Hi y’all… I’m back!! I feel like I haven’t blogged in forever, but it was nice having a little break and I want to give a big thanks to my guest bloggers Katie, Meghan, and Ashley for their posts last week! St. Maarten was ahhh-mazing- such a beautiful island with a ton of things to do. The week-long break from school could not have been any better, but today I’m back at it starting my 8th rotation, orthopedics! I’m excited to share the highlights of our trip with y’all so prepare for photo overload… don’t say I didn’t warn you!
We stayed on the Dutch side at Divi Little Bay and I would highly recommend this resort. The location was perfect (between Great Bay and Simpson Bay) and the beach was beautiful. Since St. Maarten is a bigger island, we decided to rent a car for a few days so we could explore all the little towns and beaches. If you ever visit, I would not recommend an all-inclusive resort because there is just so much to see and do! If you visit, stay on the Dutch side because there is much more to do as compared to the French side, which is more quiet and secluded.
The first night, we just wanted to get dinner somewhere close so we hopped over to Phillipsburg and ate at the Holland House hotel. We had some great food and a great spot by the water but it was crazy to see how the city shuts down at night. It’s super busy when the cruise ships are docked, but at night it’s kind of a ghost town!
Monday was spent at Maho Beach. This is the famous one right by the Princess Juliana Airport where you see the planes come in overhead. Of course we had to take the obligatory plane-over-your-head photo! After the beach we had lunch and drinks at Sunset Bar– the painkillers were strong and the island music was on point. It was a great place to hang out and watch the planes.
That afternoon we went to the French side near Marigot for flyboarding aka the coolest thing ever. The board has boots kind of like a wakeboard and there is a hose connected to the jet ski. You basically lay on your stomach, bend your knees and stand and the water pushes you up into the air. What beats flying over the water like Iron Man?? I’ll be honest and say I felt much higher than I actually was (once I saw the pictures haha) but it was SO much fun and I can’t wait to do it again.
That night we went to dinner at Canoa, a restaurant in Oyster Pond (the east side of the island). It was about 30 minutes from the resort and we definitely got lost a few times but the food was so worth it! It can be hard driving around in the dark with barely any streetlights while following a map with no road names… just saying! But anyways, dinner was great and the Italian stuffed plantain was our fave!
Congrats if you made it to the bottom of this post… vacations tend to get me really excited! If you want to hear more about St. Maarten, stop back by on Wednesday for part 2 of the recap 🙂