|Map of the Lesser Antilles (source)|
|Map of St. Maarten/St. Martin (source)|
We docked at Philipsburg on the Dutch side and took a tour of both sides of the island by bus.
|View of St. Maarten from the ship in port at Philipsburg|
We rode to Marigot, the capital of the French side, where we stopped for a little shopping.
|Crossing the Dutch/French border|
|We saw several iguanas along the way|
|Marigot, St. Martin|
You can see Fort St. Louis in the background of the above photo (and a closer shot in the photo below). It is the island's largest historical monument, built in 1767. We didn't get to stop there for this tour, though. Maybe next time....
|Fort St. Louis, St. Martin|
We continued on to Grand Case, where we boarded a semi-submersible boat for a 45-minute tour of the coral reefs surrounding Creole Rock. We saw a boat named after me as we were boarding!
|View of Grand Case, St. Martin from boat|
|Creole Rock, off the shore of Grand Case, St. Martin|
The weather held out just long enough for us to get back on the ship and see a nice rainbow before leaving. It was a nice tour, but we wished we had more time there, which we wished at every port.
Next stop is St. Lucia!