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

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.


Dawn Beach is conveniently located just below Hope Cottage as you can see in the photo. In fact, it was a factor in our decision to build here. Of course, we are now spoiled and seldom go to the beach preferring to take advantage of our private pool, sunbeds and pergola.


While we have taken and will continue to take six-week vacations in the months of July, August and November, we can understand that the average holidaymaker would rather not risk having to sit out a hurricane.


For this reason, we offer a price break at Hope Cottage during this period as well as a free two-week stay if a hurricane should hit Sint Maarten during your stay.


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


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.


The food is good and by French standards, reasonably priced. Great pizzas!


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.

On the Dutch Side


Some may be put off by the modern décor. Don’t be. We have never had a bad meal there. It is now under new owners and is even better.


Who would have thought that we would recommend a timeshare resort for an evening out? Well, think again. We often go there often as the food and service are good; the seating and air-conditioning, comfortable; the staff friendly and the prices, reasonable. Give it a try.

OUR FAVORITES AWAY FROM OYSTER POND: Sorry, we save these for our guests at Hope Cottage.
However, our favorite restaurant is BISTROT CARAIBES and TALK OF THE TOWN in LOLO’S for cheap and cheerful ribs, plantain and beer, both in Grand Case.


BREAD N’BUTTER: We buy our croissants and baguettes at the little shop next door to l’Oasis.  Very good!  They also do little odds and ends but we get these at a supermarket.


If you are looking for supermarkets, you must go further afield. We sometime shop at Carrefour on the road between Phillipsburg and the airport. It features goods from Holland and the US.  Don’t let the prices scare you as everything is priced in Nafl. However, it is still expensive. The booze is cheap!


We prefer the supermarkets on the French side of the island as they carry produce from France that is different than what we get at home.  Most convenient is Super U in Hope Estate in Grand Case.

Island Night Life

You will have to get away from Oyster Pond but stick to the Dutch side.


Bars are not our scene so you are on your own although our younger friends recommend the GREENHOUSE in Philipsburg, the BOATHOUSE by the bridge coming from the airport, CHERI’S in Maho, and SUNSET at the end of the airport runway.


They are all lively and all serve reasonably priced American style food.

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