St. Martin/St. Maarten

SXM Day 6: Pinel Island – Pic Paradis

We have been far too lazy on this trip so we decided to get all our physical activity in all at once. We started the morning kayaking from Cul de Sac to Pinel Island, enjoyed some tapas at the “Karibuni Restaurant”, then you guessed it, beach bummed. The heat was definitely getting to me but this quickly resolved with some much needed H20. We then hiked around the small island then ended with some more kayaking before having to return our boat. Love the laid back nature of this island as there was no one at the booth when we went back to return our boat. 

Since we were in the hiking mood we drove up to Pic Paridis for some more hiking to the peak for an amazing view of the island. To be quite frank, it was not much of a hike as we got up in no more than 5 minutes. The view was gorgeous though! We did some more exploring then inched our way down the hill timing it so we wouldn’t run into on coming traffic as the road was really just wide enough for one car.

Just as we headed home, we saw a huge Air France plane awaiting to take off. We could not lose this opportunity to experience the jet blast from this huge flight, so off to the beach we go again on full adrenaline rush anxious to miss this moment. Grateful that parking is never an issue here we scurried along to the beach just in time to get sand-blasted! YOLO moment #2. I know Aaron really wanted to do this for the entire trip and we had given up the 3pm huge plane departures as it didn’t work with our schedule today so I’m glad we came across this opportunity. This calls for a celebratory drink at the “Sunset Bar” watching the sunset. Apparently "topless ladies drink free here”, but we opted to pay for our drinks.

Dinner time! We decided to celebrate Valentine’s Day early as we will be on the plane during dinner time tomorrow 😦 We again head to the culinary core of Simpson Bay for some Caribbean grill one more time at “Lee’s Roadside Grill”. We have been meaning to come here for a while as the delicious scents from the grill were always so enticing as we drove by. What better way to celebrate our last night here in St. Maarten than with some lobster (once again), ribs and reggae music. I was actually quite disappointed how the reggae music scene was not as abundant as I expected on this trip but this made up for it. We left just in time to avoid the singer calling upon us to join him.

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