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Poll: Do you stay on French or Dutch side? #77360
12/03/2015 10:29 PM
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(I don't believe this forum has a tool for polls, so we will have to manually do it. At the end of each day, I will post the new French/Dutch side tally.)

Please post if you stay at lodging on the French side, or the Dutch side. If you stay on both, please pick the one you stay at the most. This is only for your lodging. Residents of the island are welcome to indicate your side as well.

As a secondary poll, please indicate, in the same post, if you spend more of your time away from your lodging on the French or Dutch side. Again, I realize this is going to be tough for many of you, as reading the trip reports it sounds like many of you spend a lot of time on both sides. Again, pick the ONE side where you feel you spend the most time.

Hopefully this is a fun exercise, and one that gets a large number of responses.

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Re: Poll: Do you stay on French or Dutch side? [Re: RaleighToSXM] #77361
12/03/2015 10:30 PM
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I am a cruiser, so have not lodged on either side.

However, I have spent all of my time there on the French side.

Re: Poll: Do you stay on French or Dutch side? [Re: RaleighToSXM] #77362
12/03/2015 10:46 PM
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Auburn, WA
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Lodging Dutch side. Split recreation on both sides. Mostly on Dutch.

Re: Poll: Do you stay on French or Dutch side? [Re: SXMScubaman] #77363
12/03/2015 10:49 PM
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Both...but have main stay on Dutch side. Blue Beach properties would be second choice.

Re: Poll: Do you stay on French or Dutch side? [Re: RaleighToSXM] #77364
12/03/2015 10:54 PM
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Northern California
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We stay on the French side and spend the majority of our time there as well.

Re: Poll: Do you stay on French or Dutch side? [Re: RaleighToSXM] #77365
12/03/2015 10:54 PM
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Qu�bec, Canada
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Lodging on the french side and spend time mostly on the french side !


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Re: Poll: Do you stay on French or Dutch side? [Re: DonLinda] #77366
12/03/2015 10:54 PM
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French side for lodging.
We also spend most of our time on the French side.



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Re: Poll: Do you stay on French or Dutch side? [Re: jaxon60] #77367
12/03/2015 11:10 PM
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Bucks County PA
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90% French side both lodging and beach

Re: Poll: Do you stay on French or Dutch side? [Re: JohnB] #77368
12/03/2015 11:33 PM
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We stay on the French side but visit both French and Dutch sides for shopping, dining, exploring ...

Re: Poll: Do you stay on French or Dutch side? [Re: FireProf] #77369
12/03/2015 11:42 PM
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Stay on the French side and go to beach and eat on the French, more and more eating Orient Village. Only go to Dutch side when we arrive and leave. Shop at grocery story near Mark's Place, eat at Mark's for our first meal there and wave fondly as we head to the airport.
Friends that go with us make at least one trip to Philipsburg to shop and have lunch. They leave us on Orient

Re: Poll: Do you stay on French or Dutch side? [Re: lobstaroll123] #77370
12/03/2015 11:53 PM
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lodging and most activities on Dutch side

Re: Poll: Do you stay on French or Dutch side? [Re: SXMNAN] #77371
12/03/2015 11:59 PM
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This is a very interesting post as it tells who stays where and why. Certainly will change some minds, like me, who seem stuck in what we do. Many thanks for posting.

Re: Poll: Do you stay on French or Dutch side? [Re: RaleighToSXM] #77372
12/04/2015 01:05 AM
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We stay on the French side, and mostly eat there. But, usually one trip to Front Street and several Dutch side restaurants, especially Cupecoy.


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Re: Poll: Do you stay on French or Dutch side? [Re: RaleighToSXM] #77373
12/04/2015 01:38 AM
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Stay on Dutch side......recreation about 50/50.

Re: Poll: Do you stay on French or Dutch side? [Re: lobstaroll123] #77374
12/04/2015 01:42 AM
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Lodging the last two times on the French side. Prior to that three times on the Dutch side. Next visit will be to Grand Case Beach Club.

Beach time is mostly on the French side

Re: Poll: Do you stay on French or Dutch side? [Re: RaleighToSXM] #77375
12/04/2015 04:46 AM
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Montreal, Quebec
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Stay on Dutch side. Visit French side.

Re: Poll: Do you stay on French or Dutch side? [Re: blaurie] #77376
12/04/2015 04:49 AM
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French Side for lodging, and almost all recreation as well.

Re: Poll: Do you stay on French or Dutch side? [Re: RaleighToSXM] #77377
12/04/2015 05:20 AM
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Boston, MA
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Lodging Dutch side. Split time 70% Dutch, 30% French.

Re: Poll: Do you stay on French or Dutch side? [Re: RaleighToSXM] #77378
12/04/2015 05:27 AM
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We stay on the Dutch side, and spend more beach days on the French side than the Dutch. In the past 4 or 5 years, we eat more evening meals on the Dutch side, while we used to eat many more on the French side.

Re: Poll: Do you stay on French or Dutch side? [Re: GaKaye] #77379
12/04/2015 05:38 AM
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Normally we have stayed on the Dutch side, and spent our beach days mostly on the French side, except for maybe one day per trip which we stayed around our resort. This year we stayed part of the trip on the French side, and the rest on the Dutch side. Eating is about 70% Dutch Side and 30% French side.


