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.

St. Maarten, Netherlands

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.

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!

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Karakter Beach, St. Maarten, Netherlands

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.)

The cruise docks area was filled with small shops, with every kind of merchandise you can imagine. Rum, tee shirts, hats, jewelry, etc. There were even a number of bars where you could indulge in some adult beverages.

The Oasis of the Seas was waiting for us, so we headed back to get ready to set sail for Port Canaveral.

Flying Dutchman Video
Flying Dutchman Video

Video of our ride on the zipline.
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Some of us went to the Flying Dutchman zipline and ate lunch after that at Karakter beach. We took a taxi and the driver gave us his card so we could call when we needed him. Other members of our party went to a beach and fell in love with St. Maarten. They want to go back one day.
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