St. Maarten/St. Martin Stories and Tips

Wed to Saturday

Wednesday: Before breakfast, walk the entire length of the beach. Spend the morning on the beach and take lunch at a LoLo in Grand Case (remember they’re on the right before Il Nettuno). Talk of the Town seems to be the favorite. Ribs, Johnnie cakes and a Ting to drink is de ting mon. Call Les Bistrot Caraibes for reservations. 590-29-08-29 This restaurant is to the left in Grand Case at the corner. The food is fantastic.

Thursday: Before breakfast, walk the entire length of the beach. Relax on the beach, consider snorkeling or parasailing. If you like shopping, go into Marigot for dinner. Follow the road to the airport, Texaco you are forced to turn right, and then you should turn immediately left. Be careful! At the main intersection there is no stop sign or light to control traffic in either direction. Turn right and find a place to park (you are heading for the shops and restaurants on your left in Marina Royal.) You may have to turn right onto Blvd General de Gaulle to park. The shops in Marina Royal are open for shopping tonight. When you’ve had enough, pick any one of the restaurants along the water. If you don’t like to shop, try something different for dinner at Le Pirote in Grand Case. Call for reservations. Drive past the salt pond, and turn right into street that bisects the main Blvd de Grand Case. Before the stop sign you’ll see the Gendarmerie (police station) on the right. The restaurant is behind it.

Friday: Before breakfast, walk the entire length of the beach. Relax and call L’Alabama for dinner reservations (two seatings)(590-87-81-66). L’Alabama is in Grand Case on the left about 250 yards from Il Nettuno. Try happy hour at Peeping Tom’s Bar on the beach.

Saturday: Before breakfast, walk the entire length of the beach. If you have a late afternoon flight, consider going to the airport when the ticket counter opens to check in. We usually call a day or two before to make certain of the time and to make sure we don’t clash with a flight departure time. Get your tickets then go to the window on the way to the departure lounge, check the arrival times for the Air France 747 from Paris, and pay the departure tax ($20 per person). Head back to the beach. If your flight is after the 747's arrival time, drive past the airport, and turn left when the road turns right toward the hotels and casinos. The road will go between the beach and the end of the runway. Park and get a drink at the Sunset Beach Bar and wait for the 747. As is approaches, take a stroll toward the end of the runway but stay clear of the area immediately in front of the runway as the plane occasionally catches the fence! Have your camera ready. Return the car and head home to plan your return trip.

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