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My Visit to "The Friendly Island"

Updated on May 9, 2015
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Author: Matthew A. Easterbrook Matthew A. Easterbrook was born in the San Francisco Bay area and grew up on his grandparent's ranch in Par

Sint Maarten Caribbean Resort Accommodations

Sint Maarten The  Royal Palm Beach Resort
Sint Maarten The Royal Palm Beach Resort
Ocean Bay View of Sint Maarten
Ocean Bay View of Sint Maarten
Diamond Resort Sign
Diamond Resort Sign
The Royal Palm Beach Resort
The Royal Palm Beach Resort

Sint Maarten / Saint Martin

I recently had the luxury and great pleasure of visiting Sint Maarten/Saint Martin. This amazing island is located in the North West Indies in the Caribbean. One of the most interesting aspects of the "friendly island" is that in 1648 it was divided into two parts by agreement of France and the Netherlands. Sint Maarten, the Dutch side of the island is a territory of the Netherlands and is composed of about 16 square miles with a population of approximately 40, 741. Saint Martin, the French side makes up the final 21 square miles of the island with its population lower at around 36,824. Combined the entire island is 37 square miles. Both French and English languages are spoken by many locals on both sides of the island. We stayed on the Dutch side of the island at the Royal Palm Beach, a Diamond Resort property. The resort and all of its amenities were fantastic. Its location was perfect; smack dab in the middle of Simpson Bay downtown area. We were able to walk to many restaurants and stores in the immediate area, which was very convenient.

Simpson Bay Fresh Seafood

Fishing boat
Fishing boat
Fresh Lobster
Fresh Lobster
Fish swimming around marina dock
Fish swimming around marina dock
Seafood combination platter
Seafood combination platter

Simpson Bay

Simpson Bay is very special in that many large yachts and sail boats dock in the marina. Several times a day the drawbridge opens to let the yachts and sail boats enter and leave the marina. It's really quite a spectacle to witness. Many local fishing boats also enter the marina with their fresh catches. This makes it very nice for dining out in Simpson Bay, as on any given day you could have freshly caught seafood- including lobster! I ate fresh seafood every chance I could on this vacation. One place we tried was Jimbo's, a Tex-Mex restaurant. I had delicious grilled calamari and BBQ'd shrimp. The shrimp skin literally peeled right off in the hot butter sauce. Another restaurant right across the street from our resort was Skip Jacks. Their talented chefs knew just how to season and grill the fresh catch of the day into deliciously fine cuisine. There I had Shrimp and Scallop Pot Pie that was absolutely mouthwatering to look at and even more delicious to eat. You could also enjoy your meal with some fine French wines, or Carib beer, and finish your meal with a shot (or more) of a locally made flavored rum that is offered in many restaurants at the end of the meal. Don't pass up a taste of that…it's incredible. We bought a few bottles of Ma DouDou rum to bring home. It comes in a hand painted bottle with a colorful little West Indies style scarf on the top of each one.

Sailboat entering Simpson Bay Marina

Sail boat cruising in to be docked
Sail boat cruising in to be docked

Simpson Bay Marina

Simpson Bay Marina with yacht docked
Simpson Bay Marina with yacht docked

Casinos In Simpson Bay

If you are into gambling, there are multiple casinos on the island. I did not go to any of them, but other people seemed to be having fun going to them. Maybe next time I will try my luck. I was just having too much fun relaxing and sightseeing around the island.

French Bakery Goodies

Napoleon & Eclair
Napoleon & Eclair
Almond Croissant, Chocolate Twist, and Raisin Wheel
Almond Croissant, Chocolate Twist, and Raisin Wheel
Taste Factory French Bakery
Taste Factory French Bakery

French Bakeries

Since half of the island is French, there is no shortage of French bakeries on either side of the island. You definitely do not want to forget eating these treats. I went to the Taste Factory French Bakery in Simpson Bay, since it was in walking distance of my hotel. I highly recommend their Napoleons, Chocolate Croissant, Almond Croissants, and don't forget their "to die for" custard filled éclairs', in vanilla, chocolate or coffee flavored filling. Anything you try at the Taste Factory will be fabulous! The selection changes from day to day. They also serve breakfast and lunch if you want a full meal to compliment your pastry. And they even have a pastry "happy hour" from 5:00-6:00 PM.

