I'm going to divide up our honeymoon into a few different posts, because we took tons of pictures and I don't want to overwhelm y'all! You are welcome.
It took us a while to plan our honeymoon. Our top priorities were:
- Direct, short flight from Charlotte
- Private Pool
- Nice kitchen
Once we decided on SXM, we got our flight booked and then started looking on VRBO for property rentals. We definitely did not want to do the resort thing, since we have already done that. We knew being on a resort for 10 days would get old, REAL fast. We wanted the freedom to cook our own meals when we wanted, and eat out when we were sick of cooking. We read about the market in Marigot, which is the capital of the French Side...there was supposedly a fish market 2 days a week, and then every day except Sunday was the produce market. We knew we would be able to fend for ourselves pretty easily!
I found 2 places, one on the Dutch side and the other on the French. I contacted the owners and booked them about 2 months out. Since late May/early June is the off-season, I knew we would have no problems booking. Luckily we didn't, and we were able to secure our top 2 spots.
In regards to picking the dates, we knew we would want to spend the day after our wedding in Charlottesville with our friends & family, and drive back to Charlotte on Monday. We thought flying out Tuesday morning would be best, and we knew we wanted to be back by Friday so we would have the weekend to get back into the swing of things (read:CLEAN). This gave us 10 days in paradise, which was a perfect amount! We definitely lost track of time most days. Heaven.
:: Day 1 ::We had something like a 9:30 AM flight from Charlotte, and we got in around 1:00 PM. We rented a car through Avis, and getting it was painless. There was a booth at the (very nice, big, clean) airport and then a shuttle picked us up and brought us to get the car less than a mile away. As soon as we stepped outside the airport, we were just so relieved to be on VACATION.
Connor drove while I navigated, and we made our way to our condo in Cupecoy, about a 10 minute drive from the airport. We were greeted by the condo manager and she gave us a tour of the 4 (!) floors. Our place was massive, but since it was off-season it was still in our budget. It had 1 bedroom + a garage on the first floor, 2 bedrooms on the 2nd floor, the kitchen/living room/big balcony was on the 3rd floor, and the pool and top floor master on the 4th floor. It was definitely way bigger than we needed, obviously. It even had a scary elevator! Imagine those tubes at the bank. You put your deposit slip in it and it gets sucked over to the teller...that was the design of the elevator! It was like a vacuum. Scary.
But! Look at our place!
After we got the grand tour, we walked to the grocery store. We were FAMISHED and needed provisions. Luckily the store had just what we had in mind: bread, cheese, meat & BEER.
Here is our view from the top deck. Isn't it perfection? That beach to the left is called Cupecoy beach, and it is a true old-school NUDE beach. More on that later.
:: Day 2 ::We woke up around 7 (which we did almost every day!) and Connor fixed coffee and bread/cheese for breakfast.
Thank you husband!
the Market and stock up on fruit and fish
I mean COME ON. Look at this view.
There was also another kind of junky market with everything from sarongs/t shirts to chintzy jewelry. We did not get sucked in.
We stopped into a little convenience store that sold the local Guavaberry Rum. The shop keeper let us try the flavored berry rum, but it was sweet like cough syrup. We decided on the 5-year aged rum. It wasn't flavored, and knew it would be masked by the fresh produce we got
Here are the spoils of the day: Taro, passion fruit, mangoes, limes, fish spice, rum, flavored rum, & hot sauce
After lunch, we braved the nude beach and went down to sit out. We only stayed for about 30 minutes because I was extremely uncomfortable with the nudists!
We then decided to go to Simpson Bay/Beacon Hill where they have a few bars right on the beach, and you watch the planes land right next to you! Literally, the planes come to like 30 feet above this beach. It is insane!
First stop: Driftwood. This bar is literally a boat turned into a bar. It was awesome!
We obviously ordered rum punches. These were STRONG
Sunset Bar & Grill for a final drink and to watch the sunset. Duh.