We always enjoy a visit to St. Maarten. This a a place with a wonderful beach, friendly people, good drinks and great shopping. We walked off the ship and stood in line to purchase our ferry tickets to down town. This is really inexpensive. A tip I can give you is to keep walking, as the first ferry ticket booth is very busy, but there are two more closer to the ferry with shorter lines.
We made the Dirty Sanchez Crew Bar our home base. Steve held down the fort while I did shopping and swimming between tropical drinks. The bartender really took good care of us with generous pours. She over heard me trying to convince my husband that tequila wasn’t over powering. “This drink doesn’t really taste like Tequila”, I said. I wasn’t complaining, just trying to explain why I like Margaritas. She came by and topped off my drink with more tequila.
St. Maarten is one of those ports that thrives on cruise ships, and it is not uncommon to have 7 or more ships in port at a time. We had 6 ships in port this stop. That many guests disembarking at once can create a bottle neck for the ferry system, but I think our wait to get our ferry into town was about 20 minutes even with the long line you see in one of the pictures below.
I also asked about the beach dogs, and was told that they are cared for by the community with night time shelter that provides food, shots, spay and neuter. There is a variety of shopping available from t-shirts, jewelry, tropical clothing, beach wear, embroidery items, designer clothing, electronics and more. Good food and public restrooms are also available along the beach front as well.