Parts of Marigot

Marigot down town area
Marigot down town area
Passing through Marigot
Passing through Marigot
Marigot Cul-De-Sac Ferry Ride Dock
Marigot Cul-De-Sac Ferry Ride Dock

Marigot Is On The French Side

On the French side of Saint Martin, Marigot has a nice Marina with many fine French cuisine restaurants. We had a delicious meal on our first night right on the water looking out at the catamarans and sailboats. The food was very good. I would highly recommend traveling over to Marigot for a fine dining experience and shopping.

Free Gifts For Attending A Time Share Seminar

We attended a time share seminar for Diamond Resorts and were given gifts just for sitting through the sales pitch. We received a pre-paid Visa card and two passes for a sunset cruise. We had the good fortune to experience our sunset cruise on a gorgeous catamaran, the Lambada. I will have to admit it was well worth going to the two hour seminar. The Lambada had an excellent crew and Captain. The Captain was Dutch and really knew how to handle his boat with great expertise. The crew was very young and motivated. I will warn you, once you are out to sea, there is an open bar and they are VERY generous with the libations! It was all you could drink. They cranked up the stereo with some Caribbean party music and people were dancing and having a great time on the cruise. The sun set shortly thereafter on the horizon and it was absolutely spectacular with the turquoise water glistening in the background. It really was like no other sunset I have ever seen in my entire life. It was a picturesque environment. A Caribbean sea bird flew along the back of the boat on our return trip doing aerobatics and looking for a handout from the boat. The cruises are also available without going to the timeshare presentation for a fee. This is a must-do if you can.

Lambada Sunset Cruise

Lambada Docked
Lambada Docked
On Board with Lambada Crew
On Board with Lambada Crew
Cruising on Lambada passing a sail boat
Cruising on Lambada passing a sail boat
Lambada crew hard at work
Lambada crew hard at work
Me cruising on Lambada
Me cruising on Lambada
Captain of Lambada
Captain of Lambada
Sunset Views aboard Lambada
Sunset Views aboard Lambada
Sea Bird
Sea Bird
Sunset views from back of Lambada
Sunset views from back of Lambada

Sunset Bar & Restaurant

Another great place to visit in Sint Maarten (a real must see) is the Sunset Bar & Restaurant, which is right outside the Princess Juliana Airport. Here you are right on the nice light sandy beaches and are able to have food and beverages while watching the sun come down. Until right around 4:00 PM, the jets are flying in and out of the airport. Here, people line up to get pictures of the jets landing extremely low to the ground and right over head. Some people even get close to the fence of the take off ramp to get blown over by the jet engine propel. This place provides some priceless and picturesque views of the Caribbean.

Sunset Views From Sunset Bar and Grill

Sunset Bar & Grill Area
Sunset Bar & Grill Area
Flight Times on Surfboard at Sunset Bar&Grill
Flight Times on Surfboard at Sunset Bar&Grill
Sunset from pier view Sunset Bar &Grill
Sunset from pier view Sunset Bar &Grill

Phillipsburg Boardwalk

We had the opportunity to visit several places on the island. Two worth mentioning are the boardwalk in Phillipsburg and Pinel Island. The boardwalk was a great place to pick up souvenirs and there are many places eat. There were Caribbean musicians playing as you walked along, creating a real fun experience. My wife talked me into eating lunch at the "Blue Bitch Bar and Grill" (LOL) I survived. I will say with a name like that I was leery of eating there. But the food was delicious. We also had a nice tour of the beautiful St. Martin Roman Catholic Church right there on the boardwalk. It's grounds and statues are beautiful and well cared for. The inner part of the church was tranquil and beautiful. (see photographs)

Phillipsburg Ocean Views & Boardwalk

Beautiful Turquoise Ocean View
Beautiful Turquoise Ocean View
Island Map on Boardwalk
Island Map on Boardwalk
Boardwalk
Boardwalk

