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A Ride in St. Maarten:: Honeymoon Day 4

The Snack Hut at the Ranch

The Snack Hut at the Ranch

YAY--- Memorial Day Weekend is in sight!!  I know you all are feeling the struggle today as we are so close to a long weekend.  Lucky for you, I have something EXTRA entertaining for you (to help the time pass, of course):  Day 4 of our honeymoon!!

I am so excited about this particular post because we bought a GoPro for the cruise and this was the first day we used it!  The video I’ve put together made my heart so happy, because it felt like we were back in paradise.  I hope you love getting to experience our day with us, as much as we enjoyed living it! 

P.S.  Go easy on me, it’s my first travel vlog!  Push play below to watch our adventure unfold:

Our day began, per usual, with breakfast on our amazing balcony!  As we entered the harbor, we were greeted by other ships porting for the day.  After checking out and getting some beach towels, we headed for land! 

The Port was busy and full of life.  As we browsed and did a little shopping, we made our way to a taxi who would take us to our excursion for the day… HORSEBACK RIDING!  Having grown up with horses, you can imagine my excitement.  The stables we visited housed an awesome pavilion with a private beach.  There was even an adorable little snack shop for light refreshments! 

As we geared up for our ride, we could barely contain our excitement.  The ride would take us through beachside trails, wildlife habitats, and end with an incredible swim in the ocean!  I was so pleased to see that the horses were very well taken care of and extremely well trained!  With families and unexperienced riders in our group, it was comforting to know that everyone was safe. 

Getting ready for our big ride :)

Getting ready for our big ride :)

As we began our journey, the guide gave us the history of the island, the farm, and the resident family that cares for the animals.  He also shared their future plans to expand their land for wildlife rescue!  We had an amazing time taking in all of the beauty the island had to offer.  After our land trail ride, it was time for a swim.  Unfortunately, we forgot to capture footage of the adventure; life was just too exciting to remember.  I can tell you this- It was the most exhilarating thing of the day!  The animals enjoyed a dip in the cool water and the experience of swimming with them was indescribable.  Guess you’ll just have to see for yourself now!

After our excursion, we headed back to a restaurant near the port!  Chesterfield’s was an adorable little fish shack with an awesome patio right off the marina.  The fish was absolutely amazing.  I had a whole Red Snapper, which actually terrified me at first.  Who knew that had so many teeth? 

Our Port-side Table at Chesterfield's

Our Port-side Table at Chesterfield's

Photo 2 of the Andrew Across the Table Series!

Photo 2 of the Andrew Across the Table Series!

After a bite and a few drinks, we headed back to re-board the ship!  Once there, we made our way to our room where we showered and got ready for dinner.  The Newlywed Game was the show of the evening and we certainly didn’t want to miss that!  The food, as always, was delicious.  Andrew and I both had a perfectly cooked steak from the on-board steakhouse.  After a mandatory vacation desert, we headed off to the show! 

He started to catch on that I was snapping these by this point!!  Don't worry, that didn't stop me :)

He started to catch on that I was snapping these by this point!!  Don't worry, that didn't stop me :)

We later found ourselves in the casino, our absolute favorite late-night spot of the trip!  After a few hours of games and fun, sleep was just what the doctor ordered!