St. Maarten, Netherlands
This was the third port of call on our family cruise aboard the "Oasis of the Seas" for Christmas 2018 (Click here to view that blog page). Saint Martin is part of the Leeward Islands in the Caribbean Sea. It comprises 2 separate countries, divided between its northern French side, called Saint-Martin, and its southern Dutch side, Sint Maarten.
The above image is Orient Bay Beach, and you can easily see how pretty it is! This is where some of our group went, while the rest of us visited the Flying Dutchman zipline at Rain Forest Adventures.
This is the "official" Flying Dutchman picture of us headed up to the top to ride the zipline. As you can see in the background, the views of the island are fantastic. Our expectations for the zipline ride are really starting to kick-in as the chair takes up to the top, but it was such a beautiful day with views that were amazing and your desire to take it all in is enormous!
NOTE: Click here to watch a great video of our descent on the zipline. This video is the property of Just Traveling Thru, LLC.
After the zipline ride, we caught a taxi over to Karakter Beach, next to the island airport. We ate lunch at the Karakter Beach Bar/Restaurant, hung out for a while, and then caught another taxi back to the cruise docks to do some shopping.
Just for the record, the Princess Juliana International Airport is immediately adjacent to Karakter Beach. This is the famous airport where people line up on the beach to get blown into the water by airplane jet exhaust. Click here to see what that looks like (this video is the property of MT Aviation via YouTube.)
Flying Dutchman Video
Video of our ride on the zipline.
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