Part II: St. Martin
Beach Cabanas line the beach on Grand Bay
An update to the local shopping: Many of the luxury shops on the French side of the island have closed their doors and either moved to St. Barth's, or moved to the Dutch side of the island because of the onerous French employment laws including their minimum wage and national health care law requirements---you hear that USA and the State of California? Bvlgari (Bulgari), the uber expensive jeweler has moved from the chic French side of the island to the Dutch side next to the cruise ships, where most of the hordes of looky-loo tourists are more interested in buying tee-shirts that declare the wearer a "Classy Bitch", or souvenir Conch shells instead of diamonds and gold. Hermes, the venerable French fashion house famed for its leather goods, silk scarves and ties has closed their doors and moved off island to nearby St. Barth's.
Conch shells souvenir