As I write this we are sitting on a mooring
in the Bight at Norman Island. We choose to pay $30 for the mooring
but could have gone around the corner to Benures Bay and anchored for free.
With some thought and looking at the charts
one can often get away from the crowds if one wants to. Don't get me wrong however, it is the most crowded place we have ever sailed around.
We have been to St Martin
several times and enjoy the resturants and marine
stores. Both are, IMHO, better than in the US or British Virgin Islands
But, for all around good sailing, numerous anchorages
, convenient shopping
and restaurants and good snorkeling, we prefer the BVIs.
Sounds like you get to the Caribbean
often so why not make a trip to St Martin
and see for yourself?