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Anse Marcel Beach #75544
11/18/2015 06:01 PM
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We spent a beautiful day yesterday on Anse Marcel Beach. [Linked Image]

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Re: Anse Marcel Beach [Re: islandgem] #75545
11/18/2015 06:13 PM
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We will get there one day...:)

Re: Anse Marcel Beach [Re: islandgem] #75546
11/18/2015 06:16 PM
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Our favorite

Re: Anse Marcel Beach [Re: islandgem] #75547
11/18/2015 06:20 PM
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For the record we are not complete fans of Anse Marcel
However - the latest trip reports from several have pics included, clearly I have to up our game this winter!
Lovely pics even if not our 1st choice for a beach

Not to hijack the thread ... but ... I have a gift card at a small specialty grocery store with a deli counter, I go once a wk for a take out cup of coffee for a short work break [work at home] when the card runs out, it's our time to go!
A little weekly reminder / count down for me of what is coming
J&B

Re: Anse Marcel Beach [Re: kish] #75548
11/18/2015 06:31 PM
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I will send you a PM to make arrangements.



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Re: Anse Marcel Beach [Re: islandgem] #75549
11/18/2015 07:14 PM
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Hey, no fair! No pictures of the food!! <img src="http://www.traveltalkonline.com/forums/images/graemlins/Smile.gif" alt="" />


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Re: Anse Marcel Beach [Re: Carol_Hill] #75550
11/18/2015 07:19 PM
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Sorry, I forgot to take pictures of the food yesterday. It was all gone before I thought about it. Too hungry, I guess.



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Re: Anse Marcel Beach [Re: islandgem] #75551
11/18/2015 07:43 PM
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OK, guess we'll have to forgive you this time!! <img src="http://www.traveltalkonline.com/forums/images/graemlins/Grin.gif" alt="" /> I'm just still salivating from Beachkitten's pictures of the food!!

Enjoy the rest of your trip!! <img src="http://www.traveltalkonline.com/forums/images/graemlins/toast.gif" alt="" />


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Re: Anse Marcel Beach [Re: Carol_Hill] #75552
11/18/2015 08:47 PM
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Carol, we really don't come here for the food. We come for the beaches and to enjoy the company of good friends. There is so much more to enjoy on this island besides food, but we all have to eat somewhere. <img src="http://www.traveltalkonline.com/forums/images/graemlins/Wink.gif" alt="" />



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Re: Anse Marcel Beach [Re: islandgem] #75553
11/18/2015 09:10 PM
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OK, everyone vacations differently. We definitely go to SXM at least PARTIALLY for the food, but whatever makes you happy, it's all good!


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Re: Anse Marcel Beach [Re: islandgem] #75554
11/18/2015 10:59 PM
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Homesick . . . .


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Re: Anse Marcel Beach [Re: islandgem] #75555
11/19/2015 12:13 AM
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almost 25 years of going to sxm, have never been to anse marcel beach. not even sure of where it is??? after seeing the pictures, and all the talk lately, it will have to be on our list this coming march.

we really must try to crack our ''creatures of habit'' mode. We have our favorites...but sure have to expand our pallet next trip.

Re: Anse Marcel Beach [Re: EdB] #75556
11/19/2015 08:28 AM
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Ed,

It's a bit if a trek from our quiet little corner but so very worth the effort and the scenery along the way is interesting, to say the very least.

The beach service is top shelf, the food is very good and it's a peaceful place to spend a lazy day but don't forget, it's just as long driving back as it was getting there in the first place. <img src="http://www.traveltalkonline.com/forums/images/graemlins/handshake.gif" alt="" /> <img src="http://www.traveltalkonline.com/forums/images/graemlins/handshake.gif" alt="" />


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Re: Anse Marcel Beach [Re: islandgem] #75557
11/19/2015 10:06 AM
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We discovered Anse Marcel last trip and it became our new favorite place to spend the day. It is a bit more expensive than some other places but the beautiful and peaceful setting combined with great food, calm waters and comfortable lounge chairs make it all worth while for us.

Re: Anse Marcel Beach [Re: EdB] #75558
11/19/2015 01:20 PM
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not even sure of where it is???


