Thursday, May 28, 2009.
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This is Yellow Beach. It’s on Pinel Island, which is a tiny little dot of land just off the coast of St. Martin/St. Maarten. (I mean, it’s literally a few hundred yards off the coast.) St. Martin is an island in the Caribbean that’s owned half by the French (who call it St. Martin), and half by the Dutch (who call it St. Maarten). For the most part, this doesn’t really affect the lives of the locals too much, but according to our tour guide, there is an occasional inconvenience. For example: from the French half of the island, it’s cheaper to call mainland France than it is to call the Dutch half of the island. Huh, weird.
Julie and I were here on our honeymoon. We spent the first week or so on a Caribbean cruise, then we got off the boat in St. Thomas (U.S. owned), which was the last port call before the boat returned to Puerto Rico, and we spent several more nights there. We ended up on Yellow Beach as part of a snorkeling tour / bus trip around the island. The snorkeling from here was no better than “decent”, but any day spent on the beach is fantastic, so all in all it was a great time.
Map for this one: http://tinyurl.com/l52hrc
I was able to get pretty exact with the location on this one, google had some great satellite images.
I found some guy who also made it out to Pinel island. Here’s his blog. But he doesn’t like Bud Light, at least not as much as I do.
Notes: Canon EOS Rebel XT, 18-55 mm kit lens. 1/250s, f/10.0, ISO 100. Focal length: 21 mm.