St. Martin / Sint Marteen

Oct. 15-22, 2016

Brief

Saint Martin is part of the Leeward Islands in the Caribbean Sea. It comprises 2 separate countries, divided between its northern French side, also called Saint Martin, and its southern Dutch side, Sint Maarten. The island is home to busy resort beaches and secluded coves. It's also known for fusion cuisine, vibrant nightlife and duty-free shops selling jewelry and liquor.Area: 33.59 miĀ²
Max width: 9.818 miles
Max length: 8.326 miles
Capital: Philipsburg
Population: 74,852 (Jan 1, 2007)

Island Details

There have been some big changes since the last trip to St. Martin.  The first thing that we noticed was there is a new bridge from the airport that cuts across the bay. This saves a lot of time from having to go around as many of you remember.  Mullet Bay is pretty much the same as it was.  Great beach, great food and great drinks.  Orient Beach has changed quite a bit.  A lot of the places that were there are now gone.  Many of the buildings are being replaced with brand new ones.  When we were there last timethey were still in the building process but all of them will be completed by the time that we get there.  The owners that were there have first rights to the new buildings but nobody was sure which ones would be returning.

Traffic is Traffic.  Some days it is good and some days it is crazy.  For the most part it was very easy to get around.  We spent a lot of time driving around last time and know the island much better now.  Hopefully no more driving around in the dark lost.

They have opened up Maho beach again and taken the large rocks off the beach.  You can now sit on the beach or in the water and watch the planes fly in again.  If I remember correctly, Thurday seems to be the best day to go and watch.