Pinel Island

Pinel Island was like taking a ferry ride to a modern day Gilligan's Island with all the modern amenities to enjoy. To get there you cross over the bridge from the Dutch side to the French side and pass through the French Cul-De-Sac district. Once you get through Cul-De- Sac, there is a parking lot where you leave your car and board one of the small ferry boats over to Pinel Island. This will cost you around $12.00 per person round trip. Pinel Island makes you feel like you are a celebrity relaxing on your own special island. You can rent a set of chairs and an umbrella for $25.00 for the day. We chose the Yellow Beach Bar & Restaurant, which is the first place you see when you leave the ferry. There is a menu from which you can order and the food/drinks are delivered right to your beach chair or tables under the cool palapas umbrellas as you relax by the ocean. I found the prices to be very reasonable and the food was fresh and delicious. The French staff working at the Yellow Beach Restaurant & Beach Bar was very friendly. The water at Pinel Island is very shallow, so they also have tables embedded in the sand just at the water's edge. Imagine enjoying your drinks or food while you are standing in the ocean! Pretty amazing isn't it. Oliver was our beach side server that day. He was very friendly and served us quick. Naturally, he is French, but also tall, tanned, blonde and, with the French accent, you could tell the ladies go crazy

over him! But Oliver was very professional and handled his stardom well and with grace. I took his photo just to show it to all of you ladies out there. Oliver working hard at Pinel Island! He did agree to pose for the pics and to me using his name in this article. If you get a chance to go to Pinel Island, please be sure to say hello to Oliver!

There are also iguanas up on the rocks on Pinel Island. They are close to, but not on the beach. They stay to themselves and will not get near you or bother you. I even had to walk a good distance from where I was just to see them. The iguanas congregated in this one area near some trees and rocks where they were being fed. They were really interesting and had different shapes, sizes and colors. Most were green or gray. Some were really large, around a foot or so in length nose to tail, others were smaller. I saw probably a dozen or so of them slowly moving around and sun bathing. I would not recommend touching them as they will probably defend themselves and bite you, but they seemed peaceful and let me take their photographs. I always have learned to respect animals of any kind in the wild and to not touch or get to close to them where they feel threatened by us people invading their individual comfort space. I really liked these cute little dragon looking- lizards.

Pinel Island Is Paradise

Ferry boat ride to Pinel Island
Ferry boat ride to Pinel Island
Pinel Island Beach
Pinel Island Beach
Pinel Island where you can just walk into the ocean water which is around 78 degrees
Pinel Island where you can just walk into the ocean water which is around 78 degrees
Just relax and tan. Look at those cabanas
Just relax and tan. Look at those cabanas
 Pizza and Calamari with nice beverages
Pizza and Calamari with nice beverages
Oliver our beach boy at Pinel Island. He provided us with great customer service and was real nice.
Oliver our beach boy at Pinel Island. He provided us with great customer service and was real nice.
Yellow Beach Bar & Restaurant menu at Pinel Island
Yellow Beach Bar & Restaurant menu at Pinel Island
Kathy and Mark playing in the ocean
Kathy and Mark playing in the ocean
Phil relaxing in his lounge chair
Phil relaxing in his lounge chair
Me relaxing in the sun at Pinel Island. Working on my tan.
Me relaxing in the sun at Pinel Island. Working on my tan.
Iguanas at Pinel Island. No need to worry they are not in the beach area. They like the back hill part away from most people.
Iguanas at Pinel Island. No need to worry they are not in the beach area. They like the back hill part away from most people.
We had to come to the Iguanas to get these pictures. They posed well.
We had to come to the Iguanas to get these pictures. They posed well.

Relax In The Sun & Swim In Turquoise Ocean

We also had a few days during our week stay where we relaxed on the beach under the cabanas in our lounge chairs. We took some nice swims in the turquoise ocean water. The water was around 78 degrees. The ocean swimming was fabulous. Make sure that you put lots of sun screen on your entire body and reapply after swimming! I recommend SPF 50, as you are very close to the Equator in Saint Maarten. I will have to admit that these beaches are probably some of the best beaches in the world. It truly was swimming and lounging in paradise.

Beautiful Turquoise Ocean

The ocean is always turquoise and warm
The ocean is always turquoise and warm

Safety Warning Tips While in Sint Maarten/Saint Martin

Just a little safety warning here: Be cautious at all times while walking near or around any street of the island. This includes: Marigot, Phillipsburg etc. Pedestrians are not always given the right away. I recommend putting your hand up and waving it while crossing the street. This alerts drivers that you are crossing and they will, hopefully, stop for you! Be aware because the driving and walking can be a little hectic while maneuvering around the island. Overall, it was not too bad, but I would recommend always traveling in pairs at all times. The locals were friendly, but remember you are out of the USA and are a tourist in a foreign country. We did walk around at all different times of the day and night without any complications. I always have one travel rule and that is not to be out after midnight and to stay out of dark allies and streets with poor lighting and visibility. There are a lot of individual vendors that will try to sell you homemade necklaces and jewelry items. Be careful and don't be too trusting. Never leave your purse, wallet, luggage, or personal belongings unattended at any time.

