Will be on St Maarten for about seven hours in Sep while cruising on Century. Don't usually do ship's excursions. Any suggestions? Had thought about taking taxi to Marigot for the Wed market and maybe Grand Case for a light lunch. Any suggestions from you seasoned cruisers?
We just took a taxi out to Orient beach, besides what you hear about it, there are plenty of water sports, places to eat, and and all around nice beach day. I thought it was really pretty there, just a thought?? Enjoy the island.
We spent 10 days in St Maarten just recently and as far as the beaches go we liked both Orient Beach and Dawn Beach. There is a beach hut at Dawn Beach (Mr. Busby's) that had great ribs. Great spot for lunch. It is much smaller and less crowded than Orient Beach and no nude bathing there. Orient Beach is nice also, lots to do there and quite nice. Lots of topless bathers on both beaches however.
The market at Marigot on Wednesday's is pretty neat. Lots of local crafts and of course the obligitory t-shirts and things.
We are looking forward to going back again next week on Enchantment.
My wife and I will be cruising on the Celebrity Century in late Sept, we plan on heading up to Orient Beach in St Martin. You mentioned you took a cab. We were debating between renting a car for the journey or taking a cab. The Century has a relatively early departure, 3:30, and we didn't know what the availability of cabs back from the beach would be, we don't want to be stranded. Also what was the price of the cab ride?
Hi Bill and Irene,
On the way out it was just my husband and I and the cab costs was $15.00.
Were fortunate that another couple were going back to the pier also, so we only paid $10.00 for the return trip. This was also last year, so its possible it may be a little higher, but if you can find others going that way you can also save. When we were ready to leave we just walked to where we were dropped off and there were a few cabs, so don't think finding a cab to take you back will be a problem.
You may also just ask the driver that drops you off to come back at a certain time, they will usually do that if its possible. Unless you plan on driving around on your own or just going out to the beach, I'd opt for the cab. Enjoy the beach, lots to do and see :-)
Shopping is great in St. Maarten. The prices are better on the Dutch side of the island. The jewelry prices were particularly good and there is a very large selection. I found the prices to be better than in St. Thomas