So last night my gf and I were talking about planning a vacation and I threw out St. Maarten and she agreed - sort of. She’s actually all for it, as they have gambling and that sealed the deal for her. From a spectator standpoint though, I’m not sure if I want to burn an entire vacation there. Don’t get me wrong - I’ve dreamed of Maho Beach for years, but now that it might become a reality, I’m thinking of other idea’s and don’t want to go all in, only to look back and regret the thousands of dollars we spent and all I have to show for it is some cool pics. So, are there any fellow members that have been? How was it? Recommendations of where to stay, things to do/see? Anywhere else that you’d recommend? She doesn’t really care where we go, but wants to go somewhere tropical (and that preferably allows gambling). We’re still a ways off - this probably won’t happen until this time a year from now, but we’re going to go ahead and start planning. Thanks for any suggestions.
Here’s a thought…given the requirements of the trip; tropical locations, gambling, copius amounts of sex, partying (includes drinking, eating and whatever else) romantic type of atmosphere…etc…take a cruise that visits those locations as in, St Maarten and the surrounding area islands. That way your not stuck in one place, if it turns out to be less than what your expectations where of the place. Again, just a thought.
Oh…and no I have not been there. Have freinds that have and raved about it. Down side…they said it was a little pricey. They did the all-inclusive thing with a resort several years ago.
You must not know my girlfriend! haha - actually that’s not a bad idea. I’m not much for spending a week+ stuck on a boat, but I’ve never been on a cruise either and I’ve heard that it’s not what I would expect. I’ll look into that - it would give me the chance to explore several islands, while still getting to see Maho and the scenery (both kinds of scenery). I still wouldn’t mind spending a week or so at S.M., provided it’s not a caribbean version of Myrtle Beach, which, living on the coast of SC, I’ve had more than my share of.
I spent a few nights there. I stayed at the Sonesta for the first night - a bit expensive for my blood. I spent the rest of my time at the “Travel Inn Lodge” which is on the north side of the airport which was a bit more reasonable in price. A 10-minute taxi ride to Maho Beach cost $10 one way (can’t remember if that included a tip or not). While I did in fact spend most of my time on Maho Beach, the rest of my time was much like any other island getaway (shopping, gambling, dining, etc.), except I did not go swimming at all. Any time at the beach was spent at the Sunset Beach Bar.
Thanks for the input guys. We’ve looked at a couple of different options, but being that this is “my vacation”, I think I’m going to suggest something a little different. My gf proposed that we should do 2 vacations, a “my vacation” and a “her vacation”. She will go wherever I like for my vacay, but I have to follow her wherever she chooses for her’s. As soon as she recommended this, I told her that I want her to choose first and I will make my decision based on what she chooses. If she chooses somewhere tropical, I’ll burn my decision on something else (Alaska, Vancouver, Vegas, etc.). If she ends up picking Branson, Missouri or something hokey like that - I’ll be camped out, basking in the sand infused jet blast on Maho Beach, with her handcuffed to my arm for an entire week. I want to see her cards before I fold, I guess you could say. I thought Sunset Bar had been shut down needle? And is it your wedding in S.M. fly? I can only imagine reciting vows over the deafening roar of a jet engine spooling up! (my kind of heaven)
It was closed for renovation. I heard it opened back up a month or so ago.
I haven’t been there for a couple of years, but I stayed at the Sonesta, and got the all-inclusive deal. I wouldn’t recommend going there just to gamble, the casino on Maho Beach isn’t that great. Some of the best snorkeling I’ve done was there.
We sailed out of St. Maarten and visited 5 other destinations, including St. Barts. The ship was a replica of a 1910 vintage clipper ship.
This wasn’t one of those cruises where you had to sail the ship, but you could do nautical stuff if you wanted to.
Most of the passengers were European or Retired US Military.
It was the best of both worlds–beach and fine dining at St. Maarten, exploring ports of call that the big cruise ships can’t get into, and on days when we didn’t go on the shore tours, we practically had the entire boat to ourselves.
Not to be a party-pooper, but the plane watching at SXM is rather overrated. Yes, you can get some amazing photos (as thousands of others have done) but there are long periods where nothing happens at all. Apart from the local third-level arilines the traffic is quite unremarkable. A single day there was enough for me, YMMV.