visiting St. Maarten and its affect on me - My Family Travels

Early this year-during spring break-my family, friends, and I all went on the Royal Caribbean -Liberty of the Seas cruise. It was to be a weeks cruise including three stops: St. Maarten, Haiti, and Puerto Rico; however, one of those places was going to stay with me forever. On the 4th day we visited St. Maarten. Proceeding the exit off the cruise ship the only thing I could see were vast green mountains juxtaposed next to the crystal blue ocean. The sight looked unreal. The tall green mountains had large trees all advancing upward and seemed to look like a scene from “Jurassic Park” after they had circled the island from up in the sky. We then took a boat from the dock and made our way towards the beaches. The sand was soft, the color so white. The agenda for that day involved scuba diving and jet skiing.

            While getting all suited up for scuba diving a rush of emotion flowed through my body and I couldn’t wait to experience the never done before event. About 5 seconds after getting in the water and taking a glance under I could already see a school of bright colorful fish.It was like I was watching Finding Nemo!  As we went deeper and deeper various corals could be seen and in a numerous amount of colors. Fish of all sizes were just swimming around and I was mesmerized.

            If the scuba diving were not enough the jet skiing was paradise. My family and I went on a tour with the jet skis, which was to circle most of the island. Passing the island we saw all the tourists lined up baking on the beach. Making our way on the tour we saw two dolphins just jumping out of the water. Seeing the whole saltwater ecosystem reminded me of school and how I spent a year learning about their habitat. Upon reaching a certain destination we were instructed to get off the jet skis and make our way into town. When we reached the center a great deal of culture could be scene. There were the native people playing music and dancing to it in their cultural ways; I’ve never seen anything quite like it.

             The whole day had been such an incredible experience. Not only seeing an amazing portrait of scenery I also got a glimpse of a different type of culture. Cruises are supposed to be fun and who would know that you could learn something while on them. The visiting of St. Maarten allowed me to obtain a lot of knowledge about the copious amount of animals living off the island and about the actual forests on the island. It is a memory that I will always treasure.


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