St. Maarten/St. Martin Journals

St. Maarten in December

A December 2011 trip to St. Maarten/St. Martin by travelswithkids

Divi Little Bay Beach Resort Photo, St. Maarten/St. Martin, Caribbean More Photos
Quote: We visited St. Maarten for the week before Christmas and had a great time. It was a relaxing combination of staying in a nice beach resort and exploring around the island. We also took a day to make a visit to the nearby island of Antigua.

Anguilla beaches

Attraction | "Day Trip to Anguilla"

Photo of The Valley, Anguilla
Quote:
One cool thing about visiting St. Maarten is that you get to say you visited two countries in one small island, the French St. Martin and the Dutch St. Maarten. But in this part of the Caribbean, you have several opportunities to get to yet another country with just a short ferry ride. So I convinced my family we needed to go for an addtional stamp in our passports and we made a day trip to the English island of Anguilla.The shortest ferry route to Anguilla leaves St. Martin from the port of Marigot. The ride takes about 30-45 minutes, and it was on the long side of that for us due to relatively choppy seas. The ticket cost isn't too bad at around US$ 30 round trip, but remember you'll ...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on July 22, 2012

Pinel Island

Attraction | "Pinel Island for a nice outing"

Pinel Island Photo, St. Maarten/St. Martin, Caribbean
Quote:
If you're looking to try out another beach while on St. Martin, you should consider Pinel Island. It's a pretty little islet off the northeast coast of St. Martin and its best feature is the small sand beach with a nice shallow bit of calm ocean with a sandy bottom. There are a couple of restaurants there, so you can pay for food and drink if you're sticking around for a while, but you're sort of a captive audience. There was supposed to be a good snorkeling spot on the end of the islet opposite the beach, but we didn't make it down there and didn't have snorkels along when we visited.You reach Pinel by a short (10 minute?) ferry ride from St. Martin, north of Orient Bay. It's not a hug...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on July 22, 2012

Pinel Island

St. Maarten/St. Martin

Kentucky Fried Chicken

Restaurant | "KFC for dinner, a cautionary tale"

Kentucky Fried Chicken Photo, Phillipsburg, St. Maarten/St. Martin
Quote:
We wound up eating dinner at the KFC in Phillipsburg one Sunday night, and, no, it wasn't our top choice by any means, but it seemed like about the only choice we could find. We came into town about 6:00 to look around and find a place to eat, without a real destination in mind and not knowing much about the town. The problem that we found is that nearly all the restaurants along the beach and the main street start to close down around 5:30 because that's when all the cruise ship passengers leave. We didn't realize how much the town is driven by the cruise ship passengers as opposed to people staying locally. We learned fast.After wandering around a good long while and getting frustrated...Read More

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on July 22, 2012

Kentucky Fried Chicken
C.A. Cannegieter Street
Phillipsburg, St. Maarten

Divi Little Bay Beach Resort

Best Of IgoUgo

Hotel | "Fantastic Resort for Families"

Divi Little Bay Beach Resort Photo, St. Maarten/St. Martin, Caribbean
Quote:
Set on a peninsula between two bays, the Divi Little Bay offers a fantastic view no matter which way your room faces. The protected beach on Little Bay that it occupies is very nice for swimming or sunning, though not so interesting for snorkeling right there. The view to the other side overlooking Philipsburg's Great Bay is gorgeous, and you can watch the huge cruise ships come into to dock on the far opposite side of the harbor.The Divi Little Bay offers some choices in room type. We stayed in one of their "casitas" and were really happy with our choice. All we gave up was the on-beach experience (really, walk out the door, across the patio and you're on the beach) that would have co...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on June 17, 2012

Divi Little Bay Beach Resort
Little Bay Road
Philipsburg
599-54-22333