During a bus tour of St Maarten, we savored a few quiet and delicious moments at La Sucriere while everyone else was dropped off at the Carousel Gelateria Bar. At this modest French bakery and pastry shop, we enjoyed strong cups of coffee paired with chocolate almond croissants. These confections were delectably buttery, as authentic as anything in Paris, and much more affordable prices. The view from the back patio is across the water to the mountains. Colourful green iguanas basked in the sun, posed for photos, and nibbled on their treats of lettuce.