than Rainbow and Cliffs and is on the Windward side of the island, so it always has a nice breeze. If you want to go to a casino, there is one at the Westin, so you don't even have to drive at night.

As for food, you can pay as much or as little as you like. Mario's Bistro just outside Marigot is a must do place. Expensive but worth every penny. Ask for a table by the water and consider having your hotel make reservations for you in advance. I also recommend La Belle Epoque at the marina in Marigot (casual bistro with great salads, pizza, etc. and not expensive. All the French locals eat there). Also Tropicana at the same marina (more expensive, but worth it). Another place favored by French locals is St. Severin in Marigot. Not much decor and no great views, but excellent food, priced much less than the more tourist-oriented places.

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We love SXM and I agree with all of the above. However, if you are looking for your traditional "honeymoon" place where there are a lot of other honeymooners, you would be better off with Aruba or St. Lucia.

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Thanks for all the tips and suggestions, you guys are great. My fiance loves the Cliffs but I would like to do a little more research on the Princess Heights.

In the end I think having the nightlife close by and the crowds appeals to us a little more.

But we are thinking of renting a car for the week so we can drive over to the French side nightly and experience their restaurants, any idea how much renting a car for a week would cost? Any suggestion on restaurants to visit?

thanks,

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Jam,

Rental of a car is pretty cheap, about 150 - 200 for a compact. There are so many to choose from. We use Lesly Bruce at Kenny's auto: www.bruce@sintmaarten.net. There are many more that people on this board use.

As for restaurants, I would scroll through this board or do a search.

These 2 questions have been asked many times and there are so many good ideas on this board for cars and restaurants.

Also, Travel Talk on Line has a very active St. Martin board.

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