Take the road you would take to get to the Pinel ferry. Before the end of the road, however, take a left turn up the hill. There will be signs to the Riu, and I think there's a school on one of the left corners.

Take the windy ride up, and down, the hill. You will go through a gate (not staffed) that takes your picture. At the bottom of the hill, go toward the staffed guard shack. Just before the shack, take a left into the parking lot. Go through the parking lot to a street that parallels the parking lot. Take a right and follow the signs to Anse Marcel Beach Café/Restaurant. You will not be sorry you made the effort!


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Re: Anse Marcel Beach [Re: jazzgal] #75559
11/19/2015 01:42 PM
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Jazzgirl,

You can drive down to the beach? That would be good news as we always walk and that is a hike. Thanks for heads-up and any more details you can provide. We like Anse Marcel except for the walk, Mike.


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Re: Anse Marcel Beach [Re: StMartinMike] #75560
11/19/2015 02:36 PM
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Not Jazzgirl, but yes, you can drive all the way in right up to the doorstep of the restaurant.

When we were there in April we didn't realize this and parked where the signs indicated and then we carried all our beach things - towels, beach bags, cameras etc., in. You don't want to know what I was thinking when we found we could have driven......but in the end, it was such a nice day that the walk in fades in memory by comparison. Almost..... <img src="http://www.traveltalkonline.com/forums/images/graemlins/jester.gif" alt="" /> <img src="http://www.traveltalkonline.com/forums/images/graemlins/jester.gif" alt="" />


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Re: Anse Marcel Beach [Re: pat] #75561
11/19/2015 05:14 PM
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Driving right to the door there now is such a big improvement. They are getting much more business now at the restaurant because of the good parking. Last night when we left, they were setting up for a special function.



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Re: Anse Marcel Beach [Re: islandgem] #75562
11/19/2015 05:19 PM
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Elizabeth, are there signs directing you to the restaurant parking? I haven't been in that area since the hotel was Le Meridien, lol!

Re: Anse Marcel Beach [Re: GaKaye] #75563
11/19/2015 06:12 PM
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Yes, there are signs right near the guard shack with arrows pointing the way. I really think you will like it there.



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Re: Anse Marcel Beach [Re: islandgem] #75564
11/19/2015 06:59 PM
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It is our favorite. Last February spent 12 days there out of 16.

Re: Anse Marcel Beach [Re: islandgem] #75565
11/19/2015 07:06 PM
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I think I will too. It sounds like my kind of place. Thank you for your help, and we'll see you soon!!

Re: Anse Marcel Beach [Re: annS] #75566
11/19/2015 10:44 PM
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It is our favorite.


Mine too. Love, love, love it.


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Re: Anse Marcel Beach [Re: islandgem] #75567
11/19/2015 10:47 PM
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Yes, there are signs right near the guard shack with arrows pointing the way. I really think you will like it there.


And then there are continued signs after you turn out of the parking lot by the shack. There are two or three turns, but all of them are very well marked. You just can't miss it!


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Re: Anse Marcel Beach [Re: jazzgal] #75568
11/20/2015 09:54 AM
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Is the water as crystal clear as mullet?

Re: Anse Marcel Beach [Re: Chicki] #75569
11/20/2015 09:57 AM
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Absolutely and no shelf in the water or cliff down to the water. Also, no big waves or surf to knock you over, or at least, that's been our experience each time we've been there....


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Re: Anse Marcel Beach [Re: pat] #75570
11/20/2015 10:33 AM
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Sounds beautiful. We will definitely have to visit this beach on our next trip.

Re: Anse Marcel Beach [Re: GaKaye] #75571
11/20/2015 11:38 AM
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Elizabeth, are there signs directing you to the restaurant parking? I haven't been in that area since the hotel was Le Meridien, lol!


I was thinking the same thing - we stayed at Le Méridien years ago as an add-on, and then visited a couple of more times over the years. The roads leading there never thrilled me, though - but maybe I'll have to add it back on to my must do's this year.

