My friend and I are are on a quest to find the world's best pina colada. We stopped in at the bar on Shell Beach in St. Barths and ordered 2 pina coladas without asking for the price
because, hey, price
is no object when searching for the best of anything. Well, to be fair these were the largest drinks we have ever received and they were good, but the price tag... 100 Euros (~110 USD)for two drinks, no food
, was a bit much!!
MarkJ is spot on. He has chosen St. Maarten as his worldwide base of operations for a reason. I too have just lived there for the last year and a half and just started cruisin' to other islands. The general consensus is that St. Maarten is one of the most happening islands in the Caribbean
. Cheaper than most. Plenty to do and see and the Dutch/French sides add a lot of varied experiences as they're quite different.
Our fave nude hang out was Baie Rouge on the French side. Just walk a ways down the beach and you're good to go. I'm pretty sure the French side is accepting on all lifestyles. It is true that a lot of islands are conservative but there they are pretty cosmopolitan and with almost 5 million tourists piling through there each year, I'm sure they've seen it all!! My vote is for St. Martin/Maarten. I'll be in St. John in a month so I'll report back a comparison of the two destinations.
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