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Which side to stay?

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Which side to stay?

Is one side or the other of the island cheaper to stay? Are there any places to stay with good snorkeling from the beach?

Auburn Washington
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1. Re: Which side to stay?

Dutch side is cheaper and the shared beach for the Flamingo and Simpson Bay Resort has very good snorkeling.

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2. Re: Which side to stay?

Another vote for the Dutch side and the Flamingo.

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3. Re: Which side to stay?

Snorkling at, Little Bay, Rouge, Mullet,Cupecoy, Créole Rock in Grand Case, Orient, Pinel, Green Cay, Tintamarre, Galion & Dawn.

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Accommodations available at most of these locations.

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4. Re: Which side to stay?

You get what you pay for. If you're looking for an "American" feel of the island then part of the Dutch side is for you. If you want to experience a bit of Europe in the Caribbean then French side it is. Many places to stay on either side that even once the dollar conversion is made it's basically the same. Don't let the Euro scare you. Take a look at the options on both & compare for yourself. Large island, lots to do & see outside of Simpson Bay. I wouldn't suggest hiding yourself in Simpson Bay area for the trip as you will miss the island beauty that both sides have to offer. :)

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5. Re: Which side to stay?

Island is only 37 sq miles and easy to get from point A to B. (Dutch to French) I still advise having accommodations on the Dutch side, particularly Simpson Bay, and travel to the French side for the French experience and beaches.

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6. Re: Which side to stay?

A lot depends on what you enjoy.Nightlife+casinos,quiet beautiful beaches,walk to restaurants+bars,boating.Many options are available.

St Martin is not a great snorkeling from the beach destination.Pinel is good,Dawn can be great but only if it is a nice calm day.

You should be able to find inexpensive places to stay either side if off-season.

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7. Re: Which side to stay?

We stay just over the border on the French side, but we enjoy many of the restaurants on the Dutch side. We enjoy running in to the casinos for a bit each night so it suites our needs. We've rented villas through Carimo for years and would suggest them if you're looking to rent a villa. They have them all over the island.

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