And about Marigot Bay... It is a wide open anchorage with lots of boats. Depts are in the 10-20 ft range and even though it is a large, seemingly unprotected space the prevailing east winds and waves don't reach this bay... normally. We have a forecast for North or NE wind and waves following a brief clocking around through the west... which will cause the anchorage to be uncomfortable. So do we go into the Lagoon?
|The scary canal and bridge opening to allow a boat through|
Our little group was experiencing an overall reluctance to enter the Lagoon, so we decided to just tough it out in the Bay unless it got really bad... We are close to the canal where the chandlery is (where we will be spending a lot of time) and for now, we will just stay put and do all of our exploring by dinghy.
|A walk through Marigot|
|A modest vendor on the poor side of town|
|There are small groceries scattered throughout|
So many people have told us that we are going to love St. Martin. After only a couple of days here, we can wholeheartedly agree. Fears about the language barrier are gone as almost everyone here speaks at least a little english... Especially the ones who wish to sell us something! Cruisers can reach anything they need by dinghy and a short walk. If you want to tour the island it can be done by rental car for about $40 per day, or you can hop onto one of the public busses for $2 or less per person each way. You can splurge on a taxi for not much more.
St. Martin promotes itself as "The Friendly Island" and I can vouch for the truthfulness of this. Everywhere we go, people are friendly and welcoming. It is very easy to be here... we may never leave!
The exam was "old school" which suits me just fine. I've never been happy with the new method and after Bruce got his glasses back and loved them... I ordered a pair of sunglasses for myself! I paid about $200 less for mine than I paid for the same options in Florida. I should have ordered them when Bruce did, because they take 3 weeks to arrive... Island Time.