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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!
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Best Things Nearby:Beach, right out the back door. You can sit on the balcony and watch the sunrise and sunset. Close enough to markets and shopping, but far enough from congestion. Little bar/pagoda on site as well as swimming pools.Best Things About the Resort:We went in October, so we basically owned the beach. At 6am, the water was 75 degrees, like taking a morning bath. Drinks at the little pagoda were reasonable, and folks were courteous. The rooms were well furnished and laid out rahther nice. The bedrooms were separated, providing real privacy. The balcony overlooked the ocean, and you had palm trees right outside. Parking was monitored by security. Resort E...Read More

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

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Attraction

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We waited to purchase our wedding rings. Coming from Ohio, there were not any settings we mutually agreed upon--that and "duty free" were the big reasons. We met some folks who had a relationship with one of the stores on the strip (be careful), and they took really good care of us. We bought two watches, two gold bracelet, a gold wrist chain, one gold band ring with three small diamonds, and one gold band ring, for a total of $2,500. Once we got back to the States, we had them all appraised at over $3,800. It's a very busy area, so be careful to stay with the crowd. Fun~!

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on January 30, 2003

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Rent a car. Cars are the best tools on the island. Remember that all cars have the right of way, and most damage is on the right front end of all vehicles. Drive like you are in the city! You can cover the island by vehicle in a couple of hours, unless you stop by the nude beach--nothing like it! I even got applause from a couple of ladies! The beer of the island is Caribe (like Corona). You can buy them for a dollar, and you can drink and drive! Finish your beer, and another little stand is on the side of the road. The gas stations even have bottle openers for your convenience. Check out the resorts on both sides of the island--there are some real beauties. We drove up to the highest point on the isl...Read More

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Dattadude

Dattadude
Landenberg, Pennsylvania

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