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2 hours ago Taxis from EIS to Road Town (and in general) [by UncleTravellingMatt]
Hi, what's a reasonable taxi fare we should expect from EIS to Road Town? And what's the going rate for taxi fares in general?

Land taxis, not water taxis. In case I need to clarify.

Thanks!
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6 hours ago Trip report [by murphycpcu]
[s][/s]As previously posted JFK and Jet Blue got us here quickly and with no problems Sunday. Got picked up in our newly purchased Kia Sportage. The sellers drove us to the Cliff and after a short unpacking of our stored stuff it was off to Porto Cupecoy for a great afternoon of music and Rendezvous food which was outstanding and reminded us why we love this place. Tuna tar tar and a Salad Nicoise. Quick stop at Kalatuah for HH then change clothes.

We then spent Sunday with out SXM family which is the staff at the SB Yachy Club. That is when we are truly home.

Monday was first day of being a resident, not a tourist. Returns of items the place is items at Mega Ace Hardware. Cole Bay is a mess. I believe they are trying to resurface the road which is good long term but bad to experience now. The Kia Sportage is perfect for these rough roads including the golf course part of Rhine road. Went to insurance place in Simpson Bay. Was fortunate that they “lended” us an employee who guided us through the 5 stop 3 hour experience of getting a French registered car converted to Dutch side with insurance. Wow. Had to have maintenance at the Cliff change plates as they are riveted on! No pre drilled holes to make it easier. Wow.

Food. Can’t recall Sunday night. We have been trying all week. It is the Twilight Zone night. Skip Jacks last night. At the bar with Lisa. Wonderful. Ate at Mark’s for lunch which is part of our transformation to being more the part of residents. We were the only ones there at lunch but they do a huge carry out. Tap and Cask for a lunch. Best burgers we have ever had on the island. A newfound treasure, the Cupecoy Brasserie. Excellent. Comparable to what Grand Case has to offer. Fat Tony’s for steak night.

Only hit the beach outside of our place once and picked up a wonderful lunch at Carefour Porto Cupecoy. Mahi Mahi with veggies and rice. Great lunch at Baird Rouge.

This place is truly the friendly island as we run into folks all over the place. It is great to have a network of people here to share info like tire fix it people and condo repair work, insurance set up. Still need to find out where to wash our Sportage inside and out.???

Hole in the Wall tonight to see Bobby Jagger. Sunday is Rembrandt House for Ronny Santana. Hope to see anyone on the island if you go there.
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6 hours ago Dinner in Tortola? [by ColPepper]
We have a few dinners on Tortola, looking for restaurant recommendations please
Have heard good things about Bananakeet.
Also liked The Sugar Mill, but haven't been for years.
Maybe some place closer to the Moorings Base?
Thanks
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7 hours ago Bamboo House-parking/steps? [by daily2]
Hello everyone. I would like to know about the parking at Bamboo House. Is it close to the restaurant? Are there steps to get up to the restaurant itself? I'm a little handicapped.
THanks,
Barbara
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8 hours ago Vesna Taverna last night [by SXMScubaman]
Took our good friend Randy, prior owner of Fig, out to dinner at Vesna Taverna. Wonderful evening with very good food and service. Another restaurant that doesn't add a SC or even suggest it. Sorry no pictures as left photo back in room. If you haven't tried Vesna Taverna before put it on your to do list. You won't be disappointed.
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Yesterday at 07:29 PM Eis departure tax [by tangerine3]
Does anyone know what the departure tax is at the airport, all I found is a site that says $50 pp but says should be included in your ticket price we are flying intercaribbean and can't find how much is included if any in ticket price, thanks
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Yesterday at 03:52 PM New La Casa Del Habano! [by BenP]
To all the Cuban cigar lovers out there, there's a new La Casa Del Habano on the island in Philipsburg! It's located in Cyrus Wathey Square between Front Street and the Boardwalk. Beautiful interior with comfortable seating along with a well stocked bar. I had the pleasure of stumbling upon them last week and found out they opened on Friday May 19.

