I think St. Martin closes when it hears me coming.

Saint Martin Travel Blog

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Isn't this about the most picture-perfect Caribbean water ever?

Okay, so my first time to St. Martin in 2008 (see Legend of the Seas blog) had unfortunate timing.  We didn’t pull in until 3:00 and everything closes up around 5:00.  If you look at the date of this trip, it was Good Friday, one of the two days the government requires shops to be closed.  I’m convinced that St. Maarten sees me coming and closes the doors.

 

But, never fear, there was plenty to see and do.  We shopped at the few open shops near the cruise ship for souvineers for family back home for awhile.  I liked a little ring that was more than I wanted to spend (it was the price of a cruise.  I’d rather have another cruise than a ring any day.)  We found our nativity and local rum to bring home.  We took the water taxi to the boardwalk – main-beach-area to find a few bars open.

Hey, is that a BLOCK O?!?!?
 We stopped by the bar owned by a Columbus, OH local.  Then Dan and I asked a few locals if the butterfly farm on the French side was open.  We found that it was.

 

Okay, taxis are a little pricy in St. Martin.  It cost us about $40, but she did wait on us and provided a good service.  We drove to the French side and to the butterfly farm. http://www.thebutterflyfarm.com/

 

It’s small but VERY enjoyable.  BE SURE you take the tour, which was well worth it.  They also have amazing pieces of art using real expired butterflies (which sounds morbid, I know, but they were actually incredible and the butterflies dies of natural causes.)  The prices of beautiful things on their site is MUCH (like hundreds of dollars) more than actually going in person, so if you’re a butterfly lover, plan to pick up a few unique and incredible souvenirs while you’re there.

 

On the way back, our driver gave a ride to a few beach-goers at Orient beach.  Orient looked like a beautiful beach that’s laid out very well.  We only saw it from the taxi, but it looks like a place I’d return.  St. Martin is a beautiful island.  I just hope it’s open the next time I visit! J

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