Playing on St. Martin …

The beaches and the water in St. Martin are truly beautiful.

The beaches and the water in St. Martin are truly beautiful.

The longer we spend on the island the more we like it. It is an interesting place, with interesting history and some beautiful places.

I wonder if affinity to the ocean is genetic or learned ... both Michelle and I love the water and our kids can't seem to get enough of it.

I wonder if affinity to the ocean is genetic or learned … both Michelle and I love the water and our kids can’t seem to get enough of it.

It's easy to see why St. Martin is considered to have some of the nicest beaches in the Caribbean.

It’s easy to see why St. Martin is considered to have some of the nicest beaches in the Caribbean.

"We're wet anyways"

“We’re wet anyways”

The main attraction, as with many of the island has to be the water and the beaches … we’ve been exploring many of them, and are trying to get to each one … some are calm, some are crowded, some are isolated, some have caves … but all are very, very nice.

This is an old volcanic island, which makes it “hilly” … we found and old plantation that has been here for 300+ years … they’ve done a great job making it a “eco-tour” destination … they have a tree top restaurant, and adult pool and spa (kids didn’t like this), 3 zip line adventure and a great hike to the top of the island.

Jack at the top of St. Martin ... he and Anna did a hike, while the girls did zip lines.

Jack at the top of St. Martin … he and Anna did a hike, while the girls did zip lines.

Not a bad view from the top of St. Martin ... that's the island of Anguilla in the distance.

Not a bad view from the top of St. Martin … that’s the island of Anguilla in the distance.

Hiked up and down with no complaints ... even explained later that his favorite part of the day was climbing to the top of the island.

Hiked up and down with no complaints … even explained later that his favorite part of the day was climbing to the top of the island.

This is a "tree house" bar and restaurant ... built in the canopies.

This is a “tree house” bar and restaurant … built in the canopies.

How could you not hike to a place called Chewbacca rock ... didn't take much to get Jack up there.

How could you not hike to a place called Chewbacca rock … didn’t take much to get Jack up there.

Jackman chilling at a French Café ... waiting for his crepes :)

Jackman chilling at a French Café … waiting for his crepes :)

There are lots of places for kids to play as well … most cater to the local community, one that is close to us is KidsWorld … think Chuck’e’cheese, but with an outside area, jumpy castles and no pizza … Ok, maybe nothing like Chuckee…

The local island zoo has some exotic animals :) ... this one in it's natural habitat.

The local island zoo has some exotic animals :) … this one in it’s natural habitat.

Some of the other animals at the zoo ... I think the one in the back right is the dangerous one.

Some of the other animals at the zoo … I think the one in the back right is the dangerous one.

The kids made a visit to the local zoo … not the same exotic animals as we have at home:) … a small zoo, but lots of fun. The owner explained that they are having a very hard time convincing the authorities to let them bring in some bigger animals … they, I think have a fear of them getting out.

Taking a break from the island heat

Taking a break from the island heat

Maybe they will develop an interest in desert racing ... here's to me hoping ... they have the pose for it :)

Maybe they will develop an interest in desert racing … here’s to me hoping … they have the pose for it :)

Not sure we should leave them alone for too long.

Not sure we should leave them alone for too long.

Check out the focus on there two ... I think the concentration is impressive.

Check out the focus on there two … I think the concentration is impressive.

The entire boat is a gym

The entire boat is a gym

… and as always there is tons of playing at home.

4 thoughts on “Playing on St. Martin …

    • … I can only keep hoping. This weekend we saw a few little kids on dirt bikes as we explored the island. Jack and Genna both said they want to be dirt bike racers :) … Kate was, “if it has dirt, I want to part of it”

    • Convince your mom to bring you for a visit … the beaches are very, very nice … or have her put you on a plane and come hang out with us for a little while.

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