Allez À Marigot

There are still so many things we’d like to do: see the butterfly farm in Quartier D’Orleans known as La Ferme des Papillons; visit any of the 13 Vegas-style casinos on the Dutch side; take the rain forest hike and zip line at Paradise Peak;…

Beached

Before setting off to venture beyond Philipsburg, Kat buys a pair of Salvatore Ferragamo sunglasses for $100 less than she could at home, and I can’t stop eyeing the gorgeous timepieces in store after store. Needing some, well, time to contemplate another potential purchase, we…

Name Brands For Less – Part 1

Having sailed the Stars & Stripes ’87 to victory, Kat and I celebrate with conch fritters served with pineapple-and-banana sauce at nearby Chesterfields restaurant, overlooking the Great Bay Marina. From there we head over to Bobby’s Marina, and we stroll along the boardwalk toward the Dutch…

You Say Maarten, I Say Martin

The island is a dot on the map 150 miles east of Puerto Rico. You’ll see both Dutch and French spellings of its name because it is indeed both: At only 37 square miles, the island is the smallest landmass in the world divided between…

Name Brands For Less – Part 2

Despite the savings, we realize we could quickly max out our credit card. My advice to you may seem obvious, but do your homework beforehand. Identify specific items that you’re interested in, and research their cost at home, so you know what kind of deal…

2 FOR THE PRICE OF

The island of Dutch St. Maarten and French St. Martin provides the perfect setting for a memorable Caribbean vacation. “Ready about!” With this command from our skipper, I grind my winch, and the billowing mainsail crosses over our heads, stark white against the blue Caribbean…