BMW M3 Forum (E90 E92)

BMW Garage BMW Meets Register Search Today's Posts Mark Forums Read


Go Back   M3Post - BMW M3 Forum > BIMMERPOST Universal Forums > Off-Topic Discussions Board
 
Evolve Automotive
Post Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
      03-02-2012, 07:05 AM   #1
Timothy J
Captain
Timothy J's Avatar
United_States
11
Rep
732
Posts

 
Drives: 08 335xi
Join Date: Sep 2010
Location: West Point, NY

iTrader: (1)

Garage List
2008 BMW 335xi  [0.00]
Anyone been to St. Maarten?

Going in late May for my birthday with friends. Anything in particular to do or tips of the island?
__________________
2001 Chevy 2500HD Duramax
2008 BMW 335xi Coupe 6MT | Jet Black | Loaded Sold
Appreciate 0
      03-02-2012, 09:45 AM   #2
KingOfJericho
Major General
KingOfJericho's Avatar
United_States
95
Rep
5,189
Posts

 
Drives: Yes
Join Date: Aug 2007
Location: CT

iTrader: (1)

Garage List
2010 135i Coupe  [2.63]
__________________
The views and opinions expressed in this post are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of Bimmerpost.

2010 S4 Current | 2010 BMW 135i Retired | 2006 Lotus Exige Retired
Appreciate 0
      03-02-2012, 10:32 AM   #3
Chewy734
Major General
United_States
163
Rep
6,792
Posts

 
Drives: 2006 BMW 330i ZPP, ZSP
Join Date: Dec 2008
Location: Minneapolis, MN

iTrader: (15)

the beach looks relaxing there
__________________

Currently for sale: N/A
Appreciate 0
      03-02-2012, 10:41 AM   #4
Robin_NL
S0THPAW
Robin_NL's Avatar
Netherlands
82
Rep
4,696
Posts

 
Drives: AW 1M , Assetto Corsa
Join Date: Apr 2005
Location: The Netherlands, Europe

iTrader: (0)

One of my uncles lived there in the nineties for a few years. It's ok but I prefer the other side:Aruba.
Appreciate 0
      03-02-2012, 10:47 AM   #5
Slops
Major General
Slops's Avatar
South Africa
61
Rep
5,367
Posts

 
Drives: 2005 C55 AMG
Join Date: Jan 2011
Location: Oxford

iTrader: (2)

wow that sand must really hurt when it hits you at that speed lol
Appreciate 0
      03-02-2012, 11:09 AM   #6
MisterSkiMask
Lieutenant Colonel
36
Rep
1,940
Posts

 
Drives: I Can not say
Join Date: Nov 2005
Location: you must not know

iTrader: (0)

Quote:
Originally Posted by Timothy J View Post
Going in late May for my birthday with friends. Anything in particular to do or tips of the island?
Yes, I didn't get to spend as much time there as I would have liked. Compared to some of the other Islands I visited St. Maarten is nicer, cleaner, you do not get harassed like you do on other islands (taxi and van drivers etc).

I would definitely go back.
Appreciate 0
      03-02-2012, 12:22 PM   #7
Brey335i
Brigadier General
Brey335i's Avatar
52
Rep
4,737
Posts

 
Drives: e46 ///M3
Join Date: Oct 2009
Location: Austin, TX

iTrader: (11)

Grab a drink at the cafe right by the airport. It's pretty cool seeing how close the planes get.

There are two sides to the island. One side is French and the other is Dutch I believe. Both sides are nice, especially the beaches. But I think we enjoyed the French side more when it came to walking around and dining. There was one restaurant I can't remember the name of, but it was the best food I have ever had. Upscale French place on the beach...

The water can be cold early in the morning but it's like a warm bath in the middle of the day. There's not really any kind of Shark problem there, but watch out for sea urchins. If you step on one you will regret it for days haha.

I recommend going on a Catamaran scuba diving adventure. They take you and a group out for the day to all the best scuba diving spots and serve you drinks. Equipment was included I believe.
Appreciate 0
      03-02-2012, 12:47 PM   #8
markham335i
Lieutenant
markham335i's Avatar
15
Rep
540
Posts

 
Drives: 07 335i
Join Date: May 2010
Location: Toronto, Markham

iTrader: (0)

how expensive is food/drinks and shopping, im thinking of going in august with a few friends!
__________________
Upgrades: <Cobb V3, DCI, BMS downpipes, ER charge pipe, Forge DV, bbs ch-r, 30%tint all around, bmw performance exhaust, umnitza V4 angel eyes>.....Next upgrades (I would like):intercooler, BBK, turbo upgrade....etc....
Appreciate 0
      03-03-2012, 06:07 AM   #9
scott_uw
Teatime
scott_uw's Avatar
1
Rep
170
Posts

