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Best part of "French" side to vacation??

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Best part of "French" side to vacation??


My husband and I will be going to St. Martin this December and want to stay on the French side. I decided Marigot probably isn't the best place to stay, so which area would any of you recommend? I would love to stay in Marigot because of it's "frenchness", but don't want to worry about crime.

We have never been to St. Martin, so we would appreciate any suggestions you have. We definitely want to be on the French side.

Thank you

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1. Re: Best part of "French" side to vacation??

Orient beach - inside Orient Park, a upscale residential and commercial area of residences, hotels, and dining options - some nice places just steps off the beach - (see the photo)



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2. Re: Best part of "French" side to vacation??

Thank you so much!!

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3. Re: Best part of "French" side to vacation??

Grand Case is also a good place to stay. There is Le Petit on the beach (more upscale but lovely) or Grand Case Beach Club. Both are walking distance to great restaurants. I agree, I would not stay in Marigot.

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Just returned from our 13th trip and the only way we have ever done it is renting a villa in Terres Basses. You will be surprised at the value you can get compared to other types of accomodations. Also, saw the recommendation here about Orient and though we have never rented there, it is certainly a good option. Terres Basses offers villas in walled compounds ...so extremely private. Orient tends to have everything closer together but it also offers other amenities like nearby dining that you need to drive to from Terres Basses. Finally, villas are negotiable so a few emails with your budget being offered may get you a special place to stay.

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What type of nightlife are you looking for? That could be a factor in deciding where to stay.

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Just got back from our 10 day trip I would stay at Grand Case Beach Club! So nice great service beach and resturant in property. You can also walk to the best restaurants on the island and totally safe!

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We had lots of fun in Orient over the past five days. Relatively quiet, close to restaurants, easy drive to Grand Case, and enjoyable whether you want to jet ski, kayak, or lay on the beach.

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If you are looking for a variety of fantastic restaurants within walking distance, you should stay in Grand Case. We stayed there for three weeks during our last trip and absolutely loved it. With that said, we are staying at Orient next trip because we are the early to bed early to rise type and spend the majority of our time at the beach. We will more than likely eat a late lunch at a nice restaurant on the beach or drive into Grand Case for dinner. Not matter what you decide I'm sure you'll have a great time!

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Yes, Grand Case Beach Club. Safe, unpretentious, quiet, You can stay at the club and relax or take a short drive to another busier beach, and conveniently walk to some of the best food in the Caribbean!

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10. Re: Best part of "French" side to vacation??

I'm stuck--always stay in the Orient Beach area either renting a villa or staying at La Plantation decent rooms and free breakfast!. Drive to Grand Case for fancy dinners or just eat at the beach in Orient. Night clubs are over towards Phillipsberg maybe a 20-30 minute drive.I wouldn't stay in Marigot but it's a fun place to visit for lunch, shopping or just Hagen Das.Pretty much everything you might need is in Orient. Enjoy!