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HELP!!! St Thomas or St Maarten??

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HELP!!! St Thomas or St Maarten??

My wife and I are planning our first trip to the caribbrean. We need help deciding on which one to go with....St Thomas or St Maarten. We are looking to tour the island.....rainforests....nature....beaches and great food. Also which one would be more expensive? Seems like the hotels are roughly the same. What about food, activity costs?

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1. Re: HELP!!! St Thomas or St Maarten??

There are lots of real casinos on St Maarten and also nude beaches if that's your thing while St. Thomas only has video terminal machines scattered about & topless/nude is illegal.

There are no rainforests on either island. Food is more varied on St Maarten & I think overall a lot better but there are tons of good restaurants on St. Thomas also. There is a lot to see & do on St. Thomas plus you can do day trips to the British Virgin Islands or St. John. Lots of history on St. Thomas also with an active Historical Society to preserve it.

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There is a "mini" rainforest on St. Martin, but nothing to write home about, as they say -- some hiking and a cafe and obstacle course. Several good restaurants on the French side. Lots of traffic.

If you're interested in nature, the Vigins win hands down. The real plus of St. Thomas, in addition to nice beaches, great scenery, excellent shopping, and good places to eat, is its proximity to all the other Virgins. You can easily hop over to St. John or one of the British Virgins for the day and the ferry ride is half the fun of going. St. John has great nature trails in the national park and some of the prettiest beaches in the world.

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3. Re: HELP!!! St Thomas or St Maarten??

I went to St. Maarten many years ago and stayed on the French side. I was disappointed with the beaches there. The water was not the beautiful blue water that I look for when I hit an island, it was more like Jones Beach back home in New York. The nice beaches were on the Dutch side but the better restaurants were on the French side. The nightlife was better on the Dutch side. As you can see there was a lot of back and forth. I definitely like St. Thomas better. The beaches (pretty much the reason we all go to an island) can't be beat, friendly people, very good food and many choices, great snorkeling, nice shopping (some say great but shopping isn't my thing)and the close proximity to so many other islands. We loved it so much we bought a timeshare and will be going back every year. St. Maarten was a wonderful vacation but now that I've been to St. Thomas it pales in comparison. JMHO

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