 
Drives: Toronto
Join Date: Jul 2010
Location: FBO Civic 3L TT edition

iTrader: (3)

Quote:
Originally Posted by markham335i View Post
how expensive is food/drinks and shopping, im thinking of going in august with a few friends!
Depending on where you end up it can be quite expensive by our standards. Ended up paying 8 euros for a bottle of flat water and 12 euros for a shrimp appetizer at a beach restaurant. Don't make the same mistake as me and sit before seeing the menu.
Appreciate 0
      03-03-2012, 09:38 AM   #10
SchnellM3
Digger
SchnellM3's Avatar
United_States
56
Rep
2,616
Posts

 
Drives: 03 E46 M3, 09 E92 M3, 09 X6 50
Join Date: Jun 2009
Location: Pa

iTrader: (5)

Garage List
If you go to the bar by the airport your topless girls drink for free
__________________
2009 E92 M3 /// Melbourne Red /// Fox Red /// M DKG

Full Innotech Exhaust - DINAN Intake - IND Engine Bay Appearance - IND Hand Stitched Boot Covers - and much more....
Appreciate 0
      03-03-2012, 11:38 AM   #11
Mi330xi
Captain
Mi330xi's Avatar
United_States
9
Rep
771
Posts

 
Drives: 2006 330xi
Join Date: Dec 2007
Location: Lansing, Mi

iTrader: (8)

Garage List
Bring your passports and take a day trip to Virgin Gorda, it is a British Virgin Island just north west of St. Maarten. There is a cafe at the top of the island with great food and even better views. Then spend a day exploring Devils Bay Trail at the Baths. At the end of the trail is Devils Bay beach, some of the best snorkeling I experienced in any of the VIs.

Another very entertaining place to visit in the BVIs is on Tortola, a little place called the Bamba Shack.
__________________

M O R G A N B M W M I N I

Last edited by Mi330xi; 03-03-2012 at 11:49 AM.
Appreciate 0
      03-05-2012, 01:04 AM   #12
Timothy J
Captain
Timothy J's Avatar
United_States
11
Rep
732
Posts

 
Drives: 08 335xi
Join Date: Sep 2010
Location: West Point, NY

iTrader: (1)

Garage List
2008 BMW 335xi  [0.00]
I'm very excited! More feedback the merrier!
__________________
2001 Chevy 2500HD Duramax
2008 BMW 335xi Coupe 6MT | Jet Black | Loaded Sold
Appreciate 0
      03-05-2012, 12:48 PM   #13
texasmojo
Second Lieutenant
texasmojo's Avatar
United_States
2
Rep
223
Posts

 
Drives: 2008 128i automatic
Join Date: Aug 2010
Location: DFW Texas, USA

iTrader: (0)

One of the prettier caribbean islands. Very nice beach and relaxing. Very clean and everyone is nice. The main strip is along the beach about 100 yards from sand. Lots of shops and restaurants. Enjoy.
__________________
Appreciate 0
      03-07-2012, 12:59 AM   #14
Timothy J
Captain
Timothy J's Avatar
United_States
11
Rep
732
Posts

 
Drives: 08 335xi
Join Date: Sep 2010
Location: West Point, NY

iTrader: (1)

Garage List
2008 BMW 335xi  [0.00]
Quote:
Originally Posted by texasmojo View Post
One of the prettier caribbean islands. Very nice beach and relaxing. Very clean and everyone is nice. The main strip is along the beach about 100 yards from sand. Lots of shops and restaurants. Enjoy.
Thank you.

The place we're staying at is right on the beach (literally), and has a balcony overlooking the ocean. Should be great. I don't want to only be on the beach and in our "house" the whole time. Currently compiling a list of things to do. I really want this trip to be special.
__________________
2001 Chevy 2500HD Duramax
2008 BMW 335xi Coupe 6MT | Jet Black | Loaded Sold
Appreciate 0
      03-07-2012, 10:16 AM   #15
markham335i
Lieutenant
markham335i's Avatar
15
Rep
540
Posts

 
Drives: 07 335i
Join Date: May 2010
Location: Toronto, Markham

iTrader: (0)

Quote:
Originally Posted by Timothy J View Post
Thank you.

