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Four Fabulous Hours in St. Maarten

I have just returned from an amazing trip to Anguilla, St. Kitts and St. Maarten. Just wanted to share how I spent and amazing 4 hours in St. Maarten while transiting from St. Kitts.  My LIAT flight arrived at 740am and since I have only used St. Maarten as a connecting point to other islands, I thought I would see what I could see during this layover in St. Maarten. Fortunately for me, there were no cruise ships in port on this day.  Upon exiting baggage claim I saw a taxi dispatcher and asked him what I could see of St. Maarten in 4 hours. He told me I could go into Phillipsburg, have breakfast, shop, stroll the boardwalk and return in plenty of time for my flight. He secured a taxi driver for me and we began our short journey into Phillipsburg.  The driver suggested the breakfast buffet at Holland House Hotel and it was an amazing suggestion. For $19.00, I enjoyed pastries, fruit, French Toast, pancakes, sausage, eggs, bacon and an assortment of teas and juices. Breakfast was served by a young lady from Curacao, It was amazing to hear the French, Dutch and German languages being spoken. After breakfast, I took some time to enjoy the view of the sea from the terrace and take advantage of the free Wi-Fi to catch up. Then I took a walk down the boardwalk and saw a colorful building that turned out to be a police station. Most shops do not open until 10am when ships are not in town. So as I waited for the shops to open, I came across a Hard Rock Café. I represent Hard Rock AIC for Travel Impressions so it was a great photo opportunity. Strolling through the many jewelry stores turned up amazing bargains, again since there were no ships. I came across a bench and sat and did some people watching. I observed two men trimming the palm trees and one used his machete to chop a yellow coconut for me. I LOVE coconut water. He even got me a straw. He took time to explain to me the different colors of coconuts.  When I could no longer resist, I rolled up my pants legs and strolled to the beautiful Caribbean Sea where warm water and many beautiful sea shells awaited. Just amazed at the work of God as I could see Saba Island in the background.  After about 15 minutes, I gathered myself and proceeded to the agreed upon meeting point. My driver was waiting at 1145am and safely returned me to the airport in time for my 245pm flight.  St, Maarten/ St. Martin, I enjoyed my brief stay and look forward to returning again when I can spend more time!

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This is so great, Brenda!!! Can't wait to hear more..):
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Ira Penny on Wednesday, April 09, 2014 10:53 PM
Amazing!!!!! Makes me want to go SXM now. Very informative!
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Cheryl Jones on Wednesday, April 09, 2014 11:05 PM
Excellent recap of what to do in St. Maarten. I can't wait to visit and explore all the places you talked about.
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Ally Kenna on Thursday, April 10, 2014 9:20 AM
I LOVE coconut water too! Brenda, thanks for sharing your anecdotes. XOXO
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Tarese Price on Thursday, April 10, 2014 9:58 AM
St. Maarten is such a great place. You made me want to get back there as soon as possible! Nice post!
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Love the blue water! Thanks for sharing your experience, I will suggest clients they do the same when on a layover in St. Maarten!
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