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Sint Maarten/Saint Martin


Continuing with the cruise pics… Today’s blog is about Sint Maarten/Saint Martin.

I have been fascinated by how this small island (about 36 square miles) shares the same name but is divided by two nations – France and the Netherlands.

Our ship docked in Philipsburg, Sint Maarten (Dutch side). We took a water taxi to the downtown. We were not impressed by the beach we had access to on this bay in the Caribbean. The strand on the right contained a lot of beach restaurants (including a Hard Rock Cafe) and stores that sold expensive watches and jewelry.


We opted for a private taxi ride of the island. The airport is beyond that green mound.


I thought this church was pretty.


Our driver was very nice. He is a tennis coach and has coached one of St. Maarten’s top tennis players. He has met and played with the tennis legend Ivan Llendl (Ivan married a woman from St. Maarten so he is on the island frequently). His story about being blown away when hitting balls with Ivan made us all laugh.

He stopped for a bit at Orient Beach on the French side of the island, which is a clothing optional beach. Right behind this beautiful view were nude people on lounge chairs.


Our driver took us on a loop around the island and back to the cruise ship where we took a bus to Orient Beach, this time so we could have several hours to lounge on the beach. Our chairs were in the front row on the sand.


Orient Beach is on the Atlantic Ocean and the water there was also pretty, clear, and warm. We had soooo much fun swimming in the water that day.

chairs orient2

I tried to take as many pictures as I could on the way back, through the glass bus windows. You might not be able to read this sign, but it said Heaven’s Touch International Ministries. I think that’s a clever name.


We saw some cute houses.


But we also saw a lot of this.


This was a really cute bakery that we saw in Marigot, the capital city of the French side. We didn’t stop at any bakeries but wish we had because some of the other cruise passengers said the bakeries there have delicious food.




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