It's day 3 of St. Maarten and I want to cancel my flight back to Little Rock and stay an extra week. It's just so beautiful here.
Thursday we traveled to the French side of the island to Margiot for brunch. I read about Sarafina's and they are known for their coffees, pastries, and desserts.
I skipped all of that - because I don't drink coffee or sweets in the morning and went with a panini. In my defense, it was a REALLY good panini.
After a little breakfast - Rich had a croissant and cappuccino, we walked around Margiot for a bit.
If people had been throwing beads, their streets would have looked almost identical to New Orleans. The French ascetic is very strong.
Next, we drove to Grand Case - again on the French side to go scuba diving and snorkeling at Octopus Diving. It was the only company on the island that I found would let people do both activities on the same trip. Since Rich dives and I do not, I wanted us to both have a little fun.
Octopus Diving has incredible customer service. From booking the trip online to emailing with questions, to the setup once we got there everything was a breeze.
Our boat captain was Mike and he couldn't have been any cooler or nicer. He moved from Canada to St. Maarten to work and live the way that made him happy. Outdoors, by the ocean and having fun.
Our first stop was Creole Rock and some people say they see a sleeping man in the rock. I don't see it. The snorkeling here had so many pretty fish - and a ton of school fish. What fish don't know is that even if they are tiny I will stop what I am doing to let them pass.
Next stop was Turtle Bay. I didn't snorkel as much in this area because I kept getting so sick from the waves, but Rich said he saw a massive turtle on his dive. After this trip, I think I want to get certified to dive. ... Think being the key word.
Once we got done we headed back to Simpson Bay to shower and head to dinner.
On Friday nights the Buccanear bar down the street had Fireballs! This is just a steel ball with fire inside and it's so fun to me. I made Rich sit around and wait for what it felt like forever for them to light one.
For a later dinner we headed to the Green House right beside the Bucceneer Bar. It was delish! They were out of the half jerk chicken so I had the jerk chicken wrap instead... But it was still good.
Sorry for the less than appealing photo but it was dark and I had already attacked my baked potato by the time I remembered to take a picture.
We ended the night laying on the hammock watching planes come in. Perfect ending to an eventful day.
Day 4 coming up!