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Re: Best and worst areas in St. Martin
Posted by: Peyman (---.hsd1.mi.comcast.net)
Date: June 16, 2015 07:53AM

We are looking at an apartment near "bikini beach". Is this area nice? I have an 8 year old, it the area too crowded? Thanks.

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Re: Best and worst areas in St. Martin
Posted by: Kati (---.nwrknj.fios.verizon.net)
Date: November 10, 2015 04:37PM

I am so glad I am reading these posts! We are heading to St Martin in January and I was thinking of booking in Marigot. Seems that it isn't a favorite. Checking out Orient now! Thanks all! smiling smiley

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Re: Best and worst areas in St. Martin
Posted by: Helen (---.dsl.sta.abo.bbox.fr)
Date: July 08, 2016 10:36AM

I know St Maarten very well.
Let me tell you:

- Philipsburg is not safe after 5 PM, I do not recommend to live there.
- Marigot sucks: you can go there during the day for some shopping but stay away by night !! Very dangerous.
- Sandy Ground: I never had any problems with people there as long as they know you. However, if you are stranger to them, stay away.
- The best areas to settle when you are new on the island is Maho, Cupecoy/Mullet Bay, Simpson Bay, Bay Rouge, and Baie Longue.
- Grand Case, Orient Bay and Oster Point are in the average. However, I do not recommend to live there as it is too far from main attractions.
- Nettle Bay was the average but too close to Sandy Ground.

Enjoy!

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Re: Best and worst areas in St. Martin
Posted by: bob2 (---.dhcp.oxfr.ma.charter.com)
Date: July 08, 2016 11:50AM

snarky? is that your favorite word?

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Re: Best and worst areas in St. Martin
Posted by: lancebrown (---.hsd1.md.comcast.net)
Date: July 15, 2016 11:58PM

Well... I guess HELEN really knows EVERYTHING about the island!! Are you a native to the island, Helen??

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Re: Best and worst areas in St. Martin
Posted by: Bolduk_10 (---.94.183.59.static.quadranet.com)
Date: July 30, 2016 05:53AM


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Re: Best and worst areas in St. Martin
Posted by: Bolduk_10 (210.56.117.---)
Date: August 02, 2016 12:11AM

Great post.

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Re: Best and worst areas in St. Martin
Posted by: addenbro (---.w90-31.abo.wanadoo.fr)
Date: November 20, 2016 08:18AM

Marigot - the worst but only due to the horrendous road works the French side have decided to do just before high season. Marigot is one big traffic jam. I feel so bad for all the businesses there.

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Re: Best and worst areas in St. Martin
Posted by: Janet (---.dsl.bell.ca)
Date: January 21, 2018 02:22PM

I am a regular visitor to St Maarten for approx. 15 years on the Dutch side. I am very careful of places when going off the resorts I also do not go out in the nights unless one of the locals (friends) are driving. Its like every country you must be careful especially in the nights. I never had a problem and I always feel safe My husband usually rent a car and drive in the day. The bottom line is I feel safe on this island. We always visited the French side and always have a good time (food and shopping)

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Re: Best and worst areas in St. Martin
Posted by: Tumber (173.239.197.---)
Date: March 20, 2018 09:04AM

Janet is absolutely right. If you approach things reasonably, you won't have any more trouble than in any other place in the world. St Maarten is pretty safe.

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