St. Thomas / St John USVI Dining in Caribbean, USVI & West Indies: Dining Posted July 12, 2002 I LOVE St. Maarten! Are you staying ALL Inclusive? If so do most of your eating at the resort...on the French side, the food is REALLY expensive and very little is "authentic" anything but tourist. Your best bet for reasonable food adventure is to go to the Dutch side and roam the main drag...there's good Chinese, Indian, Italian etc, at half what you pay on the French side. Also the shopping is best on the Dutch side. But while on the French side...MUST go to the nude beach. Be careful driving...there are practically no traffic laws, and the streets are crowded and in terrible repair. If you have any questions, stop in the dive shop near the port...they're super friendly and helpful.