Friends Foto’s – Sunset in the Tropics

We knew we’d get to see some great photo’s with this weeks theme and we weren’t disappointed. After looking at these photo’s from our tropic loving FB friends, you might just be ready to book your next tropical vacation!

Thanks to all who submitted pictures for our 4 Friend’s Foto’s posts. We wish we could have posted them all, but certainly enjoyed looking at every one of them. In case you missed the other themes, they were:

Great Meal in a Tropical Location
Tropical Selfies
A Drink in the Tropics

Now, sit back and enjoy some wonderful photos of Sunsets in the Tropics!

Noelle-Campbell

Sunset over Cruz Bay, St. John by Noelle Campbell

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I took a quick trip to St John in May 2013 and didn’t have a good sunset until my last night there. I came back to Cruz Bay from Cinnamon Bay at the perfect time to catch this amazing sunset. The beach to my left was full of people, as were the bars that line the beach. I love how people stop what they’re doing to watch the sunset in the islands.

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Philipsburg, St. Maarten Sunset by Jerrod and Tracy Reed

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Watching the sunset over Philipsburg, St. Maarten.
This was from our trip last February. Love going to the friendly island!

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Sunset in Cane Garden Bay by Jason Wilson

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Here is one of my sunset pics from Cane Garden Bay in November 2011. My fiancee and I stayed there at Agape Cottages for a few days before we headed over to Jost for our wedding! Ivan was the “flower girl” and an official witness to the wedding. We couldn’t have asked for a more perfect setting for the ceremony.

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Sunset in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic by Karen Schneider

photo: Karen Schneider
This was taken in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic…The best vacation ever! Going back this year!

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Key West Sunset by Tod Olczak

photo: Tod Olczak
My wife and I decided not to fight the crowds at Mallory Square for our first Key West sunset, so we opted for a sunset cruise.  It was a great way to watch the show without having to fight the crowds.

Michelle-Remice

Sunset in St. Lucia by Michelle Remice

photo: Michelle Remice
Reduit beach from Bay Gardens Bar in St Lucia

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Treasure Beach Sunset in Jamaica by Lynn Mohamad

photo: Lynn Mohamad
The photo is of the landmark Buttonwood Tree overlooking Frenchman’s Bay in Treasure Beach.

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Cruz Bay Sunset by Anne Olsen

photo: Anne Olsen
I went to St John with friends this past April for the first time. This was the sunset as we were having dinner at the Waterfront Bistro. It is so beautiful there. We had the most amazing time!

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Roatan Sunset by Natalie Trimm

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Tourists taking in one of may of Roatan’s amaaaaaaazing sunsets. 

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Bradenton Beach, Florida Sunset and Storm by Catherine Hackert

photo: Catherine Hackert
Sunset and storm at Bradenton Beach, Florida

Thanks again to ALL who submitted photos!


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Friends Foto’s – A Drink in the Tropics

This weeks Friends Foto submissions left us thirsty and longing for time on a beautiful beach. It’s been so much fun seeing the tropics through your eyes. Thank you all for sharing your great pics.

Not only did we have the usual trouble of choosing which pictures to post (if we add too many, you wouldn’t be able to open the post!), but we also had a heck of a time picking the one to use for the cover. In the end we chose the one we did, not only ’cause it’s a great picture, but we kinda liked the explanation too :)

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Rum Drinks – Treasure Cay, Abaco by Cari Rioux

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My name is Cari Rioux and I took this picture when we arrived to our destination in Treasure Cay, Abaco.  We had a Goombay Punch, Pina Colada and a Bahama Mama!  The first of many different Rum Therapy’s on many different Cay’s.

 

The next two photos are from Carol Rocco who sent in 6 stunning photos of Drinks in the Tropics. When I asked about them, she said, “a year of living in the Caribbean makes for 10,000 awesome pics”. She and her husband had just returned from living on St. John for a year. You can check out their fun blog on their year in the Caribbean here: roccosinparadise.com

We picked two of Carol’s photos for this theme, although if we had room, we would have added them all!

