Orient Bay Beach
December 19, 2008
Two Days of Fun in the Sun.
We rented a car on Thursday and Friday to do some island exploring and we had a blast! Thursday we trekked to the French side and made our way up to Orient Bay Beach. On the way, we stopped at the secluded and beautiful Baie de l’embouchure. Not many people on the beach, just the way we like it. It was gorgeous. We then camped out at Orient Bay for the afternoon and did some people watching. While not as crowded as usual, there were still lots of people and thus lots of sights. We bar hopped and sampled rum punches from various establishments. Boo Boo Jam made the best and most potent punch (and biggest). However, the bar in the nudist resort was offering 2 for 1 drinks and we couldn’t pass that up. We waited in a long line of naked people taking care not to stand too close J After quite a few rum punches, we decided to go to Oyster Bay for a late lunch. Oyster Bay had a very nice marina that we may return to for dockage as their prices are better than where we are now. They also had a great pool and lots of talking birds. We ate fresh seafood and then napped by pool.
On Friday we did more exploring of the French side of the island. First stop was Prime, a store similar to Sam’s Club. The prices were unbelievable. $35 dollars for a CASE of Appleton Rum (yes- 12 bottles), $18 for a case of Carib beer, and $70 for a case of Stoli vodka. The booze is cheaper than soft drinks and water, and we aren’t complaining. We then went to Friar’s Bay beach. This place was awesome, absolutely gorgeous and peaceful. We had a fantastic lunch on the beach- Spring Rolls, Steamed Mussels, Caribbean Salad and Cheeseburger. The pirate fell asleep on the beach and the Cajun swam in the ocean. From there we went to Grand Case and had frozen Daiquiri’s at Zen It and watched the boats sail by.
The traffic was atrocious coming back, but no worries, we are on island time. All the radio stations were playing steel pan Christmas music which got us into the holiday spirit. Tomorrow we are relaxing at the dock, since we have been going non-stop. We will be bringing some of the bayou to Simpson Bay Marina- we are going to be slow cooking a pot of red beans, rice and smoked sausage, sipping cocktails and watching the many people walk by as they stock up their boats and their clients arrive for the busy holiday weekend.