Not sure where to start (so this may be longer than most - but worth the read I hope).
Like lots of reviews here have said, they are top notch! Number one surprise and kudo's was when we met up with our driver - David Taylor - and was told that we were the only ones booked for the tour (SXM Island Tour II). Other tour companies may have canceled or would have no showed, not Bernard's.
Not sure how David normally conducts his tours with larger groups; but with just my fiancé and myself we were filled with history (past and present), social issues of the two sides of the island, and his personal stories of life in the islands around St. Maarten. A perfect fit for us, since we don't just want to be tourists that just do the sights.
After a quick stop for David to get lettuce for the iguana farm (he wasn't sure if we were going to be no shows as well), a fun day started. The cooler in the van was already loaded with water, soda, beer, rum punch and ice. The off to see the iguana's. His personal connection to them was inspiring. A short lesson on a local berry, and mention of the cock fighting for the locals.
Then off to Oyster Pond and its great views and the sea urchin guy (I think his name was Joe). Again his personal connection with "Joe" added to the stop. A short stop in Marigot - since it was Sunday and most shops were closed we grabbed a desert lunch at Sarifina's. When we got to Orient Beach , that is where it just being the two of us paid off on the selection of where to layout on this great beach (the La Playa beach bar). Then made our way to Maho and Sunset Grill and the airport.
This was my second trip to St. Maarten and my fiancé's first, and David made it wonderful. Will ask for David and Bernard's Tours whenever we visit again.
Some final notes. Communication with Bernard's via email was prompt and without deposit (which worried me some, but as shown without reason). For cruisers visiting the Eastern Caribbean; ask Bernard for any contacts he has for similar tour services in the region. Evidently he has contacts on other islands.
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