We have many wonderful supermarkets on the island. Great delicacies as well as food you get at home. It is slightly more expensive because it all has to be shipped to the island.
Settle in your villa, go for a swim and then go to the nearest market to get some staples.
You will always find cold drinks in the fridge when you arrive.
Pelican Cove area, fill up at the Peli Deli at the Pelican Resort or go over to the Grand Marche where you can find everything you have in your local supermarkets. There is another Grand Marche on the way to Marigot, just before you pass Port de Plaisance. You will also pass several other markets on the way that can provide adequate amounts of food for your vacation. Peli Deli is great for the following locations: Sera Bella Villa and L’Horizon.
St. Maarten Dining Secrets
If you are staying at one of our Beacon Hill villas, including La Casita and Casa Boco Villa, we suggest you go to the Maho area, home to some of the best restaurants. You can just drive a half-mile to the Maho Casino and a valet will park your car.
Check out the following St. Martin restaurants for a first night meal
- Bamboo Bernies
- Pizza Pasta
- La Rosa
We often go to Lal’s for our first dinner as it is very informal, and delicious. Lal’s is in the parking lot of a large supermarket in Simpson Bay. You might have to ask someone where it is.
- It has a small bar and about
- 10 tables and they have
- Some great Indian food
- Very fairly priced
Or find another that we have not mentioned. There are many to choose from and too many to list! Finish off your first night with a little St. Maarten casino time if you wish. They may even stamp your valet car ticket so you do not have to pay for parking.
If you are staying at one of our Pelican Cove properties, drive out of Pelican Key and take your pick from about 15 different restaurants including:
- Pizza Galley
- Lee’s for fresh fish is great and they have music most nights.
These are just a few that you can choose from.
On St. Martin’s French side in Grand Case, for some great coffee, croissants and bread, try the Portofino. At Dawn Beach go to Busbys and if you want to breakfast at Orient.
In Simpson Bay there is a great bakery opposite the Fed Ex office called La Sucriere. They have great bread, croissants and tidbits. There is a little balcony where you can enjoy a breakfast or a lunch. We go there everyday to pick up our baguettes and croissants.
Great St. Martin Shopping
Day three can include a little St. Maarten shopping in the morning in Marigot or Phillipsburg. Check your prices at home for any electronics that you might be interested in. Then shop around in the stores on Front Street. You can bargain, especially if you know the price online or at home. You will save taxes as St. Maarten is a free port. Make sure that you are not charged the 3% turnover tax. It is supposed to be included in the price of what you buy.
Slow days in Phillipsburg are Saturday when there are few if any ships in. It is nice to have lunch in town and do take a walk on the boardwalk. T shirts stores, electronic stores and jewelry stores abound in Philipsburg and you can have a grand time just window shopping.
If you go to Philipsburg late in the afternoon, stay and have dinner at L’Escargot. It is one of the oldest restaurants on the island and has many of the original French favorites. Antoines is also a lovely spot for lunch or dinner.