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Old 19-08-2022, 10:46   #1
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St. Martin in late November

How is cruising St. Martin at Thanksgiving time?
Is St. Martin safe?

We are planning to charter a boat there. We have not done St. Martin nor the Grenadines yet.
Which one would you do first and why?
Which one is "easier" cruising?
Regarding the Grenadines, we are hearing a lot of bad stories about St. Vincent... skip? ... not safe? (we would only be the two of us)

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Old 19-08-2022, 11:33   #2
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St Martin was/is fine everytime I have been there despite prefering to stay on the much maligned French side...
Never felt threatened or in any danger despite sometimes hanging out till 4am...
Grand Case is a great anchorage with some fine dining, or there's downtown Marigot for roadkill chicken or ribs with fried plantain and salad...
You can cross over to Anguilla, sail down to St Barts then jump over to Saba before heading back to SMX..
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Re: St. Martin in late November

Depends what you want. Both are fine but different.

SCM has more cicilization.

Grenadines more isolation.
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Old 19-08-2022, 13:12   #4
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Re: St. Martin in late November

St Martin is fine in late November.

Like most places in the Eastern Caribbean, make sure your dinghy is locked when you leave it. It isn't a bad idea to lock it to your boat at night too.

There aren't too many places in St Martin where you won't see many others, though. Tintamarre is the closest you'll get to that -- or Il Forchue if you're doing St. Barth's. I second boatman61's recommendations (Gran Cas, Anguilla, St. Barth's) although we had some good meals in Marigot too.
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Re: St. Martin in late November

I rather enjoyed St. Martin, it's a very cosmopolitan place....no shortage of yachts there and things to do, places to see, etc. Overall, I thought the locals were quite friendly, accommodating and easy to get along with. Dining out is also excellent, lotsa hole in the wall places, serving exquisite fare....your own attitude will be reflected back at you, you be nice and friendly, they'll be nice n friendly. Cop an attitude, you'll get it back. You'll have a good time there in my opinion !!
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Re: St. Martin in late November

St Martin is great for people that live on boats and have all the time in the world. If you really want the "Caribbean experience" charter the boat in Grenada and hit Grenadines and a bunch of other little islands and bays without major crossings . There is theft, but not as much as in the french islands. Hoist the dinghy every night using any halyard and lock it on shore. It's a very short hop from Grenada to Carriacoue and you are there. November will be an excellent time to do it before the crowds and Christmas winds
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