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A trip to Anguilla wouldn’t be complete without a daytrip to St. Martin, or vice versa. I see St. Martin as Manhattan, and Anguilla, as the Hamptons. St. Martin, or St. Maarten depending on one's location, is a small, mountainous island divided by the French and Dutch. Their influences, as well as that of the docking cruise liners, have made St. Martin into a busy tourist center full of restaurants, shops, casinos and nightclubs.

Get up early and take the ferry from Blowing Point in Anguilla to Marigot in St Martin. From the boat, head straight to the spice market alongside the pier. (Check with your concierge before you go to make sure the market is open on your day of travel.) You’ll have to fight your way through souvenir stalls set up for the cruise ship set, but just behind them are folks selling some great kitchen finds. Stop when you see colorful arrangements of Caribbean fruits and provisions, Haitian sea salt, cassava flour, vanilla beans, and spices of all types. You can take dried spices and bottles of flavored rum and hot sauce back to the states, so indulge yourself. If you know a little French or Creole, you can get some great recipes too.

After the market, return to the ferry terminal and rent a car for the day. Look for a guy named “Cash” for a good deal. Head to Grand Case for some Caribbean snacks enriched by French tastes. One of my favorite food stalls is, “Talk of the Town Too,” where I order boudin noir seasoned deeply with clove and onions, stuffed crab, and christophene and eggplant stuffed with conch and pork and broiled crispy brown. All are great with local hot sauce and a cold beer.

From there feel free to explore the island, stopping at galleries, rum shops, zoos and museums on both the Dutch and French sides. Go to Orient beach on the French side, and get oriented on the human anatomy; it is topless. Mie Oui!

Throw some dice at the casinos, if you must, or see one of the exotic shows on the Dutch side. There are many things available in St. Martin that you won’t find on Anguilla, serenity not being one of them. By the end of the day, I always look forward to settling onto the ferry and heading back home to paradise.

 

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