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Anse Marcel Question

Posted By: pburke40

Anse Marcel Question - 04/17/2019 12:27 PM

Are there toilets available currently at the beach there? And can you bring your own food but rent chairs and umbrellas, or must you eat at the restaurant if you rent chairs?
Posted By: caribfan

Re: Anse Marcel Question - 04/17/2019 01:03 PM

its a private beach. No food or drinks. very nice bathrooms but you must eat there. one of the best beaches on the island but bring plenty of cash.
Posted By: BillandElaine

Re: Anse Marcel Question - 04/17/2019 01:14 PM

ALL beaches on the island are public. There is no such thing as a private beach here.
Posted By: AUCspouse

Re: Anse Marcel Question - 04/17/2019 01:30 PM

Elaine,
That's correct. But the restaurant still posts "plage privée" signs in an attempt to make visitors unwelcome.
Posted By: pat

Re: Anse Marcel Question - 04/17/2019 01:43 PM

Just a personal opinion, but IMO it would be tacky to go there and use their facilities - ie bathrooms in particular - and not eat and or drink from their restaurant. I suppose you could but.............

And I do agree with Elaine that all beaches on the island are public. But you can see this particular location has - not once, but twice - thanks to that b itch Irma - made an incredibly significant investment in their beach location and they do strive to treat you extremely well there. There are some things worth paying for and from my personal perspective, this is one of them. But not everyday...........
Posted By: BillandElaine

Re: Anse Marcel Question - 04/17/2019 01:50 PM

That alone would keep me from going there.

Pat - EVERYONE has put a lot of $$ and work into rebuilding (except perhaps the governments). They have NO right to post such a sign. IMHO
Posted By: AUCspouse

Re: Anse Marcel Question - 04/17/2019 02:00 PM

At Anse Marcel, we sometimes have lunch at the restaurant, and sometimes we visit the beach without eating at the restaurant. On days when we're just enjoying the beach, we don't use the restaurant's restrooms. We are respectful.

The "private beach" sign shouldn't be there.

Several years ago, before Irma, we were lying on our towels at the public beach near the Westin Resort (Dawn Beach). We weren't anywhere near the resort's chairs, and we weren't using the chairs. A Westin employee approached us and told us that this was a private beach, and we would have to leave. (In spite of the fact that we had paid for the fancy brunch at the resort in the past...) I politely responded, "This is a public beach." I was told, "No, this is a private beach. Do you want me to call my manager?" We left, of course.

We never came back to Dawn Beach.
Posted By: BillandElaine

Re: Anse Marcel Question - 04/17/2019 02:03 PM

Call the manager, I'll call the police!
Posted By: jazzgal

Re: Anse Marcel Question - 04/17/2019 05:18 PM

I haven't yet been to Anse Marcel post Irma but will correct that in June. However, pre-Irma, there was a small sign as you entered that bringing your own food and beverage was not allowed. I don't recall a "private beach" sign at that time. Part of the reason I go there is for their food and beverage, which are excellent from all reports.
Posted By: islandgem

Re: Anse Marcel Question - 04/17/2019 07:46 PM

I agree Elaine. They should not be posting those signs deceiving visitors who are not aware that ALL BEACHES ARE PUBLIC on the island.
Posted By: pat

Re: Anse Marcel Question - 04/17/2019 08:36 PM

But isn’t that typical of the island? So many things they shouldn’t, but still they do?! Sad........
Posted By: SXMScubaman

Re: Anse Marcel Question - 04/17/2019 09:26 PM

Can of spray paint would take care of that. LOL
Posted By: SXMBND

Re: Anse Marcel Question - 04/17/2019 11:46 PM

Originally Posted by pburke40
Are there toilets available currently at the beach there? And can you bring your own food but rent chairs and umbrellas, or must you eat at the restaurant if you rent chairs?


I doubt you would be allowed anywhere near their facilities carrying a.cooler and I don't blame them.
Posted By: pburke40

Re: Anse Marcel Question - 04/18/2019 02:23 PM

My general thought is that if the chairs and umbrellas are free, then it is tacky not to eat there ie Karakter. However, if I am paying for chairs and umbrellas, eating at the restaurant should be optional. I will though, respect the rules at Anse Marcel and enjoy the experience......
Posted By: irish1223

Re: Anse Marcel Question - 04/18/2019 09:43 PM

Originally Posted by jazzgal
I haven't yet been to Anse Marcel post Irma but will correct that in June. However, pre-Irma, there was a small sign as you entered that bringing your own food and beverage was not allowed. I don't recall a "private beach" sign at that time. Part of the reason I go there is for their food and beverage, which are excellent from all reports.


I don't remember a private beach sign either, but never really looked for one. We also enjoy Anse Marcel very much and go for the food and beverage. We can't do that every day, of course, but it is one of our favorite beach restaurants.
Posted By: SXMBND

Re: Anse Marcel Question - 04/18/2019 10:57 PM

Originally Posted by pburke40
My general thought is that if the chairs and umbrellas are free, then it is tacky not to eat there ie Karakter. However, if I am paying for chairs and umbrellas, eating at the restaurant should be optional. I will though, respect the rules at Anse Marcel and enjoy the experience......


You have no choice.........I guarantee you won't regret the experience........ nothing else like it on the island.
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