Monday, 5 January 2015

A Few Days in St. Maarten / St. Martin

If you follow me on Instagram or saw a recent Sunday Photo post you will know that we spent a few days in St. Maarten / St. Martin while we were in the Caribbean for Christmas. A small and beautiful island that is half Dutch and half French.  

It was a whirlwind, jam-packed three days spent with family (my brother and his family live there). We had an absolute blast. How could you not, quite frankly? This little island is full to the brim with places to see, things to do and beaches to chill on. The European influence is strong, with fabulous restaurants and coffee shops on every corner but it still retains all that Caribbean charm and you would expect. 

One of our plans was to visit  The Butterfly Farm. Which we did. Twice. Our kids aren't really into that "too much of a good thing", I think they would have gone every day for a year if they could. 
It may seem like it, but we didn't spend all our time looking at butterflies! We also went to the beach every day and ate some truly delicious meals. The kids were out like lights as soon as their little heads hit the pillows. All that island air and splashing in the waves worked it's magic.

Daddy J and I have been to St. Maarten many times - it was also where we got married nearly 8 years ago - but this was the first time all the kids were big enough to really enjoy it.  

One of our highlights was a little boat trip to nearby Pinel Island, part of French St. Martin. 
A lovely little island with only three restaurants serving delicious food including fresh (and I mean fresh) lobster. We played around on the beach before settling in for lunch at Karibuni.  There were a few uninvited guests as you can see, but everyone got along nicely.
We were sad to leave this beautiful island and the kids were even more sad to leave their cousins, but we are already making plans for our next trip out. It really has so much to offer everyone - couples or families - we barely scratched the surface!

Currently, there are no direct flights to St. Maarten from the UK - hopefully that will change soon!  We travelled to Antigua with BA then took a 25 minute LIAT flight over to St. Maarten. You can also fly Air France via Paris or KLM via Amsterdam.

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14 comments:

  1. What marvelous photos!! I love the island of St Maarten/ St Martin! There is so much more than just the beaches - hope to go back there soon! xo

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  2. Fabulous photos. I'm longing for the sunshine! x

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  3. Oh wow what a beautiful place to visit family. Sounds truly amazing and I am glad you all made the most of it with the butterflies. Your photography is stunning too and the smiles say it all, just how much fun they all are having. Love your uninvited creatures to lunch too. Welcome to Share With Me I hope you have enjoyed it and hope to see you again soon. Thank you so much for linking up. #sharewithme

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    1. Thanks for your lovely words Jenny and thanks for hosting! x

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  4. Wow that looks so beautiful!! Such amazing photos too! I love the wildlife that you get to see there so much for the children to do

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  5. Sorry if I'm commenting twice - think it may have deleted the first one! Anyway - looks like a beautiful place and such lovely pictures. Wanted to ask how you found Christmas under the sun? Always fancied it but think I might miss the traditional grey and damp of home!

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    1. Hi there, Christmas under the sun is amazing! We felt very Christmassy and everything was the same just with the added bonus of the warmth and the beach! Give it a go! x

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  6. Oh wow.... such a beautiful island.... and beautiful pictures! I love that you can touch the butterflies, butterfly farms here in the UK you are not allowed to touch! :-( Im so envious of your beach photos.... such a great place o have family so you just have to visit... beautiful. #countrykids

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    1. Thank you :-) yes, they are great about you touching the butterflies, as long as you are gentle and don't touch their wings!! It really teaches the kids patience and how to be gentle. A great learning experience.

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  7. Amazing and lovely place! Especially nice to look at on a cold windy day like this! #countrykids

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  8. This looks like a beautiful way to spend some time away, and your kids look like they're enjoying it so much. It must've been lovely to spend some time with your brother and his family as well. That butterfly farm looks like a wonderful place to escape to and learn. Thanks for linking up with Country Kids.

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  9. Oh to have the sun, beach and weather like this in England! Would do anything! Lovely photos and looks like you guys had so much fun too :) #countrykids.

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  10. Beautiful place. That bird is a cheeky chap isn't he? ;)

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  11. I'd love to explore the island a little more. We only went to Philipsberg and I was a bit disappointed with how American it seemed in places. The back streets gave away a lot more character. I'd like to go to some of the places a bit more off the beaten track another time.

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