Going on a Caribbean cruise that stops in St Thomas and St Marrten. What are the must do's and see's in these two locals? Will have about 5-6 hrs in each location.
St. Martin/St. Maarten Travel To do List (suggestions):
Hop in a taxi and head over to Pinel Island asap, as early as you can, Karibuni is my favorite. Grab a drink, lunch and a lounge chair or just sit in the calm turquoise water, snorkel, SUP or get a massage.
Eat at a lolo in Grand Case don't take the first one closest to the street, walk on through to the back and enjoy the view of the sea.
In case of emergency and you have a sunburn and/or are tired of the beautiful beaches throughout you cruise ;) head to Loterie Farm for a quick zip-line, a dip in the pool, lunch under a cabana.
If all of the above fail, quickly point your taxi driver in the direction of Maho Beach & Princess Juliana International Airport for some jet fuel inhalation and laughter as you watch people get knocked over (or tossed into) the ocean by jet blasts, unintentionally having their faces 'naturally' micro-dermabrasioned by sand hitting their bodies at speeds that I cannot fathom from the departures of either Air France or KLM in the afternoon (check the vertical surfboard in the sand for departure and arrival times) over at Sunset Bar and Grill, combine all of the above with numerous bodies rolling from the sand to the sea in about 6 seconds making a bull rider in Montana cringe ... BUT, all of this really is fun. No alcohol required. Just bring a camera.
It is hard to say what the best thing to see and do is in at any destination, but I hope this helps and is not too convoluted. If you need more help, please ask, I live there half of the year and my husband, a second generation yacht Captain has been there since he was 7 years of age.
I've missed a few other island experiences but these places are where I consistently take my American family and friends, they love it! *Hit Anguila if you can!
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Of course it depends what you like to do, but here is my list.
First, meant a car! Driving is easy and it is impossible to get lost. You'll be able to get to all the places you want to if you're in charge. When arriving by ship, we have had great success with these folks: http://coastalcarrental.com
Maho Bay Beach (Dutch); nothing quite like having jets land just over your head. This falls into the "one of the few places on earth" category.
Mullet Bay Beach (Dutch); this is a spectacular beach and a great place to spend the day. Best beach on the island in my opinion, but can get crowded is cruise ships are in port.
Friar's Bay Beach (French); this beach north of Marigot is beautiful and not too crowded. If you are feeling adventurous you can walk the trail at the north end of the beach across the bluff (15 minutes) to get to Happy Bay. This place is secluded and beautiful!
Yoda Guy Museum (Dutch); this is a truly hidden gem in Philipsburg. This small storefront leads to a very impressive museum filled with movie memorabilia. It is the collection of the creator of Yoda in Star Wars. Great stuff!
In Grand Case visit Calmos Cafe (French). Enjoy remarkable food in a casual and unpretentious atmosphere. Nothing like eating great food with your feed splashing in the bay.
Sarafina's French Bakery (French); if you are trekking through Marigot, STOP HERE! It has incredible french pastry and desserts, and quiche, and, and and... Not to be missed, get off the boat early!
In St. Thomas, find a way to get to St. John! Either take an excursion from the ship, or, if you are adventurous, hop a cab at the cruise terminal and head to Red Hook to catch the public ferry to St. John. Its about a 20 minute ferry ride to Cruz Bay. From there you can catch a taxi/van to one of the many SPECTACULAR beaches: Trunk Bay, Cinnamon Bay, Watermelon Bay, etc, etc.
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