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Stoli & Grapefruit in Dominica by Carol Rocco

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Stoli/Grapefruit – Made with fresh grapefruit picked right off the tree in Dominica!

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Cruzan by an infinity pool by Carol Rocco

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Cruzan infinity pool view on St John

Tony Dupuy

Rum Punch served in coconuts in Grand Bahama by Tony Dupuy

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I took this pic at Paradise Cove, Grand Bahama. We had rum punch served right in the coconuts and drank them at this quaint little beach shack in the Bahamas! Elvis cut the coconuts fresh while we watched and mixed the rum punch himself.

 

The next two photos are from Carol Lassiter who also sent in a number of great shots. We especially like the first one, ’cause that’s the same look we have when we get a taste of our first rum drink on vacation!

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Drinks at High Tide, St. John by Colleen Lassiter

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Drinks in St. John by Colleen Lassiter

photo: Colleen Lassiter

Michelle-Tarbush

Lot 12 koozie on the beach in Cozumel, Mexico by Michelle Tarbush

photo: Michelle Tarbush
Location: Cozumel Mexico
Why it’s special:  We are from Dallas and a part of a group called “Lot 12″. Who get together for big Country/Tropical concerts (Kenny Chesney, Zac Brown, etc) and tailgate. We missed the biggest concert of our time yesterday for George Strait’s Cowboy Rides Away concert with many artists. We ended up taking our Lot 12 koozie with us to the beach to take a picture and remind our Lot 12 Family we were thinking of them.

Kristi-Landis

Painkillers at The Beach Bar, St. John by Kristi Landis

photo: Kristi Landis
Painkillers (happy hour) at The Beach Bar on St. John

Lynn-Mohamad

Rum Punch in Cruz Bay, St. John by Lynn Mohamad

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This Rum Punch photo was taken in Cruz Bay, St. John.
Sitting and relaxing in one of the beach bars on the waterfront in Cruz Bay is always a special experience: great views, delicious tropical drinks, waves lapping on the beach a few feet away and beautiful sunsets.
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Beer in Nassau at Christmas by Joe O’Sullivan

photo: Joe O’Sullivan
It isn’t a great rum drink (the Goombay Smashes came later that week) but it was a great beer in Nassau at Christmas time.

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Great Mudslide at Iggies at Bolongo Bay, St. Thomas by Mark and Terry Webb

photo: Mark and Terry Webb
My family and I travel to the US and BVI as often as possible from 1 to 3 trips a yr.  We have a ritual of stopping as soon as we get the car rental to stop at a different location for a welcome to the Islands beverage. It is so much fun!!! We love the Islands!!  And the mudslides!!!

Thanks again for ALL submissions!

Watch for the last Friends Foto Theme to be announced this coming Sunday!

Le Sand, Baie Nettle, St. Martin

We set out to write about a pretty stretch of sand we spotted while exploring St. Martin between Baie Rouge and Marigot, but ended up focusing on a new (at the time of our visit) beach bar/restaurant on Baie Nettle, or Nettle Bay, called Le Sand.

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Le Sand Beach, Bar and Restaurant, St. Martin

We parked in the parking lot behind Le Sand and walked between Le Sand and Dreams Beach to get a look at Baie Nettle. The beach was nearly empty and gorgeous! Once we feasted our eyes on the white sand, blue water, view of Marigot and very inviting seating, we ended up staying a while…

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A variety of beach lounges are available for patrons of Le Sand

Turns out, Le Sand had just recently opened and apparently the word had not gotten out yet. We didn’t mind -  we had the beach almost completely to ourselves and enjoyed a few beverages while lounging in the sun and chatting with the friendly staff.

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Beautiful Baie Nettle as seen from Le Sand

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Marigot in the distance

We decided not to stay for dinner as we were heading back to Dawn Beach that evening and were still engorged satisfied from yet another visit earlier that morning to Sarafina’s in Marigot.

