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OYSTER POND – As the culinary capital of the Caribbean, St. Maarten offers the best-of-the-best to please the palate – for visitors and locals, alike – offering restaurants serving fine Italian, American, French and other international cuisine.

To kick-off the first annual “Oyster Pond Fall Festival,” participating restaurants will be featured at a free event taking place in the parking lot outside Oyster Bay Beach Resort on Sunday, Oct. 4 from 3 – 7 p.m. While patrons enjoy live music, they can sample food from the restaurants ($5 per plate) where they may want to dine throughout “Oyster Pond Fall Festival” during the month of October. Free parking will be available at Casablanca with shuttle service provided.

Celebrating the island’s eclectic cuisine, “Oyster Pond Fall Festival” will take place during the month of October with five restaurants offering three-course “Fall Fest Menus” at a $25 prix fixe per person, plus service charge.

Participating Oyster Pond area restaurants include: The Infinity Restaurant (at Oyster Bay Beach Resort); Beau Beau’s Beachside Grill (at Oyster Bay Beach Resort); Mr. Busby’s Beach Bar and Daniel’s By The Sea; Big Fish; and Canoa – each in the Oyster Pond area.

For more information about the Oyster Pond Fall Festival, contact the activities desk at Oyster Bay Beach Resort at 1-721-543-6040 or email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


Vacation Closings & Reopenings

Belmond La Samanna Resort & Spa, considered by many vacationers to be the #1 luxury resort on the island, will close August 31st for staff vacations and annual maintenance. They will re-open on October 31st.

Jewels by Love, with wonderful jewelry stores located in Marigot and Philipsburg, will be open all year.

Oyster Bay Beach Resort, located just south of the French/Dutch border on the Atlantic Ocean side of St. Maarten will be open all year. In September, they will celebrating Owner Appreciation Month with numberous activities.

Lee’s Roadside Grill, located on Simpson Bay Lagoon, will close for vacations from September 7th and reopen September 29th. Lee’s is one of the most popular restaurants on the island.

St. Martin Sothebys Realty, which specializes in Villa Rentals, will not be closing this summer or fall. Their agents are available Monday – Friday: 9am - 1pm & 2pm - 6pm. Saturday: 9am - 1pm.

Leisure Car Rental, located in Simpson Bay, will be open all year long offering great deals. Like them on Facebook using promo code FBLIKE and you will receive a 10% discount.

Scuba Fun Dive Center, located in Great Bay Marina in Philipsburg a 5-10 minute walk from the Cruise Ship Terminal, will be open all year.

Bacchus Restaurant & Wine Cellar, located in Hope Estate, St. Martin, will be open all year; but will be closed on Sundays.

Hotel RIU Palace St Martin, located in Anse Marcel, will not be closing this year. The Hotel, which has an All Inclusive Plan and the most incredible swimming pool on the island, opened for business in May 2014.  

As usual, Aqua Mania Adventures, located at Pelican Key Marina, will be open all year. This people friendly company provides popular tours around StMaarten/StMartin and to surrounding islands.

Il Nettuno Ristorante Italiano, located in Grand case, will close on August 24th for annual vacation, but will reopen on October 6th.

Captain Alan’s Boat Charters, located in Oyster Bay Beach Resort Marina, doesn’t close for vacations. They're open all year.

Jimbo’s Rock & Blues Café, located at the Simpson Bay Marina, will be closing down for the months of September and October and will be reopening November 1st.

The Horny Toad Guest House, once the estate of St. Maarten’s Governor, will be open all year.

Pizza Galley, located on Simpson Bay Lagoon, will close on August 13th and reopen on October 15th.

Skipjack’s Seafood Grill, Bar & Fish Market, located on Simpson Bay Lagoon, will close for vacation August 31 and reopen September 20th.

Tri-Sport, located in Simpson Bay and Rue de Hollande, Marigot, has changed their email address to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Sonesta Maho Beach Resort & Casino, located in Maho Bay, will not be closing for vacations or maintenance; but, is instituting a plan to do a “partial renovation” of some of their rooms before the winter season.

La Vista Resort, located in Pelican Key Estates area, will close for annual maintenance August 29th and reopen on September 19th. The restaurant will close August 30th and reopen September 28th.

Temptation Restaurant, located in the Atlantis Casino Complex in Cupecoy Bay, will be open all year serving Dino’s great dinner creations.

Hotel La Plantation and Café Plantation, located on Orient Bay, St. Martin, will close for annual vacations on September 1st and reopen on October 15th.


RBC Volunteers Clean Simpson Bay Beach More than 20 RBC Royal Bank volunteers cleaned up Simpson Bay Beach on June 20, 2015, in an effort to help make the turtle-nesting area on that beach more accessible for the endangered Hawksbill, Leatherback and Green sea turtles.  The beach clean-up was organised in conjunction with Nature Foundation St. Maarten (NFS), and initiated in connection with the “RBC Blue Water Day 2015 Project,” which is the environmental priority programme for RBC Royal Bank. The project focuses on the preservation of the world’s most precious natural resource: water.   “RBC in St. Maarten has been committed to clean Guana Bay in the past and now Simpson Bay for the duration of the turtle-nesting season from March until November each year and commits to support with building awareness on sea turtle nesting,” RBC said in a press release.   “This project of cleaning up the beach for the turtle nestingseason fi ts perfectly into RBC’s philosophy on the sustainable development of the environment. RBC Royal Bank fi rmly believes that it is the responsibility of the bank to positively infl uence the social development of the community in which it operates by maximizing its contributions to the state of environment of the island.”

13 Hotels Get TripAdvisor Certificate Of Excellence
TripAdvisor’s Certificate of Excellence has been awarded to no less than thirteen of St. Maarten’s tourist accommodations for 2014, showing that they demonstrate “hospitality excellence and represent the upper echelon of businesses listed on TripAdvisor, the world’s largest travel site.” World-wide honorees are limited to those that consistently achieve outstanding traveler reviews.   

The following properties Have received the certificate: The Horny Toad Guesthouse, The Villas at Simpson Bay Resort & Marina, The Atrium Resort & Spa, La Vista Resort, Turquoise Shell Inn, Holland House Beach Hotel, The Azure Hotel, Oyster Bay Beach Resort, Pasanggrahan Royal Guesthouse, Royal Islander Club La Plage, Royal Palm Beach Resort, The Summit Resort Hotel and Princess Heights Luxury Boutique Condo Hotel. The last two Hotels announced receiving the certificate for the fourth year in a row. Honorees received a congratulatory letter, a printed certificate, a window sticker, as well as a badge on their TripAdvisor webpage and access to a custom-made widget.

Note: Several articles provided courtesy of Caribbean Gems Weekly Newsletter.