The Guana Bay Coastal Hike boasted some of the most spectacular sights on the island…and also, perhaps, the world, as I know it. The hike spans a couple miles of the southeast coast of Sint Maarten and included rocky, mountainous terrain and small, rocky beaches/coves littered with conch and coconut shells. My friend Kirby said they were reminiscent of the beaches of New England or [Old] England, which was only heightened by the overcast weather that day. The rocky landscape, the cacti, and flowing, straw-colored grass DID make it seem like we had transported to a entirely different island.
At one of the stone-filled beaches were Cairns, which I’ve seen a lot of around this island…well, mostly, my apartment complex and along the hike. They’re so…AWESOME. I know they’re just stacks of rocks, but so artfully placed. Therefore, I heart them.
Views along the way included that of 2 tiny little rock islands and in the distance, is the sun shining on the glorious people in St. Barthelemy. Also, goats. Extremely cute goats and their doubly cute babies. I want one. If you’re lucky, you could, perchance, spot a flutter of butterflies. And when you do, you’ll be like, “Is this a dream?” No. ‘Tis real life!
At the end of the hike, there is the most breathtaking natural pool called Geneve Lagoon. We hadn’t expected it to be there, though it was a happy surprise. There was a minor “climb” down [and then later, a climb up] to the pool, which is totally worth it. Just be sure to NOT set your hand right on top of a cactus because: #pain, #blood, #ouch.
The water was surprisingly refreshing and not too cool, despite the breezy, overcast weather. There was tiny little black and yellow fish that reminded me of another natural pool in the Riviera Maya, Mexico. If you sat there long enough, these guys will nip at your leg!
This is definitely a must do when visiting St. Maarten/St. Martin—especially if you are on a cruise. The entry point to the hike is extremely proximal to the cruise ship docks in Philipsburg. From the docks: go straight through the roundabout and turn right on Guana Bay Rd. Go all the way down the road until it ends. At this point, you should be next to an abandoned house that is clearly marked NO TRESPASSING. We trespassed and there was not much to see, but super eery at dusk. Anyhow, walk straight towards the water and to the right, there should be a discernable trail. There are red spray-painted dots throughout the hike to lead the way also.
Experiencing this part of the island almost makes me want to stay longer!