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St. Martin without renting a car?

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St. Martin without renting a car?

Hi, my wife and I live in Downtown Toronto, Canada, where an excellent public transit system makes it unnecessary, and actually inconvenient to have a car and drive. We can go anywhere we want within the city by public transit. We can even make it to the airport, which is outside the city, in just over an hour, through a combination of subways and an express bus.

Can people like us, who can't drive a car, enjoy St. Martin?

We are all about the beach, and couldn't care less about clubbing, bar hopping, or eating French food. In fact, we prefer adults-only all-inclusive hotels, and love the laid back atmosphere of Punta Cana.

We would love to visit and/or stay at Orient Beach, which is supposed to be the best one on the island.

Any suggestions?

Thanks in advance for your input.

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1. Re: St. Martin without renting a car?

You will not find any adults only all inclusive's here. So if that is what you really want, it is perhaps better to find another island.

If you are happy to stay put and enjoy a nice beach and quiet evenings, then Orient may be a good choice for you. You'll be doing some walking. You can easily hire a driver for an island tour or a visit to a specific restaurant which I strongly suggest you do as SXM is different from many other places where it is unusual to stay put, but usual to get out and explore the island. Best Beach is highly subjective. Orient offers a lot to do, but may be too busy for some. It is a beautiful beach for sure.

Hopefully Bobcat will soon see your post and chine in with Ed and Sandra's Panorama of the Orient area.

The public transportation system here is not the best, so I would not count on it for travel to and from Orient. It is a very LONG walk uphill to get a bus and down hill back to the beach. The bus only goes on the main road, there is no schedule, and they mostly stop early evening.

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2. Re: St. Martin without renting a car?

You can get to many places on the island by bus. You may have to transfer from one to another, the drivers are very helpful if you tell them where you want to end up. I never rent a car on SXM and have no problem geting around during the day or early evening. As said to go to Oreint they drop you off at the main entrance so you have to walk down to the beach, but so do the people that rent the villas at that end.

When you leave Oreint the bus goes through Grand Case so you can stop there for lunch or an early evening meal.

I believe you can also get a bus to the French Quarter in Philipsburg.

You are to be applauded for not wanting to contribute to the traffic congestion and pollution on the island.

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3. Re: St. Martin without renting a car?

Thanks for the advice so far. It's been very helpful.

Other than drinking yourself silly, what are the evening entertainment options in Orient Beach?

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Most everything on Orient Beach is a beach bar, so most everything is closed up by 5ish. There are a few evenings of music at I believe Bikini and Boo Boo Jams.

I, for one, would NOT walk to Boo Boo Jams on the beach at night.

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5. Re: St. Martin without renting a car?

If you are looking for LATE night entertainment (ie, casinos, clubs, stores open at night), then you will not like the French side unless you rent a car and drive to the nightlife. You can always cab it but that would become quite costly and some cabs will not drive over to the French side after a certain hour.

I think you would need to first figure out your priorities first and then go from there. Think French side = quiet country-like setting and Dutch side = where even though it has it's quiet areas, you can find the nightlife within a mile or 2.

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6. Re: St. Martin without renting a car?

Sure you can! Renting a car is ideal of course to enjoy the island as a whole and at your own pace, but if you want to stay away from it, then pick popular areas to stay.

Maho (Sonesta Hotel) - Groceries, Casino, Restaurant, Beaches, Shopping. All in one area.

Other popular areas would be Simpson Bay area, or Grand Case.

From these places, everything can be done within walking distance, and excursions, tours naturally can be organized through your resort.

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7. Re: St. Martin without renting a car?

Club Orient has all you need and you can even rent a car from there, if you need to leave for a day trip. It has a bar, restaurant and even a full market to buy food and drinks. We rented a car last time and only left one time in a week. Our cabin had a full kitchen. There are many places to eat on the beach close enough to walk to.

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8. Re: St. Martin without renting a car?

when recommending Club Orient its extremely important to advise that it is a "clothing optional" resort. honeywife 7 seems to have omitted that crucial bit of info out of their recommendation.

Edited: 02 December 2010, 16:45
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