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Re: Poll: Do you stay on French or Dutch side? [Re: beachbum1313] #77380
12/04/2015 05:45 AM
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We always stay on the French Side and also spend most of our days on the French Side as well. We always also spend one partial day on the Dutch Side shopping on Front Street in the morning followed by lunch before returning to the French side.


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Re: Poll: Do you stay on French or Dutch side? [Re: Bill_S] #77381
12/04/2015 05:50 AM
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Stay on Dutch side, and all activities on dutch side.

Re: Poll: Do you stay on French or Dutch side? [Re: RaleighToSXM] #77382
12/04/2015 06:02 AM
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French side for both!

Re: Poll: Do you stay on French or Dutch side? [Re: RaleighToSXM] #77383
12/04/2015 06:12 AM
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Great idea for a poll. it would also be interesting to know how many have based their choices on the acceptance of nude beaches on the French side and/or timeshare purchases on the Dutch side and if neither option were available, how many would still keep coming back anyway.

We've probably made seventy trips to the island over the years and purchased timeshare weeks here after about fifteen years worth of annual trips. Finally, a year and a half ago, we stayed in the French side for the first time at GCBC, thoroughly enjoying our stay but still being more comfortable over all on the Dutch side.

We move around the island and enjoy beaches on both sides but Mullet still is and has always been our favorite, and the huge majority of our dining is still done on the Dutch side with the occasional trip to the other side.


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Re: Poll: Do you stay on French or Dutch side? [Re: pat] #77384
12/04/2015 06:19 AM
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Lodging on Dutch side, spending most of the time on French side.

Re: Poll: Do you stay on French or Dutch side? [Re: lobstaroll123] #77385
12/04/2015 06:31 AM
12/04/2015 06:31 AM
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Tellico Village, TN
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Dutch side since 1984: Pelican/Simpson Bay Resort timeshare.

Re: Poll: Do you stay on French or Dutch side? [Re: jrr1148] #77386
12/04/2015 06:36 AM
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French side for beach and Accomadation Dutch side for shopping and entertainment

Re: Poll: Do you stay on French or Dutch side? [Re: eskimo888] #77387
12/04/2015 06:39 AM
12/04/2015 06:39 AM
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Chicago area & St-Martin
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Lodging on the French side where we spend most of our time.


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Re: Poll: Do you stay on French or Dutch side? [Re: RaleighToSXM] #77388
12/04/2015 06:51 AM
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Stay on the French side's Club Orient... and rarely leave (French Side) Orient Beach.

Re: Poll: Do you stay on French or Dutch side? [Re: RaleighToSXM] #77389
12/04/2015 06:56 AM
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...actually, we DO have a mechanism for polls, it just has to be done by an administrator..


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Re: Poll: Do you stay on French or Dutch side? [Re: Carol_Hill] #77390
12/04/2015 07:03 AM
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French side lodging, occasional forays to the Dutch side.


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Re: Poll: Do you stay on French or Dutch side? [Re: Carol_Hill] #77391
12/04/2015 07:04 AM
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French side (GCBC) with a one day trip around the whole island to P-burg.

Re: Poll: Do you stay on French or Dutch side? [Re: 4Driver4] #77392
12/04/2015 07:11 AM
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Dutch side (SBR) for lodging and most non-beach activities. Beach would be Happy Bay 70% and 20% for Simpson Bay beach walks. Other than Happy Bay we go to Grand Case for a few lunches and a walk or two the length of Orient (10%)

Re: Poll: Do you stay on French or Dutch side? [Re: 4Driver4] #77393
12/04/2015 07:13 AM
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Lodge on French side & spend most of our time there.

Re: Poll: Do you stay on French or Dutch side? [Re: jeepers] #77394
12/04/2015 07:23 AM
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Lodging on the Dutch side. The last couple of years recreation mostly on the Dutch sides but before that mostly on the French side. Getting lazy

Re: Poll: Do you stay on French or Dutch side? [Re: RaleighToSXM] #77395
12/04/2015 07:24 AM
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Stay on the French side. Dutch side for ATM and supermarket.

Re: Poll: Do you stay on French or Dutch side? [Re: grandcasegirl] #77396
12/04/2015 07:37 AM
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Lodging on the French side, in Orient Bay, and spend our days on Orient Beach. But we travel all over the island, for dinner, and usually hit P'burg once or twice for shopping. We have made friends with many couples over the years, who come down in February as we do, and since we are all scattered from one side to the other, it gives us a chance to dine together at a variety of locations.

Re: Poll: Do you stay on French or Dutch side? [Re: RaleighToSXM] #77397
12/04/2015 07:50 AM
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We stay totally on the Dutch side. We only go on the French side to get to Pinel.

Re: Poll: Do you stay on French or Dutch side? [Re: RaleighToSXM] #77398
12/04/2015 07:54 AM
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99% French side, stop for groceries on the Dutch side after leaving the airport then rarely leave the French side.

Re: Poll: Do you stay on French or Dutch side? [Re: cacapasa] #77399
12/04/2015 07:58 AM
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So the tally after partial day 1 is:

36 responders (not everyone responded to both questions)

17 stay on the Dutch side
18 stay on the French side

9 spend the majority of their time on the Dutch side
21 spend the majority on the French side.
Most everyone visits both sides frequently it seems.

Keep those responses coming.....


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