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Stop 1:  Orient Bay

Orient bay is located at the French side of the island.  It is the most popular beach on the island with its swimsuit optional policy.  The beach water is clear with calm tides; an amazing location to absorb vitamin D while basking in the tranquil environment.  I sipped on a delicious Pina Colada from a little red beach bar named Pedro’s.  This was my first time at a nude beach.  Although I was over dressed for the experience, it was a pleasant experience overall. It was the perfect start to our tour of the island of St. Martin.

Stop 2:  Sunset Beach, Maho Reef

The famed beach that’s located near the airport.  Planes coming in for landing are at altitudes of less than 100 feet above ground level.  The area of the beach we were on was small.  Omar and I sat on some rocks and waited for the planes to land.  It’s fascinating and highly entertaining to watch.  It’s definitely a place that should be at the top of your list when visiting the island of St. Martin.  It began to rain heavily so we sought refuge at the Sunset Bar and Grill which is located on Maho Beach.  We had a few cocktails and waited for the rain to subside before moving on to our next tour stop.

Stop 3:  Rosemary’s and some shopping in Marigot

We enjoyed authentic Caribbean cuisine at a highly acclaimed St. Martin Lolo.  Anthony Bourdain featured Rosemary’s on one of his shows and the New York Times gave the restaurant rave reviews.  If you are not hungry, there is a market that sells souvenirs and plenty of other fun items.  If you decide to shop, ask for violet.  She sold goods that other vendors didn’t have.  She was a pleasure to meet as she gave me good advice regarding relocating to the Caribbean and starting a business in St. Martin.  Violet’s smile is enchanting and she is the perfect representation of the kind people of the Caribbean

You get so much out of this tour with all the stops and points of interest.  This was probably one of the most fulfilling Caribbean tours I’ve been on.    Along with the sights, you get a plethora of information from your tour guide.  Jose’s tour was great because I think he is really aware of his guests needs.  His tour was unique and fun.  With Jose originally being from the states, the tour was especially valued because there was no struggle to understand a strong native accent or foreign language.  It was an easy going tour where you felt like a friend from the states relocated and was showing you around his new town.

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