That, apparently was our loss because since our visit, both Le Sand and and it’s next door neighbor,  Dreams Beach, have become highly recommended for their gourmet French cuisine – some say even rivaling some of their competition in Grand Case. Wow – that’s some stiff competition!

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Dining area at Le Sand overlooking beautiful Baie Nettle

Have you been to Le Sand yet? If so, let us know what you thought!


Find Le Sand and Baie Nettle on our St. Maarten/St. Martin Map

 

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Win one of our NEW Men’s Silver Knot Leather Wristbands!

Want to win a NEW Rum Therapy Men’s Silver Knot Leather Wristband?

WOW! What a great response we’ve had to our NEW Women’s Flip Flop Charm Bracelet Giveaway! We’ll be picking a winner later today, but now it’s time to get the Men’s Silver Knot Leather Wristband giveaway started!

  This rugged wristband is 8 inches and features chocolate colored natural leather, two silver knots and a sturdy silver magnetic clasp.
A 29.95 value!

Casual beach wear for home, work and vacation
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How to Enter:

Comment below with the following:

1. The number of Men’s Wristbands currently available on our website: Rum Therapy Jewelry

2. 10 words describing why you could use an island escape
(ie, brutal winter, 20th anniversary, 80 hour work week…etc.)

We’ll pick our favorite answer late tomorrow (2-26-14) and will announce the winner in the comment section!
Good Luck!!

(Due to the high cost of International Shipping, the Prize can only be shipped to a US address)

What to See and Do in Sandy Ground, Anguilla

Sandy Ground Village and Beach, located on bustling Road Bay on the beautiful island of Anguilla, offers visitors a myriad of opportunities to dine, drink, enjoy live music and enjoy the beautiful beach.

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Although Road Bay is Anguilla’s main port for ships, don’t let that scare you off. Sandy Ground Village and Beach, fringed by Road Bay, contains a long expanse of sugar soft sand and turquoise water and some of the best nightlife on the island.

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The last time we spent the day in Sandy Ground, we started at one end and walked to the other, enjoying many of the sights and sounds along the way. I’m sure there are a lot of other places to discover in this pretty area, but this should give you an idea of a few things you might want to explore.

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We began our day at Elvis’ Beach Bar at the north end of Sandy Ground Beach.

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We’d sampled some of Elvis’ stellar rum punch in a previous visit and looked forward to ordering more, but unfortunately they were not open yet, so instead we took the opportunity to lounge on the chairs in front of the bar, checking out the boats and the incredibly blue water. Read more about our visit to Elvis’ here.

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From there, we wandered south down the beach and took a quick jog to the left, across the road to check out The Pumphouse. The Pumphouse gets pumping after dark and is a great place for live music, food  and fun nightlife. 

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We headed back to the beach and ended up at Johnno’s. Johnno’s is known for it’s great live jazz and in a previous visit, we spent a great afternoon with our toes in the sand, drinking rum and coke and listening to jazz. Perfect afternoon..

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Shortly past the Visitors Pier sits the Sandbar. The Sandbar has a beautiful setting right on the beach and after 5:00p.m serves up excellent appetizers and drinks.

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Onward to Roy’s Bayside Grill. The last stop before the commercial pier, we decided to order a beverage and enjoy the sugar soft sand of the beautiful beach.

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We had gotten pretty warm walking in the beautiful sunshine and thought we’d order a Bushwacker.  It was delicious and we enjoyed it while sitting under a thatched umbrella on the beach in front of Roy’s.

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We fought the temptation to order another, knowing we had a lot more beach to explore and continued south from Roy’s. Now, it looks as if the beach ends at the commercial pier, but, at the time of this writing, we were able to go under the pier and continue on to a very quiet and beautiful stretch of beach past the pier.

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Just past the pier is a large boat that has been beached. The color contrast of the boat against the water was stunning…

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A little further and we came across some adorable Anguillan children playing in their “backyard”. Lucky kids…

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From there it was beach time.

