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Saint Martin - Two Countries on a Small Island

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by Günther Eichhorn

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In January 2018 I went on a sailing ship cruise in the Caribbean with Sail Windjammer on the S/V Mandalay. Sint Maarten was the final stop of the cruise. I spent a night in Philipsburg and rented a car to drive around the island. It is easy to see most of the island in a day.

Saint Martin comprises the northern part of the Saint Martin/Sint Maarten island. This island is the smallest island that is divided between two countries. Saint Martin is an overseas possession of France, Sint Maarten is an overseas possession of the Netherlands.

Marigot is the main town of Saint Martin. Fort Louis overlooks Marigot. It was built in 1789 by the French.

The island was hit pretty hard by Hurricane Irma in September 2017. When I visited the island in January 2018, there was still lots of damage visible.

Pictures of birds are on a separate page, combined for all the islands in the Caribbean:

Caribbean Birds
Caribbean Birds

Following are a few pictures from Saint Martin.

All pictures are © Dr. Günther Eichhorn, unless otherwise noted.

Rainbow
Rainbow over Saint Martin. (378k)
Marigot
View over Marigot with the Dutch side in the background. (607k)
Marigot
Closer view of Marigot. (536k)
Village
Picturesque village on Saint Martin. Hurricane damage is visible on several of the buildings. (584k)
Pic Paradis
Pic Paradis, the highest mountain on Saint Martin at 424 m (1,391 ft) on the right. (667k)
North shore
View of the northern parts of Saint Martin. (529k)
Western shore
View of the western parts of Saint Martin. (584k)
Eastern shore
View of the eastern parts of Saint Martin. (492k)
Fort Louis
Fort Louis, over Marigot, the main town of Saint Martin. (586k)
Fort Louis
Close-up of Fort Louis. (475k)
Fort Louis
Inside of Fort Louis. (553k)
Fort Louis
A canon in Fort Louis. (724k)
Fort
Another fort close to Marigot. (485k)
Hurricane damage
Hurricane damage. (724k)
Hurricane damage
Hurricane damage. All the blue areas are tarps that cover damaged roofs. (669k)
Market in Marigot
Market in Marigot. (554k)
Flowers
Flowers. (596k)
Lizard
Large lizard. (859k)
Damaged cars
LOTS of cars had broken rear windows. It seemed almost 10% of the cars were damaged. I assume that this is damage from Hurricane Irma. (586k)

The total number of pictures online on my website from St Martin is 19

Page last updated on Fri Nov 16 14:10:51 2018 (Mountain Standard Time)


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