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What part of the island to stay on?

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What part of the island to stay on?

We're thinking of coming here for a week in late November/early December, but we're torn on which part of the island to stay on. The reason we're coming is because of a day trip (from a cruise) we took to Pinel island last year - we absolutely loved it and now want to spend a week on St. Maarten.

I'd love any advice you could give about what part of the island t stay on. We're a young couple (29 and 30) and we want to be somewhere beautiful, but not too quiet - we'd like plenty of dinner options and nice bars to go to at night, as well as have a choice of things to do during the day. We don't really know which area best suits, but we're happy to stay in either a holiday rental or a hotel!

Any advice appreciated :) Thanks!

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1. Re: What part of the island to stay on?

I have always liked Orient because their is a lot of daytime beach activity and things quiet down at night but you still have bars/restaurants open for dinner.

There are quite a few restaurants and bars in Orient Village. Safari Grill (French), Ti Chi (Asian), Le Piment (pizza, casual dining), Cote Plage (French),Little Itale (pasta) Across the street is Paris Texas, a Tex/Mex place w/bar, and Tap 5 for pizza and other light meals. Le Cadre serves mostly tapas. Additionally right outside Orient complex on the main road is Rancho Del Sol for dinner and drinks.

In the Orient complex is also Cafe Plantation, and L'Astroble at the Esmeralda resort. They are both very good and more upscale.

Several beach bars have parties at night during high season - Waikiki, Budha Bar at Bikini, Kontiki and Boo Boo Jams, Aloha for lunch. Pedros for BBQ and more..

.There is an ATM located at the gas station in Grand Case on the main road down the hill from the police station as you are coming into town from Marigot and there is also one on the main road to Anse Marcel. Restaurants like tips to be paid in cash even when a credit card is used. It is a good idea to have some USD or Euro handy.

Some nice hotels steps off the beach are:



Le Grand Bleu (formerly Caraibes Beach Hotel )

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2. Re: What part of the island to stay on?

We hosted our daughters wedding this early summer on the island with all the couples except the parents in their mid to late twenties. Everyone stayed in Cupecoy and spent beach time at Mullet and Rouge and evenings in Maho and Simpson Bay. Great dining and bars, seemed every night someone found a place to drink and dance. Love the French side but it can get a bit sleepy by 10 PM, that said no matter where you stay it'll still be a trip you won't soon forget. Enjoy!

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