I've been reading and reading the posts on here (thanks for all the great info!). Sorry to bother you with ANOTHER post on where to stay, but here it goes! Wife and I are booking a trip to St. Martin in July. We are definitely interested in checking out Orient Beach and she likes to go topless and thongs on the beach. In our early 40's and not really the party all night at the club types. But on the flip side, this is a vaca so we would like to go out for some drinks every other night or so (5 night stay) So I was thinking that staying in Orient was the way to go? I was also turned off a bit by some comments about the Dutch side ("If you want partying and casino's go to Vegas") Vegas craziness is definitely not what we are looking for! However I also don't want to deal with driving home after a night out in Phillipsburg or Simpsons Bay. Is the Vegas craziness limited to Phillipsburg? Maybe some more mellow places on the Dutch side that still have a couple clubs? Or places on the French side that aren't too far of a drive home at night? Also hotel recommendations would be much appreciated! Nice pool, beach access. Not looking for top, top of the line, but willing to pay for something on the nicer side.
Thanks! and I really mean it that your comments so far on the forum are the best out there.!