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Best of St Maarten

St Maarten is by FAR by favorite place to vacate to. The beaches are pristine, the night life is amazing and the people are so sweet. Definitely consider it for your next Caribbean escape!

Here is a brief overview (I'll try and stick to the facts for those of you planning a trip here) of our 7 Days in St Maarten:

Day 1:

  • First things first, you MUST get a car to stay on this island. Roads are the same as the US and driving is easy

  • We stayed on the French side in Nettle Bay Beach club through VRBO. I highly recommend this community and specifically this apartment. Each day we were woken up with the most beautiful sunrise. The sound of the ocean day and night was heaven to listen to. There was enough space to do my workouts on demand every AM. Our host Thierry was super helpful and nice, we were only the 3rd pair to have stayed there. Here is where we stayed

  • Nettle Bay is 15 minute lovely drive from the airport. I believe our place was in the perfect spot to explore both the French and the Dutch side. Across the street was a delicious Patisserie/french bakery, and up the road was a super market for your basic needs/snacks!

  • Mullet Bay: GORGEOUS bay in between Simpson Bay and Marigot on the Dutch side. Go here during sunset for lesser crowds and bring a drink! If you go here during the day go EARLY to beat the crowds. This was the most crystal blue water we saw in St Martin.

  • Bamboo Bernies: We ate here for dinner on our first night. It's located in Maho bay on the strip near the casinos. Delicious stir fried rice and sushi!


DAY 2:

  • Natural Cafe: Listen to me closely, you MUST go to the Natural Cafe while in St Martin. We went EVERY day during our vacation. Between all the drinks and food my body was CRAVING veggies. This place has the most delicious wraps, falafels, juices and more. Their stuff ranges from organic to vegan and their staff is so sweet. They even blended up my Shakeology for me! Natural Cafe is between Nettle Bay and Marigot.

  • Orient Bay: on the french side this is where the Nudists go although not all the beaches there are nude beaches. There are a bunch of places to purchase chairs, but I will say this beach was a little pushy with waiters yapping at you to stop at their bar and their vendors approaching you while you're trying to relax. We walked toward the 'nude' area and I caught once glimpse of an old man naked and ran the other way. #nope.

  • Simpson Bay: we headed towards our old stomping grounds, Simpson bay where all the yacht clubs, bars and bays are. Lots to do on Airport road as described below

  • Toppers: Cute open bar on the strip. Their happy hour is 1-6pm :) My kind of bar

  • Bucaneers: right in the heart of Simpson Bay you can walk from Toppers to this beach bar. Grab a chair and a drink for the day or just to watch the sunset


Day 3:


Day 4:

Karakter Bar: Sunday Funday is crazy at Karakter bar in Simpson Bay. This is a beach bar that serves drinks out of a hallowed out school bus. Make sure to get there when they open to score a chair on the beach. On Sunday's they have a DJ later in the day. Hang all day, meet lots of traveling nomads or yachties and enjoy until sunset!


Day 5:

  • Anguilla: From Blowing Point (French side) take the 20 minute Ferry to Anguilla for the day. Anguilla has the CLEAREST beaches I've ever seen. We went on a Monday and there was barely anyone there. We were recommended Shoal Bay East by some friends and it didn't disappoint. We bought a chair and had drinks and read all day long. Super relaxing. When you get off the ferry they have cabs waiting for you to take you anywhere. Make sure to bring your passport. Ferry is 20$ each way. Have cash for the cabs!

  • 3 Amigos: in Maho Beach. Basic Mexican food. Nothing too amazing but it did the job after a long day in the sun. They have karaoke and it can be scary to watch at times haha.


Day 6:

  • Sunset Bar: Maho Beach.. the beach where you feel like the plan is LANDING on you!!! It's such a cool experience and I could sit there all day watching them take off and land. Beware of the air blast area when planes are taking off (your shit WILL fly everywhere). **WARNING: I know that I am careless sometimes but this was the SECOND time my GoPro was stolen AT THIS BAR. All the people from the cruise ships visit this bar, making it a target for locals to steal your shit. I had my GoPro right in my bag that was sitting at my feet and it was stolen without me looking. So, either don't let go of your devices or don't bring them! Either way I will keep going to this bar because its amazing. You will see it right as you land in SXM.

  • Grand Case: On the French side, I only saw this town at night. Every Tuesday beginning in the new year they have a Mardi-Gras esque celebration happening with street vendors, artists and performances. They say it continues until it 'runs out of money' #caribbeanlife . We ate a place called La Shambala, but wished we just munched on the street vendors snacks instead! Grand Case is supposed to be big on arts and crafts, great for picking up gifts for those at home.


Day 7:

  • Jimbo's Rock & Blues Cafe: our last day we went to Loterie Farms again, explored the marina (only yachties can do), and then came here. We tried to go previously on our trip but it was booked, which made us want to check it out even more--so make sure to make a reservation for Jimbo's. This restaurant has carib-mex cuisine and had some of the most delicious shrimp fajitas I've ever tasted. Their guac was amazing too #obvi!

And that's a wrap!!! An amazing trip that I am STILL day dreaming about. I've visited many caribbean islands, and St Maarten is my favorite. Currently brainstorming how to make this caribbean life more of a permanent setting for this girl boss #hmmmm . If you love to travel and want to create a life of freedom through your passion for health and fitness, click here!

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