Sint Martin

Published: January 7th 2018
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From the ship it looks like the hurricane damage was overstated. It wasn’t until we turned out of the port and saw the cargo containers twisted like children's toys that we began to appreciate the force of the wind. Some palm trees had lost all their palms. Others had one or two fronds hanging limply. As we drove through the villages the extent of the damage was apparent. It has been four months and this is the first day of work for our tour guide Marie. The Island is 100% dependent on tourism. Most hotels are damaged. Great Bay may never open again. Vacant lots appear between houses with no roofs and some walls missing. Still, the vegetation is back, the flowers along the road side are in bloom and everyone is trying to get their life back in some way. The airport terminal was destroyed so flights in and out are limited.

We board a large catamaran for a cruise around the lagoon. Here pictures show the destruction.

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