Hallo, St. Maarten!

Farmhouse38.com in St.Martin/St.MaartenOkay, this is a rambler; lots of photos to scroll through. I apologize in advance, but I can’t not share some images from our recent trip to St-Martin/St.Maarten. It has been a looooong time since the Texan and I have gone on a grown-up vacation (the last being our honeymoon in Belize, seven years ago–OY!), and this one was definitely worth the wait. Gotta give a loud shout-out to our friends, Laura and Dan (of oliveandlove.com fame) for letting us tag along!

St. Maarten, via Farmhouse38.com

The amazing view from our unit.

For those of you who don’t know, this pretty little Caribbean island has the interesting distinction of being one of the smallest sea islands divided between two separate countries. So a little over half the island is French (Saint-Martin) and just under half is Dutch (Sint Maarten). Makes for a charmingly diverse vacation spot. With lots of views like these:

Visiting St. Maarten/St. Martin via Farmhouse38.com

Farmhouse38.com in St. Maarten

Panoramic view from the rooftop of one of our favorite spots on the French side in Orient Bay, the Sun Beach Clubber.

Farmhouse38.com in St. Martin

A relaxing lunch and cocktails inside the Sun Beach Clubber, St. Martin.

Farmhouse38.com in St. Martin

Swimming in the amazingly green water of Orient Bay.

Farmhouse38.com in St. Maarten

View from the beach of Simpson Bay, St. Maarten.

Farmhouse38.com in St. Maarten

The Texan and I getting our float on in Simpson Bay.

Farmhouse38.com in St. Maarten

Great Bay, Philipsburg, St. Maarten.

Farmhouse38.com in St. Maarten

More Great Bay gorgeousness.

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Simpson Bay sunset group selfie! What is my face even doing?

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Sunset over the pool and beach of our resort.

I mean…the views everywhere were ridiculous.

Another of my very favorite things about the Caribbean is the architecture. I obsess over it. And took 900 photos of it (of which I shall spare you the lion’s share).

The Dutch capital of Philipsburg was so full of charm:

Farmhouse38.com in St. Martin/St. Maarten

Farmhouse38.com in St. Maarten

Farmhouse38.com in St. Maarten

Farmhouse38.com in St. Maarten

I kind of want this shed in my backyard.

Farmhouse38.com in St. Maarten

A lovely little alleyway in Philipsburg.

Farmhouse38.com in St. Maarten

The Guavaberry Emporium was a must-stop to sample their famous liquors and rums (and it is a darn darling little Caribbean building).

Farmhouse38.com at the Guavaberry Emporium, St. Maarten

There’s OliveandLove.com smiling with her guavaberry cocktail despite the fact that I had just been mercilessly dragging everybody through the streets of Philipsburg in manic pursuit of this place.

The French capital of Marigot was full of adorable buildings, too:

Farmhouse38.com in St. Martin

Farmhouse38.com in St. Martin

We happened to be on the French side of the island just in time for la Fête Nationale, so there was lots of festiveness everywhere!

Farmhouse38.com in St. Martin

Farmhouse38.com in St. Martin

Just FYI…when I buy a house in the Caribbean, I’m painting it hot pink and neon yellow. Fact.

We love us some beach bars, and St.Martin/St.Maarten did not disappoint:

Farmhouse38.com in St. Martin/St. Maarten

Farmhouse38.com in St.Martin/St.Maarten

Farmhouse38.com in St. Maarten

Farmhouse38.com in St. Maarten

Incidentally, this is one of my favorite photos from the trip…this little hidden bar down a little side alley in Philipsburg. And just on the other side of that bar? The beach.

Speaking of awesome beach bars…this one kind of takes the cake:

Farmhouse38.com in St. Maarten

The Sunset Bar & Grill is a great bar, perched on a pretty little beach.

Farmhouse38.com in St. Maarten

Which also happens to sit right next to the airstrip of the Princess Juliana International Airport.

Farmhouse38.com in St. Maarten.

So…ya know…this happens.

Farmhouse38.com in St. Maarten

You can stand, literally, right beneath the planes as they are landing.

Farmhouse38.com in St. Maarten

And, literally, piss your pants.

The bar posts the flight times, of course, because it’s a big attraction on the island…I highly recommend experiencing a 747 coming in (pictured above). I also highly recommend a pina colada before, during, and after.

Though we mainly spent our time at the beach, our adventuring did take us briefly inland to visit La Ferme Des Papillons (the Butterfly Farm, read all about that here) and then on to spend a day at lovely Loterie Farm.

Farmhouse38.com in St. Martin

A jungle oasis, complete with natural spring pools and private cabanas. Oh, and French pool boys serving you cocktails.

Farmhouse38.com in St. Martin

These pools were to die for; connected by meandering streams and waterfalls all tucked away amongst the jungle. And your cocktails are brought to you, did I mention that?

Farmhouse38.com in St. Martin

Beyond the pools, there is jungle zip-lining (that’s a nope for me) and hiking through the lush forest. And then there’s the amazing restaurant and bars on the property. It was a whole lot of awesome for one place.

Some other highlights from the trip:

Farmhouse38.com in St. Martin

Climbing to the top of Fort Louis for the panoramic views of the French side of the island. That’s the Texan actually doing a panoramic on his phone.

Farmhouse38.com in St. Martin

Island goat!

Farmhouse38.com in St. Martin

Island flowers.

Farmhouse38.com in St. Martin

You know I had to find some chickens.

Farmhouse38.com in St. Martin

Awkward vacation selfies.

Farmhouse38.com in St. Martin

Farmhouse38.com

Little moments of island perfection.

Farmhouse38.com in St. Martin

Oh, hayyy lizard.

Farmhouse38.com in St. Martin

Holding an Atlas Moth like I do it every day.

Farmhouse38.com in St. Martin

Island sheep.

Farmhouse38.com in St. Maarten

This is really how I spent most of my vacation.

Farmhouse38.com in St. Martin

Also this…

 

Can we go back yet? I’m ready to go back now.

Farmhouse38.com in St. Martin/St. Maarten

 

 

 

 

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8 thoughts on “Hallo, St. Maarten!

  1. Hallo, St. Maarten! August 9, 2014 at 9:32 pm Reply

    […] By farmhouseK8 Okay, this is a rambler; lots of photos to scroll through. I apologize in advance, but I can’t Source: Hallo, St. Maarten! […]

  2. Bonnie Schulte August 10, 2014 at 1:15 am Reply

    OH WOW..HEAVEN ON EARTH!

  3. Tina Anderson August 10, 2014 at 7:17 am Reply

    How jealous am I? THIS MUCH! Glad ya’ll had such a great time! 🙂

  4. Charlotte Zweigoron August 10, 2014 at 10:10 pm Reply

    Looks like fun… Glad you had a great time!

  5. Katja | Shift Ctrl Art August 11, 2014 at 3:30 am Reply

    Love the onslaught of photos. What a fab vacation. I love that last picture. Poster quality 🙂

  6. home, garden, life August 12, 2014 at 1:07 pm Reply

    Thanks for letting me tag along…fun times for sure.

  7. Caitlin | belong with wildflowers August 12, 2014 at 2:17 pm Reply

    Wow, hello St. Maarten! This place looks so, so beautiful. I love all the vibrant colors + architecture you saw. Looks like a trip definitely worth the 7 year wait 🙂

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