We arrived late morning and found the beach was nearly empty. Depositing ourselves onto cushioned lounge chairs beneath a colorful umbrella, we waited for menus at the beach club on Baie Orientale in St. Martin. Morning drifted into afternoon; lunch lingered; glasses were promptly refilled. As fellow sun worshippers trickled in, the local vendors arrived with their smiles and colorful wares; the coconut man, perhaps the most popular of all. (Note: I chose France as the country since CNN does not list St. Martin separately in its "add your location" box.
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