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Mar 11, 2012

I'm on my first visit back to the Caribbean since Spring Break 2000. St. Martin feels a little more grown up than the Bahamas, but I guess I too am a little more grown up and a lot more appreciative of paradise as it offers time of rest and relaxation. 

I'm always on the lookout for juice bars when I'm traveling. Hot weather places generally don't disappoint. As far as beverages go, fresh fruit juices and refreshing smoothies of mixed local fruits trail a close second to readily available (and cheap) beer.


Dock 24. New St. Martin outpost for fresh juice and smoothies

Drinking fresh fruit juice or a blended smoothie is a different kind of pleasure.

Close your eyes and take the first sip of fresh fruit juice (think grapefruit, orange, or a smoothie blend of pineapple, mango, papaya with ginger and lime) and you don't have to be in paradise to feel like you're there. One of the most beneficial properties of drinking fresh juice is the almost immediate boost of positive energy. An overall feeling of physical well-being. A natural high of sorts. That internal voice saying, "I'm doing something good for my body and my body thanks me." 

This couple opened Dock 24 less than three months ago. A labor of love, "I cut the fruit every day, always fresh!" They work 7 days a week, glow of happiness, and share our love for paradise and juice.