Re: Anse Marcel Beach [Re: ProfLangue] #75572
11/20/2015 05:58 PM
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The road up over the hills to Anse Marcel have never changed over the years. Still twisted and curved and very slippery when wet. It can be adventurous for sure especially at night in the darkness. It is never too much of a challenge during daylight hours and a nice reward when you get to the end! <img src="http://www.traveltalkonline.com/forums/images/graemlins/Wink.gif" alt="" />



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Re: Anse Marcel Beach [Re: islandgem] #75573
11/20/2015 10:28 PM
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Have not been in this area for many years but the last time we went it felt like an armed camp with fences, fences everywhere...

Re: Anse Marcel Beach [Re: gotaluvit] #75574
11/20/2015 10:53 PM
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I never saw any fences there and we have been going for several years. Not sure if you are talking about the same place.



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Re: Anse Marcel Beach [Re: islandgem] #75575
11/21/2015 12:10 AM
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What is the grade of the hill like that goes down in to Anse Marcel? Is it as steep as the the grade up from Cul De Sac or is it less steep?

I have only been to the top of the hill from the Cul De Sac side. It was a great view.



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Re: Anse Marcel Beach [Re: jaxon60] #75576
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Up and down, very similar.



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Re: Anse Marcel Beach [Re: islandgem] #75577
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Thanks... I was hoping the way down into Anse Marcel was a more leisurely grade <img src="http://www.traveltalkonline.com/forums/images/graemlins/Wink.gif" alt="" />



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Re: Anse Marcel Beach [Re: jaxon60] #75578
11/25/2015 09:45 PM
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The Anse Marcel Beach Club is wonderful, highly recommended.. stay at that end of the beach. The other end where the Riu is located is very noisy, crowded, and I feel it ruins the beautiful peacefulness of this beach. Not sure why the music has to be up so loud you can hear it all over the entire beach. And sorry to say I am not a big line dancer and doing it on a beach is just wrong.
The AMB club is the perfect beach club that all beach restaurants should be like.. but these are just my opinions..;)

Re: Anse Marcel Beach [Re: photofun] #75579
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Agree! Agree! Agree!


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Re: Anse Marcel Beach [Re: jazzgal] #75580
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Going back to this place a lot the next trip (Wednesday).

Re: Anse Marcel Beach [Re: photofun] #75581
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Agree By far the best and as said our favorite.

Re: Anse Marcel Beach [Re: pat] #75582
11/30/2015 09:16 AM
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Pat,

Thanks for the reply. I guess I am still confused as what establishment is being discussed as I read further in the thread. Any help would be appreciated, Mike.


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Re: Anse Marcel Beach [Re: StMartinMike] #75583
11/30/2015 10:59 AM
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SXM Mike,

The RIU resort is the main resort in this area and is at the bottom of the hill at waterside. Driving in and down to RIU, you will come to a guardhouse which is actually for RIU.

At that point, If you wish to have a lovely day at the Restaurant at Anse Marcel (this is the only name I know it by and it could have a formal name I'm unaware of.....) turn left just before the guardhouse entry to RIU and from that point keep driving until you can drive no further, disregarding all the signs that say 'park here' or 'private' and ultimately the road becomes a dead end in a cobble stone like parking area. Walk through the restaurant at this point and someone will most likely meet you and show you through to the beach, allowing you to select a lunch time and table on the way, and giving you the prices for the chairs and umbrellas. Note they are NOT free and the pricing is in EUs, or was when we were there.

The beach service was very good and the furnishings very comfortable. We plan on heading out that way at some point while we're here but it is a bit of a drive from the Towers and we haven't gotten that far yet.

If you are looking for a rough beach with waves and surf, this is generally not the case here, and the chair set-ups are widely spaced so you're really not part of your neighbors conversation as is the case in so many beach locations.

Hope this helps just a little bit to clarify and like so many, we've come to love the place but it is NOT an everyday beach unless you really want to spend a fortune. <img src="http://www.traveltalkonline.com/forums/images/graemlins/handshake.gif" alt="" /> <img src="http://www.traveltalkonline.com/forums/images/graemlins/handshake.gif" alt="" />


Respectfully,

pat



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