St. Maarten

February 2017

A Purpose for Passports

By |2019-12-06T07:11:17-06:00February 12th, 2017|Bahamas, Caribbean, Cocoa Beach, Destinations, Florida, Guides, St. Maarten, St. Thomas|

Some people would be embarrassed to say they never left the United States in their first 50 years of life. Well not us. We were more than content to spend our vacations traveling throughout the countryside. Oh we both have crossed the borders of Canada and Mexico, but barely. Now our kids are a different story. We had made many trips to the airport to see one of them off, as they jetted away to some foreign land. Always on their return they would try to convince us to follow in their footsteps, but to no avail. This all changed for our 35th [...]

Two Countries in One Day in St. Maarten

By |2019-12-12T06:50:44-06:00February 10th, 2017|Caribbean, Destinations, St. Maarten|

The island of St. Maarten/St. Martin is home to two different sets of residents. On one side you have the Dutch region, while the other half is French. The island received its name from Christopher Columbus during his second voyage. While it was claimed in the name of Spain, they considered it a low priority. On the other hand, the French and Dutch were both eager to possess it, and in the mid-1600’s signed a treaty splitting the island between them. A visit to this small island allows you to visit two countries in one day. […]