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Is Oyster Pond a good base to explore the Island from?

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Is Oyster Pond a good base to explore the Island from?

My husband and I are thinking of a Caribbean vacation next yr. If we go to St. Martin/St. Maarten next yr, which area do you suggest is a good place to stay? The "Things to Do" section for Oyster Pond has only 2 things listed, but I saw someone mention it's in the middle of French/Dutch areas. That interested me because I wanna see as much of the island as possible without getting too far from the place we'll be staying at. We're generally looking for a good beach, sun, a good balance between crowd and quiet, and some shopping/nightlife. I'm a little confused about the two sides. Could anyone provide more info on the different crowds, attraction, etc of both? Thanks a lot!

I'm planning for Cuba in Oct 2011 with my mom & brother. Hopefully both of these trips will work out. I've dying for the Caribbeans lately!!!

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1. Re: Is Oyster Pond a good base to explore the Island from?

The Island is truly duty free - both sides - no customs issues or border inspections - the Dutch side is mostly timeshare properties that provide hotel like services - the French side has smaller properties - both take US$ - speak English - have lovely beaches - fantastic dining options - casinos are available only on the Dutch side.

Oyster Pond, some years back was considered by many to be a remote area of the island, no longer today with all of the new developments it is a good upscale area from which to explore the entire island.

This is a very small island, just 37 square miles (21 French) (16 Dutch) a car is needed and you will have to drive quite a bit if you want to fully enjoy what the island has to offer.

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

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As much as I love Oyster Pond and the beautiful surrounding area, personally we didn't like it as a home base. It is a bit out of the way and the roads in the area are difficult in the day time and down right scary at night. We knew the island well and still our evening excursions were drastically curtailed when we stayed at Oyster Pond.

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we love the oyster pond area not only because of its more upscale residential feel but for its border location. easy to explore all parts of the island. in the evenings we're more interested dining experiences than clubbing so the lack of true "nightlife" and crowds was a plus for us!

Edited: 08 July 2011, 14:00
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We stayed in Oyster Pond in November of 2010 (Captain Oliver's). I have to agree with SXMLover that, although it is a beautiful area, it is a little difficult to navigate there (especially at night!) and it takes a fairly long car ride, given the small size of the island, to get anywhere. I prefer the Caribbean side of the island - Grand Case is fairly convenient to get to and the water is so calm and serene on the Caribbean side.

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5. Re: Is Oyster Pond a good base to explore the Island from?

Actually, if you study the island map, no matter where you stay on the island some places will be nearer and some will be more distant, Oyster Pond is no exception.

Philipsburg is a short 15 minute drive as is Orient Beach.

Nighttime driving can raise the hairs on ones back, especially if it is raining and the so called "scenic route" from OP to Orleans at night can be difficult.

Getting over to Grand Case, Marigot, Simpson Bay will take more time from this location.

Today there are more places to dine in the general area than in years past. If Simpson bay is where you will be in the evenings then this location may not be best for you.

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6. Re: Is Oyster Pond a good base to explore the Island from?

"looking for a good beach, sun, a good balance between crowd and quiet, and some shopping/nightlife"

We vacationed at Orient Beach, near the center called Orient Village. We were less than a five miinute walk from about seven or eight restaurants in the village which eliminated any question about drinking and driving. Orient Village has there own roaving security; we never felt unsafe walking at night.

We were a ten minute drive from Grand Case where we ate four of the seven nights. After you drive the road once in the daytime, it was not an issue at night.

From this location, depending on your rental, possibly less than five miutes walk to the beach. We thought Orient Beach was a good balance, but this will change depending if you go in high season, low season or on the cusp as we did in May. The shopping and nightlife of the Dutch side did not interest us, so I cannot offer an opinion on that, but many posts on this forum talk about traffic congestion, which the French side did not have other than Marigot.

Marigot was a little farther, maybe twenty-five minutes, if you're considering the market or a ferry to Anguilla.

Sorry, can't offer much in the way of a guarentee on the sun issue. Hope this helps.

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What makes the roads so scary at night? Will be staying at Oyster Bay Beach Resort and was planning to drive to a few places and back at night. Please provide more specifics and thanks!

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The road from Oyster Pond to Orleans is dark, winding and runs along the ocean with no rail or barrier, it's a short 5 minute drive thru that portion of the road but late at night it is remote and deserted so do drive with caution. Speeding is not a good option in this area.

The low lands route from Cupecoy to Nettle Bay, also dark, very very winnding road snake like, you can't see who is up ahead of you and it is remote at night, here again a short 10 minute run from end to end but speeding is not the answer, caution is advised.

Here is a map of the area - the black line is more winnding that it appears on the map.

http://www.hotcarib.com/terresbassesmap3.htm

The Orleans raod is shown as Baie Lucas on the map, along the coast..(#42)

caribbean-on-line.com/islands/sm/smmap.shtml

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honestly we didn't find them that bad! don't drink and drive and stay alert!! we travelled all over the island and went out for dinner every night usually to the grand case area but also to pineapple pete's and didn't have any problems. yes the roads are narrow and winding (and don't forget the goats LOL) but you keep an eye out. also don't stop for anyone and keep your doors locked.

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We wilbe coming to Oyster Pond in Jan. to take one of Moorings catamarans for a week. Since we come from N.H. so can not leave at the last min. because we are in Blizzard country, We would like to stay about 5 days before and 1 day after. Capt Chris has been suggested. Is there any other suggestions that is near airport and also in an area that is easy for us to get around and near our final destination.

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