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st-maarten-testimonialPaula Stoffels, British Columbia

 
We arrive on Saturday to the beautiful island of St. Maarten... and we are prepared with our very own copy of the "St. Maarten Island Guide". Thanks guys you have done a fantastic job of creating the ultimate travel guide! We now know the best places to go and see... saves us hours of time researching! :) See you soon!

 

Joyce Cummings, Springfield MA  
"The tips about how to negotiate good deal save me $1200 on the new diamond bracelet I bought – thank you very much!"
 
Jan Campbell, UK
 
"A great read and so many things I didn't know after going to SXM for so many years! Well worth the $44 even without the coupons! Thank you SO much!"
 
Sara- Beth Thiesen, Little Rock , AR 
"My goodness…these coupons and discounts made my day and my husband happy…"
 
Joe, the Bachelor, USA
"I found the Adult entertainment part quite inspiring and I liked your recommendation – will visit again for sure…"
 
Jed & Clara, NY
 
"We had a really special time in St Maarten we will never forget and thanks to this guide we saved a fortune!"
 
Richard and Sharon from Seattle. 
"We have been cruising for years and only now we found a real source for information from someone who really knows what they are talking about – love your 1-day plan option – it made it so easy for us to really decide what we want to do without all the hassles. Thank you guys!"
 
Michelle, NY
"We enjoyed a great lunch in Escargot, exceptional! – thank you for the coupon!!"
 
Ben Thompson, NJ
"They did not tell us on the ship about the ‘secret beaches’ – we are glad you guys did…we had a blast!"
 
Jessica, Chicago IL
"After getting the eBook, the whole family asked me what to do, as if I was a local St. Maartener…I definitely felt like one…"

St. Maarten Eating In

Eating In For A Change

Ok – with over 300 restaurants to choose from in the gourmet capital of  the Caribbean, you may still have a few nights in……

St Maarten Eating InWhen it comes to self-provisioning, St Maarten/St Martin stands head and shoulders above neighboring islands, and can even swagger assertively against corresponding continental communities with a similar population – packing at least ten sizeable supermarkets and scores of medium-size stores, not to mention our eclectic roadside provisioning.

 

For all their old world charm and low-tempo consumerism, stores on the five islands visible from SXM simply can’t conjure up fresh Arugula at the drop of a hat, or yoghurt within a sell-by date, or ten different types of bottled water..

If you’ve ever been forced to stand in a grocery store on a tropical island and choose between Potted Meat Product, and a packet of ‘Cock Soup’ as a dinner option, you’ll know that our own little heaven is conspicuously spoiled.

Look away environmentalists; one local supermarket occasionally sells fresh cheese sandwiches from a UK supermarket, which must have a bigger Carbon footprint than a coal miners’ marathon. Blame daily flights from France, Holland and The States!

There are times when dining out isn’t the better option compared to bunking down in the apartment with some home-cooked rations; when that dinky little basket of bread, $5 bottle of water and piano music loses out to a bowl of Thai rice crackers, six pack of Belgian beer and a ballgame.

If you’re entertaining and want to serve at your own rhythm, Le Grand Marché currently has three branches (soon to be four) and serves every type of cuisine imaginable in clean, bright, air-conditioned surroundings. From Middle Eastern Tahini, through French wine, German sausage, fresh Italian pasta right up to Indian sweets, Halal meat and Chinese noodles, Le Grand Marché, which came to the island in 2002, is arguably the island’s most popular spot for residents and visitors. The goods are fresh, the prices competitive, and it’s hassle-free.

Over in Philipsburg, Sang’s Super Center has been going since 1987. Like Le Grand Marché, Sang’s serves up a daily hot buffet, fresh bakery and deli, as well as an excellent duty free wine/beer/spirit and tobacco section. Go there on a whim, and you could spend hours browsing the shelves, where you’ll find rare Chinese produce, (dried squid, pickled ginger, seaweed), exotic snacks, and gourmet European cheeses, meats and confectionery.

Opposite the stadium in Marigot, L’Epicerie de Marie is a gourmet haven for that extra special occasion, or picnic to remember. You’ll find exotic cheeses, hams, organic vegetables and epicurean condiments, each meticulously sourced and their presence on the shelf accounted for.

If you are a seafood fanatic, don’t miss a trip to Skipjack’s in Simpson Bay. Open for lunch and dinner, they feature “live” Maine and Caribbean lobsters and are known for their seafood, which is so fresh they have their own “Fish Market” so you can stock up for a fishy feast in your private condo!

Finally, another option is to pull off the road and fill a carrier bag with plump avocados, mangoes, papaya, lime and so on. St Maarten/St Martin’s impromptu roadside stalls are one of its best delights; palpably fresh, dangerously cheap. Even though most of the fruit and veg is shipped in from Dominica or the Dominican Republic, it’s still oozing local flavor. Keep a stack of mangoes and bananas topped up in your kitchen and you’ll feel the swing in your step kick in within days.

 

 

 

Find Out More about St Maarten!Whenever you get tired of cooking and you want to find out where are the hottest world class dining spots in St. Maarten, just check our Book. Chapter 12 will tell you about our island dining experience you can’t leave St. Maarten without having…yumi yumi…

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