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ewr2sxm
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LOVE SXM, but need to try something NEW!!
      #1630724 - 02/08/15 09:46 PM (73.160.108.16)

In 1995, my husband & I met & fell in love with St. Martin/Orient Beach. Since then, for almost every vacation (sometimes, 3x per year) that's the only place we've gone, which means we haven't really explored / tried much else. We are mid-40's, and love spending the day in crystal clear/calm water and would like to ask anyone who LOVES St. Martin &/or Orient Beach for recommendations on some of their favorite (alternate) beach vacations. Anything come close in (Hawaii, Florida, Bahamas)? Any suggestions are greatly appreciated! :)

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SXMScubaman
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Re: LOVE SXM, but need to try something NEW!! [Re: ewr2sxm]
      #1630725 - 02/08/15 10:03 PM (97.113.190.65)

Don't expect the same tropical vibe in Hawaii as you get in St Maarten. We spent a week in Maui and all I can say it felt like just an extension of San Diego. The week we spent in Kuahi prior to going to Maui was a little better but still not like a tropical destination I would go back to.

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pat
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Re: LOVE SXM, but need to try something NEW!! [Re: ewr2sxm]
      #1630726 - 02/08/15 10:10 PM (32.216.72.14)

We've done a lot of islands over a lot of years and as far as I'm concerned, there is no other place we've found that comes even remotely close to the different vibes of St. Martin/St. Maarten. Found some nice islands that we've really enjoyed, but nothing with all this island offers.

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charlieh
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Re: LOVE SXM, but need to try something NEW!! [Re: ewr2sxm]
      #1630731 - 02/08/15 10:36 PM (71.54.151.134)

This may sound odd, but have you tried St Barts? It has a significantly different feel.

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COACHIE
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Re: LOVE SXM, but need to try something NEW!! [Re: charlieh]
      #1630735 - 02/08/15 11:33 PM (100.33.111.179)

My wife and I first came to St. Martin off a cruise and fell in love with the island. I recommend taking a cruise to get the feel of various islands and then pick one you like to return to. We especially like Grand Cayman, St. Lucia, Antigua and Barbados. If you are looking for something like Orient Beach and clothing optional you probably won't find it.

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jollymonsrv
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Re: LOVE SXM, but need to try something NEW!! [Re: pat]
      #1630756 - 02/09/15 08:24 AM (74.104.133.164)

For our 30th anniversary (10 yrs ago) my wife requested the same. So I searched and found Hawks Cay Resort Barbados. Only C/O beach on island and private. We were'nt there more than 1 day when she asked me "Why did'nt we go to SXM". We made the most of our vacation but she has never broached the subject again.. However. I would like to go back to St. John and day trip to BVI/ Jost van Dyke :

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pat
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Re: LOVE SXM, but need to try something NEW!! [Re: jollymonsrv]
      #1630763 - 02/09/15 08:48 AM (32.216.72.14)

That's funny - Barbados, along with Grenada and St. John, are the three 'other' major islands we've totally enjoyed and would eagerly return to. Different vibes all, but each lovely and worth a revisit, - just not SXM!

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LBI2SXM
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Re: LOVE SXM, but need to try something NEW!! [Re: pat]
      #1630829 - 02/09/15 01:42 PM (69.141.53.52)

We have been to most of the Caribbean islands in traveling our last 30 years, plus Mexico and Bahamas (the out islands have gorgeous beaches). None has the vibe like SXM and it turned out to be our favorite. We did discover Curacao 7 years ago and it is our 2nd favorite destination where we go every February. It's an adventure to go and visit other islands where you will be able to compare and chances are you most likely will not find an island quite like SXM!

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whammy
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Re: LOVE SXM, but need to try something NEW!! [Re: LBI2SXM]
      #1630854 - 02/09/15 03:06 PM (73.38.155.131)

How would you describe Curacao? We keep wondering about other places, but for 5 years have kept going back to SXM! (before that, Puerto Rico, Aruba)
Would like to try a new place, but feet are dragging!

And Carol, what are the things you liked about Barbados and Granada?

Edited by whammy (02/09/15 03:09 PM)


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Carol_HillAdministrator
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Re: LOVE SXM, but need to try something NEW!! [Re: whammy]
      #1630858 - 02/09/15 03:21 PM (71.101.34.145)

I think you intended to direct that question to Pat, not to me. We have only visited Barbados on cruises and I really didn't see much there that I was personally interested to go back. Grenada, I think we spent a night there one time, but again, mostly just visited on cruises.

Frankly, if you don't want or need a c/o beach, there may be several islands that you can try, but if you want c/o, that really restricts your options.


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