I recently went on a cruise that stopped at the Caribbean island of St. Martin. We were in Philipsburg on the Dutch side of the island, Sint Maarten.
I was surprised to find the postcard of cruise ships at their pier as it really could be any pier anywhere in the world.
The port of Philipsburg is really close to their beach – so it was really odd swimming in the ocean as we were closer to the ships than I ever encountered at other ports.
I guess this is a thing for Sint Maarten as their airport is right beside another popular beach – as I blogged about during my prior visit to Sint Maarten, Sun, Fun, and Near-misses with Airplanes.