We’ve been to Saint Thomas several times in the past but not for many years. I can remember thinking how great it would be to live in Saint Thomas; I’m now glad that my wish never came to fruition. Saint Thomas has lost its luster it’s no more than a tourist trap fed by the cruise ship industry, there are beautiful beaches but beaches and sand no longer hold much allure for me, the waters are serene but so are the waters of the Florida
Saint Maarten is one half Dutch and one half French; we landed on the Dutch side in Philipsburg. We opted to contract with a local cabbie to give us a tour of the island rather than book through NCL which saved us about 33% of the charge. St Maarten has many beautiful vistas and is the home of many rich and famous including Dianna Ross and Harry Belafonte. The beaches are beautiful but the most popular for tourists is Orient Beach, the al-natural beach on the Atlantic side of the French Side of the Island. And Yes, the Kindle does work on a nude beach!