They are very well stocked right now most likely because they just opened. Exceptional customer service!
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Yesterday at 03:17 PM Trip Report May 19-26 [by BenP]
Friday May 19 was moving day to Beachside Villas.

We were fortunate that BSV wasn’t busy the week we were there and allowed us to drop our luggage off early in the morning so we could head to Karakters for the day. Vicky met us at 8:30am and secured our luggage while we headed out. We were in unit #10 again and it was just like we left it in December. It’s a two bedroom unit with the master and living room looking out over the gorgeous beach and Simpson Bay. The sand had recovered somewhat from what previous posters had noted but there was still a significant ledge you needed to navigate to get to the lower beach/water level. We wore a path down pretty quickly and proceeded to relax and enjoy. Weather was great the second week except for the wind. The seaweed was pretty light half of the week and really heavy for a day and zero for another. Emanuel and his crew were out bright and early each morning raking the seaweed up and removing it. With the exception of the heaviest day, there was a clean beach waiting for us by 10am or earlier. They really did a great job!

We split our time on the beach between BSV and Karakter’s (new umbrellas and cushions!) every day except one when we went to Philipsburg since it looked like a cloudy day early at BSV. Found a new beach spot and restaurant in Philipsburg called Big Bastard which will be our new hangout. A couple from Canada opened it in December and have a nice menu along with comfortable beach loungers.

Restaurants on the Dutch side were much less impressive for us with the one stand out being the Bamboo House. The pictures don’t do it justice for the hillside views but their food and service were equally impressive. We ate at Moulin Fou, Sale y Pepe, Jax, Karakter’s, Z Best Bakery (Bake Shop), Reveil Matin and pizza delivery from Pizza & Co. We didn’t have any issues with service for any of the meals with the exception of Pizza & Co. I was told 40 minutes for delivery but one hour and 15 minutes later the driver arrives with our cold pizza. Two best meals this week were Bamboo House and Karakter’s. Karakter’s Tuna Tartar with fries is as good or better than Orange Fever’s! I hadn’t had a burger at Karakter’s in awhile and was really impressed by their Bacon, Gouda and jalapenos rendition.

This was our first time spending a full week on the Dutch side and it was great for somethings but not so much on others. The Village at Maho was dead the nights we were there. We were the only diners at Moulin Fou (7:30 PM) the night we were there until we were on our way out and saw another couple at a table. It was a little busier when we went to Jax but still very quiet and low key. I understand it’s the low season but it felt very deserted.

We were able to checkout late at BSV since there wasn’t anyone checking in our unit on Friday May 26 which allowed us to enjoy a couple extra hours in the sun before our flight. Dropped off the car at Hertz and had another delay trying to turn the car in. We waited 30 minutes before they were able to check the car out and then we waited another 15 minutes for the shuttle bus. When it became apparent the bus wasn’t coming back a worker decided to take a older van that had been sitting unused to transport us to the airport. He dropped us off, along with two other couples at their arrival location rather than at departures. We then dragged our luggage the 200 yards to the departure entrance. Not a good showing at all for Hertz this trip.
The flight home was uneventful but I will note my entertainment screen was working on my seat! Unfortunately, for others, it appeared many of the other screens weren’t working. Arrived in Atlanta on time, walked the mile to immigration where we saw the long line of passengers waiting to get into the U.S. Fortunately, the Global Entry line had zero occupants!

Overall, the second week was the most relaxing and stress-free mostly due to our staying at BSV. This was our sanctuary while we did nothing but enjoy the views, read and recharged.
Beachside Villas continues to impress! It’s an older property but is meticulously maintained by caring and friendly staff. My wife was constantly noting how nicely the landscaping was kept and the seaweed removal efforts were nothing beyond heroic. The week spent here was relaxing and uncomplicated, as it should be. While I didn’t take advantage of the grill this time, I did use their laundry service. We had a washer in our unit at Orient Bay but due to the water issues we couldn’t use it when we needed. I dropped my 4 or 5 pounds (they charge by the pound/kilo) of laundry off on Friday and had it back the following day. $12 was very reasonable as was the turnaround time.

