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Old 01-11-2013, 12:42 PM   #16
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I'm in the minority. We didn't particularly like Bernards.
Its a LOT of time on the bus listening to the driver say "on the Dutch side...on the French side". The kids (including my 8 year old) definitely got bored after a while.
We liked Orient Beach and if we do another Eastern itinerary I would just head right there and spend the day.
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Old 01-11-2013, 02:25 PM   #17
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It's a little out of the way and something you'd have to arrange on your own, but my DW and I took a perfume-making class at Tijon in Grand Case. We had to take a taxi (something like $25 each way), but it was a lot of fun and a unique experience. I'd say it's probably an appropriate excursion for "mature 9" or older, since it involves some fairly precise measurements and a lot of counting and note-taking. On the other hand, the owner talked about a 12-year-old girl who had concocted a fairly involved, interesting perfume blend of her own.

It was a little on the expensive side ($100/person) but well worth it. We got a goodie bag of stuff as well as a bottle of the perfume we made.
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Old 01-11-2013, 04:26 PM   #18
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We also used Bernard's Tours and had a great time! Our guide, John, was awesome. We had 6 boys (5, 6, 7, 10, 13, 15) and they all had fun. For our first stop, John asked if we were ok with the boys feeding some iguanas. We said sure, and had the best time. He brought along 2 bags of lettuce and all of the boys had a great time feeding them and getting pictures with them. After that we went to Sunset Grill to have lunch and watch the planes land--another big hit the all of the boys. After that we did a bit of sight seeing on our way to Orient Beach, then spent the rest of the day there. All three families agreed that it was a great day.
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Old 01-11-2013, 04:51 PM   #19
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Our tour was different.
We stopped at the iguanas (20 minutes)...and the sea urchin guy (15 minutes)...and a scenic overlook (or 2) for 5 minutes...and the Dutch/French border (5 minutes)...and Marigot (maybe 20 minutes)...and Orient beach for 90 minutes...and Maho for a half hour...and some junky little souvenir shop at the end. And a LOT of time on the bus in between.
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Old 01-11-2013, 06:16 PM   #20
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Here is a video I took of my day in St. Maarten:
http://youtu.be/g2uuRVA2vzk

There is a cool Star Wars shop owned by one of the creators of Yoda. It is called Planet Paradise. It has some cool Star Wars stuff. It's in my video
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Our tour was different.
We stopped at the iguanas (20 minutes)...and the sea urchin guy (15 minutes)...and a scenic overlook (or 2) for 5 minutes...and the Dutch/French border (5 minutes)...and Marigot (maybe 20 minutes)...and Orient beach for 90 minutes...and Maho for a half hour...and some junky little souvenir shop at the end. And a LOT of time on the bus in between.
Our tour was very similar to this just in a different order, but we had more time in Marigot ( 1/2 hour, went to Sarafina) and Maho (2 hours, had lunch and drinks). Maybe you had a lot of traffic that day? We didn't feel like we were on the bus too much, had a great time!
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Went in Sept and did Bernards. Great time. Sugar was our guide and he had his "Happy Juice." My wife loved it and the tour was enlighting. Would do it in a heart beat again. We are planning a Feb 2014 cruise but doing the western side.
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Went in Sept and did Bernards. Great time. Sugar was our guide and he had his "Happy Juice." My wife loved it and the tour was enlighting. Would do it in a heart beat again. We are planning a Feb 2014 cruise but doing the western side.
Loved Sugar & wish I would've drank more Happy Juice

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I am so worried about booking on my own! I like the security of knowing that the ship will wait if something happens during an excursion. For those of you that did Bernard's were you worried that you may not get back in time? Do they guarantee that you will be back in time to get on the ship?
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Here is a video I took of my day in St. Maarten:
http://youtu.be/g2uuRVA2vzk

There is a cool Star Wars shop owned by one of the creators of Yoda. It is called Planet Paradise. It has some cool Star Wars stuff. It's in my video
Great video. Thanks For sharing. We will be there for the first time this October.
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Old 01-12-2013, 08:47 PM   #26
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Great video. Thanks For sharing. We will be there for the first time this October.
Thank you! You will have a great time! The beach is beautiful!
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