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M. from Brooklyn asked

Family recommendations for St. Maarten?

Hello,  We will be going with our two boys (14 & 11) to St. Maarten in late November.  We are staying on the Dutch side and renting a car.  Looking for any must-see or must-do activities, beaches and restaurants.  Thanks!

St Maarten (United States)   Philipsburg (Netherlands Antilles)   Sint Maarten (Netherlands Antilles)

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answered first by
G from St Maarten

we got alot of snorkeling activities, beautiful beaches , at the airport you can always ask for brochures with different activity desk.

restaurants you can visit Bucaneer, pineapple pete

If you haven't book your car rental as yet pls let me know

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answered by
Lev from Gyöngyös


Rhino Safari. It is a really fun activity where you get to drive your own boat. It is reasonably priced too.

Spend a nice afternoon with lunch at the Loterie Farm. Bit expensive, but very classy. You can also go zip-lining over there but that is nothing special.

Visit the neighbouring island. Saint Barthelemy is the island of the rich and famous, that's where all the billionaires go for vacation.

Go snorkeling at Divi Little Bay Beach Resort, they have sunken submarine, helicopter and stuff.

Go to Grand Case to choose from dozens of great restaurants. It also has a nice beach.

Of course, Maho Beach where planes land very close to the beach is a must see. But nothing else is really a "must".

I also love Saba, it is nothing like any of the surrounding islands. It has no beach, but the bust diving in the Caribbean and a tropical rainforest like in South-America. Take a flight over there, not the boat.

For the best beaches, head over to Anguilla, You can get a daytrip package with speed boat, island tour, lunch, snorkel gear and paddle boards for as low as 98 dollars at Cocos Discount (next to Pineapple Pete restaurant in Simpson bay).

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  1. Loterie Farm (attraction)
  2. Saint Barthelemy (city)
  3. Divi Little Bay Beach Resort (hotel)
  4. Grand Case (city)
  5. Maho Beach (attraction)
  6. Saba (city)
  7. Anguilla (attraction)
answered by
Jeffrey from California

Of course it depends what you like to do, but here is my list (we've been going since our boys were about those ages).

Maho Bay Beach (Dutch); nothing quite like having jets land just over your head.  This falls into the "one of the few places on earth" category.

Mullet Bay Beach (Dutch); this is a spectacular beach and a great place to spend the day.  Best beach on the island in my opinion, but can get crowded is cruise ships are in port.

Visiting the ruins of the forts: Fort Amsterdam (Dutch) and Fort St. Louis (French).  Not difficult treks at all, and both offer terrific views of their respective harbors.

Friar's Bay (French); this beach north of Marigot is beautiful and not too crowded.  If you are feeling adventurous you can walk the trail at the north end of the beach across the bluff (15 minutes) to get to Happy Bay.  This place is secluded and beautiful!

Island Arts of the YodaGuy (Dutch); this is a truly hidden gem in Philipsburg.  This small storefront leads to a very impressive museum filled with movie memorabilia.  It is the collection of the creator of Yoda in Star Wars.  Great stuff!

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  1. Maho Bay Beach (attraction)
  2. Mullet Bay Beach (attraction)
  3. Friar's Bay (attraction)
  4. Marigot (city)
  5. Island Arts of the YodaGuy (attraction)

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