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We are going to be staying at the Sonesta Great Bay, which will be our first time in St. Maarten. I have been reading about the beaches and was hoping to get some information on which may be the best beach maybe not crowded. When we stayed in Bermuda we found a great little beach with lots of small alcoves and privacy. It was great just feeling like we were the only ones there so i am looking for something like that in St. Maarten. Also is it worth taking the taxi to St Bart/Anguilla? Maybe some general information from those that have been there?? Any help would certainly be appreciated. We are going to be there early October so will end of season be an issue for us?

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Quiet Beaches but not too remote

Long

Prune

Red

....a little more corwded but not too much

Mullet

Friar's

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full list of beaches - locations - photos -comments

http://www.sxm-beaches.com/

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St. Barths and Anguilla - a big YES

Kitchener, Ontario...
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Aside from getting good advice on this site, I found this website to be of value as well for locations, parking info, snorkelling info, etc.

sint-maarten.net/st-maarten-beaches/stmaarte…

Click on the map for beach details or select "beaches" from the top menu bar.

Orange, California
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I would for sure go to prickly pear for the day right off Anguilla so beautiful a must! Also take the small boat over to Pinel island right off St.Martin for the day... It's $10.00 boat ride back and forth and they have chairs and umbrella for $20.00 dollars for the day.., the food was really yummy and drinks were great too! They do take credit cards but not Amex

NJ
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You can walk over to Happy Bay from Friar's. Generally fairly deserted, unless the Rhino Riders come storming in. Cupecoy also has some hidden nooks, but not sure how much beach is there. I would second Pinel. You can take the ferry over to Anguilla (bring passports). Definitely go to Shoal Bay!! Another nice day on SXM is to spend a day at Dreams at Nettle Bay. October should still be a fairly low key month.

Neptune, New Jersey
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Anguilla and St. Barths are both nice day excursions. The public ferry to Anguilla is cheap, and the island is very laid back compared to St. Maarten. We actually stayed there for a few days after our week in St. Maarten. You will definitely need a taxi or a rental. St. Barth is a beautiful island, however the ferry price there is more expensive, and the costs for dining or shopping are high. If you go, I would recommend taking a taxi tour of the island from Gustavia, it was $45 per person in 2012, if you're not renting a vehicle for the day.

Gambrills, Maryland
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For the day excursions to St. Barth's, Anguilla, etc. do you need to plan those prior to the trip? Or is it the type of ticket you can walk up same-day and purchase tickets? Thanks!

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If you take the ferries then just turn up on the day, you can't book in advance.

If you charter a flight or take a scheduled flight then you ought to book in advance.

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There are excursions you can book through tour operators such as Bluebeard which does Anguilla trips but we have found that taking the ferry from Marigot and a taxi from Blowing point is the way to go. As mentioned previously bring your passport and go to the ferry terminal in Marigot. It is a short 20 min ride over and once through customs in Anguilla you go to the taxi shack and a taxi is assigned to you. There are flat rates to go to various zones on the island. http://www.ahta.ai/Taxi_Service.html

As for St Bart there is also a ferry but our one trip over we got a deal with Winair, flew and then rented a car from the airport.

Neptune, New Jersey
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No reservations needed for the Anguilla public ferry, just show up. For St. Barths, it's probably easier to call the ferry service on the island before you show up (or your hotel will do it for you, when we wanted to go). As said before, make sure to have passports. Also, at the Marigot terminal you pay the departure tax fee, and do the same when leaving Anguilla.

Gambrills, Maryland
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Thanks folks! Going on Honeymoon in October and want to see everything but dont want to be binded by a tight set schedule