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


Marigot is on the up and up. It has a lot of problems but Marigot
had a lot of problems before the hurricane so if anything this has kind
of given it a chance to refresh and to clean itself up. Tropicana has reopened. There are a few other restaurants in the marina that are open so you can go into Marigot and you can enjoy it.

There’s also a new cafe that is open and the Marigot market which is still happening on Wednesdays and Saturdays is happening and it’s lively and it’s fun. So it’s a great place to go if you want to support the locals. Go to the Marigot market, buy some spices from The Spice Lady and have a nice little afternoon. It’s also right next to the ferry if you want to head over to St. Barts or Anguilla. So Marigot, while it’s not the perfect place right now it is moving its way up and I think we’re going to see a lot of changes over the next few months.

As we keep going around the island we’ll hit up with Friars Bay and Happy Bay.


  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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