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Family Friendly Dining #202393
08/13/2019 10:20 PM
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Looking for some thoughts on family friendly dining on St. Maarten. My wife and I are travelling to the island in March with our 6 year old and almost 3 year old and are looking for some places, likely mostly on the Dutch side, that would be ok to bring the kids to. We’re mostly looking for dinner but would take some suggestions on breakfast and lunch as well. We’re renting a villa in Pelican Key down past the Simpson Bay Resort and the Flamingo Beach Resort. We will have a car.

So far we are considering:

Buccaneer Beach Bar
Sunset Beach Bar
Pineapple Pete’s
Marks Place
St Maarten Yacht Club
Spaghetti House SXM

I know these aren’t high end places but it’s the sort of thing we’re looking for with young kids. Any other recommendations?

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Re: Family Friendly Dining [Re: VegasCanadian] #202396
08/13/2019 10:57 PM
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Skipjacks would add. Mary’s boon, they serve lunch there on the beach. Could be fun.

Re: Family Friendly Dining [Re: VegasCanadian] #202397
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You're going to the right island, Vegas. Bang for the buck St. Maarten is second to none in the Caribbean. Second Bran's recommendation for Skipjacks. In the same general neighborhood you could add in Topper's (great burgers), Top Carrot, and The Greenhouse. And, that's just for starters. The Buccaneer Beach Bar is also right there based on where you are staying, but keep in mind this is a beach bar and is a little different from the other dining establishments previously mentioned. You already have Mark's Place (my favorite) and Pineapple Pete's so your good there. Be aware that Mark's Place is closer to Philipsburg and will require about a 15 minute drive to get there from the Simpson Bay area. Sunset Beach Bar is in the Maho area and you'd have to drive there as well and find parking. Really good cheeseburgers, but be aware that every now-and-then there's a woman (or two) who drinks for free when 'topless' at the nearby bar on these grounds (trust me ... most kids could care less about that).

The Yacht Club is just past Skipjacks and many people on this board love it, though I have never dined there. Also, in the same direction over the little bridge is The Palms which is yet another recommended place. As for the Spaghetti House that's out in the Cupecoy Area, so you could try that place if you spend a day at Mullet Bay Beach. You will need to check in advance to see which of these places serves breakfast, but all of them will be good for lunch or dinner. Hope this helps.

Re: Family Friendly Dining [Re: VegasCanadian] #202400
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With kids you should definitely do Pinel Island.
The ferry leaves from Cul de Sac and first trip is usually around 9:30.
There are two restaurants there, Yellow Beach and Karibuni.
I prefer Yellow Beach.
Pinel Island has great swimming for kids, water is shallow and warm.


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Re: Family Friendly Dining [Re: VegasCanadian] #202402
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Rainbow Cafe Grand Case another nice lunch on beach day.
Good Food.
Calm water.


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Re: Family Friendly Dining [Re: VegasCanadian] #202403
08/14/2019 07:13 AM
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Greenhouse, Simpson Bay. Good food, nice outdoor space.

Re: Family Friendly Dining [Re: VegasCanadian] #202406
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I would second Green House. If i remember right there was some children's playground equipment on the beach for the little ones.



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Re: Family Friendly Dining [Re: VegasCanadian] #202407
08/14/2019 07:49 AM
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Re: BBB ..... on Friday & Sundays after sunset they have a very family friendly fireball and movies on the beach where a bunch of local families come and the kids have a great time. Check as you drive by for the daily event sign. Sometimes it's only on Sunday....

Re: Family Friendly Dining [Re: VegasCanadian] #202411
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All of your suggestions sound very appropriate for family friendly. I'm not personally familiar with the Spaghetti House, so can't personally recommend them, but all the others are very good. I would recommend Le Suciere for great pastries and croissants, either as carryout, or to be enjoyed on their back patio. They have quiches and all manner of pastries and great coffee, but no eggs/bacon/etc. I might recommend also Captain D's for carryout chicken and ribs, to be enjoyed back at your villa. Not a meal, per se, but also check out the Carousel for duh the Carousel and some great gelato. And, kids being kids, don't be surprised if they see Mickey D's and want you to go in there! smile


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Re: Family Friendly Dining [Re: VegasCanadian] #202414
08/14/2019 09:51 AM
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Oh ... another place I just remembered that many of the locals recommend is Sale & Pepe which is also in the general area (Welfare Road). But, it may be a bit on the expensive side for dinner and I know they don't serve breakfast here. In all honesty it's hard to visit St. Maarten and not have fantastic dining experiences. The number of good restaurants here on both sides is remarkable, and as you might be able to tell from this forum many people keep returning to SXM for the dining first, and the beaches second.

BTW, where is Stouffville, Ontario? Sounds like it's in the Vaughn area north of metro Toronto. I know Ontario very well from my travels but never heard of this town.

Re: Family Friendly Dining [Re: VegasCanadian] #202417
08/14/2019 10:27 AM
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Vegas,

All of your noted options are good for family dining, particularly for lunches and dinners. As far as I know, the only ones that offer breakfasts are the St. Maarten Yacht Club - best for a casual family breakfast with a view, depending on time of year and time of breakfast, and of course, the Sunset Beach Bar, of which I'm not a fan but many are. We also enjoy the Tortuga at Royal Islander Club Le Plage but parking there can be problematic.

I just want to add, we are 40+ year annual visitors to the island and traveled here with both our kids when they were young and then our grands and we NEVER found a restaurant that wasn't friendly to kids. Some tend to be on the pricey side with menus perhaps not suited to kids tastes but most will come up with a pasta plate if called upon and they are usually very receptive to little ones.

With reference specifically to the Spaghetti House in the Cupecoy area, it is very good and extremely reasonably priced but there are only a few tables that we could see. The food was excellent and it is extremely casual for a sit-down restaurant. The first time we went I foolishly asked the waiter for a wine list and the response was, "red and white" and that was as good as it got but their house wines were good. They do a pretty big take-out service from what we could see.

And if this one doesn't work for you, diagonally across the street is Fat Tonys, kind of a mostly open air corner bar type place that serves very good pizzas along with a variety of other items as well. Very casual and very reasonably priced and they, too, seem to do a large take out service.


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Re: Family Friendly Dining [Re: VegasCanadian] #202419
08/14/2019 10:45 AM
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Toppers can be added to that list as well. All others mentioned are great choices too. The kids might like seeing the plains land at Maho and sitting in SSBB having a soda.

Re: Family Friendly Dining [Re: VegasCanadian] #202428
08/14/2019 11:43 AM
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Thanks everyone! I'll check into some of these places. We'll eat most breakfasts at our villa and lunches will likely mostly consist of different beach bars but these will be some great ideas for supper. Appreciate the help!

Re: Family Friendly Dining [Re: SammyM] #202429
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Originally Posted by SammyM
BTW, where is Stouffville, Ontario? Sounds like it's in the Vaughn area north of metro Toronto. I know Ontario very well from my travels but never heard of this town.


Stouffville in Northeast of downtown Toronto, so just north of Markham.

Re: Family Friendly Dining [Re: VegasCanadian] #202470
08/14/2019 04:25 PM
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add Fat Tony's.......across from Spaghetti House. BEST pizza on the island..and great bbq. Lee's is also getting ready to reopen in their new location....and has always been kid friendly.

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Is Fat Tony's the little outdoor place after B.B.'s grill near the university.
If so I second.
Love love the pizza.
Was kinda surprised the first time we had it.
Was excellent.


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Re: Family Friendly Dining [Re: VegasCanadian] #202497
08/14/2019 10:53 PM
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exactly the place!!! great food...great prices....and fun fun fun


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