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The end of the beach was marked by a large ship that found itself on the rocks during a hurricane in 1995.

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Thirsty, we headed back for a refreshing cocktail and some live music.

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Are you ready to spend a day in Sandy Ground, Anguilla?


For up to date information on all things Anguilla, be sure to check out our friend Nori’s website who lives on island. Can’t say we’re not just a little jealous….

 

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What to See and Do in Philipsburg, St. Maarten

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Whether arriving by cruise ship or spending time on the island on St. Maarten/St. Martin,
Philipsburg, the capital of Dutch St. Maarten, offers a ton of fun things to see and do, most within view of the gorgeous blue water of Great Bay.

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Philipsburg is an area of only a few streets sandwiched between the Salt Pond and beautiful Great Bay. There are many shops, bars, restaurants and musicians lining the streets. Do you like to shop? You can find a lot of items in Philipsburg from inexpensive souvenirs to diamonds and watches. Want to find something to eat? There are a variety of options ranging from very casual to elegant and tony. Any good bars? Well, of course! The boardwalk especially is dotted with bars with a wide variety of great tropical concoctions.

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With the ability to dock 6+ large cruise liners and the addition in recent years of a wonderful boardwalk that is about 50 ft. wide and nearly as long as the waterfront of Great Bay, Philipsburg really caters to it’s visitors. From the cruise ships you can either walk down a lovely palm lined path or take a short water taxi ride to town. If staying on island, there are several fairly large parking lots.

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Looking for a few ideas of what to see and do while visiting Philipsburg? These are a few things that we’ve enjoyed during our visits there.

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1. The Beach

Although it can be just as busy as many of the other beautiful beaches in St. Maarten/St.Martin, Great Bay has gorgeous blue water, a calm surf and a variety of places to rent beach chairs and umbrellas. Plus you’re really close to some good bars, restaurants and shops when you need a break from the sun.

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The turquoise blue water of Great Bay.

2. Eat & Drink

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The majority of bars and restaurants line the boardwalk and offer a great view of the beach, surrounding hills and cruise ships. Each have their own tropical specialties.

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Boardwalk Breeze at the Blue Bitch Bar

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Pizza at Taloula Mango’s

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Grab a $.99 beer at the Barefoot Bar to enjoy while walking the Boardwalk. The Barefoot Restaurant also serves up some excellent roti – mmm…roti…

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Enjoy some good food and drink at Big Wood Grill on the Boardwalk, but don’t ask for a BBD if you are easily offended!

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Walk through Big Wood Grill to get to Juggie’s Place, The Smallest Bar in the World!

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Juggie’s Place on Front Street behind Big Wood Grill

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Casual dining right on the beach at Chez Delphine

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Stop, buy a cold drink and chat with some of the local vendors on the Boardwalk.

3. Shop

Front street and the connecting streets between the Boardwalk, Front and Back street have a large variety of shops carrying local crafts, souvenirs, liquor and more expensive items.

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There are several liquor stores that carry a good selection of rums that we can’t find at home, so we usually buy a bottle or two to bring back with us.

And of course, be sure to stop at the Guavaberry Emporium on Front Street to sample different guavaberry rums, liquors and hot sauces. Be sure to try a Guavaberry Colada – so refreshing!

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Direction sign next to the Guavaberry Emporium

So there you have it. Some of the things we’ve experienced and enjoyed during our visits to Philpsburg – so far. What have you enjoyed there?

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Find Philipsburg on our St. Maarten/St. Martin Map


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Relax, Rum Therapy Style

Gearing up for a busy week filled with company and holiday activities? If you feel yourself getting a bit stressed, try relaxing Rum Therapy style. Choose a beach video below, grab a holiday rum drink, put your feet up and take a short escape…

Honeymoon Beach, St. John

Sandy Island, Carriacou


Cinnamon Bay, St. John

Key West Sunset

A few Holiday Rum Drink Recipes:

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Cranberry Mojito

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Rum & Eggnog  Shooter

Enjoy the Holiday Season!

