Tony Lewis, Summit Real Estate Group Valencia & Aliso Viejo (Summit Real Estate Group)

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Ryan Huggins - Thousand Oaks, CA - Thousand Oaks, CA
Residential Real Estate and Investment Properties

Do you speak French?  While not a requirement, it may be easier to get by in French controlled territory if you do.  I made it through Paris 20 years ago by saying "Je ne parley Francais.  Parley vous English?" (I'm sure my spelling is way off and the proper pronunciation can't be determined through text)

That says "I don't speak French, do you speak English?"  By using that, I went through the heart of Paris and through the local shops without problems.  Did not get the attitude that so many Americans said about the Parisians at that time, simply because I learned enough in two semesters of French to be polite.  Not everyone spoke English, some places they had to get a the one waiter on staff that knew it.

Jul 02, 2022 10:03 AM
Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist
KD Realty - 408.972.1822 - San Jose, CA
Probate Real Estate Services

Neither for me. Enjoy your travels.

Jul 02, 2022 02:56 PM
Wanda Kubat-Nerdin - Wanda Can!
Red Rock Real Estate (435) 632-9374 - St. George, UT
St. George Utah Area Residential Sales Agent

No suggestions here. I prefer visiting family and friends or staying home rather than traveling to a country whose people hate Americans!!!

Jul 02, 2022 10:28 AM
Thomas J. Nelson, REALTOR ® e-Pro CRS RCS-D Vets
Big Block Realty 858.232.8722 - La Jolla, CA
CEO of Vision Drive Realty - Coastal San Diego

I've been to both, massive poverty between the two sides.

The Dutch side is where the cruise ships take you and where we spent more time, the French side looked like WWIII had hit it (1995) but is where we went scuba diving, not really to tour or hang out.

Jul 02, 2022 03:14 PM
Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD

Neither would be my preference. Enjoy your travels.


Jul 02, 2022 11:42 AM
Richie Alan Naggar
people first...then business Ran Right Realty - Riverside, CA
agent & author

What a delightful subject to explore reminding you that there are no wrong answers. Bring your choice of snacks, a nice bathing suit and your relaxing genes. Let them out to play. 

Jul 02, 2022 09:50 AM
Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, KW Diversified - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

I prefer something a little cooler and much further north.

Jul 02, 2022 10:39 AM
Olga Simoncelli
Veritas Prime, LLC dba Veritas Prime Real Estate - New Fairfield, CT
CONSULTANT, Real Estate Services & Risk Management

Depends on what you are looking for. Best to do a bit of research. We always stay on the French side; drive to Dutch side if we want to. Dutch side has all the casinos, if that appeals to you. French side has nicer beaches and not so many clustered hotels/condos/multi-story buildings, it has more of an authentic Caribbean flavor plus great French and international food.

Jul 02, 2022 03:37 PM
John Juarez
The Medford Real Estate Team - Fremont, CA

The island is small enough that it does not matter where you stay, you can visit anywhere on the island fairly easily.

Don't miss the action as the jets land and take off from Princess Juliana Airport. See it from the beach bar across the road from the end of the landing strip.

Jul 04, 2022 07:55 AM
Carla Freund
Keller Williams Preferred Realty - Raleigh, NC
NC Real Estate Transition & Relocation 919-602-848

We haven't been. I hope you'll share your experience once you go. Enjoy!

Jul 03, 2022 06:04 AM
Raymond E. Camp
Ontario, NY

Do both and let us know your opinion.

Jul 03, 2022 04:47 AM
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Take a cruise and see many destinations!

Jul 03, 2022 04:44 AM
Debe Maxwell, CRS
Savvy + Company (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC

Been to both and have to say the Maarten (Dutch) side was nicer. Whichever you decide, ENJOY!!

Jul 02, 2022 08:03 PM
Andrew Mooers | 207.532.6573
Northern Maine Real Estate-Aroostook County Broker

Good choice but they drive pretty crazy on the French side... be careful crossing streets. Been a bunch of times and not talking a big country, an island so you will have plenty of time to explore it all. Consider St Lucia too... so so many neat islands with blue green water and white sandy beaches Tony Lewis ... where you are it is a short hop to Cabo as well. 


Jul 02, 2022 06:56 PM
Steve Higgins
RE/MAX Kelowna - Kelowna, BC

We have never been, but I have heard the Dutch side was the better side. I would google the island to see what each side has to offer, or speak to a travel agent.

Jul 02, 2022 06:32 PM
Scott Godzyk
Godzyk Real Estate Services - Manchester, NH
One of the Manchester NH's area Leading Agents

I was suppose to go last year as part of a cruise but ports were cancelled. I hoe to learn in person maybe next year

Jul 04, 2022 09:35 AM