Aaron Henkel

Aaron Henkel travel tips
Aaron Henkel travel tips

Aaron Henkel's Caribbean Traveler's Advice

Here is some last advice about preparing your trip to St. Maarten that my friend Aaron Henkel passed on to me prior to my trip. First off, if you are flying from a major airport it's a good idea to reserve a hotel room for one night either before or after your trip because many large hotels offer a park, stay & fly program. These hotels let you park your car in their garage for the week that you are gone for free as long as you book with them. It's best to do this to prevent a long drive home when you are tired. Second, make sure you take snacks and/or food with you on the flight. Most airlines only serve beverages and cookies, pretzels, and peanuts. You'll be hungry if you don’t plan ahead. Also, you can only bring water on the plane after you have passed through security and you will have to buy that at a higher price from the airport vendors. No water is allowed to pass through TSA screening or other beverages and they will take away or make you throw them away. Once you get to St. Maarten eat a meal close by to where you are staying and, if you have a room with kitchen facilities, go grocery shopping as soon as possible. This will help you save a few bucks instead of eating out for all meals. We usually ate breakfast in our room, and lunch or dinner out. We felt it was not that expensive, but it all depends. Dinner on the island can run anywhere from $50.00-$60.00 for two, not including alcohol. You can end up spending an enormous amount of money on food if you do not get groceries. The water is real expensive in St. Maarten and if they ask you if you want water they will charge you for bottle water. All refills on soda, coffee, etc. you will be charged in St. Maarten. Also, during breakfast they will bring a basket or plate of pastries to your table. You will be charged for any you eat and they run from $2.00-$4.00 each. We had them remove the basket the one day we ate breakfast out as we didn’t want any. But it's very tempting! I also learned that most restaurants add a 15% service fee to your tab. In that case, you do not need to leave an additional tip unless you want. Be sure to look at your check closely.

If you have not put Sint Maarten/Saint Martin on your bucket list of places to visit, I would highly recommend doing it. I hope to return some day and it was one of my most memorable and favorite vacations ever.

The Caribbean Is Paradise

When people tell you the Caribbean is paradise, they are telling you the absolute truth. Sint Maarten will always be in my heart and the people on both sides of the Island do make it the "friendly Island".

Sint Maarten Is Paradise

Sint Maarten
Sint Maarten

A Special Thank You To Kathy and Phil

I would especially like to thank my cousin Kathy and her husband Phil for allowing us to stay at their timeshare and making this trip possible. Staying at the Royal Palm Beach Resort was an amazing experience. The view of the Caribbean from our condo was picture postcard perfect.

Cousin Kathy and Phil

Kathy and Phil toasting
Kathy and Phil toasting

Summary

I hope that you found this hub article interesting and informative. So, go and book your next vacation to Sint Maarten/Saint Martin and have the time of your life in paradise. Trust me, you will never forget it. It is truly amazing. Enjoy yourself and go relax in the nice Caribbean sunny beaches!

All photographs and content of this article are the sole and exclusive property of Author Matthew A. Easterbrook (copyright) and cannot be dispensed, reproduced, or copied without his written permission.

