Hope everyone had an amazing holiday. I know I did......I think my brain is still on holiday. :).
So, as you all know, Kurt and I left for a 10 night jaunt in St Maarten for Christmas 2012. We flew back on Christmas, which is an awesome day to fly (minus the fact that I almost died on a plane 3 years ago on Christmas day, LOL) as the airports are deserted. The day before and after Christmas are always crazy busy, but the actual holiday is fairly silent. There was almost nobody on our flights from St Maarten to Charlotte.
So, we rented a condo at a place called AquaMarina, which is in the Maho Bay area. Good location for us, fairly central to all the things and beaches we like to visit in St Maarten. We stayed in Tower X in condo 51. Found it on VRBO.com. We arrived in later afternoon in St Maarten, got our rental call via Thrifty, and headed to the condo with the use of the GPS. I highly recommend renting a GPS while in St Maarten as the roads are very poorly marked. Anyway, got there, got stopped at a grocery store on the way for some essentials, and got all temporarily moved in. Had dinner that night out and went to sleep early.
The rest of the trip, most days were spent on the beach, napping, reading, relaxing, swimming. We also took a day trip to St Barths, which has aMAZing beaches. Even prettier than St Maarten, but the island itself has less things to do and everything is insanely expensive. Rooms over the holidays were in excess of $1000 a night, which is crazy to me! Also, took a day trip to Anguilla, where I got to swim with the dolphins.
We ate out at lots of amazing places in Simpson Bay, Orient Beach, Marigot, Grand Case and Maho Bay. Most either on the beach or overlooking water. My fav way to have a meal. lots of salads and seafood and drinks........One night, we bought and drank an entire bottle of champagne in the room, which was glorious and relaxing.
Also read a ton of books on this trip, which was nice. I almost never have time to read, so reading on vacay is always a welcome treat.
Hope everyone had an awesome holiday as well! If you ever have questions about St Maarten, ask away! We are now pros after 2 trips there! :)