OWNERS’ TIPS ON THE ISLAND

We have been visiting Sint Maarten since 1988 and enjoying Hope Cottage since we finished it in 1997.

We have an extensive guide to the island which we give to our guests but here is a short guide to what is available in the Oyster Pond area.

 

Pictured at right is the view of Oyster Pond from the pool and terrace
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Getting About:

Pick up maps and guides at the airport when they are available.

As you can see from the photo, Hope Cottage is located near the top of a hill overlooking Oyster Pond, so a car is necessary.

We have been dealing with the same agent since we first came to the island so we get very competitive rates.

Restaurants

The restaurant scene has vastly improved in the Oyster Pond area over the last few years. Here is a list of our current favorites

On the French Side

MA MA’S PIZZA

If you fancy pizza, this is a great choice as the pizzas are very good.  It is French owned and has a great view of the harbor.  However, we go elsewhere for pizza.

DINGHY DOCK

A bar/restaurant with a lively atmosphere and good food, especially the fish and chips. It is popular with sailors and homeowners living in the Villas of Oyster Pond…a bit loud but that helps provide the atmosphere.

QUAI OUEST

We had a great meal there with friends who are regulars but have read reviews on line in which people complain about the service and its Frenchness. Hey, get over it. You are in France. We recommend it but be forewarned.

L’OASIS

We have known Martine, the owner, for years and often drop in for a morning coffee. We buy our croissants and baguettes there. The food is good and by French standards, reasonably priced. Great pizzas!

BZH CREPERIE

We recommend it, as do many people on Trip Advisor. Good Specials with very reasonably prices. They do very good pizzas, crepes and galets, a buckwheat crepe from Brittany and we had great hamburgers there recently. Great atmosphere and probably our favorite local spot.

LE PAVILLON BY THE SEA

This is a welcome addition to the neighborhood and with Grand Case prices, it is not cheap but the quality makes it, in our opinion, good value. We thoroughly recommend it.

OUR FAVORITES AWAY FROM OYSTER POND

Sorry, we save these for our guests at Hope Cottage. However, our favorite restaurant is BISTROT CARAIBES in Grand Case