St. Martin Trip Report Day 3

Day 3 in paradise! We got a late start today (see a pattern here 🙂 ) but headed to Dawn Beach for the morning. The weather was absolutely perfect today.  The last couple days we had seen a few clouds but today was all sunshine.  It was finally clear enough that we could see St. Barths from our balcony.

Although the Westin takes up most of Dawn Beach, we found a quiet spot under a palm tree towards  Busby’s beach bar. We did some snorkeling and explored the reef just off the beach. Snorkeling on St. Martin is not great but we did  see a lot of reef fish.

For lunch we headed to Simpson Bay and had lunch at Pineapple Pete’s. I really like this place for lunch. Good food and good service. Crystal had the chicken caesar wrap and I had the grilled chicken sandwich.  Both were excellent! Total bill: $25. We might have to try out the dinner menu later on this week.

After lunch we went on the Rhino Rider Safari. This was one of our favorite activities from last year and we had a blast again this year! You start in Simpson Bay Lagoon and ride a 2 person inflatable speed boat along the french coast to creole rock on the north west tip of the island.  We spent about an hour snorkeling at creole rock and the highlight was seeing a 2 foot barracuda! It was a really fun way to spend the afternoon, highly recommended!

You can see from above that I have not been working on my tan.  Still rocking the biker tan 🙂 Looks like I might have to drop down from my SPF 50 to get rid of those tan lines. Crystal has been doing a much better job than me.

Since we were already in Simpson Bay we decided to drive over to Marigot on the western side of the island and watch the sunset:

After watching the sunset, we were going to go to Mario’s Bistro for dinner but forgot they were closed on Sunday. We headed north to Grand Case but that turned into a mess as the traffic and parking were awful. The main parking lot was closed so it was gridlock with everybody trying to find parking. After driving around, we decided to head back to Oyster Pond and went to Dinghy Dock.  I had Fish & Chips and Crystal had the special: Shrimp & Mussels in a white wine sauce over pasta. Both were very good. Total bill: $35

Not sure what is on the schedule for tomorrow I might go SCUBA diving or we might just spend another day at the beach 🙂

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