I'm someone you can call a wanderlust; I love traveling, meeting new people, seeing new places, and trying new things. I eventually want to travel the world, learn about different cultures, traditions, architecture, attractions, food, and simply see what new destinations have to offer! That's why when we decided to take our annual family summer vacation to St. Maarten, I was ecstatic!
St. Maarten is considered the gourmet capital of the Caribbean and is positioned between many other beautiful island destinations. Two of the closest Caribbean countries are Anguilla, located ~15 miles north of St. Maarten, and St. Barths, located ~18.5 miles south of St. Maarten. I have been to the Caribbean islands a few times before; Puerto Rico, Aruba, Bahamas, Dominican Republic, and eventually want to see them all. So when I learned that I could explore three Caribbean islands over the course of my week in St. Maarten, I was all over the opportunity! We island hopped for two days. We spent one day on a catamaran sailing to Anguilla. We first stopped at a cute little island off of the coast of Anguilla called Prickly Pear, where we swam amongst the fish and snorkeled in crystal blue waters. Then we sailed to Sandy Ground Beach where we had lunch at the Sand Bar before we sailed back to St. Maarten. The next day we chartered a speed boat that jetted to St. Barths in 45 minutes, where we spent the day at Shell Beach sunbathing and shot these photos! (Don't mind that eyesore of a hair-tie on my wrist)
Photo Creds: My super talented sister, who can be found HERE!
I have a pretty extensive bucket list, as any adventurer would understand, and it was my pleasure to cross St. Barths off of that list! All of the Caribbean islands that I have been to so far were amazing, but there is something about St. Barths that is just beyond anything you can imagine in the Caribbean. St. Barths is closely compared to the French Island of St. Tropez, which is easily recognizable considering that it is in the French West Indies and is a Caribbean playground for the rich and famous. In Gustavia, the island's capital, glamorous yachts fill the inner harbor, flooding the turquoise waters with a lifestyle that many of us only dream of. It is said that if you visit during their peak season; November-May, you are likely to see famous celebrities, actors and actresses, models, and industry moguls, yachting and vacationing in this high end get away. I went during their off season, so I wasn't able to catch Beyoncé but I was told that the week prior the Kardashians were there filming KUWTK. Nonetheless, I was able catch an amazing tan, a little bit of sunburn, a check on my bucket list, and beautiful photos and memories!