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vacanakey
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Re: Advice on where on the island to stay - 1st trip [Re: BobNLiz]
      #1729254 - 04/06/17 07:05 PM (173.27.192.30)

Hi Fleckre,
We faced the same dilemma as you and started splitting our stays when visiting SXM. The last couple visits we have stayed the first 3 days at Flamingo in Simpson Bay, which is walking distance to restaurants, bars, and casino. We then move to Orient Village for the last 4 days of our stay. I know many here don't like the idea of the hassle of moving mid-week, but it isnt a big deal, and didnt cost us any beach time at all. We stayed at Club Fantastico in Orient Village and it was absoultely perfect for us.

Good luck and enjoy the planning process.

Edited by vacanakey (04/06/17 07:06 PM)


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barryvabeach
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Re: Advice on where on the island to stay - 1st trip [Re: vacanakey]
      #1729259 - 04/06/17 09:03 PM (100.4.108.113)

Fleckre, we stayed one week in Simpson Bay ( dutch side ) one week in Orient Beach, and one week in Grand Case - vbro or homeaway for our 3 different trips. Grand Case is the place to be, you can find high end restaurants, but there are lolos at the north end where you can eat at a picnic table, and picnic table fare and a pizza place at the sound end of town as well. While the street is dark, and there is no sidewalk, just watch where you are walking , we walked to dinner and back each night, no problems. If you want to go to Orient for a day, it is a very short trip. Orient Beach got very quiet at night, and very few dining options on the beach, though there are more in the Orient village area. If you rent a VBRO or homeaway in Grand Case - check on the parking - not sure if it matters as much in June, but in the busy season it is nice to have dedicated parking. You won't need a car if you just stayed in Grand Case, but we liked taking day trips to other nearby beaches.

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OhDrinkBoy
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Re: Advice on where on the island to stay - 1st trip [Re: barryvabeach]
      #1729262 - 04/06/17 09:17 PM (99.111.130.240)

My advice is to stay in orient village close to the village center. close to the beach, walk to dinner most nights. lots of places on vrbo (townhouses and condos). grab a cab if you want to go to maho. yea, it will cost for the taxi, but you said you only plan to go a couple of times. short drive to grand case for dinner. most of all, you don't have to drive at all if you don't want to.

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islandgem
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Re: Advice on where on the island to stay - 1st trip [Re: fleckre]
      #1729263 - 04/06/17 09:31 PM (174.116.44.201)

My suggestion would be to stay in Simpson Bay or Maho area to be close to restaurants and nightlife and travel to the French side beaches during the daytime. This works great for many here on the forum.

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RonDon
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Re: Advice on where on the island to stay - 1st trip [Re: islandgem]
      #1729269 - 04/07/17 07:07 AM (108.12.200.47)

What type of nightlife are you looking for?

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fleckre
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Re: Advice on where on the island to stay - 1st trip [Re: RonDon]
      #1729290 - 04/07/17 10:52 AM (104.129.196.206)

All good thoughts. Varying opinions to some degree, but it's helping think through the trade offs of each location.

RonDon, we are typically more the Red Piano type - more chilled vibe with live music, but given vacation and no kids we may do one or two nights of dancing / night club scene - a la Refuge. Would be especially interested in the latter if there's an event or special party of some sort, but it looks like those will be less prevalent in June.


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Re: Advice on where on the island to stay - 1st trip [Re: fleckre]
      #1729291 - 04/07/17 10:57 AM (174.194.128.162)

Based on that, I would agree with IslandGem's suggesting of staying in the Simpson Bay or Maho areas. You can travel to the beaches during the day, but be close to home for evening entertainment.

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