My family and I have been to the island of St. Maarten in the lesser Antilles in the middle of the caribbean. We have been there twice as a port of call while on a disney cruise. On our 1st cruise to St. Maarten we docked early morning, had breakfast and then we headed to our excursion, we boared a bus and took a scenic ride through St. Maarten we will never forget. the bus driver was passing other cars as we were going over hills scared us to death and he was riding next to cars so close that you could shake hands with the driver. Our excursion was in a glass bottom submarine which went so far out and we learned about all the different fish and fire corral which is red and hot to the touch. We also went to a flea market where they had alittle of everything from fruits and veggies to merchandise. The merchants were very willing to neogitate prices on goods. Like my daughter wanted a sarong that was $10 we offered $5 and they accepted. The island itself seemed very clean and touristy at the begininng but the further inland you go it gets a little dirty and run down. The people of St. Maarten of very nice but pushy especially the woman who want o braid your hair, but a firm but yet polite "No thank you" seems to work. We also did some shopping lots of jewerly, clothing and electronic shops. I purchased a pair of amelite earrings that over about an hours time my husband had jewed them down about $100 bucks. And it's funny because normally my husband would not take that long to make a purchase but through all the jewerly stores you are offered a free beer each time you enter(they are no dummies) and my husband had had several by this point. We also purchased me a blue topaz ring for $40 bucks which looks great 1 year after buying it; with a coupon that we received on the cruise ship during a seminar that we attended. The island is a very beautiful place and I recommend that you get a chance to visit you should. We had a great time during our vist and look forward to going again.