FC: Our Honeymoon
1: We decided on a Caribbean all-inclusive honeymoon, so we could relax and enjoy spending time with each other. We decided on St. Martin after numerous recommendations from trusted friends. It was definitely a fantastic pick for our honeymoon!
3: Monday 10/05/09 American Airlines flight leaving MSY at 6:00 AM with a layover in Miami. Arrived at SXM at 2:00 PM and to the Sonesta Great Bay by 3:00 PM via a taxi. Interestingly, the taxi driver picked us up from the airport and then stopped to get some gas. We checked into the Room (419) with an ocean view. We went to the manager's reception and Philip's lucky ticket won a raffle of a diamond pendant for Amy. We ate dinner at the pool BBQ with Steele drums playing and really good ribs and chicken (and drinks). Ahh...welcome! | We left Monday morning,10/5/09, on American Airlines flight leaving New Orleans at 6:00am arriving in St. Martin at 2:00pm. We took a taxi to Great Bay Sonesta resort where we checked into Room 419 with a spectacular ocean view. We went to the manager's reception and Philip's lucky raffle ticket won a diamond pendant for Amy. We ate at the poolside BBQ for dinner with delicious ribs and chicken and a Steele drum band playing.... ahh welcome!
4: Tuesday 10/06/09 We lounged on the beach and began our quest of trying the many tropical drinks. We explored the Dutch Capital, Phillipsburg, and found Bobby's Marina, Cigar Emporium, where we bought our first Cuban cigars, tried Guavaberry Rum made from the Guavaberry Emporium, picked up a beer on the street for hydration, saw the Dutch Courthouse, and walked down Front Street, Old Street, and Back Street.
9: Wednesday 10/07/09 We took a taxi (driven by our good friend Earlston) to the French capital, Marigot. We enjoyed a local festival/farmers market. Afterwards, we headed to the town of Grand Case via an adventurous bus ride. In Grand Case, we ate at Talk of the Town, a local lolo, or rib shack. The food was delicious and more than plentiful. They cooked everything right in the middle of the restaurant on the grill. After lunch, we headed down to the secluded beach in Grand Case for a swim. After drying off, we wondered down the main drag to browse the fancy restaurants which were very quaint and charming. We had another hydrating beer from a local shack and took the bus back to our hotel.
12: Thursday 10/08/09 We booked the hotel sponsored trip to Orient Beach, the most popular beach on the Island. We found a spot on the beach at the Aloha Shack, which offered a chair, umbrella, and a drink for $7 a day. We sunbathed on the beach, swam, had a Romeo y Julieta cigar, enjoyed a few Presidentes, ate delicious mahi mahi sandwiches....and even braved walking down to the other side of Orient Bay. This portion was where Club Orient was located---a clothing optional, no, a nude resort. Yes, it was awkward and uncomfortable, but a sight to see! It was truly a wonderful day sitting right next to the breaking waves getting served whatever we wanted without ever lifting a finger--oh the life!
17: Friday, 10/9/09 We hiked to Fort Amsterdam on the peninsula between Great Bay and Little Bay. It had an amazing 360 views of the Island. We then snorkeled in Divi Little Bay. We went out about 200 yards around the cliff to see a sunken submarine ship wreck. It was in about 20-25 feet of water. This was an exciting adventure. We hiked back to the hotel and spent the afternoon lounging around on the beach. We ate dinner at Molasses-- the Caribbean restaurant at the hotel. The crab cakes were excellent and the banana tartlet was Amy's favorite!
22: Saturday 10/10/09 We caught the bus to Maho to snorkle at Mullet Bay. It was good shallow snorkeling with a decent amount of marine life near the rocks. We then walked to Maho Beach to see the planes fly directly over the beach. We saw that an Air France Airbus A340 was getting ready to take off at the runway, so we thought is was a good idea to go to the end of the runway and stand directly behind during the take off. In retrospect, not so smart, we got sandblasted by the thrust of the four jet engines. It was awesome, yet pretty terrifying. Amy attempted to run across the sand and jump behind some rocks in a hole. Sand was blown all over us (wedged in our hair, clothing, and everywhere else!) so we had to jump in the ocean to rinse off. We walked to Sunset Bar and watched a number of planes come in while the sun was setting and we dined on a Sunset Pizza which had tons of cheese and yellow tail tuna. Philip was even able to spot a stingray feeding along the rocks, and stayed until the sun was behind the horizon.
27: Sunrise Sunday 10/11/09 We woke up at 4:45 AM to catch a ride with Earlston (our favorite taxi driver, remember?) He brought us to Dawn Beach, a beach famous for watching the sunrise. The sunrise was absolutely breathtaking! Then, we had our last snorkeling excursion. We went straight out from the beach about 100 yards. We snorkeled over a dead reef destroyed by a recent hurricane to a very alive one, there were all kinds of amazing sights---beautiful fishes of all types, sea urchins, a school of squid. It was amazing!
30: After Sunrise, we walked to Mr. Busby's which was an awesome beach restaurant and bar. Amy got her version of a McLewsky and Philip tried the local favorite Johnny Cakes. (which were so good we got an order to go!)
31: We enjoyed our last day and of course spent time with our favorite (the only) pool bartender, Destin. Our last night's dinner was in Molasses. Amy had the best Mojo Shrimp and Philip had the best pork tenderloin (ever!) The food was so good in fact, the server had the Chef come out and meet Amy!
33: Monday 10/12/09 Woke up and enjoyed our morning ritual of Amy's coffee and Philip's pineapple juice. Then we got a beer to go at 9:00am (yes, we did) and walked the beach to Phillipsburg to buy our souvenirs before Earslton picked us up for the sad drive to the airport. Our honeymoon truly was quite wonderful and oh so memorable!