The place we're staying at is right on the beach (literally), and has a balcony overlooking the ocean. Should be great. I don't want to only be on the beach and in our "house" the whole time. Currently compiling a list of things to do. I really want this trip to be special.
Make sure u update the thread when u come back and tell us how it was, I'm thinking of going.. Just need to know how expensive everything is down there
__________________
Upgrades: <Cobb V3, DCI, BMS downpipes, ER charge pipe, Forge DV, bbs ch-r, 30%tint all around, bmw performance exhaust, umnitza V4 angel eyes>.....Next upgrades (I would like):intercooler, BBK, turbo upgrade....etc....
Appreciate 0
      03-07-2012, 11:01 AM   #16
KingOfJericho
Major General
KingOfJericho's Avatar
United_States
95
Rep
5,189
Posts

 
Drives: Yes
Join Date: Aug 2007
Location: CT

iTrader: (1)

Garage List
2010 135i Coupe  [2.63]
You can look up most menu prices on the internet and hotel rates are public as well. I'm not sure what else you would really need to know. I've been on $2,000 vacations and $20,000 vacations and both can be had at the same destinations. You can look up private homes on vrbo.com or airbnb.com and save money vs a hotel but you'll miss out on many amenities and have to worry about taking care of every meal on your own. You can also try to find an all inclusive where you feel like your saving money but end up paying a premium for what is essentially cafeteria food and watered down well drinks.

I will say that the best balance of bargain and enjoyment was on Turks & Caicos. Stayed right on Grace Bay and walked to all restaurants. We ate five star cuisine and still only spent about $2,000 for a week. I have friends who stayed on Parrot Cay at T&C and spent $15k for essentially the same type of vacation, albeit with a much nicer room. It's also a quick 3hr flight from JFK for us tri-staters.
__________________
The views and opinions expressed in this post are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of Bimmerpost.

2010 S4 Current | 2010 BMW 135i Retired | 2006 Lotus Exige Retired
Appreciate 0
      03-08-2012, 12:20 AM   #17
Timothy J
Captain
Timothy J's Avatar
United_States
11
Rep
732
Posts

 
Drives: 08 335xi
Join Date: Sep 2010
Location: West Point, NY

iTrader: (1)

Garage List
2008 BMW 335xi  [0.00]
Quote:
Originally Posted by markham335i View Post
Make sure u update the thread when u come back and tell us how it was, I'm thinking of going.. Just need to know how expensive everything is down there
I certainly will.

Quote:
Originally Posted by KingOfJericho View Post
You can look up most menu prices on the internet and hotel rates are public as well. I'm not sure what else you would really need to know. I've been on $2,000 vacations and $20,000 vacations and both can be had at the same destinations. You can look up private homes on vrbo.com or airbnb.com and save money vs a hotel but you'll miss out on many amenities and have to worry about taking care of every meal on your own. You can also try to find an all inclusive where you feel like your saving money but end up paying a premium for what is essentially cafeteria food and watered down well drinks.

I will say that the best balance of bargain and enjoyment was on Turks & Caicos. Stayed right on Grace Bay and walked to all restaurants. We ate five star cuisine and still only spent about $2,000 for a week. I have friends who stayed on Parrot Cay at T&C and spent $15k for essentially the same type of vacation, albeit with a much nicer room. It's also a quick 3hr flight from JFK for us tri-staters.
Very helpful. Thank you. We're staying right on Bay Beach. Do you perhaps mean Great Bay instead of Grace Bay?


Also, is there any hiking or sights or anything spectacularly beautiful that is a must see? I'm eager to take pictures.
__________________
2001 Chevy 2500HD Duramax
2008 BMW 335xi Coupe 6MT | Jet Black | Loaded Sold
Appreciate 0
      03-08-2012, 09:26 PM   #18
flipm3
E46 + E90
Philippines
43
Rep
2,784
Posts

 
Drives: E46 M3 + E90 M3
Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: Illinois

iTrader: (1)

Garage List
2009 BMW M3  [0.00]
2002 BMW M3  [0.00]
Definitely good information here and most I would recommend myself. Some other note worthy things to do or try:

If you like outdoors and athletic activities, I'd recommend trying some of the zip lining on the French side. It's a pretty fun obstacle course then zip lining from tree to tree.

French side has some great restaurants ranging in pricing.

I'm not sure if you're into clubbing and casinos. There are quite a few over there to have a good time at.

Depending on how long you stay and your budget, I'd recommend you taking a day trip to Anguilla and/or St. Bart's. Anguilla is a really nice remote island with better beaches than St. Maarten. You feel like you're in a private island away from civilization, pretty nice a peaceful. If you fly to St. Bart's it's quite an adventure to say the least. It's a pretty short flight in a small plane and landing on the short strip is pretty cool. The island itself is very upscale and expensive. You feel like you're in Europe, except in the Caribbean.
__________________
E90 M3 DCT|Melbourne Red . Speed Cloth | My Build Thread
E46 M3 6MT|Jet Black . Black Nappa Leather | My Build Thread
Appreciate 0
      03-08-2012, 09:30 PM   #19
O-cha
Brigadier General
O-cha's Avatar
81
Rep
4,729
Posts

 
Drives: Mcoupe
Join Date: Oct 2007
Location: In front of you

iTrader: (2)

Send a message via AIM to O-cha
Quote:
Originally Posted by Brey335i View Post
Grab a drink at the cafe right by the airport. It's pretty cool seeing how close the planes get.
Yea it's like 12$ for a mixed drink and for a CC charge there was like a 30$ minimum.