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Happy Bay, St. Martin

A beautiful tropical beach really does make us happy, so when we heard about a beautiful beach on the french side of St. Martin called Happy Bay, we thought we really had to see it.

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It’s a 15 minute hike to get to Happy Bay from Friar’s Bay, and the day we explored that side of the island we were in flip flops. We thought we’d attempt the hike anyway.

There’s parking for the trail in the lot behind Friar’s Bay and the path to Happy Bay which can be found on the north side of Friar’s Bay Beach Cafe.

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There’s a section of trail that was a little rocky, but then it opens up to a nice meadow. Small signs painted on several rocks indicate where to go.

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There are some nice views of Friar’s Bay and surrounding coves from the trail.

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A gate mid-way down the trail opens up to a beautiful meadow.

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Pass under the tree with the beautiful canopy to get to Happy Bay Beach.

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We hear that Happy Bay is usually very quiet with very few people and although there were quite a few people playing in the water and enjoying the beautiful sand while we were there, there were still a lot of quiet spots to enjoy the sunshine and gentle surf. Currently there are no amenities available at Happy Bay, so be sure to bring in any snacks and drinks you might need.

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Or, just make a stop for lunch and some drinks at Friar’s Bay Beach Bar/Cafe or Kali’s Beach Bar when you get back to Friar’s Bay!

Even if you’re in your flip flops – if you like beautiful, less crowded beaches, the hike to Happy Bay is well worth it.

Have you been to Happy Bay?

Find Happy Bay on our St. Maarten/ St. Martin Map

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Cupecoy Bay Beach, St. Maarten

The last beach on the Dutch side before crossing over to the French side on the west side of St. Maarten is a beauty. The beach at Cupecoy Bay winds among cliffs and caves and the strikingly blue water is a beautiful contrast to the soft, light tan sand.

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Find Cupecoy Bay on the map above. For an interactive version of this map, click HERE.

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Known as a “clothing optional” beach, Cupecoy has some longer expanses of beach as well as a series of small caves, perfect for those looking for a little solitude, or just to explore.

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From the beach at Cupecoy you can see Saba faintly in the distance.

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We got to Cupecoy early one morning to walk and explore the beach and caves. It was gorgeous and we were treated to a new view around each corner.

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Rock cairn in one of the caves

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At the end of the beach we ran across a small bar which unfortunately was not open yet that morning.

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We took the path on top of the cliffs back to our car and enjoyed the beauty from above Cupecoy almost as much as down by the beach. Breathtaking.

Cupecoy has become known as a haven for naturists and if sunbathing and swimming “au natural” is your thing, you will be in good company. Even if you’d prefer to keep your clothes on, Cupecoy is well worth a visit as it is simply beautiful, has some good snorkeling and it’s one of the best places to watch a sunset on St. Maarten!

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Have you explored the beach and caves of Cupecoy?

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Mr. Busby’s Beach Bar, St. Maarten

Mr. Busby’s Beach Bar, St. Maarten is a laid back and fun beach bar with good food by day and an award winning Italian Food Restaurant called Daniels by the Sea at night.

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Located on the east side of St. Maarten on beautiful Dawn Beach – close to the Oyster Bay Beach Resort, this bustling place is just barely on the Dutch side of St. Maarten.

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Mr. Busby’s sits on beautiful Dawn Beach and you can rent the beach chairs that sit in front of the bar. Food and drink can be ordered directly from your chair on the beach, making it even easier to relax and enjoy the St. Maarten sunshine…

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From Mr Busby’s you can even see St. Barths in the distance (very faintly in the center of the picture)

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Swimming is good on calm days and there’s plenty of room to walk the long beach.

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We enjoyed spending an afternoon at Mr. Busby’s and think it’s worth a stop if in the area for lunch – or a fine Italian dinner, good rum beverages and some quality St. Maarten beach time.

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