This or That: St. Martin | St. Maarten

We asked our Instagram followers to pick their favorites in a “This or That” style post in our Stories. Here’s the results!

We asked our Instagram followers to pick their favorites in a “This or That” style post in our Stories. Here’s what we asked!

This or That? Pick your favorites.

  • French Side or Dutch Side
  • Mullet Beach or Orient Beach
  • Carib (Beer) or Presidente (Beer)
  • Ti Punch or Rhum Punch
  • Jetski or 4-Wheeler
  • Maho or Simpson Bay
  • Baie tongue or Baie Rouge
  • Pool or Ocean
  • Catamaran or Speed Boat

Here are the results we received.

  • French Side
  • Orient Beach
  • Carib
  • Ti Punch
  • Jetski
  • Simpson Bay
  • Baie Rouge
  • Ocean
  • Catamaran


The French side is well known for its beautiful villas, exceptional food and lots of privacy. We have some great villas to buy and rent on the French Side, St. Martin.


Orient Bay Beach is located on the French Side, St. Martin on the North-East side. It’s one of the more popular beaches on the island with its watersports, beach restaurants and the all-natural section on the south end.


Carib Beer is a staple in St. Martin and the rest of the Caribbean. You will absolutely take a picture on the beach holding one of these golden and blue bottles. It’s an easy to drink, refreshing beer that is perfect to drink while laying out. Drink Responsibly.


Ti Punch, pronounced “Tee Paunch” is the Caribbean’s Old Fashioned. It’s small but mighty. It really packs a “paunch!” Want to make one for yourself? It’s pretty simple. 2 Ounces of Rhum Agricole (dark or light), 1 bar spoon of cane syrup, 1 lime wedge. That’s it. Drink it slow and drink it carefully.


St. Martin / St. Maarten is the perfect island for a jet ski tour. See the island from an entirely new perspective and enjoy the speed and power while flying over the waves. Contact our concierge to plan your perfect jet ski tour!


Simpson Bay on the Dutch Side is a popular spot for events, restaurants, and nightlife! Here are some restaurants we recommend trying.

  • Avantika +1 721 584 1444 Thai Cuisine $$ – $$$, Lunch & Dinner 
  • Isola +1 721 544 3872 Italian Cuisine $$ – $$$, Dinner 
  • IZI Ristorante Italiano +1 721 544 3079 Italian Cuisine $$ – $$$, Dinner
  • Jimbo’s Cafe +1 721 544 3600 Tex-Mex $$ – $$$, Dinner 
  • Little Bamboo +1 721 544 2693 Sushi $$ – $$$, Lunch & Dinner 
  • Pizza Italy +1 721 544 1928 Italian Cuisine $$ – $$$, Dinner
  • Roxxy Beach +1 721 520 2001 Signature food & drinks $$$$, Lunch & Dinner
  • Sal e Pepe +1 721 527 5019 Italian Cuisine $$ – $$$, Lunch & Dinner 
  • Shiv Shakti +1 721 544 2205 Indian Cuisine $$ – $$$, DinnerTop Carrot +1 721 544 2421 Healthy Vegetarian Fusion Cuisine $$ – $$$, Breakfast & Lunch


Baie Rouge Beach is located on the French Side in the Terres Basses region. What makes this beach so wonderful? The sand is warm, the water is beautiful, it’s often not too busy, and has easy and available parking!


A catamaran is a beautiful way to relax while enjoying the beauty of the island. Contact our concierge to book your catamaran tour.

What do you think about the results? Let us know in the comments.

Update on many of the beaches since Hurricane Irma

The following article will discuss the current state of many of the beaches after Hurricane Irma.


Mullet Beach is still the hopping beach it has always been. There are two different areas to rent beach chairs and umbrellas. The bars are no longer standing, however, you can still purchase drinks and food at different tents set up. The water is clear and the beach is clean. A great place for an adventurous afternoon.


Baie Longue Beach has become an incredibly private spot. It’s rare to see too many people here. The beach is clean and the water is beautiful. An excellent place for those who enjoy taking long walks, especially around the sunset hour. Baie Longue Beach House located directly on this beach and is available.


Plum Bay is still the private getaway it has always been. With clean white sand and warm crystal clear water. The water can get a little rough at certain times, but this will bring surfers which is a thrill to watch.


Cupecoy Beach is located directly across from Porto Cupecoy and those who stay at Porto Cupecoy will want to go for an easy to access, walkable beach. There is a tiny beach bar here called Cupecoy Beach Bar for happy hour and to watch the sunset. It’s an excellent spot.


Maho Beach has the world famous landing zone! It’s a thrill to experience. The only difference here is the number of planes coming in for a landing. Besides that, Driftwood Boat Bar is up and running as well as Sunset Bar & Grill. Dunes Casino is also open and ready for anyone who wishes to gamble.


Orient Bay beach has changed. At the moment the restaurants and beach bars aren’t up and running. The beach is quite a site to see though. It’s absolutely huge. Many people who have been on the island for 30+ years are saying it looks like the beach they remember upon first arriving in SXM. The seaweed should be cleaned up soon as the bars are rebuilding and we believe it will be cleaned up soon!
Bikini Beach will be opening this week (June 20th). The below pictures was taken at the end of May and since then, they have made huge progress.

Orient Beach Village is open and has some incredible spots to drink and get dinner. A new location is Sao: Asian Factory. This restaurant has some amazing sushi and a great vibe.

Overall the beaches are all looking great! The water has never looked so blue.
They are available for those who want to lay out and get some rays.

Is there a beach we didn’t cover that you have questions about? Leave it in the comments!