Part One: SXM Recap

Hi! Sorry for the extended/unannounced blogging hiatus! After I posted the Cherry Blossom 10 Miler recap, I had a super busy week and then got a major allergy attack later in the week that left me out of commission for a couple days. Then all of a sudden it was time to leave for vacation last Sunday!

I went to St. Maarten for a quick four night trip with my sister Wendy, her husband Justin, and their son/my nephew, Harper.

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They own a one bedroom timeshare, so get to vacation there every April, and I was lucky enough to be invited along this year! I’ve actually been to St. Maarten several times before because my parents also own a timeshare on the island so I used to go a lot growing up, but it had been many years since I’d been.

In case you don’t know too much about St. Maarten, it’s an island in the Carribbean that is half French and half Dutch, and though their timeshare is on the Dutch side, we spent a lot of time on the French side of the island as well. It’s a pretty low-key island with gorgeous beaches, great food, and friendly people, and I absolutely love it.

As soon as the plane touched the ground last Sunday, I was SO excited to soak in the view.

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My sister picked me up from the airport, and as soon as we got to the apartment, I immediately changed into my bathing suit without wasting any time.

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We had a low key lunch at the timeshare, and then decided to go for a walk on the beach once the sun was setting.

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It was absolutely gorgeous and I was SO happy to be there. I really tried to enjoy every second I was there and make the most of it since I was only there from Sunday – Thursday, and I think I did a good job doing just that.

On the day I arrived, it was a bit overcast and raining, but for pretty much the entire rest of the time I was there the weather was amazing. We spent a lot of time at the beach across the street from their timeshare, Mullet Bay.

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As well as a ton of time at the pool chasing around this little guy, who’s favorite trick by the time I was leaving was to toss himself unassisted into the pool.

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Luckily we had a 3:1 adult to kid ratio, so he was in good hands.

I also spent a TON of time reading and read three great books while I was there. Can you blame me with the background?

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The books I read were Holes, A Stolen Life (the Jacyee Dugard memoir), and the first Harry Potter Book (not the first time, but it had been a while!). All three were awesome, quick reads, with the middle one obviously a bit deeper/more serious than the other two.

Because we had a baby on the trip, it meant we were up and moving super ealry in the morning, and also in bed early at night. The latest I was up was about 11am – it was amazing! I felt so well rested and relaxed when I was leaving, though I wasn’t quite ready to leave when the time came, as I’m sure you could have guessed.

Do you prefer vacations that are more action packed or more relaxing?

If you had asked me before this trip, I would have said action packed. I tend to be go-go-go all the time, so it’s hard for me to just sit down and not be doing anything. This trip though, I seriously felt like I finally got a BREAK from everything and was able to recharge like woah. I would do it again in a heartbeat!

10 Comments on Part One: SXM Recap

  1. Kelly
    April 16, 2012 at 8:37 am (8 years ago)

    Glad you got recharged! And wow, the color of that water when you landed… WOW!!!!!! WOW!!!!!!!! TRIPLE WOW!!!!!!!!!!!!! As for action-packed vs. relaxing… I tend to like a good mixture of both. But one thing’s for sure… I love tropcal!!!

  2. robin
    April 16, 2012 at 9:18 am (8 years ago)

    What a wonderful trip. Looks wonderful there, you lucky girl!

  3. Jennifer
    April 16, 2012 at 10:02 am (8 years ago)

    Glad you had a great time! I was there with my friends last June and I am wishing I was back now. I’m definitely a relaxing vacation person. I can plop myself down in a beach chair for 7 days with some books, tunes and drinks, and never get bored.

  4. The Mrs @ Success Along the Weigh
    April 16, 2012 at 10:25 am (8 years ago)

    I’ve always wondered about St. Maarten as a side vacation. (We go to Hawaii for a few weeks every year) The pics make it look pretty enticing!

    We have to have action packed vacations. We would go insane if we spent money to hang out and do nothing all day. We do schedule 1 day per island to just shop or have no particular schedule.

  5. Heather
    April 16, 2012 at 1:35 pm (8 years ago)

    Looks like it was a great trip! I like a mix of relaxing and action packed vacations. Maybe a couple of days of each!

  6. Aimee
    April 16, 2012 at 8:06 pm (8 years ago)

    I LOVE St Maarten! Great vacation spot- definitely one of my favorites. Sounds like you had a great time! I love relaxing vacations. I want to sit on the beach and read or do whatever without having to be at a certain place at a certain time.

  7. Kim @ Kickin' it with Kim
    April 16, 2012 at 9:30 pm (8 years ago)

    Good for you! Sounds like you a had a much needed, relaxing vacation. The pictures are beautiful! 🙂

  8. Lauren @ Oatmeal after Spinning
    April 17, 2012 at 1:28 pm (8 years ago)

    I’m always go-go-go on vacation. My husband and I are not really beach people and love going to the mountains. Our vacations are typically either out west for lots of hiking, biking, kayaking, etc. or to Boston where we walk all over the city. Our honeymoon was 2 weeks of outdoor adventure through the Pac NW. It was awesome!
    But- to clarify- our trips out west typically involve a long morning of hiking or whatever, followed by an afternoon of relaxing, eating, and drinking beer. 🙂
    Looking at your photos and reading this post makes me think that a relaxing tropical vacation might not be so bad…

  9. Hilary
    April 17, 2012 at 8:09 pm (8 years ago)

    I like both kinds if vacations….depends what I’m feeling like going in…going all the time can be seriously exhausting, but fun. On the other hand, it’s really nice not to have an agenda and just chill sometimes.


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