The island's population increases tenfold during the summer months, from 20.000 to over 200,000, so October was a good time to visit. We visited the main port of Saint Martin which on arrival did not seem very appealing, but as we made our way down, past the Gothic Église St-Martin, to the harbour we immediately understood its allure. When the harbour area opened up in front of us full of bobbing pleasure boats and surrounded by shops and restaurants, picturesque and inviting, we thought we had arrived at a film set!
We had a pleasant lunch looking on enviously at a lifestyle quite beyond our means.
It could have been the height of summer, are we lucky or what!