Quote:
Originally Posted by scott_uw View Post
Depending on where you end up it can be quite expensive by our standards. Ended up paying 8 euros for a bottle of flat water and 12 euros for a shrimp appetizer at a beach restaurant. Don't make the same mistake as me and sit before seeing the menu.
This


A better place ot go is st thomas/st john. St martin lost the memo that said you need to be nice to the tourists who your livelihood is solely dependent on, not charge them an arm and a leg for everything. St kits also lost that memo.
__________________

Last edited by O-cha; 03-08-2012 at 09:35 PM.
Appreciate 0
      03-08-2012, 10:10 PM   #20
Timothy J
Captain
Timothy J's Avatar
United_States
11
Rep
732
Posts

 
Drives: 08 335xi
Join Date: Sep 2010
Location: West Point, NY

iTrader: (1)

Garage List
2008 BMW 335xi  [0.00]
Quote:
Originally Posted by flipm3 View Post
Definitely good information here and most I would recommend myself. Some other note worthy things to do or try:

If you like outdoors and athletic activities, I'd recommend trying some of the zip lining on the French side. It's a pretty fun obstacle course then zip lining from tree to tree.

French side has some great restaurants ranging in pricing.

I'm not sure if you're into clubbing and casinos. There are quite a few over there to have a good time at.

Depending on how long you stay and your budget, I'd recommend you taking a day trip to Anguilla and/or St. Bart's. Anguilla is a really nice remote island with better beaches than St. Maarten. You feel like you're in a private island away from civilization, pretty nice a peaceful. If you fly to St. Bart's it's quite an adventure to say the least. It's a pretty short flight in a small plane and landing on the short strip is pretty cool. The island itself is very upscale and expensive. You feel like you're in Europe, except in the Caribbean.
Zip lining sounds great and a lot of fun. I'm more into casinos rather than clubbing. We're there for only a week so I plan on packing every day to the brim. Probably can't swing a flight to another island unfortunately.

Really looking for some good hiking and sights as well if anyone has any input.
__________________
2001 Chevy 2500HD Duramax
2008 BMW 335xi Coupe 6MT | Jet Black | Loaded Sold
Appreciate 0
      03-09-2012, 08:22 AM   #21
KingOfJericho
Major General
KingOfJericho's Avatar
United_States
95
Rep
5,189
Posts

 
Drives: Yes
Join Date: Aug 2007
Location: CT

iTrader: (1)

Garage List
2010 135i Coupe  [2.63]
Quote:
Originally Posted by Timothy J View Post
Very helpful. Thank you. We're staying right on Bay Beach. Do you perhaps mean Great Bay instead of Grace Bay?


Also, is there any hiking or sights or anything spectacularly beautiful that is a must see? I'm eager to take pictures.
I was actually talking about Turks & Caicos. I've never been to St.Maarten but the insight should be the same, save the specifics.
__________________
The views and opinions expressed in this post are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of Bimmerpost.

2010 S4 Current | 2010 BMW 135i Retired | 2006 Lotus Exige Retired
Appreciate 0
      03-09-2012, 10:34 AM   #22
flipm3
E46 + E90
Philippines
43
Rep
2,784
Posts

 
Drives: E46 M3 + E90 M3
Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: Illinois

iTrader: (1)

Garage List
2009 BMW M3  [0.00]
2002 BMW M3  [0.00]
Quote:
Originally Posted by Timothy J View Post
Zip lining sounds great and a lot of fun. I'm more into casinos rather than clubbing. We're there for only a week so I plan on packing every day to the brim. Probably can't swing a flight to another island unfortunately.

Really looking for some good hiking and sights as well if anyone has any input.
Definitely look into zip lining then! It's a ton of fun, just make sure to do an "advanced" course since the beginner ones are pretty easy and you don't go as high.

There are a few casino's around the area on the dutch side. The name is honestly escaping me right now, but it's right in front of The Maho Hotel.

There are flights and ferries to those respective islands and they literally take 20-45 minutes. So if somehow you can squeeze it in, I'd definitely do so. I know the ferries to Anguilla are much cheaper and they have rides every 30minutes or so.

Have fun!
__________________
E90 M3 DCT|Melbourne Red . Speed Cloth | My Build Thread
E46 M3 6MT|Jet Black . Black Nappa Leather | My Build Thread
Appreciate 0
Post Reply

Bookmarks

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Forum Jump


All times are GMT -5. The time now is 04:34 AM.




m3post
Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.7.0
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
1Addicts.com, BIMMERPOST.com, E90Post.com, F30Post.com, M3Post.com, ZPost.com, 5Post.com, 6Post.com, 7Post.com, XBimmers.com logo and trademark are properties of BIMMERPOST