Then there is the joy of the direct flight. When we lived in Trinidad, it took us more than 24 hours to get home as there were no direct flights to France from there. St. Martin is a Caribbean transportation hub and has an excellent international airport on the Dutch side with non-stop flights; not only to the U.S. where my family resides, but every day to France, effectively cutting our travel time to Paris by less than half. Pas mal!
*Definition: Hurricane holes are deep, narrow coves or inlets that are surrounded by a number of sturdy trees which block the wind and provide a tie-off for anchor lines, preferably far enough inland to avoid the most severe winds and tides, yet close enough to reach under short notice.