#DryLandTouristChronicles: I Love SXM Diary….Day 6, 7 & Heading Home

 

Day 6…..Strolling through Simpson Bay

On Monday, Dane & the rest of the gang flew back home leaving me, at that point, on my own. My iPhone fell at the border on Day 2 & the screen was shattered. It held up but gave way on Day 5.

My Kindle also died & I had no charger.

Anyhow, I woke up on Monday, after a nice night’s sleep & decided to walk to McDonald’s for lunch.

My walk gave me the opportunity to take in the beauty of Simpson Bay.

The Yacht Club

The Yacht Club

Simpson Bay

Simpson Bay

Simpson Bay Market Entrance

Simpson Bay Market Entrance

Simpson Bay was the home of a Danish fishing community and for many years there was no bridge over the marshy area that allowed flow in and out of the lagoon. Today a large drawbridge opens six times a day to let mega-yachts into the Isla del Sol Marina and Princess Juliana Airport is next door. The area is ringed with hotels, casinos, and restaurants.”
Source: http://www.sxm-simpsonbay.com/


Car ride to Cupecoy
 
On my way back to the Hotel, I ran into a fellow Rotaractor Ruminni. I am convinced he was sent by the Lord to be my angel! Because of that encounter, I was able to purchase a charger for my Kindle which allowed me to communicate with the other Rotaractors & my family in Jamaica.
He also took me on a mini tour of Mullet Bay & Cupecoy. Unfortunately, we couldn’t walk around because it was raining.
I couldn’t believe the Conference hotel was so close to the famous Blue Mall & we did not even know!
Blue Mall

Blue Mall

Blue Mall’s upscale stores carry brands which are well know amongst the ‘fashionado’, but are usually hard or impossible to find in this region of the world. The scale of Blue Mall and the island’s duty free status allow these stores to offer their merchandise at prices much better or at least equal to comparable shopping environments.”
Leaving Cupecoy

Leaving Cupecoy

 

In the evening, we went to the Caribbean Cinemas – Megaplex 7 to see San Andreas.  Even though we have a 3 D theatre in Jamaica, I had never seen a 3D movie. It was a fun experience which I plan to have again soon.

After the movie, we drove around Philipsburg similar to what we had done in the day. Philipsburg is absolutely breathtaking at night!

My attempt at capturing the Beauty of Philipsburg at Night

My attempt at capturing the Beauty of Philipsburg at Night… it does Great Bay no justice


 

Day 7…. Journey to the French Side

My last full day is St. Martin was as bittersweet as my last day of Conference. Nonetheless, determined to enjoy every last minute in Paradise, I got dressed & ready to explore St. Martin.

Readiy to explore the French Side

Ready to explore the French Side

The view from La Savanne

Lunch at Baie Oriental

What would a visit to St. Martin be without a trip to Baie Oriental (Orient Beach)? Once you entered through the stone walls you knew you were in for a far from normal experience.

Orient Beach is St. Martin’s flagship beach and is often referred to as the “French Riviera of the Caribbean”. This expansive one mile beach is home to numerous beach bar/restaurants, who offer various menus, from formal French to pizzas, burgers and local fare. No matter what the cuisine, its party time all the way, from one end of the beach to the other. Bikini Beach, Coco Beach, Kakao Beach, Wakiki Beach and Kontiki Beach are the most established beach restaurants with great food, great service and even greater ambiance.”

Source: http://www.st-maarten.com/index.php/island/french-saint-martin/baie-oriental-region

We had intended to have lunch at another restaurant but it was closed when we got there so we decided to dine at Kontiki Beach.

Breathtaking Orient Beach

Once I caught sight of the beach I was speechless. I felt like I had stepped into a postcard.  I don’t think I need to even write anymore about it, I will let the photos do the talking…

Breathtaking Orient Beach

Breathtaking Orient Beach

Kontiki Beach is an Asian Fusion restaurant found at the southern most tip of Orient Beach (right next to the nudist beach).
When I got into the restaurant, I was in awe at how beautiful it was. It was what I imagine a French Riviera beach bar would look like with its chic decor.
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The Entrance to Kontiki

The decor was so nice

Swings in lieu of bar stools

That view though

I had to get a picture on the bar swing

Our cabana

The ever beautfiul Joelle & Luciana

The ever gorgeous Marie-Laure

Cauliflower soup (yes that is a shot glass)

Cauliflower soup (yes that is a shot glass)

My Yummy Lunch

My Yummy Lunch

Bathroom Selfie…Really loved my outfit

We took a stroll over to the bar at the Nude Beach. Let’s just say, I saw more than I was prepared to see on a Tuesday afternoon… lol

 At least I left with a delicious drink!
Landslide from the bar on the Nude beach

Landslide from the bar on the Nude beach

Always repping the 876

Tiki Head

Tiki Head

Alex is the nicest server ever!


My beautiful Rotaract family…..Haiti, SXM, BVI & JA Love

I definitely enjoyed my Kontiki Beach experience. The food, the service & the ambiance was excellent. I definitely recommend a trip here (just be warned that you may see the occasional nudist).

Check out Kontiki Beach Facebook page here.


 

Home Bound

Wednesday was the most bittersweet day of the entire trip. I did not want to leave SXM but I missed my home & my family. Our flight was on time & unlike the flight to St. Maarten I was able to sit beside one of my friends.

Otis & I

Portmore City

Portmore City

Thanks to my SXM family for making me feel so welcome. I truly feel like I have a home away from home.
I would definitely recommend a trip to St. Maarten & St. Martin to anyone. It is a beautiful island filled with even more beautiful people.
I hope you enjoyed my I Love SXM Diaries & I look forward to sharing more adventures with you.
Until Next Trek…
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