Ian C is right ... The sunset bar is a "must do" - if only to watch the people on the beach get blasted by jets. The place itself is on a beautiful beach and is a great place to watch the sunset from. After sunset, walk to theBliss Bar and Disco, right next to the Sunset Bar, for drinks and dinner.
Foodies will appreciate an evening, or two, in Grande Case, a small village with a main street lined with restaurants, shops and galleries. Start before sunset and restaurant-hop your way through cocktails, appetizers, main course and dessert - and you can shop in-between courses (visit Sexy Fruits!). I have never had a bad meal in Grand Case!
Beach lovers can hang at Calmos Cafe (Grand Case), Friar's Bay, Orient Beach and many others. Friar's can be wonderfully uncrowded and the restaurant there is very good. Orient Beach is filled with bars, shops and restaurants and allows topless sunbathing. The far end of the beach, by the Orient Beach Club, allows totally nudity. Be prepared to pay small fee for lounge chairs and umbrellas.
If you are there on a Saturday, visit the markets at Margiot for everyting from spices to t-shirts. Marigot is a great place for nightlife, too, and - of course - great food. La Sucriere
is a must for croissants; my favorite for lunch or dinner in Marigot is L'Oizeau Rare - waterfall, great food, reasonable prices, nice view (http://www.marigotwaterfront.com/oizeaurare/). On the Dutch side, try Rare for an expensive-but-worth-it dining experience.
St. Martin is not all about eating or laying on the beach. There are lots of fun activities for those who want to sail, parasail, explore, etc. Check out all there is to do here: http://www.caribbeanvacationactivities.com/SXM/st_martin.html.
I hope you have a great time on one of my favorite islands! about 6 years ago
Definitely airport beach on the French side of the island. Leave time for traffic to and from. Another great option is renting ATVs and taking the coastal highway--Nasa Rentals were affordable, and a really fun way to see the French and Dutch sides of St Maarten. over 5 years ago
A must do for St. Maarten is a day (or 2) trip over to Anguilla to see how the celebs live...Anguilla has better beaches than St. Maarten. Spend the day getting your head right out at Banky Banx's Dune Preserves. Last time I was there Banky served us fresh grouper and Maxi Priest showed-up in his boat with 2 lovely party pieces...a day to remember... about 5 years ago
My favorite spot on the island is Calmos Cafe in Grand Case on the French side. Live music, beach-front casual dining, great food. Also check out Loterie Farm's Hidden Coast Cafe on Pic Paradise, also on the French side. Its a trendy open-air lounge on the highest point of St. Martin, with spectacular views of Marigot and a great place to grab tapas and a cocktail. almost 5 years ago