|Pier and welcome centre|
We said our goodbyes when we hit the outside edge of town and Dave and I walked along the boardwalk looking for the spot that we had our picture taken fifeen years ago on our very first trip to St. Martin. A lot has changed and we never could find the alley with the right statue to recreate our photo.
We cut through an alley and made our way to Front Street and wandered back along the street until we got to Old Street where we cut through to reach Back Street.
|The entrance to Old Street|
As we drove by the Princess Julianna Airport, we got to see one of the Delta shuttle flights take off flying passengers from the disabled Carnival Dream back to Florida. We had always seen planes taking off in the opposite direction toward the mountains but this one took off toward the water. We asked the bus driver why this was and he explained that if the plane was wanting to conserve fuel, they would take off toward the water as they needed to use a lot of fuel to get up enough speed to lift off the runway and get over the mountains going in the other direction.
|Mullet Bay Beach|
We hung out at the beach for a few hours and then walked out to the main road and waved down a bus heading into Philipsburg. We had the driver drop us off at Rima's so we could see if there were any souvenirs or clothes we wanted to buy. They have tons of dresses, purses, shirts, hats, jewelry...with better prices than most. Don't expect high quality or local creations...this is your basic cheaper clothing and souvenirs likely made in China or somewhere similar, but they do have good prices.
|Rima's distinctive yellow building|
We walked along the boardwalk and back to the pier for a treat that I had been waiting all day to get. There is a little hut on the pier, called Coco Express, that sells the most delicious coconut smoothies I have ever tasted. I got a small for $4 but when I finished the last of it just before we boarded the ship....I thought I should have bought the large. Sooooo good!!!
|Coco Express - delish!!!!|
We went to supper, said goodbye to our waiters and tablemates and went back to the cabin to pack up everything. Once we packed our suitcases, keeping anything we might need in the morning, we put the cases outside in the hallway and crashed for the night. St. Martin did not disappoint and we had another competely enjoyable day.