As we told you in yesterday's mailbag, the Dutch side of St. Maarten is the place to party. But where is the best value? Most tourists head to the infamous Sunset Beach Bar to watch the planes come in, but we like to recommend a spot on the opposite end of Maho Beach, the Driftwood Boat Bar. Cheap and down to earth, you still have a view of the planes taking off and landing, and most importantly, it serves up one hell of a rum punch.
Eight different kinds of rum fill your plastic cup more than halfway up before splashes of tropical juices create a base for a final blast of booze at the top. Surprisingly, the concentrated juices camouflage the rum well and it tastes great (not like a cup of rum!), but there's no hiding -- you will be feeling fine by the time you reach the bottom. The price? A reasonable $6, considering the amount of rum. Check out the two cups on the right:
In addition to the strong drinks, Driftwood also serves up really impressive hand-tossed pizzas, and although we know the Caribbean and pizza don't sound like the beginning of an analogy, you can thank us later. Time your visit with the sunset and the departure of the cruise ships for the full effect.