Additional Pictures of Caribbean Trip

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Yao, Phil, Kathy, and MarkSteve and Sandy on resort balconyJan and MeDinner at the Royal Palm Beach Resort  Left side Steve, Sandy, Mark, (middle) Phil and Right side Kathy, Me-Matt, and JanMark and Steve hanging out on resort balconyDowntown Sint MaartenBeach area by Royal Palm Beach ResortMe enjoying a Carib on my balcony at the resortCarib it is cold and deliciousPalm Tree and view of oceanDraw Bridge going up to let sail boats and yachts into the marina at Sint MaartenSail boat entering the marina with draw bridge upanother boat entering the marinaDaily sunsetsFishing boat bringing fresh catch of the dayBeach close by to Princess Julianna airportEvening in the marina. Very calm and beautifulA nice tasty dinner at Jimbo's RestaurantFresh lobsterDutch Flag on LambadaDutch (Netherlands Flag) on Lambada sunset cruise resting in sunsetKathy Lounging and sun tanning at Pinel islandMark relaxing and sun bathing at Pinel IslandPinel Island makes you feel like a celebrityOliver our beach boy at Pinel Island hard at workMore Iguanas at Pinel IslandIguanas can be quite largeYellow Beach Bar & Restaurant on Pinel Island. Great food and beverages. They even take credit cards out on this IslandRoyal Palm Beach ResortRoyal Palm Beach Resort pool and very amazingSteak and shrimp dinnerOcean view heading into PhillipsburgDriving into PhillipsburgPhillipsburg beach areaSculpture made locallyLocal jewelry made on the IslandLocal Sculpture and jewelry workSint Maarten of Tours Roman Catholic ChurchPrincess Julianna Airport Sint Maarten. Getting ready to leave paradiseFlight deck Princess JuliannaJan ordering us coffee at Princess Julianna AirportGoing home wearing my souvenirsAerial view of clouds flying out of Sint Maarten around 34,000 feetAerial view of Atlanta returning homeFlying into Atlanta Airport last stop over
Yao, Phil, Kathy, and Mark
Yao, Phil, Kathy, and Mark
Steve and Sandy on resort balcony
Steve and Sandy on resort balcony
Jan and Me
Jan and Me
Dinner at the Royal Palm Beach Resort  Left side Steve, Sandy, Mark, (middle) Phil and Right side Kathy, Me-Matt, and Jan
Dinner at the Royal Palm Beach Resort Left side Steve, Sandy, Mark, (middle) Phil and Right side Kathy, Me-Matt, and Jan
Mark and Steve hanging out on resort balcony
Mark and Steve hanging out on resort balcony
Downtown Sint Maarten
Downtown Sint Maarten
Beach area by Royal Palm Beach Resort
Beach area by Royal Palm Beach Resort
Me enjoying a Carib on my balcony at the resort
Me enjoying a Carib on my balcony at the resort
Carib it is cold and delicious
Carib it is cold and delicious
Palm Tree and view of ocean
Palm Tree and view of ocean
Draw Bridge going up to let sail boats and yachts into the marina at Sint Maarten
Draw Bridge going up to let sail boats and yachts into the marina at Sint Maarten
Sail boat entering the marina with draw bridge up
Sail boat entering the marina with draw bridge up
another boat entering the marina
another boat entering the marina
Daily sunsets
Daily sunsets
Fishing boat bringing fresh catch of the day
Fishing boat bringing fresh catch of the day
Beach close by to Princess Julianna airport
Beach close by to Princess Julianna airport
Evening in the marina. Very calm and beautiful
Evening in the marina. Very calm and beautiful
A nice tasty dinner at Jimbo's Restaurant
A nice tasty dinner at Jimbo's Restaurant
Fresh lobster
Fresh lobster
Dutch Flag on Lambada
Dutch Flag on Lambada
Dutch (Netherlands Flag) on Lambada sunset cruise resting in sunset
Dutch (Netherlands Flag) on Lambada sunset cruise resting in sunset
Kathy Lounging and sun tanning at Pinel island
Kathy Lounging and sun tanning at Pinel island
Mark relaxing and sun bathing at Pinel Island
Mark relaxing and sun bathing at Pinel Island
Pinel Island makes you feel like a celebrity
Pinel Island makes you feel like a celebrity
Oliver our beach boy at Pinel Island hard at work
Oliver our beach boy at Pinel Island hard at work
More Iguanas at Pinel Island
More Iguanas at Pinel Island
Iguanas can be quite large
Iguanas can be quite large
Yellow Beach Bar & Restaurant on Pinel Island. Great food and beverages. They even take credit cards out on this Island
Yellow Beach Bar & Restaurant on Pinel Island. Great food and beverages. They even take credit cards out on this Island
Royal Palm Beach Resort
Royal Palm Beach Resort
Royal Palm Beach Resort pool and very amazing
Royal Palm Beach Resort pool and very amazing
Steak and shrimp dinner
Steak and shrimp dinner
Ocean view heading into Phillipsburg
Ocean view heading into Phillipsburg
Driving into Phillipsburg
Driving into Phillipsburg
Phillipsburg beach area
Phillipsburg beach area
Sculpture made locally
Sculpture made locally
Local jewelry made on the Island
Local jewelry made on the Island
Local Sculpture and jewelry work
Local Sculpture and jewelry work
Sint Maarten of Tours Roman Catholic Church
Sint Maarten of Tours Roman Catholic Church
Princess Julianna Airport Sint Maarten. Getting ready to leave paradise
Princess Julianna Airport Sint Maarten. Getting ready to leave paradise
Flight deck Princess Julianna
Flight deck Princess Julianna
Jan ordering us coffee at Princess Julianna Airport
Jan ordering us coffee at Princess Julianna Airport
Going home wearing my souvenirs
Going home wearing my souvenirs
Aerial view of clouds flying out of Sint Maarten around 34,000 feet
Aerial view of clouds flying out of Sint Maarten around 34,000 feet
Aerial view of Atlanta returning home
Aerial view of Atlanta returning home
Flying into Atlanta Airport last stop over
Flying into Atlanta Airport last stop over