We’ve got some tough decisions to make while we plan our next trip in November but BSV will definitely be part of the equation.
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05/31/2023 08:43 PM Red Piano and Pelly Deli [by Bluesfan]
Does anyone know how these 2 businesses are doing with the restricted parking lot in front of them? Is the ATM still there. I used it often.
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05/31/2023 08:26 PM Trip Report May 12-19 [by BenP]
I thought I'd share a few highlights from our recent trip to SXM. We were able to spend two full weeks split between the French side and Dutch so I'm going to do two separate reports with some photos.

My wife and I flew direct from Atlanta to SXM on Delta Friday May 12 without issues regarding time but condition of the aircraft was another matter. I opted for exit row seats for the extra legroom but found the seats to be very narrow compared to regular main cabin seats with unmovable arm rests. The entertainment screen on my seat didn’t work and the frame was hanging off and appeared to be missing some clips. Not a new aircraft and in need of a good cleaning.
Arrived in SXM as only aircraft on the ground and sped through immigration. We had two checked bags which were among first group on the baggage carousel which got us to the Hertz rental office within 30 minutes of landing. Unfortunately, it took 30 minutes to get our car. We had reserved a Toyota Corolla and ended up with a 2020 Toyota Yaris. The office wasn’t busy but they said they were still working on getting our car. 20 minutes later the car pulls up. The vehicle has damage on every panel of the car from the trunk to the hood which made the walkaround pretty easy as long as they marked every panel. The good news was the interior was clean, no warning lights were lit on the dash and A/C worked. It took another 10 minutes to get someone to check the vehicle out and sign off on our paperwork. Not a good transaction.

We rented Villa Esther (https://gobeach.com/islesc/esther.htm) a townhome in Orient Village that was a couple of rows back from the beach but had a small pool. It’s a 3 bedroom 2 ½ bath but the interior living space is small. It was very comfortable for the two of us. The house was clean, A/C worked as did the wifi. We were prepared for the water issues and our representative from the rental agency told us about the scheduled time water was going to be available. We thought that was great because if we know when the water was going to be on we could plan around it and all would be good…….not. The first 4 days the water was available pretty close to the schedule but then it just stopped. The water was off after 8pm on Monday May 15 and was still not on all day on Tuesday May 16. It finally came back on Wednesday and then shut off that evening. No water on Thursday and still off as of 8am on Friday May 19 when we departed. I took a video of a water line break bubbling up in the street behind the restaurants in Orient Village before we went to dinner on Thursday thinking someone would be out to fix it that night but the joke was on me. I took another video the following morning of the same bubbling water line and the rental agency couldn't understand why we still didn't have water. Funny how that works.

The good news was the beaches and food were amazing as always!

We ate well....really well. Dinners at La Piment, Spiga, La Pressoir and La Villa and La Trattoria. We tried a couple of new places with one being good and the other not so much. Bona Mama replaced Bo's Pizza in Orient Village and our pizza was soft/undercooked in the middle.....blah. 978 Beach Lounge in Friars was very nice! Heavy wooden loungers covered in a nice pad were pretty comfortable and the food was good.

Tried Captain Frenchies on a Sunday which was a big mistake. We were there about an hour before the heavy techno music started next door and we left. Beautiful beach and comfortable chairs.

We spent most of our beach days at Orange Fever. Great service, very little to no seaweed and calm winds.

We enjoyed our French side week but will not rent again in Orient Village without knowing the place we're staying at has a large cistern. Unfortunate for the rental agencies but they should be letting the potential customers know the reality of the situation and not what the government or utility provider is promoting in the way of wishful thinking regarding a schedule.

Great week overall!

Friday the 19th was moving day to Beachside Villas.
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