Thursday, May 02, 2019

Cruising to St. Maarten / St Martin with Kids

The last time my Eastern Caribbean cruise visited the French / Dutch island of St. Maarten / St Martin I dragged my husband and son around on a food tour.  I loved it but both my “boys”, being picky eaters did not have fun! Here’s some suggestions if you’re traveling with kids…of any age!

Tijon Perfume Creation:  Perfume and France (or in this case, a French Caribbean island)…the two just go together. That’s why this is such a fun experience for girls aged eight and up to enjoy. During this hands-on class, participants are encouraged to smell the hundreds of different oils and then using the droppers and beakers to create that perfect scent.  The next step is naming and bottling the fragrance. Everyone goes home with a gift bag filled with the personally created perfume or cologne, a second sample of a fragrance you’ve chosen, a moisturizer, lip balm and other goodies.

La Ferme Des Papillons (Butterfly Farm): Within large meshed enclosures you can see hundreds of real exotic butterflies flying freely, a beautiful display of the most spectacular species from all over the world….the Caribbean, South America, South East Asia, Philippines, Australia, China, Africa, Malaya and so on! Be sure to take the "guided tour". Visitors are shown the evolutionary cycle from microscopic eggs, to strange and exotic caterpillars, to beautiful butterfly.

Fort Louis: Towering high over the quaint town of Marigot, Fort Louis was built in 1789 to protect the port of Marigot. Although the fort is not in its original state, there’s a stairway that leads up to a couple of old cannons and a small stone structure proudly flying the French flag. Still, there’s enough to spark the imagination of children as they run around discovering the many nooks of this historic Caribbean fort.

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