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    Two islands for the price of one!

    Sint Maarten may be schizophrenic? --there's two sides to the island!

    The Dutch side looks like this..








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    The French side (spelled St.Martin) is a 20 min. taxi ride away.
    We've only ever been to Marigot, the capital of the French side
    so scenic photos of the French side are limited, sorry.








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    Last edited by Aplmac, Barbados; 5th September 2009, 01:19 PM.
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    Shopping on the Dutch side!

    Philipsburg's the capital of Sint Maarten, the Dutch side of the island.



    Front Street, where all the deals are!











    That's my Mrs. about to visit The Belgian Chocolate Box.

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      #3
      Shopping on the French side!

      We've been over to Marigot twice now...found it quite charming
      -lots of cute little shops in the back streets





      There are several fashionable French boutiques and shoe shops here and there
      -the ladies will need to take extra Euros, for shopping!








      This is part of the Craft Market
      located near that blue bandstand you saw earlier..

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        #4
        Your ship will dock

        ..at Philipsburg, on the Dutch side







        Dockside at Sint Maarten




        That's the water taxi at extreme right.




        Great view on the way back from Marigot, on the French side
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          #5
          Philipsburg

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          Great Bay beach-side.



          Philipsburg ..somewhere along Front Street

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            #6
            New Philipsburg dock just about finished?

            When Caribbean Princess docked Dec. 3rd. alongside the new dock at St.Maarten
            deepwater dredging was still going on, even at 0650 hrs. when this photo was taken..



            ..but the dock itself is largely (if not completely?) ready for action








            - with all bollards, safety markings, lamp-posts in place ..and two brightly-painted huts
            presumably used for shelter, administration, whatever..




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              Early morning approach to St.Maarten

              On our way in it looked like this..











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                #8
                Near the pier!

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                Whizzing across Great Bay, Philipsburg, SXM.




                At the Water Taxi pier, in Philipsburg.


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                Last edited by Aplmac, Barbados; 27th December 2009, 12:34 AM.
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                  #9
                  There's a really swanky Mall in Marigot

                  If you get over to the French side of the island to MARIGOT
                  you'll find this nice Mall, full of nice Euro-goods!




                  It's called The West Indies Mall.






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                  Last edited by Aplmac, Barbados; 27th January 2010, 12:48 AM.
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                    #10
                    St Maarten

                    Great pictures, can you answer the following questions

                    cost of a taxi to get to Marigot or does the water taxi go there.
                    I understand that the market is on a Wednesday is that correct?

                    we Are there in April on the Sea Princess

                    thanks

                    Les
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                      #11
                      Originally posted by lesanne, Manchester View Post
                      Great pictures, can you answer the following questions

                      cost of a taxi to get to Marigot or does the water taxi go there.
                      I understand that the market is on a Wednesday is that correct? ===> Not sure
                      Cost of a taxi from P-burg to Marigot is around US$7 per person,
                      per direction
                      sometimes you'll get a taxi for four ppl going to Marigot
                      for around US$25-27. one way Depends on his mood.
                      And about the same thing making your way back to P-burg and the ship!

                      It's easy to do: there are taxis all over, in both towns.

                      Water taxi goes only from the cruise ship pier across Great Bay
                      to two stops along Pburg beach, with a third stop to come soon, I'm told.

                      Not sure about the craft market happening at Marigot
                      but both times we went(Apr. and Dec. '09) -both times on a Thurs. I'm fairly sure
                      it was happening!

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                        #12
                        Last edited by ainhoa, castro urdiales (2); 28th January 2010, 03:14 PM.

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                          #13
                          America Cup sailing which can be done as an excursion. Fantastic fun.
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                            Offshore Sint Maarten!

                            Originally posted by Harry, Hastings View Post
                            America Cup sailing which can be done as an excursion.
                            Fantastic fun.
                            Yes, I believe there's two such yachts
                            and they 'race' against each other?

                            Feedback usually is like yours... very positive!
                            ;)
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                              Originally posted by Aplmac, Barbados View Post
                              Yes, I believe there's two such yachts
                              and they 'race' against each other?

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                              In fact there are 3 - Dennis Connor's America's Cup winning Stars & Stripes, Canada II and True North but usually it's 2 in a race.
                              You are allocated a job for the race (can decline and just go for the ride) - I was a 'Main sail trimmer' and the captain calls his instructions to each participent. The boats really race against each other including cutting across each others bows etc.
                              They have won 'Best shore excursion in the Caribbean' many times.

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