The last stop on our Caribbean adventure is St. Maarten/St. Martin – the island with a split personality! Sixty percent (60%) of the island’s land mass belongs to France while the remaining 40% is under rule of the Netherlands; an interesting blend of cultures.
The Carnival Victory will dock in Phillipsburg at about 8:00 a.m. Since we have no exacting plans, my group will likely enjoy a leisurely breakfast before strolling out to find a taxi for a short ride to Maho Beach.
If you have not heard of this place before, you must watch the video! Situated across the street from Princess Juliana International airport, jumbo jets buzz the beach about once every five minutes. Their draft is so strong, that (according to one website) it has been known to topple cars. More than a few reviewers commented on the ladies losing their tops! I read that the beach bar gives free drinks to topless ladies – guess there is some good in everything!
Speaking of topless, beaches on the French side of the island tend to be very liberal when it comes to “tan line-less” sunbathing. Some beaches are fully clothing optional so beware when planning a beach day with the kiddies – could be interesting for we prudish Americans! I read last night that some of the Dutch beaches are loosening up as well. One such beach – Cupecoy – is clothing optional on the western end.
Either before or after Maho, we may spend some time at Loterie Farm – not a farm but an eco-adventure park with reputedly good dining! Other options on our list include a stop at Fort Amsterdam for a photo op and perhaps some shopping in Grand Case – if time permits!
Fortunately, our adventure in paradise doesn’t end when we sail away from St. Maarten – we still have another night on the Victory and another day in Puerto Rico before flying home!
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