"My last trip here was my best" Sint Maarten by TheTravelSlut

Sint Maarten Travel Guide: 307 reviews and 862 photos

However, all trips have been great also!

My first was in 1989 and the island was so simple and it truly had the West Indies flair.

In 2007, especially after renovation from recent hurricane damage, the area has grown up, modernized--but in a good way because it still has the tropical flavor.

French side-Orient Bay! Dutch side-shopping!

The best of both worlds here even for a day.

I spent the day enjoying the C/O Orient Beach (Baie Orientale) and Club Orient and the late afternoon shopping for the discounts in Phillipsburg.

Both have changed over the years, with Orient Beach and Club Orient being updated and Phillipsburg shopping values also being updated (unfortunately).

I can't decide which part I like best----

French or Dutch.

The great thing about this type of dilemma is that there is no downside--they are both equally great in my opinion. The beauty is equal, the people as nice on both sides and the border is basically seamless.

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Beautiful, 2 islands in one, Orient Beach!
  • Cons:Traffic, lots of cruiseships in port daily.
  • In a nutshell:You will find what you seek in Sint Maarten, just look for it
  • Last visit to Sint Maarten: Dec 2007
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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  • garridogal's Profile Photo
    Dec 12, 2011 at 5:44 PM

    Ha. Our Celebrity cruise ship was "dwarfed" by The Allure of the Seas at St. Maarten. Your photo looks very familiar!

  • Gillybob's Profile Photo
    Jan 5, 2010 at 11:44 AM

    Thought I'd get some winter sunshine via some of your nice Caribbean photos! Lush! Gillybob greetings

  • hunterV's Profile Photo
    Aug 6, 2009 at 3:28 AM

    Thanx for your useful tips and a nice story!

  • aussirose's Profile Photo
    May 25, 2009 at 4:56 PM

    Heya matey. Just saw your comment on Gillian's page and thought I'd drop by to check out the latest :o) xx

  • SLLiew's Profile Photo
    Feb 17, 2009 at 1:28 PM

    Nice beach :) SL


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