An October 1999 trip
to St. Maarten/St. Martin by Dattadude
Quote: We booked our first week traveling out of the continental U.S. at this resort on this October week, our honeymoon!
Member Rating 3 out of 5 on January 30, 2003
Belair Beach Hotel
P.O. Box 940
St. Maarten, St. Maarten/St. Martin
+599 542 3366
For food, the French side tends to be more pricey than the Dutch side. We were budgeting, but we ate very well, and conch is the ticket! If you can get it, try the guava-berry rum . . . good stuff. We got some bootleg from a local guy who gave our resort an island tour. We had nine folks, from their early 20s to late 60s. We partied so much, we were 3 hours late returning and the folks at the resort thought we ran into trouble!
The catamaran cruises are great, too--I don't rememeber much after the champagne and sixth rum-runner, but we had a blast!
One drawback is tourist season. I could NOT imagine getting around as easily as we did if it were tourist season. There are only so many roads that you can access. Also, be careful with the locals . . . we were constantly warned about theft, etc. Other than that, a great place!