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Going To St. Martin on Short Notice...3 Questions #180260
01/09/2019 06:09 PM
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Hey!

I just found out I’m going to St. Martin (the French side) the last week in March.

I know it’s short notice, but my parents just announced we were going last weekend.

So I have three quick questions, if anyone can answer I’d appreciate that.

1. Do they have any restaurants that have a gluten-free menu?

2. What are the best things to see? I know we’ll be mainly going to the beaches, but what’s worth seeing inland?

3. Does anyone know a good workout program that I can do over ten weeks?

Sorry, I’m just not sure where to begin, so I thought I’d ask people who went. Thanks!

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Re: Going To St. Martin on Short Notice...3 Questions [Re: Allison731] #180273
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Not sure on the menus. We eat paleo and we can navigate pretty well through the restaurants. If you have celiacs then you may have trouble getting things prepared correctly.

Lotree farms, parrotville, the fort, Phillipsburg, Tijon perfume, Margot market are some things you should check out

For the next ten weeks you should eat sensible and exercise. Self acceptance is the key to happiness

Re: Going To St. Martin on Short Notice...3 Questions [Re: Allison731] #180277
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Check out Rainforest Adventures .............. https://www.rainforestadventure.com/pages/stmaarten


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Re: Going To St. Martin on Short Notice...3 Questions [Re: TravelHat] #180280
01/09/2019 08:21 PM
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Would second "Travelhat"'s list, moving Tijon up to top. Also add a visit to St Maarten Yacht Club to enjoy the mega yachts coming and going.


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Re: Going To St. Martin on Short Notice...3 Questions [Re: Allison731] #180301
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Can you go on the Yachts?

Thanks everyone, by the way. I’m not much of a nature girl, but those rainforest adventures do look like they’re worth a try.

I don’t have celiacs, so I can live with gluten. I just prefer without.

As for the workout program, I don’t need anything big like Croos Fit or something of that sorts. I just need something simple. This is St. Martin and we’ll be going to the beaches every day, so obviously I’d need to look good naked. It’s not like I’m training for a run or anything.

Re: Going To St. Martin on Short Notice...3 Questions [Re: Allison731] #180304
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No, you can't go on the yachts.

Swimming is a great workout!


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Re: Going To St. Martin on Short Notice...3 Questions [Re: Allison731] #180317
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Do some HITT (high intensity interval training) as a workout. Very effective way to tone up. There are lots of videos on the internet. I went on body rock.com to get most of my workouts. You don’t need heavy weights and it will kick your a$$.

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Re: Going To St. Martin on Short Notice...3 Questions [Re: Allison731] #180326
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I also try to limit gluten in my diet. So, when we're traveling all I do is lay off the breads, rolls, danish, etc. and actually this is easy to do on St. Martin. Many of the restaurants have excellent seafood offerings, and I usually focus on that. If you like lobster, grouper, etc. you'll find no shortage of it on SXM. And, it's all 'gluten free!'

As far as doing stuff inland, I agree with all the suggestions above. Having a day or two away from the beach can be a nice break. If you like shopping Philipsburg and Marigot will have plenty of that. Unfortunately, the zoo and the butterfly farm were wiped out by the hurricane 16 months ago, but Parrotville has re-opened and is worth a visit. Not sure if the Yoda Guy is back in Philipsburg, but his little Star Wars museum and gallery was also a nice break (and it was air conditioned).

Can't help you with a workout program, but one thing my wife and I do when we visit Orient Beach (or any other beach that's long enough) is that we love to walk the shore from top-to-bottom. It keeps us moving and helps burn off all the food we've been consuming during our stay! And, Orient Beach is one of the best for this. It's about 1.3 miles from the northern tip near Mont Vernon all the way down to where Papagayo's used to be in Club Orient. So, round trip we would log about 2-1/2 miles with each walk. But, if you're thinking about strolling this in the 'buff' you are limited to the beachfront below the rocks where Pedro's used to stand. And, I wouldn't worry too much about how you look with or without a suit on. From my past experiences no one really notices or cares, and everyone there is happy just to be on vacation. Good luck.

Re: Going To St. Martin on Short Notice...3 Questions [Re: Allison731] #180347
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The Country Club at Port de Plaisance has a great gym for workout, opens early, cardio and weights, and nice locker rooms. They offer monthly memberships for couples, singles and seniors. Senior special is $45 for a month. We have done this for several years.

Re: Going To St. Martin on Short Notice...3 Questions [Re: Allison731] #180383
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My wife cannot tolerate gluten (just like her mother). She was very careful to ask (in the kitchen, not the wait staff) about which items are gluten free. Some restaurants like Sao in Orient Village have the menu clearly marked. Here is the question to be asked while holding the menu: Quels repas sont sans gluten? Repas is pronounced REY PA

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