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Heading to St Maarten in April

Discussion in 'Caribbean Timesharing' started by Free2Roam, Mar 28, 2019.

  1. Free2Roam

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    Our last visit was in 2014. We rented a car and did self-guided tours of the island... we found plenty to keep us busy.

    This visit we're considering a day trip to either Anguilla or St Barts. There are 4 of us traveling. Any recent experiences to share? Were those islands hit hard by Irma in 2017? If so, have they recovered?

    I'm looking at the Anguilla Prickly Pear Day Trip by Catamaran. It's $120 per person... it includes an open bar and snacks on board, snorkel gear and lunch in Anguilla. Or... we could take the ferry, which is about half the cost... and just do our own thing when we get there. I've never done a Catamaran so I'm kinda leaning towards that... it just sounds like a better experience. Thoughts?

    How about the day trip to St Barts by ferry from Simpson Bay?

    Any other recommendations?
     
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    We've done catamaran trips to Prickly Pear and Anguilla several times, although the ones we've done usually just visit one place. Both have lovely beaches, although there's not much to see snorkeling. We always think it’s a fun way to spend a day, combining the beach time with the boat trip. Most of the crews are fun and go out of their way to provide good service. We have not done the ferry so can't provide a comparison, but I understand it's easy to get a taxi at the ferry dock to take you to one of the great beaches.

    Haven't done St Bart’s either. I get seasick and have heard that ride is much rougher.
     
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    When in April are you going? Carnival starts April 22 and lasts about 2 weeks: great concerts almost every night, parades and festivities many of the days, etc. We managed to see a lot of it during our St. Maarten stay a few years ago. Maybe you'll be lucky too.
     
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    I just learned yesterday that carnival starts late April. We'll be there the 2nd week of April... I'll have to plan better next time!
     
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    Great info, I had a chat with the group... we'll definitely do the Catamaran. Thanks for the info!

    I also read that the trip to St Barts is a rough and bumpy one.
     
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    Just paid our first day visit to Sint Maarten/St Martin off a cruise ship. So many have told me it is their favorite Caribbean island. We were so disappointed! Yes, it is badly damaged from the hurricane but even the views of beaches, etc., just weren't that great. I don't get it! What is it that makes it special to so many?
     
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    Unfortunately I don't think cruisers get a chance to see the best of SXM. There are many wonderful beaches, most that you would never see unless you go off the main roads. Right now most cruisers are just using the beach by the cruise dock in Philipsburg, where I'd never spend any beach time, or another near one of the big timeshares on the Dutch side. There are many other beaches with amazing sand and blue water, often with beach bars that offer great lunches.

    We also love the restaurants. Grand Case on the French side is considered one of the best places for dining in the Caribbean, but the Dutch side has a growing number of wonderful restaurants, too. I'm a foodie and have had really top notch meals on the island. It's also called the Friendly Island, and we find that so many people we meet live up to that description, which encourages return visitors.
     

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