My husband & I will be stopping in St. Maarten for a day during a cruise for thanksgiving week. We will be in port from 8am-5:30pm. I would like to check out Orient beach in the morning (probably from 9am to noon) & then head over to Maho beach to see the planes (I'm thinking of staying until around 2:30p). Is this doable if our cruise is only in port until 5:30? I've read that there is a lot of traffic so it's best to leave Maho earlier. Is there a bar (the sunset bar?) at Maho still?
Is there any shopping within walking distance to the pier in case we get back to the ship earlier than expected?
Any other thoughts are welcome!!