Welcome to St. Martin. Saint Martin is part of the Leeward Islands in the Caribbean Sea. It comprises two separate countries, divided between its northern French side, called Saint-Martin, and its southern Dutch side, Sint Maarten. The island is home to busy resort beaches and secluded coves.
We hired a guide from tours by locals and he took us on a great tour of the island. Our first stop was at an overlook that had awesome views.
Our driver then took us to Fort Louis which is one of the top island attractions and historical landmarks. It also offers panoramic views across the island and beyond.
Our driver then took us past St Martin’s Princess Juliana International Airport, famous for its proximity to the beach, which sees aircraft swoop within spitting distance of sunseekers and planespotters. Vacationers like to stand on the beach and watch the airplanes land. It can be very dangerous and you can see the signs posted all over.
A co-worker had recommended that we lunch at a place called Mr. Busby’s so we had our driver take us there. Mr. Busby’s is located at Dawn Beach and offers you everything you’d want in a Caribbean beach bar; great food, friendly people, a primo location and relaxing environment. It was simply a great place to eat and relax so I’d highly recommend going there.
After an hour or so relaxing at Mr. Busby’s, our driver picked us back up and took us to Orient Beach. Orient Beach is the most famous beach on the island due to its beauty and liberal policy on clothing; which is optional. No pictures are supposed to be taken here so I just took a pic of the sign.
There are a number of places to cross the border between the French and Dutch sides of the island of Saint Martin. Here is a picture of where we crossed over.
We had a great time touring this island and really enjoyed our guide, but after a full day it was time to go back on the ship but I will leave you with a couple of pictures of the views that we saw.