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first time with kids ages 7 and 9 should we rent a car?

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first time with kids ages 7 and 9 should we rent a car?

We will be for the first time in St Martin staying at Sonesta Maho. Should we rent a car and visit other beaches? Also, cheap but good eats for a tight budget family.

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1. Re: first time with kids ages 7 and 9 should we rent a car?

I would suggest that you rent a car. So many great beaches to take the kids to. Maho can be quite rough for kids. Don't orget the St. Maarten Zoo and the butterfly farm. For restaurants that are inexpensive: Jimbos (Mexican) they also have a pool for the kids to use, Rics Place, Marks, Pizza Gallery, Lolo's in Grand Case, just to name a few. There are also those fast food American joints if thats what you want. I'm sure Bobcat will jump in soon with his list.

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2. Re: first time with kids ages 7 and 9 should we rent a car?

Without a doubt, rent a car. There's so much to see!

Sonesta's location is convenient to a few restaurants, Cheri's being one, which isn't terribly pricy and fun for the kids. Also, an ice cream place nearby. However, you will need a car to go to most of the inexpensive restaurants and attractions.

When you're at the airport pick up the coupon booklets and magazines. Many have discounts for attractions.

Have fun!

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3. Re: first time with kids ages 7 and 9 should we rent a car?

OK...here's the scoop. In Maho you have a few good choices for inexpensive foods...

Fashion Cafe in the courtyard of La Terrasse. They serve thin crust pizza at night and even deliver. We love going there over the next choice, mainly because the courtyard is quiet with plenty of seating. You can also sit indoors as well. The pricing is perfect. They also serve breakfast and lunch but we haven't actually eaten there during those times.

Also, Pizza Pasta at the end of the road between Cheri's and the Casino. Sometimes they get crowded in the evening but they do take-out. It's a small place. Their Italian foods are extra plentiful and your 2 kids could share one plate of spaghetti and have enough left for 2nd's and 3rds. Their pizza is thin crust as well and very good. No air conditioning though...another reason we prefer the Fashion Cafe.

Then, as mentioned is Cheri's. The food is average pricing and your 2 children could probably share a burger platter since the hamburgers are huge. Their onion basket is great, especially if you ask for some thousand island dressing on the side for dipping. Your kids would love the show at 8:00 PM.

At the end of the strip is Subways so picking up a sandwich for the kids is easy too if you want something familiar.

Then on the Royal Islander property nearest the airport is Tortuga restaurant. You cannot charge to your room so bring cash. The view of the planes landing is fantastic and the food is plentiful. They only serve breakfasts and lunch. Their breakfasts are very nice and their lunches very good as well, especially their hot dog platter. They also have Nachos and dip to eat by the pool. I think they are better than the restaurant between Maho and the Royal Islander.

Of course, then the prices rise with the other restaurants in that section.

I definitely advise renting a car to visit other beaches but a short 5 minute walk takes you to Mullet beach which the kids would love. You start walking away from the airport and along the main road out of town. Eventually you will see a parking lot and the path to Mullet is within that parking lot. They have 2 lolo's that serve BBQ'd ribs and chicken. If you are unsure about how bad the waves are at Mullet, before walking, check out the wave action on your own beach which lately has been pretty good.

The pool at the Sonesta is a lot of fun and your kids may not want to leave! There's also a swim up bar at the main pool. There's also another pool further up toward the lookout area. Then finally, plane watching is something your kids will be amazed at!

Truthfully, you don't really need to rent a car to keep your kids happy in that area but you would be missing so many other things the island offers like the zoo and the butterfly farm. Having a nice Sunday lunch at Croissanterie at the Marina in Marigot would also be so relaxing since most everything else is closed and so parking is a piece of cake.

Enjoy your trip!

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4. Re: first time with kids ages 7 and 9 should we rent a car?

You should definitely rent a car. I can't describe the food choices any better than sxmluver.

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5. Re: first time with kids ages 7 and 9 should we rent a car?

Renting a car is highly recommended. Some of the LoLos in Grand Case would be inexpensive along with Lee's in Simpson Bay across from the Royal Palm.

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