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Safety question & beach


Will be staying in St Maarten at the Maho Sonesta Resort in Jan 2007. Is it safe to rent a vehicle and tour the island?
It looks to have some really nice beaches.

How is the beach at this hotel? Can you walk far on it?
We prefer the beach over the pools.

Thank you for any help you can provide.


Not only is it safe it is a must to rent a vehicle. Although there is a form of public transit I am not sure if there is any set schedule.
St Martin/St Maarten has 36 beaches the most famous of which is the naturist Orient Beach. The beach at Maho is very small but Mullet Bay beach is in walking distance.
To get more answers I suggest reading some of the posts at:
http://www.traveltalkonline.com/forums/postlist.php?Cat=0&Board=stmartin or www.gobeach.com


My husband and I have been to St Maarten 8 times in the last 10yrs and we always rent a car for 3 days. The beaches are amazing our favourite is Friars Bay. We have always felt safe and the island is very easy to find your way around.

Hope you enjoy you vacation!!!