Saint Maarten vacations in 2018.
We were at St. Maarten in January of 2018. It was out third visit
to the island. Previous two was with cruise trips. This time
it was just after hurricane and for two weeks. We rented studio
at Mont Vernon near Orient Beach and explore what Saint Maarten can offer.
Orient beach as seen from Mont Vernon.
North part of Orient Beach.
Mont Vernon behind Orient Beach at Saint Maarten.
Para surfing is common activity at Orient Beach of Saint Maarten.
South part at Orient Beach of Saint Maarten. The view from high
rock in the middle
There is idol at Orient Beach in Saint Maarten. It was damaged
in last storm but still standing observing and protecting French Corner.
The view from Mont Vernon Hotel.
Rainbow at Saint Maarten.
Palm toppled at Orient Beach after last hurricane. Not all palms were.
Underwater picture at Orient Beach..
The Orient Beach in Saint Maarten located in lagoon like area
protected by shallow waters from ocean waves. At south point
is the horn open to force of nature. Only dead sharp corals are there.
Iguana lives at Orient Beach.
Crab shell at Orient Beach looks like real thing.
The Orient Club is in ruins after hurricane Irma.
To the north of Orient Beach there is hotel abandoned complex.
Was it because Irma or financial problems. It was empty at winter 2018.
A observation point there is statue to somebody. No idea to whom.
A scenic view at Simpsom Bay area.
The main area of Philipsburg in St. Maarten is the seafront with
pedestrian walkaway, beach and numerous cafes, other eateries
and all kind of drinkeries.
Beach and promenade of Philipsburg, St. Maarten.
It is too much temptation to pass the pirate at Philipsburg seafront
without shaking his hook in amusement greeting. At least for me it is.
Town beach of Philipsburg is fine enough. The only its cons is
that these are more than few pristine beaches at St. Maarten
to explore. But if you donít want to bother riding half an hour
or more to find wonder of nature this beach is OK too.
Marketplace of Philipsburg is typical relatively cheap thrift
market. Will you visit or not change nothing in big scheme of life.
Cafe at famous Maho beach that located at the front of airport runway.
Famous Maho beach at the front of Princess Juliana International
Famous Maho beach was almost empty that day. Except.
Public entrance to Bale Rouge beach at St. Maarten.
Bale Rouge beach at St. Maarten is impressive but not cozy. I
did swim there in spite moderate waving and slightly hit leg
with stone moved by wave on the way out. Nothing serious but
painful and scary. If love swimming Orient Beach is the best
for comfort especially when windy.
Petites Cayes is secluded beach at very north part of St. Maarten.
Difficult to reach, not to comfortable but whole for you alone.
Petites Cayes is sandy area with relative dense bushes and paths inside.
Cactus on a path to Petites Cayes.
Cactuses and I on a path to Petites Cayes.
North wild shore of St. Maarten.
Open ocean waves relentlessly hit wild shore of St. Maarten.
Wild cactus is fat and arrogant at St. Maarten.
Rocks of north shore.
Driving in St. Maarten is emotionally rewarding with instant
appearance of the blue ocean ahead.
Etang Chevrise marine near the ocean and Mont Vernon is landmark.
That is it about.
Herd of horses frequently visits Mont Vernon hotel. They pasture
themselves aberrantly without being specially watched. Quite
harmless if not intrusively pictured at close distance. One time
the mare moved directly on me hinting that privacy not only for
people when I did movie too close for its comfort. It was rather scary.
Scolopendra or more precise what left of it. It visited out bed
and bit my wife. The night was nightmare. Scolopendras at Mont
Vernon are here and there not everywhere. But it is better to
know that bite is very painful although fatal for humans. Use
special chemicals to protect apartment spraying at left especially entrances.
Giant iguana at the rock observing the Ocean.
It is me, Leonid Sakharov. It was the top of vacation time, rainbow
behind me at Orient Beach at Caribbian.
Nov. 14, 2018; 09:54 EST