Oyster Pond
Oyster Pond
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Dan K
The Hague, The Netherlands8 861 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2021
We stayed on the French side, just on the other side of the border. Unfortunately, there's still a lot of post Irma damage to be seen. There are sunken boats in the bay and a lot of run down buildings ad even a closed resort (which is in the process of some rebuilding). The inner bay does not smell that pleasant, I think it's rotten seaweed.

Dawn Beach sees a lot of seaweed, although it's being cleaned on a regular basis. We did not see any people on the beach. Ocean tends to be rough on this side of the ocean. Two stray dogs roamed the area.
Written 26 May 2021
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Mel M
Burke, VA92 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2013 • Couples
Last month, my wife and I spent a week at the Sol Hotel in Oyster Pond. It was our first visit to St. Martin. We will return!! We loved Oyster Pond!! But first, let me point out a problem with the title of this section of Tripadvisor of St-Martin. The title is: "Oyster Pond: Marigot". This is an error. Oyster Pond is not in Marigot. Marigot is a city on the West side of the island. Oyster Pond is a small section on the East side of the island. They couldn't be farther apart and still be on the island. Look at a map and you will see this!

Now for my review of Oyster Pond. When my wife and I decided to come to St. Martin, we had no knowledge of the island. We didn't know how different that the various parts of the island are. Phillipsburg, Marigot, Cupecoy, Terres Basses, Anse Marcel, Grand Case, Simpson Bay, etc etc etc are all very different in their personalities. Some are crowded. Some are quiet and secluded. Some are very very rich. Terres Basses has homes worth close to $100 Million dollars. Simpson Bay has private yachts that are among the biggest and most expensive in the world. The areas around it are there to serve the very rich. Phillipsburg looks to be a very poor city, except for the many diamond stores. Cupecoy has a new, nicely built-up area. Marigot is an upscale shopping center for clothing and other items. Grand Case seems to have as many restaurants as a major city, including some of the best and most expensive on the island, but Grand Case definitely does not have an upscale feel to it.

In one week, my wife and I visited almost every town and area and beach on both sides of the island. We concluded that our decision to stay at Oyster Pond was a great one, although it was entirely made at random. We decided on the small hotel called Sol Hotel because of its great reviews and moderate price, but we had no idea of the personality of Oyster Pond

Oyster Pond is unique on the island. It is rather small, and has far fewer restaurants than Grand Case, and no shops. It is a quiet place. It is a place where many of the French people live, who remain on the island all year long. There are a two handfuls of excellent restaurants, and the prices are moderate at almost all of them. While it is small, it has two completely separate parts. It has a French Side, and a Dutch Side. The Dutch Side has the Westin Hotel, which has the beautiful Dawn Beach, which like all beaches on St. Martin, is open to all. It is one of the best beaches on the island. You can drive to the Westin, park in their lot, and go to Dawn Beach. The only problem with the Westin is that there are lots of people trying to sell you a "time share". There is another section to the Dutch Side, which has restaurants, both fancy "Big Fish", and very relaxed. There is even a Lolo Locally Owned, Locally Operated) place to eat on the beach.

On the French Side, you will find Capt. Olivers, which is a big, but aging hotel with moderate prices, and a great restaurant, and a wonderful bar, the Dinghy Dock, which has big portions of good bar food, and a great atmosphere. There is Mama Pizza, which has excellent pizza, and the BZH Creperie (a place the locals go to), restaurants like the Planteur and L'Oasis, which are excellent French restaurants. There is a few small, reasonably priced hotels such as the Sol Hotel, and Les Balcons d'Oyster Pond. They are quiet, restful, and the views are spectacular. You can walk to Aux Pains d'Epices to buy croissants and other things for breakfast on your hotel terrace.

Every day we travelled to at least two other places on the Island. While it is off of the "major highway" that goes around the island, one can get from Oyster Pond to that major road in five minutes, and from there, you can get to any other place on the island in less than 45 minutes, unless you go in rush hour.

