St. Martin was this itinerary’s 3rd stop. Having never been here before we took the local island tour, which can be done in less than 2 hours. St. Martin is an island split amongst two countries, part of the Netherlands Antilles on one side, French West Indies on the other. The ships dock on the Dutch side, very near the Dutch capitol of Philipsburg, and near casinos, white sandy beaches, and shopping for both jewelry and electronics (I noticed a lot of crew members from all the docked ships doing plenty of electronic shopping on this island; they told me prices in general are lower here than in St. Thomas). If you take a ride to the French side, you can see their claim to fame is the nude beaches and outdoor markets. As far as the beaches go, none could compare to Trunk Bay which we visited in St. John’s, but weren’t shabby either.