My third time to St.Maarten- The friendly island 🙂. Oh how I love this beautiful island. Click the link for my first blog post on St.Maarten/St.Martin. 🙂
After a very early flight, I arrived at the Sonesta Maho Beach Resort, (situated mere minutes from the airport, which is always a plus, no extra time spent commuting), and got myself all settled in. I decided that day one would be a chill, relaxing one since I was a bit tired from waking up extra early.
After a quick change of clothes, I headed out to the grab some lunch at the Palms Grill. Seeing the beauty of Maho Beach, in all its turquoise beauty immediately revitalised me and I was no longer tired. I sat and gazed into the crashing waves, transfixed as always. Paradise.
After lunch, I lounged for a while on the beach chairs, soaking up the Caribbean ambience. Just then, I met my little iguana friend. He sat calmly on the grass, as still as a statue. So cute!
Later in the afternoon, I showered and got ready for dinner just in time to see the gorgeous sunset. Watching the minutes go by in orange hues along the rippling water was soothing to the soul.
Dinner at the Ocean Terrace Restaurant was scrumptious, after which I pressed my luck at the Casino Royale, located inside the hotel as well as a larger branch just outside in Maho Village.
Maho Village is lined with a variety of tiny shops, offering clothes, jewellery, gelato and souvenirs. It comes alive in the nighttime with twinkling lights and live entertainment. Exhilarating!
Following breakfast at the Ocean Terrace Restaurant, I was on my way into the town.
TIP: Travelling by bus is approximately $3 USD pp going into the town, while taxis can be very pricey, so look for the marked bus!
Philipsburg is known for its vast array of items at duty free prices. Walking through the bustling streets, you can find brand name items such as Alex and Ani, Pandora, Guess and much more.
If, however, you are looking for local items such as souvenirs, hats, wraps, key chains and magnets, look no further than the Craft Market. You can even ask your driver to drop you directly in front of it so there is no hassle looking. I guarantee you will find items at a much better price than at hotel gift shops. It is also very fascinating to see and hear the local vendors and experience their culture and lifestyle through their language and movements.
I then journeyed on into the busy streets, admiring the Caribbean architecture along the way. Meandering through the streets. I eventually made it out to the boardwalk, parallel to Great Bay Beach. From here, you can see large cruise ships and there are lots of watersport facilities available.
The boardwalk is lined with tons of restaurants and eateries so if you’re feeling hungry, it’s very easy to grab a bite.
TIP: the weather can be very hot during the day time, so it is always wise to walk with your sunglasses and a hat.
After returning from Philipsburg, I walked down to Maho Beach to wait for the sunset and also to catch a glimpse of the planes landing. Unfortunately, there weren’t many landings that evening, however the sunset was to die for! I sat and looked on at the passing sail boats as the sun melted into the horizon.
A beach dinner at the Palms Grill followed by live entertainment and games was how I ended day two in St. Maarten.
After breakfast, I started to my day tour to Prickly Pear Island ~ sugar bird island.. I have a separate blog post on my tour, do check it out in the link above!
Last day in paradise.
My last day in St. Maarten was spent relaxing and preparing to return home. I stayed at the hotel and relaxed in the ocean front gazebo watching the famous airplane landings, savouring the last hours of the beautiful water below.
Until next time SXM! ♡
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Links to other posts mentioned :
- My very first time visiting St.Maarten:
- My day tour to Prickly Pear Island:
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