I hope you get the idea that my wife and I found Oyster Pond a great place to serve as the center of our life on the island for a week. If you want lots of action, and lots of people, and lots of shops, then you might want to stay elsewhere on the island.
Written 10 February 2013
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EricAndAnne
Brookeville, MD52 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
I do recommend Quai West on the marina on the French side of Oyster Pond. It is a small outdoor restaurant on the left side of the marina - a bit hard to find. If you walk from the marina along the water to the left, you will see it. It is between "Les Balcons" and Captain Oliver's. Nadia, the chef, is amazing. Most entrees go for about 15 Euros, and they also take dollars at a low exchange rate. Betty, the waitress, is fun and energetic. We ended up going there three times over the 9 days, because we liked it so much. Locals love to go there too.
Written 1 January 2008
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joeGov
Gaithersburg, MD31 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020

Pros:

• Great Happy Hours, bar tenders very attentive. Lively regulars and entertainment very good.
• Restaurant very good as well as some of the bar food. Little coffee shop and bottom of the hill is good for sandwiches.
• Most of the people staying here are regulars who have been coming to this place for many, many years and you can sense that immediately with seeing them in action at the happy hours. These people really know who to have fun and they make you welcome to join in. Meet some local ladies who live there and the we delightful to talk to.

Cons:
• The pool is way too deep. It does look nice but that’s about it. Hot tub is ok, but rather small, Luckily the view kind of makes up for that.

Airport:
• OMG this airport is the pits. Disorganized especially upon arrival. Picking up bags is a nightmare since there is not Airline designation as to what is on the carousel.
Written 16 February 2020
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STM0041
Bullard, TX834 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
With all the great reports I had about this restaurant, I was excited about giving it a try. When we showed up at a relatively slow time of the evening, it almost felt like we were intruding.

The menu was fine. It had a great variety of options. I thought the monkfish I ordered was good. Not great, not bad, but good and at a reasonable price compared to dinners at other restaurants in the area. My fellow diners ordered pizza, strip steak and ginger shrimp. All commented that it was a good diner. Not great, not bad, but good. Diner for the four of us came to about $75 without drinks or dessert.

I'd still recommend this restaurant to friends. The menu was fine, sitting outside on the marina was fine, the food was good. It just didn't have that little spark to put it onto my favorites list.

Yes, you are seated outside and mosquitos had a little feast of their own that evening. Would suggest putting on a little bug repellant before eating at this or any of the other outdoor restaurants in the area.
Written 15 August 2010
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Michael B
Brooklyn, NY173 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2013 • Couples
Marigot has the shops and Philipsburg the strolling and Grand Case the restaurants, but the nicest place on the island is without a doubt Oyster Pond. Beautiful views, hiking, good restaurants, quick access to beaches and ferries, walkable streets, Oyster Pond is a great place to unwind. Like a slice of the Riviera in the Caribbean,.
Written 7 March 2013
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4shadow
Fonthill, Canada34 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2018 • Couples
Irma is still very visible here. So sad to see so much destruction. We hope that the pier will be rebuilt and the life and vibrancy of this beautiful place will be restored.
Written 21 December 2018
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jc
New York City, NY15 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2018 • Couples
This whole area has been completely devastated. Being a regular visitor of St. Maarten, nothing could have prepared me for what I saw! It looks like a war zone. Almost everything has been leveled by the hurricane.
Written 21 January 2018
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Seashellheaven
Sandwich, MA8 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2015 • Friends
Tranquillity abounds. Beach food and at night Daniels by the sea are all good. There is limited parking-travel in 1 car.
Written 7 February 2015
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maggie1953mae
Vernon Hills, IL34 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2014 • Couples
My husband and I stayed in Oyster Pond for 8 days in January. This is a quiet area of St. Maarten with some lovely restaurants and a few shops. There are many condominiums for rent in this area as well as some small hotels and several marinas. There is never a crowd here, which can be desirable if the day has been spent amongst the hustle and bustle of Simpson Bay and Phillipsburg. The area is also home to Dawn Beach, which is serviced by a beach bar and area of rental chairs and umbrellas. In addition, there is a small grocery store here as well. As an added benefit, the French side of St. Martin is literally steps away. If one is looking for a quiet place to visit for lunch or dinner, or a place to stay, Oyster Pond would be an excellent choice.
Written 3 February 2014
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