St. Maarten and St. Martin Bars
Bars: Sublime to Outrageous
Since it's a resort island with more than 400 restaurants and beaches dotting its entire coast, you'd expect SXM would have a lot of bars -- and you'd be entirely correct.
They go from the sublime -- the bars at the ultra luxurious French Side resort La Samanna are tops in that category -- to the outrageous.
One outrageous bar is Sunset Bar & Grill (formerly Sunset Beach Bar), on Maho beach near the end of the runway at Princess Juliana "SXM" International Airport. There, folks walk just a few feet so they're directly under the glide path of arriving jetliners. How close are jets overhead? Really, really close: take a look.
As if that isn't enough, Sunset also gives free drinks to ladies who, uh, remove their tops; consider yourself warned
Too tame? Then try the Soggy Dollar Bar. Originally a yacht crew bar under a tree behind the Palapa marina on Simpson Bay, Dutch Side, SDB has developed into a real party spot. Why "soggy"? Well, go one night and park yourself somewhere under one of the decorative shower-heads. You'll eventually find that they're not just decorative; they occasionally shower people, including (sometimes) strippers and others visiting way after hours from nearby clubs who quickly get rid of their soggy duds....
Bars: The Nightclub / Party Scene
If you'd rather keep your clothes on, check out one of many bars with lots of music and dancing. Tantra, in the Maho area on the Dutch Side, is a popular spot. Prive (pronounced PREE-vay) in Simpson Bay, on the roof of Market Garden Super Market, is another. The late-week "Out 'n About" section of the SXM Daily Herald newspaper has ads from many nightclubs every week. Prive offers something neat exclusively to JMB Website Supporters members; see the members-only "Secret Site" for details. Your username and password are required. It's one of hundreds of discounts and benefits available for JMB members. Learn more here.
Bars: Fun Ones at Restaurants
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