by a healthy tourist industry, an international reputation, and
a duty-free fervor that never seems to end, night on St. Maarten
is a time when things are just beginning. Much of the nightlife
is concentrated at the big resorts, which combine night clubs,
restaurants, and late-night shopping. Many hotels organize beachside
barbeques, with dancing to the music of a steel drum band (you
don't usually have to be a hotel guest to join in).
The island's discos attract an international
crowd, all dancing to the latest club hits. The best Caribbean
music on the island can be found at the island's many live-music
clubs, where one is as likely to find as many locals as visitors.
Among the island hot spots are the News Music Cafe, Greenhouse, Indiana
Beach, Amnesia, and Cheri's Cafe.
many visitors, the island's nine casinos (all on the Dutch side)
are a major attraction. The gaming is European style, subdued
and sophisticated, and open to everyone from high-rollers to
beginners. Staff members are always ready to take first-timers
through the basics.
The largest casino on the island
is Casino Royale, at the Maho Beach Hotel. Open from 1
pm to 4 am every day of the year, Casino Royale has table limits
ranging from US$5 to $2,000 for blackjack and from $5 to $500
for craps. Just a few minutes away is the Atlantis Casino at
Cupecoy Beach. Taking inspiration from the legendary underwater
city, the casino is decorated in an ancient nautical theme. The
Atlantis has a private gaming room for high-stakes baccarat,
French roulette, chemin de fer, and seven-card stud poker.
busy Front Street is home to two casinos: Rouge et Noir and
the Coliseum Casino. The futuristic design of Rouge et
Noir is more Las Vegas than Monte Carlo. The flashing lights
of video keno and video poker keep the atmosphere lively. The
Coliseum has three floors of entertainment, all designed in a
style evocative of ancient Rome. Slot machines are on the main
level, poker machines can be found on the upper level, and the
lower level houses a private gaming room featuring blackjack,
roulette, and Caribbean stud poker.
Sports fans will enjoy the Lightning
Casino, which features boxing, baseball, soccer, hockey,
football, basketball, and horse racing on big-screen televisions.
Located just minutes from the airport, the casino offers free
transportation from anywhere on the island and limousine service
to rated players.
Other casinos offer gaming in exciting
resort settings. The Pelican Casino, at the Pelican Resort
in Simpson Bay, is a Vegas-style casino with blackjack, roulette,
craps, and slot machines. Nightly dancing on the Pelican Reef
terrace and island shows with Caribbean bands are also featured.
Another hot spot is the newly-renovated Golden Casino at
the Great Bay Beach Hotel. Payback on its slots goes as high
Maho Beach Resort is
featuring "International Cabaret Cubana" at the Comedy
Club. Shows are Wednesday thru Sunday at 10pm. Price
is $25.00 w/1 free drink. For reservation/tickets call
52115 ext. 4830. There are two other casinos, The Diamond Casino
and The Paradise Plaza Slots both located on Frontstreet in Philipsburg.
St. Maarten has added an alternative form of entertainment to its club scene.
AXUM Jazz Cafe, located at #7 Frontstreet, Philipsburg, offers a multi-faceted
entertainment menu from live jazz music and reggae to dramatic presentations
and poetry readings. AXUM provides a cozy atmosphere with its quasi-noveau
primal decor and war shades of nectarine and rust-colored antique furnishings.
The cafe also serves as a backdrop for the Caribbean's finest contemporary
artists to display their works of art. AXUM opens Tuesday through Sunday at
6:00pm and serves light platters, appetizers and a variety of beverages.
and Dinner Cruise Boat
Sun Star Cruises, a new party and dinner cruise
boat, has arrived on the St. Maarten entertainment scene. Sun Star Cruise,
located along Airport Road in Simpson Bay, offers Sunset Dinner Cruises,
Moonlight Party Cruises and Special Custom Charters. The four-hour sunset
dinner cruises set sail at 6:00pm on Tuesdays and Fridays. Priced at
$55.00 per person, the sunset cruise accommodates up to 125 guests and
includes two glasses of wine or champagne, dinner buffet and entertainment.
The Moonlight party cruise accommodates up to 175 passengers and departs
at 6:30pm on Wednesdays and Thursdays. Priced at $35.00 per person, the
four-hour cruise includes two glasses of wine or rum punch, snacks, entertainment
and a nightly dancing contest. Special custom charters are available
on request for weddings, anniversaries and special events. Reservations
can be made at 011-5995-54118.