Michael and I traveled down to Saint Martin-Sint Maarten Island in the Caribbean for just under 3 weeks. St. Martin/Sint Maarten is the smallest land mass in the world shared by two sovereign nations. While there is a border separating the two sides of the island, currently there is no border control. We soaked up the gorgeous sun, beaches, snorkeling, paddle-boarding, seafood, and local rum on both the French and Dutch side. We took advantage of every moment and did some serious relaxing and reading as I continue in great effort to heal from both wrists being injured, in addition to some frustrating circulatory problems. Thank you again for voice dictation on my MacBook. I have a lot to share but as you can imagine my typing is limited; my voice dictation software is still learning… therefore, I hope you enjoy a few of our favorite moments captured below.
The airplane is real. And, awesomely enough, the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has assessed the government of Sint Maarten’s Civil Aviation Authority as not being in compliance with International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) aviation safety standards for oversight of Sint Maarten’s air carrier operations. Snorkeling is my new favorite thing, and I learned that Michael will jump off a cliff not knowing how deep the water really is below, (this did not help my circulatory problems but it was a good adrenaline rush for us both). We stumbled upon Carnival on the Dutch side and met new friends all around the island. We stared down sunsets, and visited a creepy 5-star resort, La Belle Créole that was damaged by a hurricane in 1995. You can see what the resort looked like originally here. We stuffed our faces with French cuisine in Grand Case, and visited Pinel Island twice. We couldn’t help but laugh at the nudest beach in Orient Bay. Our favorite beaches included: Le Galion, Mullet Bay, Cupecoy, Happy Bay, Grand Case, Maho, Baie Aux Prunes… okay, so most of them. The really great news though, this pale thang got a tan!
– As always, click each photo to enlarge or to watch as a slide show. Thanks for stopping by and feel free to ask us any questions about the Island–we highly recommend visiting SXM –