Our last destination is St Maarten / Martin, a split island belonging both to The Netherlands and France (hence the different spellings) since 1648. From what I have understood, we dock in the Dutch part of the island, in its capital Philipsburg. But maybe we will also get to see Marigot, the main town in the French area.
The French part (53 km2) is bigger than the Dutch one (34 km2), but the number of inhabitants (total ~73,000) is fairly split and spread among the two territories. A curious fact is that the island has ~99 days of thunder a year (according to Wikipedia at least!?)!
In my summary of the Caribbean island we would visit I wrote: “more commercial, casino, quiet but not secluded beaches and sandstone cliffs”
Tomorrow, we arrive back home in San Juan at 7 o’clock in the morning, and after all these saintly islands that we have visited (St Thomas, St Kitt and St Martin), it is fittingly the St Lucia’s day tomorrow – unfortunately, we didn’t have the chance to visit that particular island!
I hope that you have enjoyed my scheduled postings this week, and that you didn’t get too confused with photos that not at all showed our cruise adventures… Posts with “real” photos and stories will follow, I promise!