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4.7 out of 5 stars from 3 ratings of My Visit to "The Friendly Island"

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    • Matt Easterbrook5 profile imageAUTHOR

      Matthew A Easterbrook 

      2 years ago from Oregon

      Thank you so much Lady E. I appreciate the kind comments and you are right it is true paradise and a great place to visit and tour around. I wish you and your family a very Happy Thanksgiving Day.

      Matt

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      Elena 

      2 years ago from London, UK

      Oh...that was beautiful to read. I hope it got "Editors choice." It's a wonderful place to visit and thanks for sharing your experience and photies.

    • Matt Easterbrook5 profile imageAUTHOR

      Matthew A Easterbrook 

      3 years ago from Oregon

      Thank you so much Mihnea. I am glad you liked St. Maarten/Saint Martin. Yes it is an island of beauty and paradise. Thank you so much for your feed back.

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      Mihnea-Andrei Andreescu 

      3 years ago from Tilburg

      Wow!Interesting I did not know about this Island.Thank you for this wonderful and informative hub.

    • Matt Easterbrook5 profile imageAUTHOR

      Matthew A Easterbrook 

      3 years ago from Oregon

      Thank you Susie. I was hopeful to provide a mini photo tour. I am glad you liked the photos that really means a lot to me. Your brother and his wife definitely picked a wonderful spot in paradise to celebrate their anniversary.

      Thank you for your incredible review.

      Matt

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      Susie Lehto 

      3 years ago from Minnesota

      What a great tour I had by visiting your hub, Matt. When I saw the title I got curious, then when I saw this is about Saint Martin I had to read on. My brother and his wife went there for an anniversary vacation once upon a time. I am very pleased to see all the photos too. BEAUTIFUL Place!

    • Matt Easterbrook5 profile imageAUTHOR

      Matthew A Easterbrook 

      3 years ago from Oregon

      Monia you said it all,just paradise 24 hours a day around you. Thank you for the fantastic review and for taking the time to read and thoroughly digest the hub content. I was hopeful that many people would read the hub and enjoy the photographs. I am glad you enjoyed it and always appreciative of those great votes.

      Thanks,

      Matt

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      monia ben saad 

      3 years ago from In my Dream

      Saint-martin ! that's real ! a terrestrial paradise , so cool , attractive , awesome pictures , luxurious ressort , delicious food , nice views , especially when you see fish swimming arround you , without forgetting the sunset cruise !! Sunset . The tropical view arround the sea is also attractive .Can't wait to go and have a sun bath there .

    • Matt Easterbrook5 profile imageAUTHOR

      Matthew A Easterbrook 

      3 years ago from Oregon

      Thank You so much Mary for your very kind words and wonderful review. I was hopeful that people would see just how amazing St. Maarten / Saint Martin is by the photographs. Your comments mean a great deal to me as you are a fabulous writer and your review is really important. I was feeling a little under the weather today, but your review, nice compliments, and positive votes really made my day.

      Thank You again,

      Matt

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      Mary Craig 

      3 years ago from New York

      This certainly was interesting and informative! You described things so well and made everything so appealing. Your photos were stunning. I'm sure you are right, lots of folks will be adding this beautiful island to their bucket lists!

      Voted up, useful, awesome, interesting, and five star all the way.

    • Matt Easterbrook5 profile imageAUTHOR

      Matthew A Easterbrook 

      3 years ago from Oregon

      Thank you so much my friend Amine. I really appreciate your kind words and accolades. We both share the same passion of travel writing and your opinion weighs a lot. You really made my day by telling me I looked great. Being a middle aged man its great to hear that for sure. Amine like always thank you for reading the hub and voting it as awesome.

      Thanks buddy,

      Matt

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      amine sehibi 

      3 years ago

      My friend Matt this was a damn amazing looking hub, super informative and very beautiful, and the photos are just mind blowing, by the way you look great man. keep the excellent work and thanks for sharing. I voted up for Awesome.

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