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any suggestions where to stay?

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any suggestions where to stay?

never been to st maarten but planning a trip there...hear there r 2 sides, one being french or dutch? which is the better side?... r there any all inclusives (definately not a requirement though)...

need a resort for couple in their upper 20's looking for great beach , pools etc, v.good food and some nite life...rooms must be exceptionally clean- doesn't have to be a 5*...

also r there excursions to explore the island? and how safe is it there?

been to playa del carmen mexico - how does it compare? HELP!!! thx...

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1. Re: any suggestions where to stay?

Sint Maarten (Dutch) and St. Martin (French) is a small Island about 37 square miles, 21 French, 16 Dutch, no Customs at the airport, no formal border crossings, the border is open. Which side is better? It's more a matter of what you want in a vacation. Most who come her find something of interest on both sides, beaches, dining being the two main elements, add casinos on the Dutch side only and more evening entertainment on the Dutch side and there you have it.

As for AI, this is not reeally a popular all inclusive island, with well over 300 restaurants most visitors prefer to dine around but there are several AI's on the Island, Sonesta Maho is probably the best know, also Le Flamboyant, Sonesta Great Bay, Mercure Simpson Bay and Divi Little Bay among others. Sonesta Maho is in the center of entertainment on the Island and this may be best you you guys but perhaps you should look into every option before you decide.

There are many nice small hotels on the French side with water sports and daytime activites.

You won't need to learn French or Dutch and the US dollar is accepted all over the Island.

We're better than Mexico, amigo.

Do you have any hotels you would like to discuss?

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thx Bobcat2348...ur info was Extremely helpful...i will do some hw and be back in touch w/u for ur expert advice...

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I would not recomemnd an All Inclusive for St Maarten. To many great restaurants to choose from to strap yourself to a AL. Rent a car and due your own thing for island excursions. You can always take a ferry to Anquilla, Saba and Barthes but I don't find Barths that exciting. I like staying in the Simpson bay area at the Royal Palm, Flamingo, Atrium or Pelican. All would meet your requirments. I prefer the Dutch side. You'll find the night life much better on the Dutch side.

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I agree with SXMscubaman, the Dutch side is the way to go....

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White the Dutch side is also where we lay our heads in the evening, it's not for everyone. The best part of the island is the choices!

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Choice is indeed the key. We like the French side because there is less...less cars,less people, less tall buildings...NO fast food No casinos. For us there is less of everything we have at home in the US. So we like the French side.the more North the better!!! Just our prefernce. Bish

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