ST MARTIN | ST MAARTEN after HURRICANE IRMA: Update December 2018!


Simpson Bay is doing awesome. This Beach is looking very nice. The water here is beautiful and it’s so easy to swim in, the waves are minimal. There’s plenty of places to rent chairs plenty of places to get a bite to eat and get a drink. It’s one of my favorite spots here on the Dutch side in the Simpson Bay Area.


Marys Boon is a great place because if you want to do a quick
weekend trip quick weekend trip it’s right next to the airport so it’s super
easy to get to and you could literally just fly and take a cab over Marys Boon
spend two days there take a cab back.

Buccaneer Beach Bar 

The beach right next to Buccaneers is a great little spot. It’s easy to swim in the water, really calm. They’ve even blocked it off for swimming. So a beautiful place to bring the whole family.  If you need to grab a bite to eat, try Buccaneer beach bar which is just going to be your barbecue food. Real
simple beach food. It’s really nice.

They’ve got kayak tours and they’ve got some activity here so the whole family can come down and enjoy a day at the beach. It’s not the most beautiful beach in the world especially compared to some of the others on this island but what it does have is it has simplicity. Easy to get to you from a lot of the resorts and you know just kind of a fun place to be. You could put this beach somewhere else, on a different island, so I wouldn’t say it’s the most spectacular place to be in the world, but for a simple afternoon when you just want to set up by the beach and swim in some really easy to swim in water you can come down here to the beach outside
a Buccaneer beach bar.

There are numerous places open. Toppers, Buccaneer beach bar, The Red Piano, Top Carrot, Zee Best. I mean everything is open and ready to go. And there’s a new place opening called the Roxie Beach Club which is going be beautiful.

So there’s plenty to do there. Simpson Bay Resort is open. It’s a really gonna be even better than it was before so it’s going be a place to go during the day it’s gonna be a place to be at night. I mean you pretty much just live over in Simpson Bay. And now for my final thoughts…


  1. Phil,
    Thank you so much, merci beaucoup for this happy, inspirational update!!
    I love St Martin : it’s a second or maybe first home to me. I was devastated for so long but this update has brought tears of joy to me. Tell me, what about it makes you so interested in it? Your Ariel’s are amazing! You mentioned my favorite beaches: Orient beach and Baie Rouge. I am ambivalent about the restaurant and chairs missing. I loved happy hour on Baie Rouge! I’ve also never been to Happy baie so will check it out next time. My Dawn beach in Oyster pond appears to be closed with no sign of life on the web. Are there places to stay on Orient beach?
    Sooooo after your video, I think I’ll return soon. Again thanks so much for the update!!!


    1. Hello Sheree! Thank you so much for commenting. I always love to hear about how much people love the island. It really is a special place. I’m so happy you enjoyed my update. I wanted to provide people with real information about how the rebuilding process is coming along. I first started going to the island 4 years ago. I do work for clients there and found myself going twice a year for weeks at a time. It really started to feel like a second home. Orient Beach has a few places to stay nearby and there are many private villas as well that are available. I’m so happy to hear my video has inspired you to make a return trip soon! That is all I wanted from this! Thanks again for watching and readying!


      1. I used to go for 3 weeks at a time. I’ve stayed all over the island. Each side has its beautiful, seductive aspects.Right?
        Did you get the aerial shots with a drone? Phil, you’re so lucky to work for people there!!!
        I had this dream to live there, but I am afraid of the hurricanes ! Its’ interesting that the new Orient Beach bars are being built so that they can be taken down quickly. Great thinking!!!


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