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St. Maarten/Martin: Days 3 & 4 (Nude Beach + Fort Louis)

Friday, May 10, 2013 8:00 AM

Day 3

We started off the day by heading to Baie Rouge Beach which all the travel guides listed as romantic, quiet and having pink sand.  We did not notice any pink sand but the beach was fairly quiet, not many people there, however the water was not swimmable.  It appeared there was a steep drop off which caused the waves to crash pretty hard into the beach.  I didn't think it was a good idea to risk drowning half way through our vacation. 
From Baie Rouge we headed to Orient Beach which is a nude beach of the island.  Yes, we threw off our bathing suits and joined the rest of those beach goers in only their birthday suits.  The entire beach is divided in two, with one side a nude beach (really clothing optional, no cameras allowed) and the other a regular beach.  While on the clothed side of the beach we stopped by a beach bar called Ethnic to have lunch.  I ordered the New York Cheese Burger which came with an egg, sunny side up, on top of the burger.  I have never once seen a cheese burger with a sunny side egg on a menu in New York.  Makes you wonder what the proprietor of the bar really knows.  For those of you wondering who parades around nude at Orient Beach, it seemed that most of the people on the beach were over 45, though there were some young attractive people as well.
For dinner we went to L'Escargot in Philipsburg.  I enjoy escargot so I was pretty happy.  The restaurant is in a 160 year old creole cottage.
Day 4
Started off Wednesday at the fitness center.  From there we headed to Fort Louis which is a fort on a large hill that protected Marigot, the capital of French St. Martin back when pirates were sailing about.  The guidebooks say it is a lot of stairs to the top...completely exaggerated.  It wasn't a terrible walk up at all and the views were great.  We also checked out Marigot itself.  Philipsburg was more interesting, though Marigot was visually more pleasing.

From there we headed back to the resort and spent the afternoon in the pool.
For dinner we headed to Mario's Bistro located by Sandy Ground Bridge.  It is a very nice, right off the water.  The food is considered contemporary French infused with Asian, Moroccan and South Western accents.

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