Satori made it to St. Martin! Nick and I were excited because this started the line of new countries for us to explore this season. The passage left much to be desired though. It was not pleasant at all. The waves were a mess which made the boat unstable and uncomfortable. We were certainly glad it was behind us.
When we arrived, we dropped anchor in Marigot Bay. St. Martin has a French side and a Dutch side. We were advised by several friends to anchor on the French side. The check-in process is super easy and there are croissants and wine around every corner. Yes, please! Marigot is a huge bay that packs in a lot of boats. However, it’s not a deep bay so it felt okay.
We’d thought we would grab a nap after not sleeping much during the passage. Our friends Jenny and Steve on Archipelago invited us to get check-in and get breakfast with them. All you need to do is entice me with a good meal and I’m in haha! The guys checked us in and we headed over to the bakery. There happened to be the cell phone store in the same plaza so we all took care of that and got our Eastern Caribbean plan squared away. After a few pastries, we decided it was about lunchtime. The French islands have a strict timeline of when you can eat out and we didn’t want to miss our opportunity. I had one of the best Croque Madame sandwiches of my life!
The next few days consisted of eating and exploring the grocery stores we heard so much about. It is seriously cheap! You can get a decent bottle of red wine for under $5.00. Needless to say, we loaded up on wine and cheese. Anything that comes from France is inexpensive. It was my dream come true. I love Charcuterie and there was no shortage of it there.