i have gone to il nettuno in grand case and always loved it! really good bolognese sauce....seafood is wonderful and i think all pasta is homemade if i remember correctly. looks out over the water and is lovely. pick a lobster from the fountain...lol the prices are pretty good also.
have fun----st maartin was my hubby's favorite spot on earth....until aruba!!!lol
There's been a lot of talk about needing an 'escort' after dinner to get safely to your car in Marigot Marina---????? Actually, lots of talk about crime on the island, but I'm going with an open mind, and we don't do the 'stupid tourist" stuff! Also, I find that the other forums tend to get way out of hand and over-react!
Are you talking about high-end shopping? I can't do the gold and gem variety, but love to pick up a new silver bangle, or fun locally made things! (love the recycled glass jewelry in Aruba!!)
We had no problem in Marigot and felt completely safe but, then again, we had our "special" taxi driver waiting for us. I was much more aware of my surroundings and the people than I normally am in Aruba. As for shopping, there's plenty of both high end and local things - I picked up a number of local paintings at the market in Marigot and also at an art gallery. There's a great little shop in Philipsburg called the Shipwreck Shop, I believe. Nice little things like picture frames, t-shirts, local seasonings, Christmas balls, etc.
And the Italian restaurant in Grand Case is Il Nettuno - great Italian food and the owner is originally from the MD/DC/VA area. He's very entertaining. Go and have fun exploring the island - always interesting to explore new places.
Eagle Beach, exploring the "Outback", Madi's tour to the Natural Pool , dinner at Papiamento's
Got home Sat. night -- we had two wonderful weeks that went by much too fast!
(as usual!) The condo we rented was right on Simpson Bay Beach, 2 1/2 miles of gorgeousness!!! Took trips to other amazing beaches with beach bars. Water was clear turquoise everywhere we went. People were very friendly (more so on the Dutch side!), never felt unsafe, although we stayed conscious of our surroundings as suggested. Would definitely go back again!