Cruising Carnival: A Shore Excursion With A Beautiful View

Coastline St Maarten

Cruising on the Carnival Sunshine brought a stop in St. Maarten, a port we had never visited. We had seen several photos of airplanes flying low on a beach and that was all we really knew about St. Maarten. The list of shore excursions was long, yet one stood out, the coastal hike. You may be asking why we would want to pay for a shore excursion that took a lot of work.This should answer your question.

Living in Iowa, we have cornfields and lots of flat ground. We do not have gorgeous views of the ocean on a daily basis. A coastal hike looked like a beautiful adventure, and let me assure you, it was all that and then some.

hiking st maarten

It was almost nine years ago that I had back surgery and was faced with the challenge of learning how to walk again. My neurosurgeon could not guarantee that I would be walking again. Most people do not know that I have foot drop, which means that my right foot does not function normally. I have learned how to walk very close to normal and continue to embrace all that life has to offer. Hiking has always been a love of mine, as it allows you to explore places that many people opt to never see. As many of you know, when I am told I cannot do something, I often prove others wrong. I cannot tell you how liberated I felt as I hiked along this magical coastline in St. Maarten.

Sara hiking in St. Maarten

I honestly believed that I would never be able to hike in another country and be surrounded with all this beauty. I will admit it, I shed a tear or two, as I strolled along the coast.

My husband and I have hiked many miles through Rocky Mountain National Park over the years, so I kind of knew what we were in for. This coastal hike had some ups and downs, but nothing like the ups and downs in Rocky Mountain National Park. The views along this coastal hike were absolutely stunning!

view from coastal hike st. maarten

St. Maarten had so much to offer. I honestly cannot wait to go back. I know there was so much more to explore in this port. Cruising brings an opportunity to visit new countries and get a taste of what each country has to offer. Well, St. Maarten, you will see me again!

Have you explored St. Maarten? If so, I’d love to hear what you did and what your thoughts were of this beautiful country.


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19 Comments to Cruising Carnival: A Shore Excursion With A Beautiful View

  1. vishalgmr1971 says:

    I am happy that the walk worked out well for you. I want to visit St. Maarten but not with a cruise.

  2. Such a beautiful part of the world. I love cruising! Great post, thanks for sharing πŸ™‚

  3. SaraB says:

    Thank you so much for the kind words! Cheers to a great 2017 for you, as well, Megan.

  4. Wow I too had no idea of your struggles with learning to walk again. I actually teared up a little reading your post – I’m so glad that this was a wonderful hike for you, and that you’re out there conquering the world and doing what you love to do. Merry Christmas & here’s to an amazing 2017 πŸ™‚ XX

  5. SaraB says:

    Thanks for the kind words~ If you do get the chance, do it!

  6. I haven’t been to St. Maarten but I would definitely do this hike if ever I do go – the views are amazing! Good for you for being determined enough to live your dreams and not letting others (doctors) bring you down – glad you’re able to walk again and, especially, hike all over the world!

  7. Kerri says:

    Love that you could get off here and hike in such a beautiful location. If I went on a cruise I would definitely need the ability to do that.

  8. SaraB says:

    We loved St. Maarten, it’s one of those ports that I enjoyed. We’d love to return for a longer stay to see more of the area~ it was so beautiful!

  9. Nathan says:

    I’ve never done a cruise– I hear you either love them or hate them and I’m afraid to spend the money on something I wouldn’t like. This looks fun though!

  10. We did St Maarten while on a cruise as well and loved it. We stayed in the city near the port and didn’t venture out too much (it was one of the latter stops and we were taking it slow), but I loved the vibe there. Would love to visit the French side some day.

  11. A coastal hike seems like such a perfect idea. The ocean blues stretched out ahead of you unendingly…wow! Kudos to you for jumping headlong into your cherished dream.

  12. Looks like a great place for a walk. I love walking or strolling anywhere that is near coastline. There is something about the water that makes things even more relaxing. This place looks amazing we would love to visit

  13. Sounds wonderful to get out of the ship and really explore the coastal areas, St. Maarten sounds really nice and worth visiting!

  14. SaraB says:

    Connie~ It was beautiful! I want to go back so bad.

  15. Stunning photos! The coastal hike on St. Maarten looks like a lot of fun.

  16. SaraB says:

    I followed your cruise- it looked like so much fun!

  17. Kay Lynn says:

    Looks beautiful. I’ve been to St. Maarten many times (latest last week) and always go to the beach. Love that place!

  18. SaraB says:

    You would adore St. Maarten, Suzanne!

  19. I had not idea about your surgery and struggles. You are an inspiration! We have never been to St Maarten, but I know how lovely it is. Hiking in a breathtaking place like this is a reason to celebrate! Lovely Photos!

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